When my sister and I were little girls, we loved to cut pictures out of the Sears catalog and use them for paper dolls. The great thing about that particular catalog was you could cut out rooms full of furniture too so we had a doll house of sorts as well. This stuff was laid out all over the floor of our bedroom and we would play for hours. We even cut slits at the bottom of the pillows on the beds and our paper dolls could go to sleep at night. We were dreaming and imagining!
Since I am a visual person, I continue to cut things out of magazines to help me to focus on goals that I want to achieve, things I would like to have, affirmations, scripture verses, etc. I remember years ago having a magazine foldout on the side of my refrigerator of a particular car that I wanted to buy. Every time I sat at my kitchen table to eat, I could see that picture of that car. I eventually purchased one and I drove it until it had almost 300,000 miles on it! Unfortunately someone else must have wanted one as badly as I did because it ended up being stolen. I was visualizing that car until I could actually realize it. In my mind I could see myself driving it!
Vision boards are where you put your dreams so that you can see them all of the time. Vision boards give you a sense of direction for your life and help to keep you focused. You can have your vision board pop up on all of your computer screens, your phone or you can display them in your home office. There are even groups of goal oriented; like minded people who are having vision board parties in some areas. All it takes is a stack of old magazines, some glue and a poster board. Of course, it’s OK to have so many dreams that you need more than one vision board! You can divide your vision board into sections i.e. family, finances, health, travel, etc. There may be things on your vision board that you do not wish to share with others. Some dreams you may want to keep between just you and God. If you want to get your feelings hurt, share your big dreams with small minded people says Steve Harvey. I have to say that I agree with him. Sometimes we have to keep our dreams close to our heart. Some famous celebrities that have vision boards are Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx, Tyler Perry, Magic Johnson and of course Steve Harvey. He actually talks about them in his book “Act Like A Success Think Like A Success” but I actually learned about them first from O Magazine.
The vision board that you see at the top of this blog is one that I did a couple of years ago. In the top left corner you will see my vision to become a “coffee cup counselor” or “people whisperer” along with notes of encouragement and support from others. The nude of Liv Tyler was to remind me to be comfortable in my own skin no matter my size. Yes, the muffin top; need I say more? There is a fashion guideline for women over 50 who still want to have swagger on there. There are a few images about gifting, celebrating life and friendships to remind me of how important all of these things are too! Why not go ahead and make one? It’s a lot of fun!
There are two scriptures in The Bible that can relate to vision boards. They are:
Proverbs 29:18- Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Habakkuk 2:20- Write the vision on tablets and make it plain so that he who reads it may run.