I love the concept of dream boards.
My teenage bedroom was essentially four walls of dream boards, or whatever I decided was worthy of getting cut out of a Teen Vogue and taped on my wall.
I don’t collect magazines anymore, nor do I find my “dream life” in them.
But do you know what has come along since my moody teenage days?
I don’t even have to explain what it is: the internet’s dream board.
We’ve all spent countless hours pinning drool worthy recipes, outfits that are a little too perfect and a detailed plan of our dream wedding before we even had serious boyfriends.
I’ve seriously curbed my Pinterest addiction since college, but I’ve found it a cathartic exercise to collect and curate different aspects of the dream life I strive for.
In January I chose two guiding words for 2017: Ignite and Radiate. And I created a board of different images and quotes that spoke to those words that I’ll scroll through every now and then.
And one of the best features of Pinterest? Secret boards.
No more scouring magazines, scissors and glue for this girl.
My most recent secret board creation? One I dubbed, “Beautiful Abundance” where I put all the things I’m working to manifest in my life.
And if you hear the term “manifest” and want to gag a little bit, stick with me. I was once in your shoes not that long ago.
Then I discovered “Letters to the Universe”, dipping my toes into manifesting, and things started to happen.
I asked the Universe for freelance opportunities and I got an email from a gal I went on to do a internship/mentorship for.
I asked for more money opportunities, and my mom called to ask for help with two painting jobs, totaling over $1600 in less than three weeks.
“I’ve got to put this power to good use!” I thought.
So, back to my “Beautiful Abundance” board. I created it as a place to put all the things I wanted to manifest for my future. And not my “where will you be in 10 years” future. My 6 months - 5 years plan.
While it’s obviously important to consider where you want to be in 15 years time I think so many people spend all their wishing on years and years down the road.
What about the life we’re living in the here in now?
Why not focus on that? I know I am.
Fill your dream boards, your vision boards, whatever you want to call them with things that make you feel something. That get you excited to work towards your goals.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a visual person so actually seeing something versus just writing it down (which I also think is important) sparks something different in my brain, making it seem like more of a possibility for reality.
So, go and spend some time on Pinterest (I’m giving you permission) and make a board that is just for curating your dream life. Don’t hold yourself back, fill it with images, words and whatever else feel right to you.
Go back and look back on it here and there, edit it and refine it to keep it up to date with what you want. And just let it soak in, think about how it would feel to have or be whatever it is. Visualize that, and magical things will start to happen.