A Vision Journal…for my Blog
Like others, I’ve been skeptical about the magic powers vision boards supposedly possess, and I attribute that skepticism to last year’s unfinished project. But when I heard fellow #BLMGirls bloggers Kiwi the Beauty and Marie Denee talk about their goals (being a hair model and partnering with a well-known magazine, respectively) coming to fruition this year, I was sold. Upon a deeper Google search, I learned that a lot of my favorite bloggers use vision boards to manifest some of their biggest dreams. I can do that, too, I thought.
Rather than creating several boards, or even separating one large board into sections, I decided I wanted to dedicate an entire board to my blog! It’s been my third child for the past six months, and there are so many ways blogging has impacted my life that it seems like the perfect idea. So, the blog vision board was born.
Then, while researching techniques on making a vision board that actually works, I stumbled on fellow GA belle Blake Von D’s post about a vision journal. Whaaa? Insert light bulb. Aside from the fact that I’m an arts and crafts addict, her take on the vision board phenomenon just stood out to me. I knew I had to make it my own.
4 Reasons Why a Vision Journal Works for Me (and may work for you)
- I’m currently 16 days in on my December Diary Challenge. Starting a vision journal falls right in line with my schedule, without causing me to spread my creative efforts too thin.
- A journal is portable. I can take it wherever I go, and jot down notes or add inspiring images while I’m out and about. Taking my journal everywhere with me also makes my relationship with my goals more personal, intimate.
- A journal is private. While I expect you guys (and my family and friends) to hold me accountable for certain things, others are personal and apply only to my private life. There’s also this notion (thanks, Beyoncé) that “real Gs moves in silence.” I could tell you all every plan I have for this blog, but I’d much rather show you instead.
- A journal doesn’t take up much space. Though all the walls in my house are bare (sans a mirror over my dresser), I plan to decorate our space and make this four-bedroom home cozier. I don’t want a big white board to clash with our finalized look of things.
It really is a novel idea!
If you’d like to follow suit and start your own vision journal, you’ll need a few things.
- A blank journal. I purchased this orange composition book for $2.47 + tax from Walmart. It’s small enough to fit in most of my bags, but large enough to paste and write without squeezing in text/pictures.
- Magazines. You could purchase magazines for this project, but if you have at least 10 different glossies lying around try using those to save money and “recycle.”
- Scissors, to cut out pictures and text. This is a no-brainer, right?
- Glue sticks, or any adhesive. And this, a no-brainer as well?
With two weeks until the first of the year, now’s a good time to get started and wrangle up everything you need. In Part 2 I’ll show you how I organized my blog vision journal, and which images really stick out to me.