I’ve been meaning to make a vision board for years. Pilar’s been on me since last fall to put one together. And I have this deep-seated, although unfounded, belief that big things are going to happen for (or maybe, to) me in 2013. There’s just one problem.
I hate arts and crafts.
I’ve tried, I swear I have. More than once I’ve gathered a pile of old magazine, scissors, poster board and glue sticks, and spread out on the living room floor, ready to set my destiny. I’ve even gotten as far as ripping a few pages out of the magazines. But eventually, I get distracted by my dog or frustrated because I’m not cutting perfectly straight lines, and I move on to something else. Being crafty is not my thing (unless it’s possibly in a sneaky way) and not even a strong desire to set my life goals can overcome that.
Playing with technology, on the other hand, is a completely different story.
Last week, my coworker, Courtney, was sharing her experience about a vision board app that she had recently tried on her iPhone. She prompted me to remember that several years ago I had come across some vision-board software on Oprah.com. I knew that I had played around with it for a while and I had saved at least the start of a board, but I wasn’t even sure that the program still existed.
The next day I decided to check the site out and there it was (now, with more pictures added, above), my unfinished board from years gone by. Not surprisingly, the few images that were there still accurately reflected what I’m looking for out of life — I’m nothing if not consistent.
The program is pretty easy to use. You can find it at www.oprah.com/packages/o-dream-board.html, along with a slew of articles on how to determine your passions, set your goals and create your vision board. I believe that you can create a board right away, but you will have to sign up for an account in the Oprah community to be able to save it.
After you create a new board, you can add the images and words that best represent your goals. There is a pretty large selection of pictures and words on the site that you can use, and the program lets you write out other words and phrases of your choosing. You can also upload your own pictures from your computer.
Once you’ve finished, you can print the board on paper, or save it to your computer as a jpeg file. Et voila — your own vision board! I’ve printed out several copies that I’ve put up in my cubicle at work and several places in my house, and I’ve made the board the wallpaper for both my personal and work computers.
I still want to do some more work on the board over time. And, this is only the first step in a long list toward setting and achieving my goals. Still, it was a fun way to spend a winter weekend.
Do you have a vision board? I’m hoping to put together a slideshow of Experience Life team members’ boards, and if you’d like to send me a picture of yours (email me at email@example.com), I’d love to add it to the mix. And, if you’re like me and you have never gotten around to making one for yourself, check out the program at Oprah.com and see if it’s for you.