Vision boards are on everyone’s minds this time of year. We’re all pumped to jump into a new season of opportunity, to recharge, level up, set goals, all of that. It’s awesome and inspiring.
But you know what I think is super important to do before you even pick up a magazine to make that vision board?
Thanking the year we are leaving behind.
As I type this is it 2019, 2020 is only two calendar spots away. It doesn’t matter what the year is, or even the month or day. I feel before I can bring in the new, I have to give respect to the past.
Think about it, we invested mucho energy and emotions into the past twelve months. Ups, downs, wins, and missed opportunities. They each taught a lesson.
Giving thanks to the past year is a layered experience. Let’s unpack this, shall we? Here is how I go about prepping for my new vision boards. It’s all about looking back and learning what to do more of, and what to pass.
Review past boards you made
Gather up your past vision boards. I’m a nerd and I save mine. Really think back to the moments you were choosing the images and why. How did it play out? Did they come through? If they did, was it the outcome you wanted/expected? Doing this gives a lot of insight to patterns we have in our lifestyles. It’s more than just gluing a picture, it’s about making a commitment. If you didn’t follow through, maybe it wasn’t so important to you after all.
Review your planner from this year
Go through your planner for this year and look at your events and dates that you ended up loving. Unexpected curiosities that you can build upon in the next year. Did you take a self-defense class and love it? Maybe do more of that! Maybe it was someone you spent time with. At the opposite end, take note of the things that didn’t serve you so you know not to put your energy there.
List your wins from this year
You can review the items you put on your board, but also list the other accomplishments you had. Even if it was taking an art class or sharing a story on a stage. I love to do this because it builds confidence for the new year. It gives me a sense of relief and trust that I conquered and I can do more!
List your flops, fails, and give-ups
This is real life, people. We have to be honest. While its great to celebrate all our wins, it’s also crucial to make space for those ideas and attempts that didn’t take flight. Go through each one and come to terms with why it didn’t happen. Make peace with it. When I do this, I refuse to put the blame on anyone but myself. These were my choices. I feel like it gives me power to decide if I want to try again. Here is an article I wrote for Latina Style Magazine about this very topic!
Plan on making vision boards all year long!
When you make your vision board, keep in mind that you are able to add to it anytime you want. I have friends who make a new one every month. As life happens and our ideas evolve, they can take an unexpected turn, so be open to that.
I hope these ideas helped get you ready! Remember – YOU GOT THIS and you ROCK! Let’s do this, I’m right there with you!
Here are some other vision board tips I share, they are one of my favorite things to create! Can you tell? I get super excited about them!
Pssst… If you live in Phoenix, I’m one of the four teachers of a new weekly writing series called “Creative Practice” – click here for the details!
It’s held at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, and I will be teaching the vision board session on January 9th, 2020!