We’re two weeks into 2018 and I wanted to check in and see how you guys are doing with your New Year’s Resolutions and goals. If your plans are going according to schedule, congrats! I’m SO happy for you. If you’re on the other end of the scale and you feel like you’ve failed already I want you to throw that negativity out the window. Make room for inspiration because it’s time to change your mindset!
One of the most important parts of working towards something important is accepting that failure can be a really vital step in the process. Because after failure comes a crucial step: getting up and trying all over again. So, if you felt discouraged today and need a bit of a pick me up, I’m here for you. Take a look at where you are right now and visualize where you want to be. Having trouble picturing it? Then let’s take it a step further. We’re going to build an inspiration board.
Our spaces play a significant role in our lives. I believe with all my heart that creating safe and welcoming areas in our home is vital to our happiness and success. Having an inspiration board is an amazing way to harness the positive energy we need to reach our goals.
I made this vision board a couple years ago using some simple, sturdy fabric, styrofoam and a scrap piece of plywood. My inspiration board sits above my desk and reminds me of the things that make me happy and keeps me motivated when I need a boost. Personally, I like to follow a theme and I tend to make my inspiration board look more like a cohesive exhibit and less of a visual of all of my goals. I should probably streamline it to focus in on my specific goals, but I also just enjoy the mess of different mediums all playing together to form a beautiful focal point. Everyone that comes into our apartment loves it!
The nice part of having a tangible manifestation of your goals on display is that you’re reminded every single day of the things that mean the most to you. Right now, I have pictures of city skylines and beautiful interiors mixed in with my favourite Rifle Paper Co. calendar and lots and lots of blush pink. Aesthetically, it matches my personality to a tee. But these things also have a lot of meaning to me; There’s a card with the lyrics to “You Are My Sunshine” that my Mom gave me because we used to sing that together when I was little; An inspirational quote in a rustic frame was a gift from my sister; photos of city skylines that motivate me to save up for a trip to New York City I’m planning for the fall.
I like experimenting with texture to create a layered almost thrown together look. And in a way, it really is thrown together. I keep a folder of pretty things and whenever I want to change my moodboard around I pick a theme or colour and pull everything that works together. Then, instead of laying it all out first, I just go for it. I don’t plan, I just grab a pin and tac the picture or card in a random order until it all comes together. It’s the one area of my house that doesn’t take hours to re-arrange because I’m not being meticulous about it. It’s relaxed, fun and I always love the outcome.
I would highly recommend putting together a mood board. You can simply spend an afternoon cutting up magazines and pasting them to a bristle board like we did when we were kids or even grab some cute washi tape and tape pictures and articles to your wall. Just promise me that when you’re done you won’t hide your masterpiece away in a closet. Proudly display your dreams in a place you’ll see every day because the magic happens when you start paying attention and visualizing your goals. I had pictures of Paris, Santorini and London as my phone screen for years before I actually went to Europe. It motivated me to save up money and plan for my amazing trip and it was so worth it when I finally saw those landmarks in person.
Realizing your potential can be difficult. I know first hand how easy it is to fall victim to doubt. But don’t let that doubt win. Give your goals and dreams a front seat this year and let them permeate every aspect of your life.
Send me pictures of your inspiration boards! I’d love to see what you come up with.