I’ve been running on autopilot lately, just going through the motions day in and day out. While there’s nothing wrong with autopilot at times, there comes a time where it can feel stagnant.
I’m currently feeling that way. I could continue to feel this way or I could do something about it. For me feeling stagnant leaves me feeling unhappy with myself. Not exactly how I want to live.
Last week in my Weight Watchers meetings, the topic was all about how to become your best self. It involved a little bit of a visualization on what your best self would look like. What kind of food/activity choices that self would make, how you would make time for yourself, and other things of that nature.
When I was leading the meetings, I really didn’t think about how the topic would apply to me. It was one of those where I gave the advice I really needed to hear myself.
As I was feeling stagnant, I got to thinking about the topic and it sort of clicked.
I’m not living life as the best version of myself.
Obviously, I don’t want to continue this way and need to make a change. Knowing this, I took some time to figure out what my best self looks like.
I opened up a notebook and wrote down everything that came to mind when I thought of my best self. I didn’t censor myself at all and just let it flow.
I wrote things like:
I meditate upon waking up. I go for morning walks. I drink delicious tea. I grow my own food. I spend less time on my phone. I drink smoothies. I attend yoga class. I work in coffee shops. I truly listen to what Mr. B. I spend more time with family & friends. I conquer fears. I spend more time outside. etc.
I decided I wanted to take it a step further and created a vision board. Vision boards have been around for a while, but I’ve never taken the time to actually create one. I figured that this was the perfect reason to get one going.
It is said that visualization is one of the most powerful brain exercises you can do. Also, when you visualize the person you want to be, it can really help you set goals that align with that vision. Putting it on a board and in a place where you can see it could really help you stay aware of what you are striving for.
No reason not to give it a try. Plus, it involves crafting and I love me some crafting.
What you’ll need:
- A stack of old magazines (I hoard these things!)
- A piece of heavier paper (I used a piece of 12×12 cardstock)
- Glue Stick
The first step I did was go through the old magazines thinking about what I wrote down in the notebook. Anytime an image or phrase popped out at me that related, I ripped out the page.
I then took my scissors and cut out the specific images and phrases I wanted on my board. After I had more manageable pieces, I laid them out on my paper to see how it all fit before I made them permanent.
Once I had my layout determined, I got out the glue and stuck things down. Easy peasy!
I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, which I should be since it is MY vision board. I plan on putting it in my office where I will see it daily and plan my day in accordance to the goals I want to reach in becoming the best version of myself!
Have you ever created a vision board?
What does the best version of yourself look like?