December 26, 2018
Goal Setting With Vision Boards
How to Make a Vision Board That Works in 10 Simple Steps
Vision boards work for me on many levels
Note: I’m making assumptions about that unconscious part. I don’t really know what goes on in my head unconsciously! Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I do believe that a big part of the vision board magic is it’s influence on the unconscious or subconscious mind.
Do Vision Boards Actually Work?
They have worked for me. And they have worked for others.
I am surprised at what came to pass on other vision boards I created in the past. Not always within the year. Sometimes a few years later, in fact. I look back at old vision boards and am surprised and humbled.
But they work on other levels as well. Besides just the fact that what I put on them becomes reality.
As mentioned before, the act of making them helps me with my goal setting. I also add values-things that are important to me that I want to focus on more.
With all that in mind, I thought I’d share my vision board process on how to make a vision board that works for you.
How to Make a Vision Board that Works
The Vision Board Process
Note: This is the general process that I use. Feel free to take what you like from these instructions and ad lib the rest. Make it your own process! I’ll include some ideas for different formats and processes at the end as well as some resources and books that might be helpful if you want to read more.
1. Set goals and prioritize
First I sit down with paper and pen and think about my goals for the coming year.
This initial step is my big brain dump and includes the big goals (get healthy and strong, learn how to meditate, take the family on a trip to St. John) to the little wish list type of stuff (get a new vacuum cleaner), intentions (be more mindful, connect with my family better), and words for the year (clarity, joy, peace).
After I do the first brain dump, I review my thoughts and notes and figure out what my priorities are and either circle them or create a new list.
What are the things I really, really want to happen above all else? Those are definitely going on my vision board. A lot of the other things will end up on my board, too, but I want to make sure the biggies get their place.
2. Create a basic structure for my vision board
This step is optional, but I’ve been doing it for the past several years and really like it.
I divide the poster board into a nine section bagua by drawing two equidistant vertical and horizontal lines, then title each section with the life area that it corresponds with in the bagua.
The bagua is a key component of feng shui. Even if you don’t believe in feng shui (I’m still not sure myself) it provides a nice frame work and some general life categories to keep your goals and vision board well rounded.
Again, it’s optional, but I’m telling you what I do.
Each section has a corresponding life area associated with it as well as a color. I tend to consider both when creating my vision boards.
3. Write goals and ideas on my poster board
So, once I draw the bagua on my poster board, and write both the life area and color on it, I then start writing my goals and intentions for each area directly on the poster board. It will get covered over later with collage images so I don’t worry about how it looks or if I’m just thinking on paper and later change my mind about some of my priorities or whatever.
This part helps me round out my goals. For example if my initial brain dump focused on finances and health, I am now reminded to consider relationships, skills, etc.
Hmm… What do I want in the area of wisdom?
In addition, this part helps me to focus when I’m searching for vision board images (in the next step).
And I like how the layer of intention and goals are a part of the finished vision board, even if you can’t see this layer ultimately. It makes me feel like it’s helping to do the work!
4. Find images and words for the vision board
Search for and cut out images and words that embody your goals and/or just speak to you.
I love this step!
I go through a stack of magazines (generally from the free stack at the public library or bought for a quarter each from Goodwill) and clip everything I like-colors, words, interesting images-but am also on a hunt for images and words that relate to the goals I’m making.
In fact, I cut out way more than I need or will ultimately use!
Also, if there’s a goal or intention that I can’t find a good image for, I hop on the computer and do an image search. My finished goal boards include a mix of magazine images, pictures I print from the internet, and words.
The kids usually join me in clipping images for collage, but tend to focus on images they like (or treats they want to eat) more than goals.
5. Sort and arrange the images and words
You could do this as you go or after the cutting spree. I’ve done both.
So, with your poster board in front of you, and your pile of images at hand, go through the images and decide what belongs on the poster board and place it roughly in the section it will go. Then continue through the pile of clippings.
Some images will go on the poster board, some will go in a “later” pile to be used in a future collage, and some will just be recycled.
6. Edit and create your goal board
Now it’s time to narrow down both the images and words, and the placement.
Time to trim around the flowers or bicycle or whatever, if you haven’t already. I edit out more of the images and arrange the others. Trim and refine.
7. Glue down your images
Note: I often like to begin with a base layer of color and themes that I then build on with the smaller images, but this is not necessary!
8. Add your own words, doodles, or sketches
Now, add your own words, doodles, or sketches over and around the collaged images with Sharpie markers (optional).
And now it’s time to hang your new vision board on the wall where you will see it regularly!
I hang mine in my office, where I can see it from my desk, but you could put yours anywhere you will see it daily. The act of creating it is important, but so is seeing it regularly.
10. Review your goals daily
So you have your new vision board in a place where you can see it every day, right? Make sure to pause and review the images, messages, and goals at least once a day.
I’ve recently started taking a few minutes each morning to revisit the goals that the images and words represent, to imagine what it will be like when they come to pass, and to think about something I could do that day toward each goal.
Different Vision Board Ideas
There are so many different ways you could make a vision board!
6 Books about How to Make Vision Boards
*These are the books I’ve read. The others are highly rated and reviewed on Amazon.
More Vision Board Ideas
Be Anxious for Nothing this New YEAR!
TEDxKC Talk Synopsis
In our anxious world, we often protect ourselves by closing off parts of our lives that leave us feeling most vulnerable. Yet invulnerability has a price. When we knowingly or unknowingly numb ourselves to what we sense threatens us, we sacrifice an essential tool for navigating uncertain times — joy. This talk will explore how and why fear and collective scarcity has profoundly dangerous consequences on how we live, love, parent, work and engage in relationships — and how simple acts can restore our sense of purpose and meaning.
Speaker: Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she has spent the past 10 years studying courage, shame and authenticity. She is the Behavioral Health Scholar-in-Residence at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs and has written several books on her research. www.brenebrown.com/welcome
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6 Tips to Have the Best Yard on the Block
Everyone wants to have the yard that makes their neighbors green with envy. Not only does a healthy and vibrant landscape increase your home’s curb appeal, but a well-executed yard will also help you save time and money, and offer an oasis of outdoor tranquility you can enjoy at any time of year.
With these simple tips, you can work towards getting the lawn you’ve longed for and cultivate a fresh garden brimming with beautiful elements that will make any homeowner proud.
Plot your plans. Before you get started, plot out the landscape and determine the amount of time, money, and labor it will take to accomplish and maintain your yard goals. Necessary gardening materials like mulch, seed, plants and fertilizer add up quickly, and you don’t want to abandon your plans halfway through because the scale of the project was underestimated. Remember that after winter, lawns wake up hungry – and you’ll likely have to feed it more during the spring to strengthen roots and combat heat, cold drought and mowing. Be sure to assess yearly maintenance to ensure your investment won’t dry up over time.
Be water wise. Before settling on vegetal placement, notice the flow of water on your property. This can easily be determined by watching where the water drains when it rains. Being mindful of the water drainage will ensure you thoughtfully manage your landscaping and avoid putting plants in places that could get overwatered. If your home is in a dry climate, incorporate native and drought-tolerant trees, shrubs and cacti into the landscape to reduce water use. Conserving water will help you weed out unnecessary expenses and protect the plant life you are growing while helping the environment.
Let it grow. Keeping your grass longer will prevent soil from losing nitrogen and drying out or turning yellow. Aerating – or poking small holes in your lawn – is also a great way to improve oxygen circulation and nutrient penetration. Consider ventilating your lawn with spiked shoes or aerating tools and letting it grow to at least two inches to let it breathe and thrive.
Mix and match. Not all parts of your yard are created equal. Some might have more shade, and others may be more moist or prone to drying out. Once you’ve considered site conditions such as sun exposure, amount of rainfall and wind conditions, start choosing greenery that functions best in each area. Use containers, structures, art and non-plant materials to add visual interest to your landscape and accommodate patches that need special attention.
Mind the size. Consider the future of how your yard will evolve and evaluate how plants will do in certain spots of your garden in the future. Avoid planting large trees in areas that have no space to expand, and be sure to thoroughly research how large some plants can grow to accommodate the correct amount of plots for each element. Over time, be sure to maintain all part of the lawn by removing debris such as errant sticks and leaves that can deprive the grass of oxygen and sunlight.
Consider all design elements. Variety and imagination will spice up your lawn and set you apart from the other homes on the block. Evaluate your landscape from a holistic design perspective, taking into account the color, form, pattern, light, balance, rhythm and unity of all the elements included. Play with color and incorporate unique greenery that will put you apart from your neighbors. Your entire yard is a blank canvas for art, so be sure to embrace your individuality and create something that reflects your personal style.
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LANDSCAPING FOR SUNNY AREAS
Three quick solutions for summer hot spots –
By Maureen Gilmer
In the good old summertime, shade is a must for outdoor living and entertaining. Where a landscape is fully exposed to the west, the cumulative heat of the setting sun can be a real challenge. Here all but the most rugged plants wilt under the strain. Whether it is hot and dry or hot and humid, each outdoor landscape must be made comfortable by configuring the design for protection from the west. Whether it’s desert adapted plants or site specific shade structures, all are essential to enjoying outdoor life in the hot zone.
1. Quick and Seasonal Solutions Tension Fabric Structures or Shade Sails
When you need shade and need it now, there’s no time for design of a custom structure that takes many months to complete. Shade sails sails are an attractive and effective solution. They are the first truly instant source of protection for outdoor living. Constructed of UV resistant, heavy duty shade cloth, these triangular pieces are available in a variety of different colors and sizes. Larger sail can be used alone or in multiples for a layered effect that casts patterns on the ground beneath. This graphic shadow makes them highly attractive for modern style homes where geometric forms and patterns are desirable.
Consult your designer for help in specifying a sail that casts shade where you want it, and does so safely. There are standard sizes (11′ to 17′), but many companies will custom make one to fit your unique dimensions. Due to the potential for damage if one connection comes loose under pressure from rain or winds, the project will involve steel poles, large lag bolts, cables and turnbuckles for safe and storm-resistant installation. When contact points include anchors in your house wall, an architect will be able to specify the proper hardware and installation details.
Nationally advertised retractable awnings are a quick and highly effective solution for small spaces immediately adjacent to your house. It can be installed in one day and fully usable the next. When constructed of waterproof canvas rather than shade cloth, this product also provides limited rain protection. The awning must be installed onto the face of the structure where it can be easily opened up to cantilever over living spaces. Motorized models may be opened with a remote operated electric motor or manual models with a hand crank. This is the best choice for sites that need help during hot summer afternoons, or to provide protection until young trees mature. It can be constructed with woven shade cloth to allow some light to come through. Be aware that retractable awnings are vulnerable to wind shear damage when fully open. The fabric may require replacement over time.
Retractable awnings typically extend outward 8′ to 10′ and are usually 10′ to 20′ wide. A manual awning will cost anywhere from $800 to $1600. A motorized awning is typically priced at $1500 to $3000.
2. Structures with Style
Shade structures are a permanent fix for making outdoor living more comfortable in hot climates, or just during the summer months where it’s cooler. A custom designed shade structure should reflect the home style, materials and finish colors. Rather than standard wood posts, explore columns or streamline metals with your designer. The shade giving part which crosses overhead must be laid out relative to the position of sunset during July and August. The beams and rafters need to run perpendicular to the sun’s rays in order to provide the best protection. The closer together the overhead rafters, the more shade it will cast. Visit Berlin Gardens for some inspiration and call Mock Property Services for a quote today! 330-628-9100
A pergola is a freestanding flat-top structure that provides protection for outdoor living spaces. Prefabricated models are limited in size because the support members of a larger structure would be too difficult to ship without significant costs. Pergola kits are available in wood or steel as well as white vinyl preferred for its ease of maintenance. All pieces are to be assembled on site with posts into concrete footings for structural integrity. The average size of prefabricated pergolas is 10′ by 10′. Oversized pergolas are usually 10′ by 12′. Typical pricing is $1200 to $7000 plus shipping and installation.
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3. Very BIG Trees
A large specimen tree is better able to change the whole environment of your yard rather than just providing limited shade. It is a green and sustainable solution, but this endeavor requires a licensed landscape architect to select the species, hand pick the individual specimen and supervise all aspects of installation. A utility survey may be required to avoid conflicts with underground structures. The potential for damage to your home and worker injury during the movement and planting of such a heavy object can be considerable. Protect yourself by insisting on a well-qualified contractor approved by your landscape architect.
Drought resistant olives are among the few broad leaf trees that can be moved without a significant root ball.
The biggest challenges of buying and planting a specimen tree are cost and accessibility. Added to the purchase price of the tree are labor and a crane to lift it off the truck and into your yard.
Specimen trees are sold in wood box containers, the smallest measuring 24 inches square for about $150.00 to $300.00 depending on the tree species. From there the size increases to a 36″ box, increasing incrementally to over one hundred inches or more.
Some mature trees will tolerate immediate transplanting, which has allowed many old olive orchards to be transplanted one tree at a time into yards. The same applies to date palm orchards moved to line entries of upscale shopping and business centers. Though transplanting is nothing new, a huge machine known as a “tree spade” was invented to dig out a tree with a cone shaped root ball. The same machine digs a cone shaped hole at your house so the tree is dropped right in for a perfect fit. Cone shaped root balls fit tightly and don’t roll in a wet planting hole like a flat bottom root ball does. The price for transplanted trees using a tree spade or more traditional methods using a crane will vary by size and the rarity of the tree.
Mock Property Services can assist you in making sure the tree you plant is suited to the local climate.
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