Mangling Magazines: Bringing your intentions and values to life in a vision board


I first tried creating a vision board at a workshop at a friend's house several years ago. It was kind of a bust. I hadn't done any thinking about what my values/intentions/goals were, and lord knows that juggling scissors, glue and poster board didn't bring on inspiration. I'm usually more comfortable in front of a spreadsheet. 😂


But after my M2 intention setting workshop in 2020, where I'd done some journaling about how what I wanted to focus on and how I wanted to feel, I decided to revisit the practice. Bolstered by two friends, popcorn, wine and a smaller size of poster board, I gave vision boarding another whirl.


I posted it above my desk, where I would see it most days. And while I didn't give it much direct attention, I liked having it there. I think it helped remind me what I wanted to focus on (read To Do or To Be? That is the Question for specifics).


We repeated the process this year- same friends, more snacks and wine, new intentions. Starting in September, I added more pre-work. I started by exploring and articulating my values and understanding my character strengths. It's deep work! I have more to do, but I recognize it's a work in progress and for now this is enough of a meaningful start.

Via Signature Strengths

Vital Values

Perspective

Love unconditionally and generously

Honesty

Explore with curiosity and kindness

Social Intelligence

Appreciate nature's and life's gifts

Leadership

Lead bravely

Kindness

With this additional perspective, I created another board. You can see a photo of both boards here.


I also went back and made some notes on the back of my 2021 vision board about what I did in 2021 that supported my intentions. I found a lot of examples!! And that felt really good, a validation that I made choices that were authentic and meaningful to me.


Do you have a vision board? Please share a picture of yours if you do, and tell me a little bit about it.