I’ve had an ongoing love-hate relationship with vision boards ever since I created my first one about 9 years ago. Most people say they work, but a little voice inside was always telling me that they were kind of silly, so I never fully embraced the idea
I was inspired to create my first board after watching a tv show, but I don’t recall putting much effort into it or even hanging it up anywhere. Needless to say, nothing manifested from that board. After that a few years went by without another board then in 2015 I joined the rest of the New Year “Resolutioners” and created my second vision board. This time I used my computer (yes – it was computer generated) and executed the perfect board filled with images of places I wanted to visit, and goals I wanted to achieve. I printed my beautiful board at Staples and hung it right next to my desk where I could see it daily. I didn’t focus on it, but I knew it was there.
The year came to end and again none of my visions had manifested, so for the next few years I fell off again. I became slightly motivated back in March of 2018 when the young women from my leadership program created vision boards as a classroom project. But like all the other times, I wasn’t excited enough to put in the effort to create a board of my own.
This was until yesterday when as I was searching through some old computer files, something caught my attention. It was my vision board that I had created in 2015. I immediately clicked on the file and was shocked at what I saw. I had put so little follow-up thought into the board that I didn’t remember what was on. My eyes were focused on three images – a cruise ship, the changing of the guards at Buckingham palace, and the Eifel Tower in Paris.
I immediately checked to see what date the file was created and it said January 16th, 2015 4:27pm. I sat there staring at the screen because a little over a month ago, my husband and I went on a trip to Europe and visited both London & Paris. Back in 2017 we also went on a cruise to the Bahamas. There are also a few other things that have partially manifested from that board but my recent travels stood out to me the most.
This was definitely an Ah Ha moment for me because while I was expecting instant gratification, what I desired were already in the making. The lesson learned from this experience is that visions don’t expire, they just take time to manifest.
What’s your experience with vision boards?