BY: JULIA RENAUD
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Rolling into a new year or season is exciting and can usher in endless possibilities. For BIST’s January Community Meeting, we got our creative juices flowing to make Vision Boards. Celia Missios, ABI survivor, BIST board member, and founder of the self care website Reslientista, stopped by to teach us what vision boards are all about.
Discovering the power of manifestation – Celia’s Story:
While recovering from her ABI, Celia was looking for something to do to bring meaning to her life. She discovered scrapbooking and decided to create a scrapbook of her own about where she wanted her life to go and what she wanted it to look like. A couple of years later, while looking through her scrapbook, to Celia’s surprise, she realized that the things she had included in her books were coming to fruition!
What’s a vision board?
A collage of images, phrases, and quotes specifically made to help you manifest your life’s desires. They act as a reminder to envision your goals and take steps toward achieving them.
Why use one:
If you have dreams, goals, enjoy creative activities, or are interested in trying something new. If you like scrapbooking and/or motivational mind mapping, making a vision board is likely right up your alley.
- A canvas or thick paper backing (even cereal box cardboard will do!)
- A few magazines or pictures
Steps for making your own:
- Assemble all of your materials.
- Decide on the type of vision board you’d like to make:
- Themed: Can help you hone in on a specific area of your life for a more focused manifestation. Examples: Nature, Career, Family, Travel, Design, etc.
- Life: A smattering of everything and anything that resonates with you!
- Flip through magazines or browse the internet to find pictures, words, or quotes that you are drawn to.
- Get cutting and gluing, arranging your chosen clippings in a way that is pleasing to you.
- Make sure to leave a blank space somewhere on your board. Here you will write, ‘This or something better’
- Once complete, look, appreciate, and become inspired!
Making vision boards as a group activity is quite fun! Not only can it help save time, but if you are working on a themed board, you can make your theme known to the group so they can send found pictures, words, or quotes your way.
Three Steps to using your vision board:
Step 1: LOOK!
Hang or prop up your vision board someplace you will see it every day (think bedside table, beside your television or computer, or, if you’re anything like me, near your fridge!)
Step 2: IMAGINE!
Spend a few moments every day looking at your vision board and imagineyourself experiencing all of the wonderful things on your board.
For example, if I have a picture of a person crossing the finish line of a race, I would envision running (or walking, or rolling – whichever suits you) toward the finish, and paying attention to how I feel while doing so.
Step 3: ACT!
Do something to align yourself with your vision.
Using the race example, I would go for a walk as a way of working toward my goal in hopes of manifesting the act of crossing the finish line.
Not feeling crafty? You could try this instead:
- Make a Vision Board on Pinterest!
- Prefer words to pictures? Make a word-only vision board by displaying words that resonate with you. Alternatively, write a vision journal where you describe what you would like more of in your life.
The BIST Social Learning Attendees holding up their (mostly) completed vision boards. Great work everyone!
I have been looking at my vision board every day since I have made it. It was really fun to make and I find it beautiful, inspiring to look at. While I’m still working on manifesting my dreams and desires, I’m definitely enjoying the process!
Julia Renaud is a very talkative ABI survivor with a passion for learning new things, trying new activities, and meeting new people – all of which have led her to writing this column. When not chatting someone’s ear off, Julia can be found outside walking her dog while occasionally talking to him, of course!