I made a vision board and here's why you should too

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| January 07 2016,

11:30 pm

The new year is officially underway! With increased motivation, many have vowed to make lifestyle changes while others have put their focus on self-improvement. In an increased effort to use 2016 for the betterment of myself, I decided to create a vision board (cynics — keep reading!). An important tool for creating a conscious life, vision boards have proven to lead to achievement and are perfect for jumpstarting a journey to victory. George Washington Carver said it best, "Where there is no vision, there is no hope." A lover of all things DIY, I chose to create a new vision board and reflect on my previously set goals.

The one rule to creating an effective board is that there are NO rules! Creating my vision board provided me with a realistic approach to my dreams and clarification in what I find heartening. As I took a look at the graphics strewn across my room, I found myself asking, "What did I leave out?" The abundance of some images and the lack of what I initially expected to enjoy allowed me to find the source of my true inspiration. I came to the realization that I was creating this board not for a vision of society, but for myself. In the images that I selected, I essentially made a claim and sought a direction to pursue. I dedicated the new year to one of health, prosperity and joy, hence the prevalence of flowers, food, and an abundance of carefree black girls. As far as word choices, I chose empowering terms that evoke positivity.

Do you have a vision board? If so, what's on it? Let us know in the comments below!