Vision Boards for Dreaming, Goals, and Planning

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Since I am a highly visual person…Vision Boards sparked my interest this year. Except I kind of skipped the feelings part of looking at things that make you happy. I needed visuals to keep me focused.

PicMonkey Collage

Honestly I have struggled with writing goals, making plans…having dreams. I have spent many years letting the circumstances of life direct my planning. Which is not a bad thing but does not provide any thoughts to doing anything beside surviving.

I am not even sure I have grasped the full understanding….but here is what I have done this year at my house.

Vision Boards for 2016

Most of the directions I read had you gathering magazines to cut out pictures that inspired you. Since I don’t have magazines and honestly didn’t expect to find what visuals I wanted, I switched to a plan B.

I gave my boys a sheet of paper divided into sections labeled:

  • learn
  • money
  • school
  • fun
  • spiritual
  • books

I had them think of 2 to 4 things for each section. I felt like I was combining goals and dreams on one board. I tried to help them keep some items measurable like save $200 and exercise 2 hours a week. When they write their school plans each week they can remember to add the time for their goals.

Then I went on the internet to find images. I copied the images into Illustrator, you could use a word doc or powerpoint. I sized them and added some words. Next I printed them out.

Next my boys cut out each picture and arranged them on a Poster Board – 11 x 14 inch – White
. I used ABC stickers to put 2016 on each board.

For the book section, as a family, we are completing the 2016 Book Challenge at Modern Mrs. Darcy. You will notice it missing on my one son’s board, actually it is glued to the backside.

Vision Board

Even if you do not complete a vision board...asking your kids questions from the topic sections can be eye opening. I learned that my one son had models only half built. I thought they were all done. Both my boys really want to go on some specific field trips. Of course I was not shocked by them wanting to learn electric guitar and saxophone…I am secretly hoping I get Noise Cancelling Headphones before they achieve these goals. (Don’t judge…I already listen to piano, ukulele, violin, and guitar)

Since my mind still seems uncertain of goal writing I signed up for Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Year. I am hoping after taking this class I can construct my own vision board. I probably won’t call it a 2016 vision board but something like my 6 month or 12 vision board. 

I don’t want the excuse of it not being at the beginning of a new year to keep me from creating my vision board.

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Comments

  1. Ann says:

    What a wonderful activity to do with your kids! Makes me want to get my tween right on it! I love that through it you learned about what’s been going through their little minds, which you might not have realized otherwise. I love that it is creative and visual. I love that they will have a place to look and be reminded of where they’re headed. I just love everything about this. 🙂

    • Stacey Lane says:

      Thanks for stopping by…it was a fun back to the school after a long break activity.

  2. Interesting idea, Stacey! Many of us take in information and process things visually and this would be a terrific tool in goal-setting. Thanks for sharing!

    • Stacey Lane says:

      Linda, thanks for stopping by…yeah my boys are really enjoying the visual reminders.

  3. What a great idea to help kids start to think long term. I’m sure they feel more empowered with having their own plans which ultimately are goals for the year. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

    • Stacey Lane says:

      Yesterday my son excited crossed something off his list! I believe we will doing these again.

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