Creating a Family Vision Board

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It may be February, but it’s still early enough in the year to recommit to any forgotten New Year’s Resolutions we promised ourselves with a simple shift in mindset. First, give yourself a pat on the back for planning to make positive changes in your daily routine, and second, never be afraid to hit the restart button on your goals!  You can start over any day, at any moment. 

On the first day of January this year, you may have said to yourself, “ I’m finally going to lose that last 10lbs”.. but there you are, just like the last day of 2019 standing over the sink eating your child’s leftover chicken nuggets. Maybe you thought, “THIS is the year I’m going to take the kids to Disney World”.. but it’s February 3rd and you’ve failed to save even a penny from your most recent paycheck. The good news is, you can always begin again. It’s virtually impossible to take one day out of 365 days in the year to change everything you’ve been doing and become a whole new person. Let’s be honest, for the most part, things are probably running smoothly in your house. Whereas, diets can make you cranky and saving for such extravagance can throw a big kink into the way you have been living up to this point. 

Here’s where the vision board comes in.

A vision board is a tool that can be used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. It’s a board on which you display images that represent who you want to be and the things you want to do or have in your life. It may seem a little far fetched that seeing a picture multiple times a day can motivate you to obtain certain goals, but when you create this board full of intentions for the life you want to live and position it in a space you see often, you end up doing short visualization exercises throughout the day to bring it to life.  

Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. Numerous studies have shown that mental practice through visualization can be just as effective in improving physical skills. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades. They create scenarios in which they not only win the competition, but they also activate the feelings that go along with the achievement. 

GET THE KIDS INVOLVED!

Creating your vision board as a family is a great way for everyone to come together and work on what you all want for the future. Talk about the things you would love to see happen for the year ahead, reach for the magazines that have been piling up and get the kids to work! Have them sift through images of your family goals, as well as anything they desire. You may have to edit their choices or you could end up with a poster board filled with images of cakes and candy! 

Remember, no dreams are too big or too small when it comes to visualization. Don’t hesitate to put that hot mom body from Women’s Health up on the board next to a picture of Mickey Mouse! There are no rules when it comes to the vision board. If a picture doesn’t quite match up to the reality you’re looking for, but it ignited a feeling that you want to create in life go ahead and put it on! You will know the intention behind the photo and that feeling will be elicited in you each time you look at your board. Before you know it, you may look back and realize it’s now become a reality for you and your family. 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Any kind of board, you can use a corkboard or even pick up some poster board from the dollar store! There’s no need to break the bank when you are looking to manifest that family vacation!
  • Scissors, tape, pins, and/or a glue stick to put your board together.
  • If you want, fun markers, stickers, or anything else you can think of to deck out your board.
  • Magazines that you can cut images and quotes from. 
  • Most importantly, the stuff you want to look at every day. Photos, quotes, sayings, images of places you want to go, reminders of events, places, or people, postcards from friends and just about anything that will inspire you.
  • Time. Enjoy each step of this process with your family.

Be sure to post pictures of great recent memories on your board too! The memories of great times with the ones you love will help create more of those feelings for the future. The best part of this family activity will be the conversations had, the dreams you didn’t realize existed in your little ones and not only will your children be so proud to see artwork you have all created together hanging in their home, the amazement of their dreams coming true as the year passes by will be fascinating!