I’ve seen awesome vision boards before, but they’ve been on poster board, cork board, or giant pieces of plywood. I love the idea, so I decided I was going to do a smaller one in my bullet journal. (if you’re new to bullet journaling, THIS post will help you with the basics…and if you’re interested, my favorite tools are there as well)
I use the Leuchttrum1917 journal and my beautiful leather cover is from Jenni Bick. It fits perfectly over my Leuchttrum1917.
what is a vision board?
I’m a visual person, so this concept works well with me and the way I think. A vision board is a visual representation of your goals, dreams, and intentions for the future. For mine, I wanted to use the timeframe of just a year (2017).
how to plan it out
>>what goals and dreams do you have?
I separated a full page spread into two different goals/dreams (one on each page)…the Muddy Fox Farm and Life (in general). When thinking about your vision board, think about what you want your life to look like. Where do you want to be in a year (or whatever time frame you choose)? where do you want to live? what will it look like – specifically? what will it smell like (mine will smell like green grass!), feel like, and look like? what kind of person do you want to be? what do you want to accomplish? what is your life purpose? who will you be with? what kind of job will you have? what are your health goals? what places will you visit? what adventures will you go on?
>>the important thing is to be specific!
>>sketch it out
On scrap paper, I started writing everything that came to mind, and then started sketching out a layout to fit in my journal. That black oval thing in the picture below is an eraser…and I used it often!
Once I had my basic layout in mind, I just dove in. Don’t be a perfectionist, and don’t let those OCD tendencies kick in! This doesn’t have to be perfect or win any awards! Just make it your own.
I added the title and then used double sided tape to adhere my little pictures. I printed these from my Instagram feed at Print Studio. The left side is for the Muddy Fox Farm and the right side is for Life (in general). I chose the Life photo because if felt ‘minimalist’ to me…and that’s where Brent and I want to head.
I hand lettered some main topics for each vision. The cute little fox cutout is from the gift certificate card that Brent got me for Christmas from The Loft.
Isn’t he perfect!?
Around my title I wrote words that describe my vision for the year. They mostly apply to the Muddy Fox Farm, but definitely still work for Life (in general).
The little trees were also on the card with the fox. I just put them around the layout in random places.
Then I just started adding the little pictures. I found quotes I liked and specific pictures that pointed to my vision. I chose things that I loved, things that I see happening for the upcoming year, things I want to do, and who I want to be.
We’ve looked at so many houses/farms over the past two years. The difficult thing is that we’re looking for a larger piece of land (5+ acres), smaller house, barn, field, and trees at an affordable price with low taxes. Recently we found a beautifully remodeled farm house with the perfect land. However, one reason we turned it down was because the home was just too big. We definitely want a house that can comfortably accommodate our grown kids and their future families for when they visit, but we want to keep with our minimalist theme and have a smaller house.
On the Life side, I added some of my favorite quotes, and photos to remind myself that I love and want adventure.
After the pictures were in place, I started hand lettering some other phrases that aligned with my vision. I just squeezed them in where ever they’d fit. Even though I’m not the best doodler, I added some flowers because I definitely see myself growing lots of flowers.
I haven’t colored them in yet…but I intend to.
I outline in pencil first for a lot of my handlettering. Then I trace over it with an archival, permanent pen. My favorite is the fine tip Sharpie.
I’m not done filling in the spaces yet. When a word or phrase hits me, I’ll add it to my spread.
I hope this post was helpful to you if you’re thinking of creating a vision board for 2017. If you have any questions or want to share your board, I’d love to hear from you!