How not to do a vision board (and how carers can get it right!)

We all have own thoughts about (and maybe even experiences of) vision boards. Perhaps we are rolling our eyes at the idea, or thinking back to vision boards completed in the past. Or may be just a eh? what's that then?

Think vision boards are a waste of time, frivilous, shallow or frankly a bit "woo woo"? (Like I used to!) turns out we might have been doing it wrong.

Here's how we might have been getting it wrong:

  • Cutting out glamorous pictures of holidays, cars, houses, kitchens and other "things" that we want to have. A grown up version of circling the toys in the Argos catalogue... only there are no generous relatives to buy these things.

  • Turning our bucket list of things to do before the next big birthday into a picture. Bucket lists are a great idea but are mostly about "doing"

  • Creating a vision board that we then hide in a drawer and discover the following year when "decluttering"

  • Rushing to do it quickly with no reflection or dicussion

  • Procrastinating and over thinking it

  • Creating something that will impress others on instagram/pintrest

  • Agonising over our lack of creativity and how others are better at this than us and so not enjoying the experience

The good news is creating a vision board can be a fun, helpful, relaxing experience. A way of taking time out and thinking about you (the whole of you). As carers this might be a rare thing and so I believe really valuable for us.

When did you last spend time thinking about you?

A vision board can be created on paper or card, or it can be done online using an app like Canva. For some it may just become a really strong vision in their imagination.

Here's what I created this time last year:

So how can we get it right?

  • Begin with the end in mind - the aim here is to create something that can inspire, focus or uplift us in the coming year.

  • Go really big picture, think beyond what you want to do and and things you want to have. Who do you want to be? How do you want to feel? What matters to you? What do you want and what don't you want?

  • Spend some time reflecting, journal, capture notes. Maybe even join us in our "beyond caring" cuppas on a Thursday at 4pm

  • Start collecting - photos, quotes, words, drawings, colours, decorations, leaves, music, thoughts.

  • Try a guided visualisation to help you create this vision in your head and connect with how it feels.

  • Involve others, join a group, create a group with friends or family...or maybe doing this alone is more your style - choose what works for you.

and finally........

  • Do it - set time aside to create your vision board.

  • Connect with your vision - put it somewhere you will see it regularly, use it for some time out focusing on different elements.

Watch this space for news of our "Mobilise Virtual Vision Board Workshop for Carers", coming soon. We'll walk through the process together and encourage each other along the way.

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