Find Your Focus, Create a Dream Board

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How to Create a Dream / Inspiration Board

On last weeks radio show we highlighted a unique idea to help us focus on our goals and priorities. This project can guide our efforts and help keep us on track. Creating a dream board, or sometimes called vision or inspiration board can also be great for stress relief!

Here are some basic project details:

Supplies:

Tacks, Tape or Glue
Scissors
Bulletin or foam board

Difficulty Level: Easy

Time needed: as little as 15 min

Here are 5 steps to creating your own Dream Board / Inspiration Board:

1. Time to brainstorm. Think about areas of your life that you want to improve or plan. I’ve seen inspiration boards to plan weddings, to get into shape, eat healthy, saving for that car or vacation….the possibilities are endless. The point is to think about what you would really love to do, what big event in your life is coming up that you need to plan for, or maybe highlighting your priorities like spending more time with your family. These are just ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Think about these questions:

What do I want to do, have, be, get or give?

Where do I want to go?

2. Next start looking for photographs that match your vision. You can look through old magazines, even online at websites like istockphoto.com. If you are an artist, sketch your ideas. You can scan photographs you already have and print them out on your printer if you don’t want to cut an original photo. Get your camera out and take your own photos even!

3. Now that you have a pile of photographs you can start placing them on your board, you can even create a digital board. Turn on some of your favorite music, make your favorite coffee or cold beverage and begin. Consider adding quotes that inspire and give perspective. Feel free to add or remove photos as you go along. You can use any type of board, or even a picture frame. If you want something to carry along with you, use a small journal book. This would be helpful for party planning, brides, decorating projects and if you want to keep your board private. Don’t get hung up on how perfectly you should align the photos. They can be random or orderly, whatever suits your personality. The goal is to have fun with it and let your creativity roam.

4. Now that you have placed all your pictures on your board don’t hide it in your closet! Place it somewhere prominent in your home. Pick a high traffic visible area, like your bedroom dresser, on a wall in your kitchen or near your computer. Viewing your board frequently will remind you of your priorities, goals and dreams.

5. Chances are your board is an organic thing, meaning it is ever changing. As you find photos of another new decorating idea, that business suit, that photo of someone doing what you want to do, a favorite swimsuit or cool photo of another street in Paris you want to visit add it to your board!

This is also a great project to do with your girlfriends and/or your kids!

If this sounds interesting to you and you’d like to try it along with me, I’m looking for some volunteers to share their creations. You can post your in progress creations on the website and we can all have a little creative fun!!

Doing a little project like this can help us all to follow our heart and Live Our Dreams!!

Check out some examples of Dream / Inspiration boards:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/inspirationboards/pool/

I’m going to end this post by an excerpt of a speech by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, addressing the 2004 Stanford graduates and I recently came across, I hope it moves you and much as it has moved me…..

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it were your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something”

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

You can view the whole speech below….


Steve Jobs’s Commencement Speech at Stanford

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