Hi beautiful! First of all, you are such a badass. Visionary. Lady boss. You are full of feminine wisdom that you can harness to create the life you desire and deserve. You are the architect of your life. Today I’m going to walk you through the process of creating a feminist vision board to help you visualize the life you deserve, and to set intentions and resolutions that you’ll be inspired to keep.

A vision board is a creative art piece or collage to help you manifest your hopes and dreams. It serves as a visual reminder of your resolutions and intentions to help you create the life you desire.

 

Be careful about what you choose to put on your vision board, as you may be surprised by the universe sending you exactly what you asked for (it has happened to me when I wasn’t specific enough about my intentions).

 

So here’s what you’ll need for your badass board:

  • A bunch of old magazines. If you’re in the Baltimore area, a great resource to get some pre-loved free books and magazines is The Book Thing in Charles Village at http://bookthing.org/
    If you’re outside of my own lovely city, you can just do a quick internet search for free magazines in your city, call your local library, or ask your friends/family to save their subscriptions for you to use.
  • A posterboard, canvas, or piece of cardboard in whatever size you would like to make your board. I used a spare piece of cardboard to keep this project as affordable and green as possible.
  • Glue (any type of craft glue like white school glue/glue sticks will work).
  • Scissors to cut out pictures and words.

Optional but recommended:

  • An inspirational playlist. I knew I wanted to create a business vision board for my private practice where I focus on empowering women to live their best lives, so I chose a Spotify playlist called “Feminist Friday,” which I recommend, but you should use whatever sparks your creativity and makes you feel good.
  • Stickers, washi tape, and any other crafty things you can think of to glue on your board.
  • Handwritten notes, postcards, or other mementos you’d like to include.

Let’s get to it, goddesses!

Step 1: First things first–get some cozy clothes, make yourself a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, gather your supplies, and a friend or two if you’d like. You can spend a few minutes meditating before beginning. This may help you to visualize your goals and intentions for creating your board. If I could wave a magic wand and you could wake up tomorrow with your dream life, what would it look like? This can be a good place to start.

Step 2: Flip through your magazines and cut out any pictures or words that speak to you, inspire you, or create a positive emotional reaction in you. Don’t get hung up on whether or not it could happen to you, or whether it’s “realistic,” just cut it out! Don’t make your board just about material possessions; make sure what you choose sparks some feelings in you.

Step 3: Once you’ve cut out lots of pictures and words, start to place them around the board to get a general sense of how you’d like to lay it out. Make sure it feels right.

Step 4: Start gluing your pieces onto the board, beginning with the largest pieces to anchor the layout.

Step 5: Layer on the medium and smaller pieces next, saving the tiny words and details for the end. You may find you didn’t cut out enough pictures to cover your board—you can either find more, draw with pens/markers to fill in the space, or leave the space open so as you become inspired throughout the year you can add more to your board. It’s your board; do whatever makes you happy! By now you should be about done. Feel free to embellish your collage with stickers, washi tape, rhinestones, ribbons, or whatever else you like!

Step 6: Hang or keep your vision board somewhere in your home or workspace to inspire you and remind you of your goals.

Finally, we’re finished with our vision board! Were you surprised by anything on your board? What feelings come up for you when you look at your board? I hope you feel inspired, empowered, and excited to take on some new challenges in your life.

 

As a result of creating my business board, I realized that I’d really love to offer therapeutic retreats for women to focus on self-care, expressing themselves via art, dance, movement, and building bonds with nature, themselves, and other women. What do you think? Can we make this happen in 2018?

As always, let me know how I can be of benefit, or if you have any questions about this creative process or the feelings it brought up for you. Send me a message so I can see your lovely creations! You can get in touch with me here.

Peace and love,
Bethany

 

 

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