If you haven't created a vision board for 2021 yet, read this post so you will understand how powerful they are and see why you should get right on it...
A young family had just begun renting a house they liked, but didn’t love, in a nice neighborhood. One day, the husband and wife challenged themselves to describe what a dream house would be like, if they could have it.
The more they talked, the more they wanted not only to write down some of the ideas they were coming up, but also to create a vision board for this home they imagined. When they had created the vision board, they knew they hadn’t gotten it right.
That was, indeed, the house they wanted most.
Well, they had it out in plain sight for a while, but eventually, it got moved out of the way. Years went by, and when their family grew larger, they decided to look for another home.
It didn’t take them long to find exactly what they were looking for, and they were excited to move in.
Just before moving day, the husband went up to the attic to begin packing up anything they had overlooked, and he came across the vision board, hidden behind some boxes. They had both completely forgotten about it, as the years had gone by.
As he picked it up, and looked at it, he was shocked to discover that the house on the vision board looked exactly like the one they had just bought! And the descriptive words they added to the vision board were a perfect match to the way they described their new home.
Do You Make Vision Boards?
Do you make vision boards?
It is stories like that one that motivate me to keep making vision boards for the life I want to create. And I have had similar experiences in my own life.
One recent example is also a “new home” story.
When I was looking online at potential apartments, I saw one that seemed perfect, but was too expensive. One of the things I loved about it was its two short hallways that helped to divide up the space, in addition to its main one.
I love hallways because they help create a sense of separation between one part of the house and every other part. So even though the hallways were short, I loved them.
I also loved the idea of taking pictures for the blog in them because there would be nothing to crop out of the picture, the way there often is in other rooms.
So I created a pinboard and used Canva to place a picture of myself standing in front of the door in one of those hallways, hoping somehow to manifest what I wanted.
But we didn’t get that apartment, ultimately, because it was too expensive. We found one online, that was more affordable, and rented it without having seen it in person.
When we moved in, I was delighted to discover that it, also, had two hallways. And for picture-taking purposes, you really could count the doorway as a third hallway. Exciting, right?
A 6-Year-Old's Vision Board
One more story, and I will stick to the home theme since we’re on a roll here...
When my son was 6 years old, I found out that my landlord was going to sell the duplex we lived in, and loved, and we would have to move.
I asked my son how he felt about it, and he told me he didn’t mind as long as he liked our new place. He told me he wanted stairs this time, and he drew a picture of a house. Gables, front door and all.
I thanked him, and we both added feeling words to the drawing and made it a vision board.
Privately, though, I thought, “no way!” Apartments don’t have stairs and gables, and it was highly unlikely that I would be able to afford an actual house.
But I was wrong. Just before settling on an apartment I wasn’t really happy with, I decided to check out one more place.
And it turned out that this apartment complex had apartments with private entrances. Gabled ones.
And the upstairs ones had stairs on the inside that led to living on the upper floor. Boom! That became our new home for ten years.
I hope that these stories are making it obvious that vision boards are powerful.
Have I motivated you to make one for yourself?
And have you ever created a vision board before?
See you next time!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Author, tea matchmaker, self care coach and lifestyle blogger. I help women who want more time for tea breaks & self care simplify, and find time for both. More here.