Agh vision boards. We are all aware of them. Maybe you've even been to a vision board party where you had to think very hard about your goals, dream big, and put together a collage to represent your dreams. In the past I've hosted and been to several of these parties.
However lately I'm finding that the vision board has not served me well in a few ways.
One of the most notable being that I tend to be incredibly optimistic in my visioneering and dream about things that have no tangibility. Like making 6 figures in the first year of my career or devoting one year to finding the love of my life. My timelines tend to be incredibly instantaneous and my vision boards have ended up being a source of guilt when I don't accomplish all the things I set out to accomplish when I was in a dreamily optimistic state.
A vision board tends to re-inforce the stereotype that we are not okay where we are right now and tie our happiness to achievement.
I get the importance of dreaming but what if we could reimagine the way that we dream which it is rooted in a satisfaction of the present.
Enter Alignment Boards
An alternative to the vision board that is part inspiration, part celebration.
Alignment boards are your opportunity to create a collage of things that currently inspire you. Focused on the joy of the moment while simultaneously including a few hopeful results of your present path.
Steps to creating your alignment board:
Prep work - some introspective questions:
- Take a few days to a week to make a list of loves - a list of things you love that bring you joy.
- Make a list of people that have shaped your theology, education, and lifestyle so far and how they have done that.
- What words define the season of life you are in right now.
- Based on your habits right now what is one clear future outcome.
- What do you want that you know you will get just not right now.
- What is one magical thing completely beyond your reach that fills you with joy when dreaming of it.
Making your alignment board:
- Find articles, paintings, magazine clippings, notes from your journal that represent answers to the questions above.
- Get a poster board or a canvas as your base.
- Get into a relaxed and comfortable space.
- Get crafty and creatively put your board together. There is no wrong or right way to do it!
I hope you find joy and alignment as you do this. The best part is that this will serve as a reminder of mindfulness for you rather than as a source of guilt when you don't meet your goals.
P.s: if you are following me on instagram you get to see a completed picture of my most recent alignment board right HERE