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January 11, 2017

Whether we want to admit it or not, most of us probably create a list of New Year’s resolutions once we notice January is around the corner. We write lists, sign up for gym memberships and saythings will be different this year!  Let’s face it, it can be hard to keep that enthusiasm going all year long.

So what if you had a vision board, a physical reminder of your goals and dreams hung up on your wall to see every day?

Vision boards are known to most of us as collages made with magazine cut-outs representing the life we desire. It may seem silly to spend an afternoon cutting out pictures and gluing them to a poster board like a grade-school art project, but the power of manifestation is strong. And it’s magical and real. (Plus, it’s fun to flip through old magazines.)

A vision board is not to be mistaken for a shortcut to your dreams. It only works if you do. It’s meant to be a reminder of what you’re working towards; a way to manifest the changes you want to make and turn them into truths. Step one is to make the vision board. Steps two and three are to make plans and then take the steps forward, or else your dreams will remain as they are: just dreams.

You have to be willing to change in order for the manifestation process to work. Not everything you put on your board has to be tackled one-hundred percent right away - you can include long-term dreams, like owning a house or a business - but you still have to be willing to make the necessary changes in the present that will get you there. If you want to start a business, make sure you’re paying your bills on time so you have a good credit score; and start putting a percentage of every pay cheque into your “business” account, so you have start-up finances.

It’s not always going to be an easy ride chasing your dreams.

On those days when things get tough and you think you’d be better off taking the 9-5 desk job, having someone tell you what to do and when to do it, you have to remember why you’re running down the road you’re on. Before this all gets going, have a little chat with yourself and figure outwhy it’s important for you to throw caution to the wind and go forth chasing your ultimate life. You’re the only one who can answer this question, and you’ll need to know it’s answer in order to remind yourself that you got this, and to keep going.

Over time, your dreams may change, and so, in turn, will your vision board.

There are no hard-and-fast rules for how it all plays out. Be willing to make changes in your life to help you accomplish your goals, but also be forgiving to yourself (and circumstances, if necessary) if your led down another path than you first set out on. Listen to your gut, though. Follow your heart. There’s always another magazine you can flip through to make the needed adjustments to your board.

Create your vision board

The lovely Inner Fire Luminary, Savannah Wishart, wrote a list of things to keep in mind while you create your vision board, andyou can read all about it here. In the meantime, here is a guide for how to start the manifestation process with a handmade vision board:

You will need:

  • Journal or writing materials
  • Magazines to cut from
  • Poster board
  • Gluestick or scotch tape

    1. Before you get to chopping up your pile of old magazines, take some time to write down your short-term and long-term goals;whatit is you want to manifest andwhy. You can try brainstorming methods, like list writing, spider webs, or even meditation to help bring your heart’s desires to the surface. Once your goals and dreams are a little more clear, it will help you when you get to the next step.
    2. Get cuttin’. Flip through those old magazines, or even old photo books, and pick out anything that stands out to you. Maybe it’s a photo of you and your best friend when you were kids, or a sassy business lady in a magazine. Choose items that relate to your goals and dreams. Try to be specific, but don’t hold back if there’s an image that’s calling to you and you’re not totally sure why. Leave a little space for the magic.
    3. Once you have a bunch of images selected, you can start to arrange them on your poster board. You may be the pre-arranging type, or you may like to glue-and-stick as you go one-by-one. Find your method and be present with it. Take it all in. Notice how you’re feeling as you start to turn all the dreams from your head into something more tangible.
    4. Find a spot in your home, or at work where you can hang your board. You want it to be in  a place that you can see regularly. Being able to see the board everyday will help remind you what you’re striving towards. The inside of a pantry cupboard, on the wall near your yoga mat, or on the bathroom mirror are all spots that could work.
    5. Keep believing and do the work, even - especially- when it gets hard. You are strong and you got this.