Monday, January 15, 2018

A Minimalist's ENvision Board

If you search Google images for “vision board,” you’ll see some wonderful examples of vision boards that aren't for me. They represent ambitious people with twenty exciting interests pulling them in twenty different directions. With a vision board like that, I’d hop from one path to the next to the next without making progress on any path. It’s just too much!

Enter minimalism. If I streamline my pursuits to what is most meaningful in my life, then my vision board will also be streamlined.

Backup a bit. I’ve never given much thought to the fluff of a vision board. For me, vision boards represent fantasies not goals, daydreams not action. I’m not alone in this thinking. Here’s a link to an article in Psychology Today advising folks to throw away their vision boards: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-blame-game/201205/throw-away-your-vision-board-0.

And yet one of the things I learned when I read The 12 Week Year, an excellent book on goal-setting, was that people who have Type A traits (like me) often fail because we don’t take the time to make an emotional connection with our goals. It’s that emotional connection that keeps us going through difficult times and temporary failures.

So I humbled myself and created my very first vision board, figuring I can’t just willy nilly work without a bright outcome shining on the horizon, an outcome that triggers emotions within me. But I’ve rebranded my board as an “envision board” to turn it from a noun to a verb (from dreams into actions).


Here are the steps I took to make my envision board:


1. I divided my envision board into three columns, one for each area of my goals (writing, emotional health, and home).

2. I chose my colors. This is so unnecessary, but with an artist’s background, I’d cringe if I didn’t think about what I was hanging on a hot pink wall. (Hot pink—that’s the color of the wall where I planned on hanging the board.) I ended up with black and pink as the predominate colors with gold highlights.

3. I daydreamed about where I wanted to be 3-5-10 years into the future. (In fact, this is where I got my 2018 New Year’s Resolutions. My resolutions are actually stair step goals toward where I want to be in the future.) Then I said a prayer because I know God may have totally different plans for me, and I have to acknowledge that.

4. I gathered supplies: photos, sticker letters, Sharpies, glue stick, scissors, magazine clippings, decorative paper including pieces from an old painting, motivational sayings, an old bulletin board frame, and a foam core board to fit in the frame.
The supplies for my envision board.

5. Then I pretended like I was in grade school, and I went to town cutting and pasting! Here're a couple of close-ups:
A close-up.
And another close-up.

The result in situ:
It's hanging above the desk where I'm typing right this second:-)


Make this day even better! Consider:


  • I’ve been a little under the weather lately, dragging through my days and doing everything in s-l-o-w motion. Eek, now I’m already behind on my 2018 goals. (No real worries yet because I built in a week of fudge time just for stuff like this.) I’ve got to take care of my health if I’m going to get after my goals! Here’s hoping YOU are well, dear reader!


14 comments:

  1. I love your vision board so much, seriously. I have been hesitant in making the board because what I have seen have always been material stuff that I am not sure that It'll make my life better. I will definitely consider making one like you. And I love your hot pink wall :) I will come back to read your post :) cheers

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    1. Siany, you're so kind, thanks!

      The pink has a funny story. I went for YEARS rejecting pink because I didn't want to be pigeon-holed as girly-frilly-princessy-etc. Eventually, I started looking at the color not for what it represented but as the color itself. It's not bad! I rather like pink now.:-)

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  2. I hope you will feel better soon, Priscilla. I love your vision board. It sounds like a fun project to do. I've never made one though.

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    1. Thanks, Nil, I'm on the mend, and I'm sure I'll be back to normal soon. Thanks also re my (en)vision board. It was fun to make!

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  3. I never did make a vision board. I actually thought about making one this year though. I like how you put it in a frame instead of just on a piece of posterboard.

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    1. I hadn't made one until this year. It was a more enjoyable process than I expected. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. It looks like you put a lot of thought into it. Feel better soon!

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    1. Yep, a lot of thought, but that was to make sure I'd be happy with the results. Thanks, I'm on the mend.:-)

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  5. I encourage you to start that novel. Don’t wait for the perfect idea or storyline but write from what you or someone close to you knows. One daughter was a dental assistant so that helped with one and another worked in a restaurant part time so that helped with another. Get them to tell you about the funny characters and interesting anecdotes. But be sure to change their names!

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    1. Yes, I've started. I'm just not as far along as I'd hoped. Thanks for the advice, and from a honest-to-goodness author to boot!

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  6. Priscilla, vision boards always seemed like "wishing boards" to me, so I'm glad to see your envision board with the focus on realistic goals. Love your color scheme! It took me years to accept my love of the color purple--in high school it seemed too "girly," and I avoided it. I now embrace it. In fact, at an appointment today, my doctor noticed my purple cardigan, day planner, purse, and pen. No apologies on my part at all! Hope you are feeling better soon!

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    1. It sounds like your purple is my pink! Thanks, I'm sure I'll be feeling up to par soon, and thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I've never actually heard of a vision board before, but I think you're envision board is a really cool idea! And it's absolutely BEAUTIFUL! You did a fantastic job! All the colors and symmetry...wow.
    I'm sorry you've been under the weather - praying you feel better soon! :)

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    1. As, thanks, H.L., for the kind words re my envision board. And thanks, I'm already feeling better!

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