What if my vision board came true? This is the question I asked myself before I started planning my 2020 Vision Board.
For the past couple of years, I’ve made the mistake of writing down my goals in my planner and simply forget to revisit them throughout the year. I knew they were there but didn’t really do a lot to achieve them until it was too late. This year, however, I wanted things to be different. I decided that making a vision board and have it in a visible area in my home office was a good way to keep myself motivated and focused.
2020 is about to be an important year in our lives, so I wanted to start it the right way. Last year, Nick and I had to make several decisions for our family and our future. Knowing the outcomes of those decisions, I sat down to write down my goals and resolutions for the new year. Once I had everything on paper, I started planning my vision board.
My 2020 Goals and Resolutions
I’m not going to take a deep dive into every single one of my goals and resolutions because it would be a lot. Instead, I’m focusing on my main goals and why I’m choosing to share them with you.
Something that I learned in the past year is opening my mind to things I did not believe before. One of them is the law of attraction and manifesting my dream life. I’ve always been wary of oversharing my life because of the fear of criticism and failure. However, the past couple of years I’ve been more open about my dreams and goals. And guess what? Not one person has criticized me or made fun of them. Instead, I’ve found overwhelming support that makes me feel optimistic about the future. So this is me putting my vision board with my goals and resolutions out there for the universe to see.
I’m gonna get vulnerable and honest for a moment here. I’m starting the year unemployed, which is scary but also somewhat exciting. I had been unhappy about my job for a while. While I appreciated being able to work from home, there was a toxic work environment I had to deal with for a long time that affected my mental health. Last year I decided it was enough, so I quit.
And now here I am, starting from zero as a freelancer in the same field, which is frightening. I was able to come up with a couple of good opportunities that are giving me hope that this will work out, and thankfully Nick supports me in this new chapter of my life. However, I still have that little voice in my head questioning if this is the right decision. I’m giving it a go, and hoping that putting everything in my vision board will give me the extra push I need. So, you will be seeing a lot more of me on social media and this blog, which is something I also want to get more consistent at.
One of the reasons I needed a career change is that I want to spend quality time with my family. My son is about to start school, and I won’t be able to spend much time with him once it happens. My husband’s job is demanding, and he tends to work very unconventional hours, which makes spending quality time together as a family very difficult. I want to be able to contribute financially to our family’s needs without sacrificing precious time with Caleb and Nick. I know things will be tight for a while, but in the end, it will be worth it as long as my son feels loved and I can keep our family bond strong.
In addition, I want to get healthier this year. The past couple of years I’ve been terrible at taking care of myself. Even getting my medical appointments lined up was a struggle, which resulted in health issues I could have prevented. So this year, I’m starting a new fitness routine and a healthy meal plan which I’m proud to announce I’ve actually followed for the past five days hehe. Taking care of my mental health is also a priority. I’m so lucky to have a supportive husband who cares about my well-being and encourages me to find the perfect balance I need to feel like myself again.
Now, this might not sound like a lot, but these are some of the things I feel are attainable for me at this point in my life.
Now, let’s get into how I made my vision board
Start with Pinterest
Something that I love about vision boards is the creative freedom you have to create something that works for you. I am a visual person, so having photos and quotes that represent my goals and resolutions motivates me more than just writing it down in a piece of paper.
Pinterest is the best tool to plan a visual board. In fact, I found so many great ideas that I created a board I could use specifically to pin articles and photos related to my goals as well as the steps I need to take in order to achieve them. Also, whenever I found photos that were visually appealing and represented my goals, I pinned them to this board. I found that having this digital version made it easier for me to visualize how I wanted my final vision board to look like before I started it. I recreated some of the graphics that didn’t necessarily fit the aesthetic I was going for but overall found great inspiration on Pinterest.
Making the Board
Once I finished my digital board, I downloaded the images, quotes, and photos I wanted and printed them in regular cardstock. I already had a bulletin board in my basement, so I decided this would be a good way to finally use it.
Some of the things I printed for my board included:
- Photos of places I want to travel this year
- Photos of lifestyle changes I’m introducing in my life
- Graphics with daily affirmations
- Graphics with a checklist of daily things to do
- Some of my favorite quotes
- Drawings of self-care ideas
- Family photos
- Reminders of good habits I want to practice
I got some pretty washi tape, stickers, buttons, and push pins to add the images to my board. I did not use glue because I want to have the freedom to move things around and add or remove images throughout the year. In addition, I added a small envelope to add pieces of paper with affirmations that I can read whenever I need to lift myself up. I positioned the photos and quotes in different ways until they looked visually appealing before I pinned them on the board. Once the photos and quotes were in place, I filled out the spaces with stickers and buttons with positive messages and added washi tape to secure the photos to the board.
I must say, I’m very happy with the final product. I hung the board on top of my desk so I can look at it daily and subconsciously work on my goals and resolutions every day!
Making a 2020 Vision Board was something I had in mind for a while, and I’m so glad I did it. I feel in control of my life and ready to achieve my goals. 2020 is about to be the best year so far!