I’ve always wanted to instill in my children that they could do anything if they set their mind to it. I guess I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer. I also love planning. Without knowing what you want, how could you possibly have it, right?
So, this year my daughter and I decided to make our first vision boards to plan out some of our goals and thoughts as encouragement for the year ahead. We made a girls’ night out of it. It was so much fun, and I thought it would be great to share so you could do it with your kids, too! Make it fun. Put on some fun music, make some popcorn and get inspired.
First things first: What’s a vision board? It’s an inspirational collage of images and words that you create to encourage your pursuit of goals and dreams. They’re sometimes even called dream boards or goal boards. You can use a poster board or even grab a large Amazon box and cut out one side to use. Next, my daughter and I got out a bunch of old magazines and cut out words and pictures that inspired us. We also printed off some pictures we found online. Grab some scissors, markers, and anything else you want to decorate with. There are a ton of ideas and prompts on Pinterest if you need inspiration.
My daughter and I concentrated on goals for 2021, but you could customize yours for anything. It’s really about capturing anything that inspires or motivates you. There’s no wrong way to do it!
Here are some of the prompts we used for our boards:
1. What things do you want to focus on for 2021? For example, we both want to read more books, so we found pictures of books we love as inspiration.
2. What words inspire you? Cut out words or letters from magazines to create your words.
3. Where would you like to visit? Print out pictures of places you’d love to travel to some day.
4. What quote inspires you? Find a quote you love and print it out for the board.
5. Who inspires you? Maybe it’s a family member, athlete or celebrity. Find a photo of that person to add to your board.
You get the picture. It takes a little time, so plan to make an evening of it. When you’re finished, vision boards are great to hang up in your kids’ rooms or your office. To me, it’s a creative way to teach goal setting to our kids at an early age and to think about how they can work to achieve those goals. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
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