Have you created your vision board?
Stop! Do NOT read this until you have read my previous post AND you have created your vision board. If you haven’t done this yet, go back to the first post Creating Your Vision Board to follow the directions and create your board.
Reading your vision board:
Now that you have created your board, it’s time to figure out what it could help you learn about yourself. This is a fun activity that my life coach taught me years ago. It told me a lot about myself and also worked for my kids when they created their own boards. Let’s see what it says about you.
***Remember, I am not a counselor. This is just for fun, but it was surprising how true it was for me and I hope it works for you as well. With that said, if any activity like this brings up intense emotions, you may want to think about talking to a counselor.***
First, make sure you have your vision board in front of you. Remember to be in a relaxing environment. Hang up your board or put it in a spot where you will be able to see it. Sit down and pull out your paper and pen.
If you have subscribed to my blog, you will receive an email that will allow you to access my free printables so that you can print the Reading Your Vision Board Worksheet. You will probably want to use this sheet at this point.
Think about the process of creating the board (in the last post: Creating Your Vision Board). How did it go? Were you obsessed with everything looking perfect? Did it end up cluttered and messy? Was it difficult not being able to sit down and map out the board and plan it? Did you procrastinate starting it? Or, did you start it quickly, only to slow down in the middle? Or take a break and forget about it completely? The process alone can sometimes be telling of you and your personality.
Look at each section of the board. As your looking at it, write down your thoughts about each section and what it might mean for you. You can write this out on a blank piece of paper or print out the worksheet I have included in my freebies section for subscribers.
Use the meanings below and think about how each section could mean these things to you. Or how it could represent this part of your life.
While trying to determine what a certain picture means to you, don’t be too literal. Ask yourself why you picked out that individual picture. The meaning might be completely different for you than it would be for someone else. For example, a picture of fire dancers could represent wanting to actually learn fire dancing to one person. To someone else, it could represent learning a new hobby or even the importance of culture in their life.
Remember, sometimes you might not immediately see what it means. Sometimes you need to sit with it. Give it time to come to you and come back to it later if you need to.
If you have a close friend you respect and trust to be completely honest with you, go ahead and share your thoughts with them. Talk it out and brainstorm whether or not each section actually does have meaning to you.
- Center of the board= Main issues.
- Left Side= Your spiritual side. What is your soul seeking or longing for?
- Right Side= What you need every day.
- Top of the board= where you reach into- what are you reaching for and trying to get in your life?
- Bottom= ground or core issues in your life.
What are your truths?
This is a great activity to use to reflect on yourself. Look over what you have written in each section. You know yourself better than anyone else, but sometimes we don’t stop to think about things in our life.
This is a great way to consider whether or not this activity brought out some truth. If it did seem to hold some truth, think about what each area means to you. Why are these truths to you? If you had a difficult time reading your board, think of it more as a project that made you stop and reflect on your life.
Creating an Inspiration board should help you know yourself at a deeper level. It helps you think about where you’re currently at in life and where you want to be. I recommend you go through this process occasionally and before completing your final vision board. It should remind you that no matter what your issues are, you have the power to change your own life.
Share your experience
Did it work for you? I would love to hear about your experience. Feel free to email me to share your experience with it. I would also love to see your Inspiration board. If you’re willing to share, you can email it or post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #Learning2Bloom. (Please be aware that by tagging #Learning2Bloom, you are giving me permission to use the image in upcoming blog posts, marketing,etc)