Okay, confession time…I’m a Pinterest fanatic! I was seriously addicted to the site and would spend hours (like three a day) pinning new DIY projects or meals I hoped to one day make, despite the fact that I hate cooking. Most of all, I was obsessed with homes and their interiors. I could not get enough of beautiful bedrooms or outdoor spaces. One day I thought to create a vision board using those awesome pins.
What’s a Vision Board?
For those of you that don’t know, a vision or dream board is a visual tool that displays words, phrases, and images that reflect an individual’s desires. If you have ever read or watched the movie The Secret or heard anything about the Law of Attraction, a vision board is a tool that works to promote this theory. A vision board prompts a person to visualize their dream life which helps to manifest it in reality.
This Stuff Works!
I wholeheartedly believe in the power of a vision board. “What you focus on is where your energy goes.” Once you really feel it, it’s as is the people, resources, and opportunities just show up. Thus all you need to do is truly believe and the allow God or “the universe” to do the rest. Just believe that those images on the board are from your life, those inspirational words describe you, and feel how amazing it is to know that you’ve done it. The key is in allowing the board to bring out the feelings of having attained this lifestyle. Remember to feel it in the present because you are already living this. You’re not hoping for it in the future, you feel it now as if you are living in that space and enjoying that trip.
To this day I cannot tell you how I managed to buy a house well above what I was comfortable paying, larger than I needed, and so suburban it scares me, but I had a vision. For almost three years I pinned pictures of homes that I loved, DIY projects I wanted to try, and lost hours fantasizing about this home and how it would be perfectly me. I had it in my heart that my first home would be the project house, I would buy cheap and fix it up to my specific liking. Granted I had no idea what was in store for me when I bought an older home that needed more than just some paint, but that’s not the point.
The point is I had the vision, I was filled with excitement for hours while searching Pinterest for just the right photo of what I wanted every room in the house to look like when I was finished, the look of the home outside, the color of the walls inside, even the furniture that would fill each room in my home. I was a bit obsessed, to say the least. So much so that I had to give up Pinterest for Lent one year. Just to show God I can sacrifice for Him. I digress… Back to why this was so important.
You’ve Got to Feel It
The key is to feel the feelings of gratitude in the present and speak as if this is already in your life. Once you really feel it, it’s as if the people, resources, and opportunities just show up. Thus all you need to do is believe and allow God or “the universe” to do the rest. Just believe that those images on the board are from your life, those inspirational words describe you, and feel how amazing it is to know that you’ve done it. Remember to feel it in the present because you are already living this life. You’re not hoping for it in the future you feel it now as if you are living in that space and enjoying that trip.
The years I spent visualizing, feeling excited about this house, the projects and the final result, allowed my subconscious to lead me to the perfect place and the right opportunities to make it a reality. Today Charlie, my dog, and I live in a two-story, four bedroom home, totaling 2,500 sq. ft. in a secure, well established, suburban area. I have made part of the house a guest suite for when my family visits from New York, a small room off of the master is my dance studio, and I am working on creating the most beautiful and organized office space. While many areas in the home are pretty bare, waiting for me to complete those DIY projects, I can say it always amazes me to see how far I came in such a short amount of time.
Since buying the house I continuously update my Pinterest boards to ensure I am getting the right pins for each room and the many other areas I want to expand in my life. I schedule time regularly to reflect on my accomplishments and give thanks. Because since creating that board and adding those pins I can say I am driving a white SUV, I did return to dancing, finally went back to school and graduated with my masters, bought the house, took on sewing projects, got planted in a church, and traveled several times each year; all things I had on my vision board. Vision boards work to keep you focused and visualizing the life you want.
I even went on to create a second vision board to attract my perfect mate. On this board, I have a picture of my engagement ring, possible wedding venues, and dress. I even included a list of qualities I want my husband to possess. And of course several pictures of hot men.
I have placed both vision boards in my bedroom to ensure they are the first things I see in the morning. This reminds me to be open to the many possibilities that present themselves each day and lead me closer to realizing these goals. It also reminds me to give thanks for the things on the boards because I am experiencing it in the present.
How to Make a Vision Board:
- Review your goals. What image would represent you achieving this goal? What inspirational words come to mind?
- Get on Pinterest and begin pinning images that inspire you. Google images work well too. Want to go old school? Grab magazines and start ripping out pictures of those things you want to bring into your life.
- Print the pictures and glue them onto a board or canvas. Hang it somewhere you will see it daily.
- Get excited and visualize what it will feel like to achieve these goals.
- Start giving thanks now. It is only a matter of time before it is manifested in your life, so be thankful NOW.
So what are you going to add to your vision board? Please leave a comment below, this will give me ideas of what to add to mine.