Make a Mood Board
Making a mood board that brings together a bunch of images and words that convey the things you want to aspire to or achieve is a great visual that you can check in with every day. I did this in January and would recommend it to anyone who wants to focus on some goals and manifest some wants and desires. It’s great to get all the random thoughts and clutter out of your head and pinned to a board, feels very organised and proactive.
It started when I came across the phrase ‘This year will never happen again’. I cut it out and pinned it to a cork board and it all just went from there really. I started gathering pictures and words that described the things I wanted to aim for this year, places I wanted to go etc. I used all sorts of images; magazine pictures, phrases, photos and upcoming events. If I couldn’t find the words I wanted then I typed them in Word and printed them out in bright colours. There’s a timeline of events coming up this year, holidays and short breaks I’ve already booked or want to book. There are photos of the great things in my life currently and a statement about gratitude. I made a list of the places locally (Australia and New Zealand) that I want to visit over the coming years, as well as a list of destinations abroad for my next big trip. There are references to health and happiness and to the love (of my life) who I am certain is heading my way as we speak!
Then I had to buy another board so I could do one for retirement (it’s all about imagining and dreaming it into reality, sooner rather than later!). My retirement board has a serene feel; images of sunsets, yoga being done outdoors, rural landscapes, and the words ‘financial freedom’ in rather BIG letters!
I often get up in the morning and head straight to my boards. I read the words and look at each image one by one, getting myself into the frame of mind for pursuing them TODAY. Some of the things I have already done this year 🙂
Of course you can create mood boards online, if you prefer to logon to look at them for inspiration. I guess this way they are always with you if you carry around an iPad. Just google ‘mood boards’ and find one to suit you.
See my post on determining your life’s purpose also…. I did this, then added the statement to my board. It’s basically questioning yourself until you arrive at your personal mission statement. I was trying to figure out what I wanted and where I was going, and I was surprised by how the life’s purpose exercise brought together my fragmented and kind of stressed out thoughts on the topic and produced a statement that seems so simple and yet is spot on for me.
Even if you have been a focused individual (or team) over the years and good planning means you’re in a great place at mid-life, a mood board might be a fabulous way to manifest the personal changes you may want to achieve now. Pin up photos of new hair styles, makeup looks, clothes, confident women you admire. Anything goes!
At the end of a hectic day, standing in front of your board for 5 mins can be a fabulous way to re-centre.
Let me know how you go with your mood board…. and how often you are drawn to it.