A vision board/inspiration board has been on my to do list since January.
So that means I have been making excuses not to make it for seven months.
At first my excuse was I had to buy a pinboard first. I think that one took me until March.
Up next was all the ideas I had for making the pinboard pretty before I added all my inspirational pics to it.
I wanted to paint it grey. I wanted to find the exact perfect piece of fabric to adorn the background. I wanted to buy super-cute pins and washi tape to attach my pictures with.
And all of a sudden it’s nearly August. And I hadn’t even started yet.
So a couple of days ago I told myself ‘Enough!’
Bolstered by my theme song and some exceptionally bright days, I took the plastic wrapping off my pinboard.
I laid it flat in a place out of reach of little hands.
And I went about collecting images, printing off quotes, and focusing on what I want – what I want to achieve, what I want to acquire, what inspires me right now.
I chose reminders not to take myself to seriously and simple words that make me smile or inspire me. I chose bright colours, serene landscapes, a door to represent opportunity and a butterfly to represent metamorphosis. A quote about making your day beautiful with bright rainbow colours is illustrated by a gorgeous mini print from 74 Lime Lane. As I looked through magazines, instead of my usual red, lush greens called to me, as did a hint of orange and a pop of hot pink. I added pics of my peeps and surrounded them with love.
I stood back and looked at my inspiration board.
And I reminded myself that this board did not have to be perfect. And that it was not final.
I will change the images, update, expand. I will remove things as goals are achieved, add them as dreams and desires evolve.
I may paint the pinboard one day, and add a background of exquisite fabric.
But it is not the actual board that matters.
It is what I choose to add to that board.
It is what I choose to feed my mind with,what I choose to fuel my spirit.
I stood back and looked at the images, let the words imprint themselves on my heart.
I smiled. With my whole self.
I’d say it’s working already.
Addendum: Also pictured on my desk is a gorgeous surprise I received in the mail yesterday from the lovely Kat over at I Saw You Dancing. Kat created this sweet little mixed-media art canvas just for me and I am beyond touched. I have it next to my inspiration board as a reminder of how awesome I am (thanks Kat ♥), how wonderful other people can be, and because there are lots of little details within the piece that are completely in line with my dreams and inspiration.
Joining in with Jess for #IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays). Go ahead – check it out – find some inspiration from the many who are joining in, or link-up yourself. It’s really going off over there today!