I started making a vision board – which is actually a spiral-bound book – a couple years ago before moving out of our apartment and into our townhome. I collect magazines, but pretty much never read them, and had to throw them all away so I thought I’d use them up before I did so. Now I collect all of my magazines throughout the year and sit down at the end/beginning of the new year to go through and manifest some of the things I want to see happen that year.
Last year, I had a lot of travel magazines, so travel was a big theme of my book. Unfortunately I didn’t get to Mexico, Montana or Bali (lol), but I did get to Los Angeles, so 1 out of 4 still works for me.
Collect Magazines All Year
Like I said, I collect the magazines I get all year and keep them in a safe space. With Fabletics, you can get free subscriptions with almost every order so they really rack up! You can also collect magazines from friends and family. This is a great way to get a wide range of different interests and subjects without purchasing them at a store.
Print Inspiration from Pinterest
If you have a very specific goal or you’re just not finding what you want in your magazines, print inspiration from Pinterest. Pinterest is an awesome tool to keep inspiration year long, and if you didn’t know that already, I feel bad for you. Pinterest could quite possibly be my favorite “social network” and I use it every single day.
Find Free (or Cheap) Magazines
Stop by your local library or Goodwill store to find old magazines for very cheap or even free! Another awesome source that people don’t consider is doctor and dentists offices. Although I probably wouldn’t go to a minute clinic and ask for their germy old magazines… go to places like orthodontists, plastic surgeons offices and more. Most grocery stores and other local sores also have free local magazines at the front of the store that you can take.
Choosing Your Inspiration
Sit down with all of your magazines and print-offs and go through each page-by-page. If you see something that stands out to you, just rip out the entire page and move on to the next. I always pay special attention to photos, but also text headlines. These are often pretty inspirational and pointed towards actions. Don’t overlook the ads and don’t overlook full pages with patterns or colors. Once you’ve been through it all, go back to the torn pages and cut out the pieces you want.
Don’t stick to just resolutions. If there’s anything that catches your idea, or any thought that sticks out to you, cut it out and paste it in your book. You may not know today what you’re going to want in 3 months, but if there’s something in the back of your mind that catches your eye, you might be amazed to see that it came to life at the end of the year!
Do you make a vision book? Share yours with me on Instagram @rachelregal_!