I am currently designing my first vision board workshop which I will be running locally in January 2016. To me a vision board is a fantastic tool for helping to define and clarify the direction I want my life to take. It can focus on one specific area, for example career or it can focus on multiple areas such as health, love and spirituality.
I have always been a firm believer in the power of vision boards but the trend for cutting pictures from magazines leaves me cold. There is so much product placement in magazines these days that vision boards created solely using this method can be a shopping list for aspirational products and yet all the research shows that consumerism doesn’t necessarily lead to happiness. So how can we create vision boards that inspire us and make our hearts sing? Of course this is very much down to each individual’s preference but I want my vision board to be all about how I want to feel. A vision board needs to get my creative juices flowing not only whilst I am creating it but whenever I look at it afterwards. My feeling is that it should be multi-sensory experience, including smell and touch as well and the visual and possibly an audible element in terms of a favourite song or affirmation. To create a sense of excitement and anticipation a vision board is far more about how I want to feel rather than what I want to have.
I am creating a little workbook to help the ladies on my course prepare for their workshop. As well as offering a relaxing day in an enchanting little cabin, I want them to create the sort of vision board that speaks to them. This might be the ubiquitous white board pasted with words and pictures; it could be created in a little matchbox with a concertina of tiny pages or even a photograph of assembled pictures, words and ephemera.
This afternoon, I created a vision board using my favourite tray and some pictures, flyers, jewellery and little bits and bobs that speak to me. When I had finished, I took a photo of it and asked myself the question, ‘does this inspire me to be my most creative self?’ The answer is ‘yes’. Just looking at this photograph gives me all sorts of ideas for my business, books I want to write, workshops and social events I dream of organising and drawings and illustrations I want to create.
Over the next few weeks, I am going to experiment with other vision boards, to see what resonates most strongly for me. I will create something portable, such as one in a tiny matchbox and one which is purely audible describing my ideal life. Only by experimenting myself will I be able to help others unleash their creativity and make a vision that means something to them. If this means glitter and fairy lights too, then so be it!