A vision board is collage representing things you would like to attract to your life. You can cut pictures and phrases out of magazines, print images from websites, and include your own photos in the collage. You glue the images and words onto a piece of poster board and place it somewhere you can see it on a regular basis (mine is hanging on the bulletin board in my home office). Then you sit back and wait for the magic to happen! A vision board party is a fun way to create the life that you want for yourself.
Making a vision board sounds like a good idea. But it sounds like a lot of work too. Am I right? Don't put it off any longer. To make sure your vision board gets made, you need to throw a vision board party!
Why to host a vision board party
– It forces you to set aside the time needed to create a vision board to draw positive things into your life.
– You will have more magazines from which to select your images and phrases.
– It’s a great excuse to get the girlies together for a night of fun!
How to plan a vision board party
– Invite your friends. Keep the party to a manageable number – say six to 12 girlfriends (or however many can squeeze in around your kitchen or dining room table).
– Don’t bother with paper invitations; just send an email invite. The point is to de-stress your life, not add more unneeded tasks!
– Be sure not to invite any Debbie Downers to the shindig. You don’t need that kind of energy messing up your vision board.
– Request a few things. Ask everyone to bring a stack of old magazines, and an appetizer, dessert, or a bottle of vino.
What to buy for your vision board party
– A bunch of glue sticks.
– One poster board per person (and maybe a few extras in case of mistakes).
– Snacks and drinkies to share.
– If you'll be making just a few vision boards, you could get a vision board craft kit for each party member.
What to do at your vision board party
– Start with introductions and intentions. If everyone doesn’t know each other, or even if they do, go around the table stating your name and what you hope to achieve with your vision board. (For me? Balance, less stress, family time, good health, love, a deeper connection with nature…and, of course, travel!). We didn’t actually do this at my vision board party, but it sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?!
– Get to work. Clip those magazines to shreds. Lay out a general design for your board. I think it’s a good idea to put a strong image of your central intention in the center of your board. Mine is of a woman balancing on one hand in front of a waterfall. For me it represents strength, peace, balance, and beauty.
– Glue everything on THAT night! Some of my friends had to leave early and took their clippings and board home separately with the intention to paste it together later. That was a few weeks ago. Their boards still haven’t been finished.
– Leave some white space. This gives you room to add additional images as you find them. (I still need to add a picture of Oprah to my board…’cause ya never know!) Plus the white space allows room for serenity on your board. If there is too much chaos, you might just draw chaos to your life!
– Eat. Drink. Be merry!
Be open to how your vision board dreams are realized – an update
Once you create a vision board to help define what you want in your life, work toward your goals but understand that your desires might manifest in a different way than you imagined. I originally wrote this post in June 2010. Here are some updates on how these images have manifested realities in my life.
After I had to cancel a long-anticipated family Disney Cruise for financial reasons, I added a photo of a Disney ship in the Caribbean to my vision board. I also asked my young daughter at bedtime some nights to picture our whole family on board a cruise ship, dancing with Mickey Mouse. When I received a package in the mail from Disney, I was thrilled to discover my family had been invited to the inaugural sailing of Disney's ship, Dream. It wasn't the cruise I had originally signed up for, and we still couldn't afford to book the cruise ourselves, but the cruise came to us anyway, and in a grand fashion too.
I eventually added a photo of Oprah to my vision board because this media queen stars in three of my bucket list wishes. Bucket lists are another great tool for defining and drawing what you want into your life. The three wishes are: 1) Be a part of Oprah's audience; 2) Meet Oprah; and 3) Be featured on Oprah's show. (Yes, she still has a show—a few of them, in fact, on her OWN Network).
When Oprah hosted her network television program, I tried several times to obtain tickets via her lottery system with no luck. After adding Oprah's smiling face to my vision board, however, the tickets came to me. I had signed up as a member of her website once upon a time but didn't really do much with my membership. Then one day I received an email from Oprah's team inviting me to attend one of her shows…not because I was a blogger, but because I had signed up to receive emails from them occasionally. Before I knew it, I was sitting in the third row, center at a taping of her Lifeclass in Houston, Texas.
In a way, all three of my Oprah bucket list wishes came true that day. Again, these dreams weren't realized exactly how I envisioned it, but you don't necessarily get to choose the “how” portion of your visualizations. Read more about my Oprah dreams realized.
Time for another vision board party!
Many of the images I placed on my vision board years ago have come to me in one way or another. Some of them haven't, which means these dreams may still be headed my way. A few years have passed since I first made my vision board and now I have new dreams to add to my wish list. Maybe I should add a few more images? Or, maybe it's time to throw another vision board party!
What do you think about vision boards? Let us know in the comments below!
A Note from The Travel Mama: CalNaturale provided us with two complimentary bottles of wine to sample at the party.
All photos by Colleen Lanin.