Using Vision Boards to Live your Dreams in 2019

 

vision boards with kids
Photo by Brandi Grooms Photography

Hi friends!

The holiday season is upon us! During this time of year, many of us like to look forward and make plans for what we want the next year of our lives to look like. We envision our dream lives, set goals, and make resolutions for how we will make the new year our best year ever!

For the last few years, I’ve been using vision boards as a tool for helping me make my dream life a reality. A vision board is a way to create a visual representation of our desires. It helps take our hopes and wishes from an intangible idea in our heads and places them in our physical space where we can see them.

I like to create a vision board each year right before the new year. I then place it on my nightstand where I can see it everyday. Within a few weeks, it becomes something that I don’t pay much attention to, but it is still sitting right beside me as I go to sleep each night and is one of the first things I see when I wake up in the morning. My subconscious mind gets to work interpreting the things on my vision board as part of my reality. It’s always surprising to me to look back later in the year and see how many of the things on my vision board have materialized.

vision boardThe first year that I started creating vision boards was in 2015 when I was pregnant with my daughter. Like any first time expecting mother, I had certain ideas of what I envisioned life with my new baby would look like. I remember being just about 5 months pregnant as I created my vision board that year. I pasted sayings like “healthy pregnancy” and “blessings” on it, along with photos of a mom and baby doing yoga, a smiling mom and dad with their baby girl, and the green smoothies I pictured myself having as part of my postpartum health regimen.

Shortly after creating this vision board, I got wrapped up in the end of my pregnancy, preparing for baby, and then, finally, bringing my baby girl into the world and adjusting to life with a newborn. I forgot all about my vision board as I started acclimating to my new life role as a mama and started bonding with my baby and being the mom I had always hoped to be.

A few months later, I was really shocked when I looked at my old vision board and noticed that everything on it had come true! I had a super healthy pregnancy, my husband and I literally could not stop smiling at our baby girl, I had just started making mommy and me yoga a part of our morning routine, and I had been having green smoothies everyday after I discovered how sensitive my little babe was to the foods that I ate! My life was filled with blessings at this time and it was really awesome to see that everything that I had dreamt about as I created my vision board was now my reality.

I’ve continued to make vision boards each year, and have had similar experiences with my visions coming true time after time. Last year, I included my daughter June in the vision board making process. She was just 2 years old at the time and she helped pick out photos of the things she wanted more of in the new year. She chose photos of cookies and apples (now 2 of her favorite foods), and we added in pictures of toddlers brushing their teeth and using the potty… two things that seemed so far away at the time, but now things that she has mastered in the last year! It was so much fun to include her in the process that I’m planning on doing it again this year!

After I shared about my vision board making process with June last year, I had lots of moms reaching out to me asking for ideas on how to make their own vision boards with their little ones. And so, this year I’m going to be hosting a VISION BOARDING WITH LITTLES workshop!

Who is this for?: Mindful Mamas and their Kiddos

What is it?: Vision Boarding with Littles Workshop

Includes –

  • Crafting & creating vision boards
  • Talk on how to use vision boards to reach your goals in 2019 (explained in a fun, easy way for kids to understand)
  • Setting doable + powerful goals
  • Kid friendly mommy and me meditation that you can use over and over to connect with your intentions in the new year!

When: Friday 12/28 from 10am – 12pm

Where: Long Branch, NJ

Price: $30 (Includes healthy snacks & refreshments & all materials needed to create 2 vision boards – one for you and one for your child) $5 each additional child

Space is limited to 10 families and we have just a few spots left. If you are a local NJ mom and would like to attend this workshop, please send an email to mamabirdwellnest@gmail.com and I’ll send you all of the details to sign up and secure your spot. 

This is going to be such a fun time to connect with your innermost desires and show your kids a fun, tangible way to start making their dreams a reality! 🙂

If you are not local to NJ, and would like to learn more about how to create your own vision board, click here to read the in depth blog post I wrote with all of my tips for creating powerful vision boards.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season! May all of your dreams come true in 2019.

Be well!

Lots of love,
Ambar

 

How to Make a Vision Board & Why You Need One!

How to Make a Vision Board and Why You Need One

Hello my friends and happy new year!

Angelo, June & I celebrated New Year’s Eve with a quiet evening at home making vision boards. It was so much fun to do together as a family! This is not really Angelo’s type of thing, but he humors me and is willing to try new things. I loved getting him involved and getting an inside look at what his dreams are! And, it was extra special to help my little June create her very first vision board! She chose all of her own photos and is apparently planning to spend the year playing superheroes, swimming, eating cookies and apples, and playing with bunnies. 😉

I’ve received a lot of questions about vision boards after I shared some photos on social media, so I decided to write a post to teach you how to make a vision board of your very own!

What is a vision board?

You might be wondering; what the heck is a vision board?! A vision board (also called a dream board), is a way of creating a tangible way of looking at your dreams. Vision boards help us get clear about the future vision that we hold for ourselves and our lives. They help us answer the questions: What do I really want? What are my dreams? What are my desires? Who do I want to be? By creating a vision board, you get clarity on your dreams. Once we have clarity on our dreams, we are more likely to achieve them!

How do I make a vision board?

Here is what you will need:

  • Magazines that you don’t mind cutting up
  • Scissors
  • Glue or glue stick
  • A poster board or large picture frame

Step 1: Set the Scene

Creating a vision board should be a special experience. It’s all about getting clear on your hopes and dreams, and this is a process that deserves its own dedicated time and attention. Set aside 1-2 hours to work on your vision board. Light a candle and put on some music that makes you feel good. Get into a space where you are ready to be inspired and creative.

Step 2: Cut out photos

Go through your magazines and start cutting out pictures of everything that appeals to you. Do not sensor yourself. Cut out every photograph, word, or phrase that strikes a chord with you. You can choose different pictures to represent different aspects of your life, for example, I often use pictures of mothers and daughters to represent my daughter and me, and pictures of couples to represent my husband and me. Choose photos where the people are doing things that you yourself would like to be doing. Choose words that you find inspiring and motivating. Choose pictures that make you feel happy and excited.

Step 3: Edit photos and create a collage

After you have collected all of your picturess, it’s time to create your vision board! Take some time to lay your photos out in a way that is appealing to you. This is the time to make any last minute changes, such as leaving out any pictures that do not truly resonate with you, or looking for things that you feel may be missing. Put your pictures together in a way that looks and feels good to you.

Step 4: Put it all together

After you have your collage all lined up, it’s time to make it permanent. Glue everything onto your poster board. Tip: Take a photo of your collage before you take it apart to glue everything together, so that you remember where everything went!

And that’s it! Now you have your vision board! You are officially ready to make your dreams come true!

What do I do with my vision board?

Place your vision board somewhere that you can see it every day. Take some time each day to look at everything on it and notice how it makes you feel. Imagine yourself living your best life; the life that is depicted on your vision board. Then, stay open to new possibilities as you go about your everyday life! Your visions will become clearer and your desired life will start to creep into your subconscious. You will find yourself naturally starting to take small actions that lead to the creation of your dreams. Check back in with your vision board periodically and notice if any of the things on your vision board have come true! You will be surprised at the ways in which your dreams become a reality.

I hope this inspires you to create your own vision board! Please let me know if you do, and share your photos with me! I would love to help hold space for your dreams to come true!

Dream big.

Be well,
Ambar

 

P.S. If you would like some personalized attention in making your dreams a reality, I would love to support you! Please check out my coaching program, Self Care Queen which starts next week! This program is for a small group of women who are ready to take ownership of their lives, start taking great care of themselves, and make their dreams a reality. Get all the details here. I would love to have you join us!

P.P.S. I am holding a FREE 5 DAY LIVESTREAM TRAINING all bout SELF CARE FOR STRESS RELIEF! If you’ve been wanting to learn more about why self care is the BEST and EASIEST way to relieve stress, I would love to show you my best tips and tricks! It’s all happening over in my FB group, The Stress Free Society. Click here to join the group and get access to the free training!