One of my favourite things to do when I’m bored or down is to create something with my own two hands. Arts and crafts is one of the most therapeutic activities; it can be so relaxing and fun, and the best part is that when you’re done you can find a use for your end product in your home or put it somewhere that makes you happy.
The other day I got the idea to make a vision board or focus board. It’s so easy to lose sight of the things that make you happy, your goals or even your interests if you’re constantly inundated with work, plans and stress. The busier you get, the mort important it becomes to remember to slow down, re-focus and indulge in a fun activity that will keep you motivated.
A vision or focus board is a collage or a collection of images that make you happy, motivated and ultimately, light your fire! The images you collect should be associated with your interests, your goals and things that make you smile when you look at them. For example, some of the pictures I sought out when making my vision board were pictures of ballerinas, cats, and places I want to visit, like Iceland. I also found pictures of some vintage books and quotes about writers that motivate me to be better. Whatever floats your boat, put it on your vision board!
I started my search for pictures on Pinterest, because I find that they have so many more unique and beautiful images than Google Images, which can have a limited selection if you’re making something that should include specific images. I started typing things into the search bar that I’m interested in, and voila!
The important thing to remember is not to get trigger-happy and start pasting pictures on your board that are off-target or unrelated to what really makes you happy. This is why it’s called a focus board, it helps you remember the things in life that are really important to you and the goals you really want to accomplish. It’s easy to get wrapped up in some of the beautiful images on Pinterest, but just remember that you wouldn’t be able to realistically fit too many things into your life, so why would you put them on your focus board?
I printed all my images out, (going through them was like looking at the best-case scenario of my future life!) and pasted them onto a white bristol board. Finally, I placed my board in my room where I can easily see it to motivate me and remind me of the things that are important to me.
The next time you lose track of what you want from life or of what makes you happy, make a focus board to give yourself a visual of your ideal life and to stay motivated despite daily stresses.