I have been making yearly vision boards for a while now, but this year I decided to start making a monthly vision board! It’s not as tedious as you may think. Honestly, it’s been one of the best self-care rituals I have ever practiced. That’s why I knew I had to write a post sharing the amazing benefits of crafting monthly vision boards.
I’m sure you have at least heard of a vision board; they have been growing in popularity over the past few years. The basic premise is to collect pictures and words that inspire you, then glue them to a board. It seems easy, but we are going to be digging in a little deeper. Our monthly vision boards are going to keep us focused, inspired, creative, and motivated to cultivate the life of our dreams.
Create an environment that promotes self-care
The first step is to create an environment that promotes self-care. Burn sage or incense, play tranquil music, light a Palo Santo candle, make some holy basil tea. Try diffusing lavender or bergamot or set up a few crystals such as citrine which is said to manifest creativity.
Set your intentions
The next step is to sit down and write a list of your current goals. Try to make them tangible; this is something you want to accomplish or manifest this month. Remember to cover each angle of your life such as family, career, finances, health, and education. Don’t forget to make “having fun” a goal as well, such as vacations, purchases, activities, etc.
This is a good way to look into the dreams we wish to accomplish but may not be actively working on to make them happen. Putting them in front of you can help mold your day. So now, instead of waking up in a rush, you will wake up and glance at your board. Maybe you’ll see “hike with the kids” and think about ways you can actively make that hike happen with your hectic schedule.
This is a great way to eliminate the chance of living the same month over and over, as we are actively staying on top of the vision we want to create.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What are some accomplishments I would like to continue to grow?
- Do I have a goal that I keep placing on the back burner?
- Is there a connection that I want to make?
- Do I want to save for something?
- Is there an activity (such as a hike or picnic) that I want to do?
- How is my health and fitness? Do I want to continue or add a new routine, like a morning smoothie or yoga class?
Gather your supplies
Now that you have direction, the next step is to collect supplies. Grab a few magazines and glue. I also like to add some artful elements. For example, I would like to save for a really nice set of linen sheets so I cut a piece of linen fabric and added it to the board.
I use markers to fill in inspirational quotes or things I want to manifest. Stickers are another fun addition. Most craft stores have a section for planning; you should be able to find goal-themed stickers there!
Let’s get to making! Here is a list of items you may want to use:
3 or 4 magazines
hot glue gun
fabric or felt
Arrange and create your vision board
Once you have assembled your supplies, cut out pictures and words that are in alignment with your goals. To add some of my styles to the board, I like to create a collage. So I’ll cut shapes from construction paper or magazines and layer them with my other cutouts and elements.
Now arrange your board and glue! Use a glue stick for anything paper; if you decide to add any physical mediums (like the linen), I suggest switching to a glue gun.
A few tips for visualizing
After you complete your vision board, it’s time to hang it up somewhere you can see it daily. I hang mine near my bed, and by doing so I end up reading it a few times a day just by chance.
If you are new to the whole idea of manifesting, this next step may seem foreign, but that’s ok! If you made it this far in the article, you are clearly open to creating the life of your dreams!
Visualization can be a key component in making your board work for you. This is where the law of attraction comes into play. The law’s concept is simple: like attracts like. You are wanting to attract positive growth and action in your life, so when you think of your goal, ask yourself how do I want to feel? Is it happy and excited or maybe calm and relaxed? Then picture yourself doing the thing and allow yourself to feel the emotion of the action. By practicing this technique, you essentially get on your goal’s vibrational level.
Visualization example: You land your dream job-what emotion does that bring forth? Excitement? Try to see yourself getting the call that you got the job, then feel the excitement.
You do not need to spend hours a week looking at your board. A visualization should take under a minute at a time. Just look at your board; then whatever jumps out first, visualize it and move on.
Take inspired action
Last but not least, we need to stay in action. We are in charge of taking care of the steps that need to be done in order for our vision to be fulfilled. Make sure you’re taking inspired action!
It’s all about progress, not perfection
One final note: If you don’t manifest the desired intention, just add it again next month, or simply let it go. It’s going to happen when it’s meant to anyway! This practice is meant to inspire and uplift you. Avoid pressuring yourself. It’s all about progress, not perfection!
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