I was introduced to vision boards a few years back but didn't really take it to heart until this year when I decided I needed to change things up to move forward; so much that I have ended up with two boards!
Why vision boards? You know the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words" - it says it all. Our brain responds strongly to visual stimulation which is why a vision board is such a great way to strengthen and stimulate your emotions. A vision board is not all about your wants as in material things; it's also about how you want to feel, things you want to experience and dreams you want to fulfill.
The vision board helps you keep focus on your goals in life. You can choose to have one board for each area such as work, relationship, family etc or make one which covers it all. It depends on how big a board you have and how much detail you want on your board(s). Too much can be overwhelming so be sure to concentrate on your main goals and where you want your focus to be at.
To make a vision board, you need a bunch of magazines, a board, scissor and glue. Cut out any photos, words and sayings you relate to. When you have a bunch of cut outs, start placing them on the board and move them around until you are happy with it and then glue them onto the board. It's up to you whether you cover the whole board up and layer the photos and words. I like to have it all covered up and chose a few big photos that I related to and layer on top of them. Play around with it and see what appeals to you.
Join in with a couple of friends and make vision boards together. Diffuse some yummy essential oils like Wild Orange to make everyone happy so you all focus on happy thoughts and feelings.
When you have finished your vision board, place it somewhere, where you see it every day. Some say a great place is to place it on your nightstand so it's the last thing you see before bed and the first thing you see in the morning. They say the last thoughts and photos you see 45min before bed, will be replayed in your subconscious mind throughout the night.
My vision board is on my desk where I sit every day. I like having it in front of me while I work to focus on why I do what I do.
If you don't have a lot of magazines or prefer to have a vision board on the go, you can either use Pinterest or use one of the many apps you can now get, where you can create vision boards.
When do I change my vision board? There are two options. Create a new one each year and it doesn't have to be every January. Your year starts when you decide it starts!
Others remove cut outs when they have reached their goal and insert a new one. I personally like to keep it up for the whole year as when I have fulfilled a goal, it's there to remind me that I did it. And remember it's no failure not reaching all goals by the end of the year; you can always move it over to your next vision board. Some goals take longer to reach.
Do you have a vision board? We would love to see them - you can post it on Instagram or Facebook. Just make sure you tag (@onthetrailtowellness) us so we see it.
Mike and I have lived in a lot of places including 3 countries (that's together because it's more individually) which has included various forms of housing from apartments, very old houses, a new house, basement suite, laneway house and currently a condo. There have been pros and cons with all of them and it has made us more confident in what we want and more importantly need.
We have always been interested in TV shows about renovations, buying/selling homes and when we moved to Canada, we learned about tiny houses and tiny living. With the prices on the housing market being already very high in Vancouver and surrounding areas, and they have kept increasing since we moved here, we knew it would be near impossible for us to ever afford our own home. We started looking into tiny houses and to see if it's even feasible with a cat and a dog plus how much extra we would need for land and hooking up utilities. It's far from straight forward and from speaking to a realtor, the cost could quickly run up.We put it on hold for a bit; also because we didn't think it would be feasible with Felix as often in tiny houses, the sleeping area is in the loft with either a ladder or not easily accessible steps for a dachshund.
In May of this year we were on the Sunshine Coast visiting family and we nipped out to see a friend of ours. She told us about these modular homes being built on the coast (Thank you Megan! We owe you and Tom a nice dinner when we have moved in ;) ) and we looked it up when we got home. They were just perfect for us! Normally you would buy the house and you would provide the land but they are building a little community in Gibsons, where you get the land, the house and utilities included in the sales price. We contacted the company to get more details and a couple of weeks later, we went to check out one of the houses. We loved everything about it. It's a little bigger than a tiny house and it's all on one floor. It has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen and living room in one. The lot we chose will have a garden with a deck so we can start growing our own herbs and vegetables.
The house is built in the factory in two pieces and put together on the land. We get to chose kitchen cabinets colours, flooring and there are some upgrades we are able to decide on as well. The community will consist of 8 of these houses so we are very excited to see who else will be moving in!
We have already started looking at storage options as well as furniture options to fit our soon to be small home. We have so many ideas already and can't wait to get moved and get started, so expect to see some posts about small house living soon :)
A couple of months ago a realtor was trying to sell a condo in the building, we are currently living in. Even though the housing market is hot here, it wasn't so easy as new rules from the strata means that whoever buys the condo, has to live in it. They aren't allowed to rent it out. So while he was often sitting in the lobby waiting for potential buyers, we often had a chat. It turned out his girlfriend is Danish so we soon talked about Danish food, traditions and characteristics, and it brought the topic to Danes and Scandinavians being very neat and organized. So if they were to be living in a small place, it wouldn't be that much of an issue. It made me decide to start decluttering because honestly our place is not that neat and organized! And I love neat and organized so I decided it was time to get back on track.
So slowly we have started to get rid of things, we don't need but it's hard work. Not physically but emotional! All the memories associated with that shirt, with that random figurine etc so a few steps to use when decluttering.
Step 1: Be ruthless! That shirt you haven't worn in a year, get rid of it. Those shoes you might wear to some birthday you have been invited to yet, get rid of them. Do you really need 30 mugs when you are only 2 people in your household? I mean if you often have 28 visitors at once, I get it but if not, donate some to the Thrift store for others to use.
Step 2: Start small and in one area. Maybe start with the sock drawer or an area which is distracting you from every day life. When starting with a small area at the time, the feeling of achievement doesn't take long to reach! It will fuel you up to continue!
Some people also find it easier to get rid of one thing a day or do 30min a day in stead of doing everything in one day. You can often get overwhelmed having to do it all at once and then it quickly becomes a pain to get through.
Step 3: If you have a competitive nature make it into a competition. How much can you clear in an hour? How many bags can you fill in 30min?
Step 4: If you have travelled as much as me, you will probably have a box with maps, postcards, cut outs etc. Instead of it gathering dust in a box which again takes up space, be creative with the items. You can make a collage and frame it, use it for decoupage for frames, furniture etc or make a scrapbook of your adventure.
Step 5: I don't think it's just me who have trouble getting rid of some of my clothes. Yes, I know I haven't worn it in years but I keep it just in case... One experiment is to hang everyone or lie everything a certain way in your closet. If it hasn't moved in 6 months, get rid of it.
So I challenge you to declutter your home this summer with me! And have fun while doing it! And if you have found something that really helped you, we would love to hear about it.