The past two weeks the kids and I have been on a last minute trip to visit my parents in Florida. It’s been such an unexpected experience because while there a dear friend passed away way too young at 41. It was such a shock and it’s been a big wake up call for me and a lot of us, with taking care of our health and preparing for the unexpected. It’s also made me think about the future and all of the things that I want for myself, John and the kids.
Now more than ever I want to manifest happiness for our family.
It’s pretty interesting because one of the summer art projects I had planned to do with the kids was create a Vision Board. Are you familiar with Vision Boards? It’s kind of like a visual “life list” or “bucket list” of sorts. It’s a way to help me visually focus on the things, goals and dreams I have for our lives.
After my friend passed last week, I was more motivated than ever to really think hard about the things I’d like to focus on in my life. I’ve actually been pretty happy lately because I’ve been traveling and focusing on my kids activities as the school year ended, but not feeling super fulfilled with my work. I’ve felt overwhelmed by my suicide prevention volunteerism and trying to decide if I need to pull back. I’ve been feeling a lot of mental chaos in our home that’s filled more and more with toys and the typical mess of kids. And I’ve been lazy about making any changes.
In Florida, I talked to the kids about how important it is to think about these things. How we can make things happen in our lives by first thinking about our goals and seeing them visually in our minds with our imagination. Or even better, actually see them on a Vision Board. Once the Vision Board is done, the idea is to hang it somewhere you will see it every day as a constant reminder of what you want in life.
About 15 years ago, a friend of mine saw that I was struggling and introduced me to the idea of a Vision Board. She came over to my house unexpectedly one day with magazines, scissors, tape and a poster board and sat with me for several hours as I created one. For many years that board hung in my bathroom so I would see it every day and remind myself of what I had in life and what I wanted. It was so helpful to me, that I still think about it sometimes and have wanted to create another one.
So how did I create my Vision Board? And what does mine mean?
Create a Vision Board.
What you’ll need:
A large piece of cardboard
4 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 paper
An array of magazines
Scotch® Brand Permanent Double Sided Tape
Scotch® Brand Magic™ Tape
Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape
Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Squares
Scotch® Brand Expressions Masking Tape
A cereal box
Step 1: Cut Out Words/Images in Magazines
Look through magazines to find words or images that speak to you and your own personal goals and dreams. The kids can get involved here too. Ellie and Ronin had a great time. Of course they cut out things like puppies (because they really want a pet right now.) But for me, I was looking for images related to my true heart’s desires for our future. I’ll explain what I chose later.
Step 2: Prepare the Cardboard
Of course you could do this with a regular ole poster board, but I decided to use a large piece of cardboard I had in the garage. (Great first step to clean out the clutter, eh?) I took 4 pieces of white paper and using Scotch® Brand Permanent Double Sided Tape purchased at Walmart, I taped them to the board leaving a small border.
Step 3: Lay out your clippings into a collage
It’s important to lay out your images and words into the design before taping them down with the double sided tape. You’ll want to get your design just right before using the permanent adhesive.
So much easier than glue and you don’t have to wait for it to dry. I also felt safe having Ellie use it without fear of a mess!
She wanted to create her own Vision Board as I was making mine.
Step 4: Create the Frame.
After you’re finished laying out and taping your clippings it will look similar to this, which is cool but really needs some finishing if you’re going to hang it up in your house to look at every day.
So I decided to create my own frame using this adorable Scotch® Brand Expressions Color Masking Tape I found along with the other tape at Walmart. Cut strips of cereal box the width of the side of the box. You’ll need to tape two pieces together using Scotch® Brand Magic™ Tape then flip the strip over and cover with the color masking tape as shown below.
Do this four times to create all four sides of your Vision Board frame. I found teal green plain and a patterned teal to make alternating sides to my frame.
I cut the corners to look like a frame and then mounted all four sides using Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape to give the frame a bit of a lift, since the mounting tape is thicker than the standard double-sided tape.
And voila! You have a lovely Vision Board with a nice handmade frame to hang in your home.
Step 5: Hang where you will see it regularly.
I used Scotch® Mounting Squares to hang mine. Another option are the many Command™ Brand damage-free hanging solutions that hold strongly and remove cleanly.
I hung mine up in my bathroom. This is important. You need to see your Vision Board regularly for it to really make the life changing impact. Each and every day I want to see my goals and dreams so they become a part of my inner dialog. I truly believe that our words and our thoughts have power. Seeing them each and every day can make a lasting impact.
So what does my Vision Board mean?
In thinking about my life, a few key themes came to me that I thought I’d share with you as well. It doesn’t hurt to say them out loud to you too so my thoughts are truly out there in the world! Here’s my list in no particular order:
- The loss of my friend has inspired me to really want to get serious about my eating and exercise habits. I’d love to eat more veggies and less carbs because I know that will not only help my weight but also my anxiety. Carbs are BAD for my anxiety.
- I want to travel and have more experiences with the ones I love. I think last week proved to me how important it is to take chances and do more with my family and friends.
- We want to sell our home and move closer to John’s office. He sits in traffic way too much, which I know isn’t good for his stress and health, and we miss seeing him an extra 2-3 hours a day because of it.
- I want to get more pedicures. See more movies. Read more books. In general just do more of the things I love.
- “Can we talk?” I want to remember to reach out if I’m not doing well, but also just reach out more regularly to those I love. Send a text to say hello to friends across the country. Type a little note on a loved ones’ Facebook page. Actually make a phone call once in a while. Keeping in contact with those I love is so important.
- I want to remember to keep looking inside my soul to find the things that are stimulating, uplifting and inspiring to me.
- We want to declutter our space, and I’d love to add more bright color to our home. I think it would be good for our mental health.
- I want to add more fireworks in my marriage, go on more dates, spend more alone time without the kids.
What do you think? Would you like to create your own Vision Board?
Be sure to check out the new crafting aisle in Walmart near home office, where you can find products that will make your summer projects a lot easier, and more fun. From masking tapes to spray adhesives and everything in between. No matter the task, there’s a Scotch® Brand product to match. Check out the #ProjectAmazing Social Hub for great summer project ideas and inspiration.
What creative projects with Scotch® Brand products do you have planned this summer?