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What is a mama vision board?
A vision board is a tool to help mamas set goals and, more importantly, meet them! For starters, goals must be specific and clear in order to be met. As Lewis Carroll said in Alice in Wonderland, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” You must understand what your goals are and be able to articulate them because your goals are limited by your language. In other words, if you don’t understand something enough to explain it, how can you expect to actually DO it?
The cool thing about a vision board is that humans tend to be visual creatures and you can summarize your goals by selecting images to represent them. The vision board is where you consolidate those meaningful images in an aesthetically pleasing way. This vision board needs to be put in a place where you will see it frequently.
A vision board is the Law of Attraction in action. I’ll explain this a little more later. I recommend displaying your vision board near your nightstand so that it’s the first thing that you see in the morning and the last thing that you see at night.
Expert tip: I also like to have a photo of my vision board as my smartphone screensaver so that I see it every time I pick up my phone. Which is more frequent than I care to admit 😉
Why do moms need one?
As moms, it’s easy to busy ourselves with taking care of everyone else in our lives. While this can be gratifying, there’s a point where it becomes depleting. When you take some time for yourself, you’re actually able to do more for your family in the long run. It’s easy to spin around the house cooking, cleaning, reading, entertaining, disciplining, etcetera. At the end of the day, the only things we feel we have accomplished are surviving, keeping tiny humans alive, and preventing tiny humans from destroying the house. Yes, that’s important, of course, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel like you aren’t making progress toward anything else in your life. You need to set some goals for every area of your life so that you can make progress toward a healthier, happier you!
Does a vision board actually work?
Just the act of brainstorming goals, defining them, and selecting an image that represents them, makes a mama more aware of what she wants in life. The images represent whatever you want to be, what you want to do, or what you want to have in your life. Putting your vision board someplace where you will see it frequently is essential for reminding the conscious and subconscious minds of what you are seeking in the world around you.
Have you ever been out and suddenly noticed how many other cars on the road are the same one that you drive? This is because you have accidentally primed your brain to look for your car because that’s the car that you drive. The conscious mind and subconscious mind are constantly at work, which brings us to the Law of Attraction.
The Law of Attraction has gained a lot of popularity because thoughts become things, and your mind can create miracles. The Law essentially is “You attract what you think,” Another way to think about it is that your current life is a reflection of all of the thoughts that you have been thinking for the past few days, months, or even years. What we are thinking of on a regular basis is what forms our reality. The Secret provides more detail on this concept, but a vision board essentially cuts to the action of doing what makes the Law of Attraction work for you.
How do I go on Creating a Vision Board?
You can create a vision board for one specific goal, several goals, or for your top goal for each area of your life. Since I like to set a specific theme goal corresponding with each area of my life and each month of the year, I like my vision board to include an image for each of those as well. I think the best images are ones that include yourself and the exact things that you want. For example, if you’d like to lose 20 pounds and get back to your high school weight, instead of finding a super fit model in a magazine, find a photo of you in high school at your desired weight. Maybe paste a more recent portrait of you over the head so that you can envision that body (plus mom-bod adjustments of course ;-)) at your current age 😛 If you want to move into a bigger home, don’t select a random picture of a large home out of a magazine, instead look through the MLS in the area where you would like to move to and look at the specifics that you want, like the number of rooms and bathrooms, and capture a screenshot of it to add to your vision board. Find pictures that most closely resemble your goals, whatever those goals may be!
Health & Fitness ~ January
- Exercise of some variety for at least 7 minutes. (7-minute app or down dog app)
- Attend Stroller Strong Mom sessions at least 2x/week.
- Eat at least 1 meatless meal/week.
- Include vegetables at dinner at least 6/7 times per week.
- Cook at home 6/7 dinners per week.
- Practice mindful eating at least one meal each day.
- Remedy TMJ issues.
- Focus on good posture while sitting at a desk.
- Continue meal planning and freezer meal routine.
- Schedule monthly chiropractic/massage and acupuncture appointments.
- Write myself a love letter.
Personal Development ~ February
- Maintain my Magical Mama Morning practice.
- Set personal goals at the beginning of every month & review them daily.
- Listen to at least one new audiobook every month.
- Listen to podcasts or the Spanish radio when I’m in my car.
- Focus on being positive toward others unconditionally.
- Improve my conversation skills.
- Attend Best Year Ever Blueprint https://bestyeareverlive.com
- Continue using Way of Life app nightly to evaluate habits I’m working to build.
- No complaining, at all, about anything.
Marriage ~ March
- Schedule weekly fun couples date night.
- Keep the romance alive -FLIRT!
- Read two books about strengthening marriage.
- Find a common hobby to do together.
- Hide surprise love notes weekly, highlighting something I appreciate.
- Enthusiastically greet Hubbs whenever he comes home.
Parenting ~ April
- Schedule a weekly family fun activity.
- ‘Unplug’ together for 4 hours on the weekend. (no phones, TV, or laptops!)
- Plan an annual family vacation.
- Finalize a curriculum for kiddos.
- Plan weekly for at least one formal learning activity for kiddos
- Develop a toy rotation plan for kids and follow it!
- Limit screen time to 2 hours or less each day.
- Consistently ask questions, teaching through Hippocratic method.
- Use alternatives to saying “no” whenever I can.
- Ask toddler nightly what his favorite thing about the day was.
- Create a daily visual schedule for the toddler.
- Help develop an Early Childhood Education conference for parents.
Fun & Recreation ~ May
- Experience camping with kiddos.
- Plan a hike with kiddos.
- Take children to a local farm or stable.
- Go to a “You Pick” farm.
- Plan a family date to a lake.
Family & Friends ~ June
- Skype with mom and dad at least once a month.
- Plan a summer trip to visit parents.
- Attend a family reunion.
- Schedule weekly play dates with SR.
- Schedule monthly girls night out.
- Schedule monthly walks with SU.
- Arrange a healthy freezer meal swap.
- Continue monthly lunches with AK.
- Continue monthly update email to family.
Finances ~ July
- Pay ourselves first and set a monthly saving percentage goal.
- Update will.
- Make only ONE Amazon purchase each month.
- Strive for $150/week grocery bill.
- Be more engaged in a thoughtful discussion instead of losing focus and tuning out.
- Read at least 2 finance books.
- Do a no spend challenge for one month.
- Plan food storage.
- Continue packing lunch and snacks for outings.
- Review credit card bill weekly.
Mid-year evaluation of goals and progress so far, if some goals are missed, slate them for November.
Blog ~ August
- Write at least 1-2 posts weekly.
- Complete Elite Blogging Academy program.
- Plan to attend a blogging conference.
- Be interviewed on a popular podcast.
- Achieve 2,000 email addresses on an email list.
- Generate $5,000 in passive income in 1 month.
Physical Environment ~ September
- Update photo frames on the gallery wall.
- Create a mobile craft for the nursery.
- Complete at least 2 sentimental projects.
- Downsize wardrobe, design a capsule wardrobe.
- Declutter or organize one area each month.
- Continue daily Turbo Tidy.
- Dirt work? New couch?
Spirituality ~ October
- Assess my state of mind nightly and re-align with my goals.
- Form a personal or family mission statement and verse to memorize.
- Use character strengths whenever possible.
- Maintain daily gratitude journal practice
- Maintain daily coffee meditation practice
- Do the one tab challenge for a month.
- Use acupuncture treatments as meditation time.
Giving & Contribution ~ November
- Daily random acts of kindness, even if it’s just smiling at someone passing by.
- Pay for a stranger’s coffee.
- Buy Christmas presents for a family in need.
- Help with at least one wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
- Family date volunteering at the local food bank.
- Judgment free smiles- just the soul in me honoring the soul in you.
Memories ~ December
- Create a family yearbook.
- Create a monthly family calendar with family photos.
- Evaluate progress on goals and revisit goals that were not accomplished.
Consolidate all of these fantastic images into one vision board using picmonkey.com or any other collage site or app. If it’s too overwhelming to look at the big picture and select goals for every area of your life, pick just one area to focus on next month! One foot in front of the other taking one small step at a time is how significant improvement is made over time.
A vision board is an amazing tool for defining, setting, and meeting goals. It’s easy for mamas to get caught up in the mundane tasks of daily life, so setting goals and meeting them is essential for life satisfaction. A vision board enables you to bolster the full power of the law of attraction so that your conscious and unconscious mind move you toward your goals. Creating a vision board is easy! Simply select a photo that represents your goal in the greatest detail possible and display the board in a place where you will see it frequently.
What are your top goals that you’ve struggled with in the past that you’re ready to MAKE HAPPEN THIS YEAR?!