With the start of a new year comes time to reflect, re-evaluate and renew. Creating a vision board is a fun and surprisingly effective way to do all three of those things. In today’s post, I’ll show you how to create a powerful digital vision board that will help you get your needs met this year, in turn bringing you more moments of happiness and satisfaction to your life!
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What is a Vision Board?
A vision board or dream board is a fanciful name for a visual representation of your goals and dreams for the year. It is often created as a collage of pictures and words that represent all the things that you would like to experience more of in your life.
In today’s post, I’ll show you how to easily create a stunning digital collage that you can download into a JPG file to print, or display on your devices for the year.
How to Start Making a Vision Board
In order to create an effective vision board, it’s helpful to reflect deeply on all the things that would make your life wonderful. You may have caught yourself already thinking that you might like to lose a few pounds this year, or break some bad habits, or maybe acquire some new possessions, or improve your space.
But after studying Non-Violent Communication for a number of years, I have come to understand that it is only when our deepest needs are met, not our materials needs, that we experience feelings of joy, happiness and satisfaction with our lives.
While there are hundreds of needs that we all share as humans, they can be grouped into 9 main categories: Autonomy, Self-Expression, Nurturance, Interdependence, Spiritual, Physical, Mental Stimulation, Celebration and Integrity/Purpose.
That’s why I’ve created a vision board template that will prompt you to reflect on each of these areas of needs and help you pick goals for meeting those areas this year.
How Do Vision Boards Work?
As we take time to reflect on our deepest needs and wants, a magical thing starts to happen. We start to act more intentionally to get them met. Some might even say that the universe begins to align with us and more experiences, people, and opportunities begin to come into our lives, creating before unseen ways of fulfilling our needs.
And that is the power of a vision board. It is a reminder to ourselves, amidst the daily grind of life, of what is truly important to us, and of what can make our life the most wonderful.
How to Make a Digital Vision Board
To learn how to create your digital vision board, all you need to do is watch my video tutorial below. In it, I explain the areas of needs to reflect upon in greater detail, as well as how to use the Google Draw tool (a free tool within the Google Suite) to easily create and customize your collage. I also show you how to download and best save your creation.
When you click on the template image below, it will open up a canvas in Google Draw and prompt you to make a copy of your own to work upon. Then you can begin to work right away!
As you can see below, the template has prompting questions for each of the 9 areas of needs to get you reflecting on what you want to bring into your life this year.
To create a paper-based vision board, you are welcome to download and use my template for reflection purposes by clicking HERE.
How Can a Vision Board Help My Parenting?
Just in case you’re wondering what a blog post about creating a vision board is doing on a parenting website – I wanted to re-assure you that this process is one that will have benefits for you that will ripple out and extend to your children and family. As I’ve often said, in order to be an effective parent, we have to take care of ourselves too!
If you’re thinking about setting some parenting goals for yourself, these will fit very nicely into the sections on Interdependence and Nurturance. Be sure to watch my video to hear me explain the details of each of the needs areas!
If you have any questions about the process, feel free to comment below, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d also love to see your finished vision board!