I don’t know about you, but a new year always fills me with hope, making me believe anything is possible. So I, like millions of others, have made New Year’s resolutions in the past.
Which I would promptly forget.
Que será, será.
The past couple years I didn’t make resolutions, I set goals. Yeah, like that’s any better….
Though written down, the goals were soon covered with other various papers and fabulous artwork from my children. By the time the goals were found, I had long since lost sight of them.
This year I decided to try something different. Something visual. Something big. And put it someplace I will see it everyday.
I decided to create a Vision Board.
And since I knew one of the things I really want to do this year is spend more time with friends, I invited a group of them over for a Vision Board party.
Hosting a Vision Board Party
Keeping things as simple as possible, I sent out my invites using Facebook events, asking everyone to bring a few things.
Got Goals? Put them on paper – in a fun way!
I’ll have the posterboards and glue sticks. You bring old magazines (all types), a pair of scissors, a nibble to share (sweet or savory), and a bottle of your favorite wine.
- posterboard for each person
- magazines to cut images from
- glue sticks, tape rollers, glue
- friends, food & beverages
As friends arrived, I stacked the magazines on our coffee table in the living room and snacks on the kitchen table. Wine was poured. We all nibbled and chatted for a while, then got down to business.
To get everyone started, I created a prompt for goals and dreams.
Then came the search. Images. Text. The fun part of this was the back and forth chatter. We would share what we were searching for and others would keep their eyes out for it. Against the background of happy chatter about goals and dreams, the sound of magazine pages being ripped was exciting, like you were one step closer to seeing the dream become reality.
Cutting and gluing was next. Tip: Place your images on your posterboard before you glue them. Consider quadrants – I did personal, family, and work/travel (since they are one in the same for me).
My completed board. Tip: Leave some white space to add to your board during the year.
Then find a place to hang your board. A place where you will see it every day.
My board is above my desk (you can see I have already added something new to it (it says, “Love Yourself More”). My sister said she would put hers in her bathroom – in a house full of males, it is the only spot that is truly hers.
Vision Boards – not just for adults
My eldest daughter made her own vision board. It is filled with foods she wants to learn to make, places she wants to visit, and things she wants to do.
Having the visual reminder ‘in my face’ is inspiring for me, and I’m looking forward to 2014 with enthusiasm and excitement.