By Erika, Resident Fashionista
Normally, I reserve the throwback/flashback posts for Thursdays and Fridays; however, it’s only Wednesday and I’ve had a conversation no less than four times this week about creating a vision board. Since so many (well, at least four) people had questions, I figured I would give them answers!!
Most people want to know a) how to throw a vision board party and b) do vision boards really work?
How to Throw a Vision Board Party
I’m not going to recreate the wheel here. Last January I hosted some girlfriends in my home for a fun, casual vision board party. It was potluck style and tons of fun! For a step-by-step guide on how to host your own Vision Board Party simply click here.
And no, it is not too late to host your own party! I hosted mine around this time last year. And I probably won’t finish my 2015 board until the weekend. It’s totally OK!
Do Vision Boards Really Work?
Vision boards work if you do. What do I mean like that? Well, just because you put something on your vision board that doesn’t mean the image is going to magically float off the page and come to fruition in your life. But if you are an active participant in working your vision, then yes, some things will happen. For example, “learn to sew” was one of my goals/visions. The fabulous Veronica helped me reach that goal by giving me lessons. My fingers didn’t magically learn how to sew – trust me I wish they did – so I had to put in work.
Other things were less tangible, like my goals to pray more and worry less or be fearless and brave. How do I prove those things happened? Well I can’t, exactly. But each day when I left my home those thoughts were staring at me and I left the door with them in my heart. So the things that used to worry me didn’t because I prayed first and didn’t leave time (usually) for worry. And, while I didn’t jump out of a building, I did start a new job and take a ton of (calculated) risks by bringing several new ideas to the table. I also wasn’t scared to fail – which I think is pretty fearless. I had some bombs at work. And though taking YCS daily (another one of my goals) was a success at first, it turned out to be a completely exhausting disaster by the end. The 2013 Erika would have worried herself sick about such a public failure. But 2014 Erika learned from it, dusted herself off, and kept it moving.
I know you’re thinking – so nothing just happened automatically? Well no – but because the vision board was so prominent in my bedroom/life I think I made myself more open to opportunities than I would have before. For example, the words “jet set” are on my vision board – and if you follow me on social media you know that one of my fave hashtags to use in 2014 was #jetsetterproblems. I didn’t magically get a Jet Setter membership. But I said yes to almost every opportunity I had to travel – some times for work, sometimes from personal obligations, and some times for fun. I said yes to last minute trips and extended stays. And grew from the experiences.
Vision boards are a great reminder of your goals and what you want out of life. So again, I would say that your vision board works if you do!
So tell me, have you made your vision board for 2015? If so, what type of things are on it? If not, what are you waiting for? You know how we do this; leave a comment below!