By Shanice Peters: Blogger & Youtuber
As we approach the end of 2021, it is often a time to be thankful, reflect, and think about what's ahead
Often we begin to make new goals and resolutions for the new year. Sometimes, these goals are set and abandoned a month or two into the year, but sometimes we can power through them. Our energy is crucial to making changes we wish to see in our life. For example, if you want to change jobs, you need to actively look and interview until you find something. It can be exhausting as we all have complicated lives that require a lot from us every day. However, we can make our goals a reality by setting positive intentions.
The word manifestation has become popular in recent years. It is believed that if you simply set positive intentions for what you want, you can attract it. Some people have rituals they follow to help manifest and achieve what they desire. For example, some people love to utilize crystals or affirmations. There are so many ways to manifest now that it can be hard to keep up.
Manifestation doesn't have to be complicated. As someone who has a busy life, I wanted to manifest without having a set ritual. That is when I found myself creating my first vision board. I had gone through a rough spot in my life and was feeling lost. I didn't believe I was making any progress towards my goals at all. One chilly night three days before the new year, I created my first vision board. While creating it, I felt hopeful and optimistic that all of these things would come to me. It may not be as fast as I would want, but it was going to come.
Fast forward to now, looking at that very first vision board I created, all of my goals were achieved in some form. Some of them are currently unfolding, while some I already checked off. After that moment, I believed that I genuinely manifested all these things into my life and that believing they would happen got me to where I am today.
Vision boards are excellent if you are someone who loves visuals. This may be an effective way for you to manifest. It can be done every year or you can even create one for months or years at a time. Some people love to make a giant board for 5 years or a smaller board for 6 months. Below are steps to follow to create your own vision board this year.
- Start off by making a list of what you wish to achieve big or small. Make sure you visualize these goals as you write your list and believe that you already have them.
- Search for photos that reflect your goals and dreams. You can use magazine cutouts or find images on websites like weheartit.com to print out at home or at a local photo printing store like Walgreens. If you have photos you have taken that you wish to add to your board, go for it! That's even better.
- You now have the choice to make a virtual or a physical vision board. It depends on what feels most helpful for you. Virtual boards can be made on websites such as Canva. You can then put it as a screensaver, wallpaper, etc. I personally prefer a physical board because you can hang it somewhere in your room where you can always see it as a reminder.
- The fun part is arranging your board! You can figure out how you want to place your photos and even spice it up with sharpies, glitter, etc. I also suggest adding keywords on your board that you feel relate to your goals. For example, if you want to travel, maybe the word adventure is something you would like to add.
Keep in mind that some of your goals may come true, but not in the exact way you imagine it. For example, I put on my vision board some tropical destinations with the intention that I will travel the following year. I booked my first trip out of the country in early 2020 and then the world shut down. However, I made it out of the country this year and achieved exactly what I imagined on my board. While I didn't expect my trip to be canceled, the universe still granted me that trip because I believed it would happen. You have to appreciate the small wins and see the positive in what the universe has given you.
Having a vision board is the perfect first step into manifestation and helping you achieve an enriching life. Just remember to always believe you have what you want, remain positive, and put your faith into the universe. All is well.