How To Create a Vision Board That Works

This article was written by Jodie Michelle as a guest piece for TiaHarding.com, please visit the original blog post by clicking below.


What are Vision Boards and How Will They Help Me?

Vision boards, also known as dream boards, are a physical manifestation of your goals, that you can create to help align with your future self and aspirations.

This powerful technique uses the amazing capabilities of visualisation and the law of attraction.

In simple terms, creating your own vision boards utilises your mind’s ability to imagine your dreams as reality.

By thinking about your goals in this way, you are using the law of attraction.

This is the ability to attract into your life, whatever you are focusing on.

The law of attraction uses the power of the mind to materialise your thoughts.

Yes, it is pretty incredible.

Creating vision boards also allows you to gain clarity into what it is you would like for your future.

Giving yourself clear intentions and motivating you to get there.

Commonly, vision boards are a physical board filled with images, quotes, drawings or illustrations of what your goal looks like and how you plan to achieve it.


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What Should My Vision Boards Include?

How you create your vision boards and what you include will be depend on a lot of personal factors.

Everything is optional and all down to personal preference.

However, it is important to decide on a clear theme and/or goal for each board.

The simpler the better.

In terms of materials, physical vision boards often include:

  • Photographs
  • Cut-outs from magazines
  • Images from the internet you can print off
  • Motivational quotes
  • Role models or other inspirations

You also have the option of creating your boards digitally.

This is also down to personal preference, but really think about where you want to keep the boards so that you will take notice of them daily.

If you do choose to create digital vision boards, I recommend using Pinterest.

There are unlimited useful images, articles and existing boards you can take inspiration from and pin to your own.

It is probably the quickest and easiest option for creating a digital vision board.

Other online resources include Canva, Microsoft Powerpoint and PicMonkey.



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How to Create a Vision Board That Works, Step-by-Step

Although there are no rules when it comes to vision boarding, I have devised a step-by-step guide you can follow to encourage your manifestation.

Step 1. Now that you’re ready to create your vision boards, it is time to decide on your main goals.

To make it as simple and clear as possible, try to create a separate board for each goal.

Think about when you would like to achieve your aspirations by.

Is it a long-term goal? Or how you would like you life to look in 6 months time?

These are all important aspects to consider and establish for yourself.

Really focus on your deepest wishes and desires.

Examples of board themes/goals include:

  • Improve your health or fitness
  • Grow relationships with friends or family
  • Earn and save a set amount of money
  • Work on your career path
  • Learn a new hobby

Step 2. Think about how you want to feel, not just what you want.

It is important for the law of attraction to not just be materialistic with your goals.

Instead of envisioning a future with a brand new designer handbag, think about a future where you don’t have the stressor of constant budgeting.

Think about how you would feel knowing that you can afford new luxuries and treat yourself and your loved ones.


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Step 3. Decide on how many vision boards you want to create.

Once you have listed your main goals, you will have a better idea of how many boards you should create.

I recommend not making any more than 4 separate boards as this can be too much to focus on at once, and could be more of a distraction.

Having so many goals and/or boards can also increase stress levels, as you are juggling all these dreams and worrying about how you are going to achieve them all.

I recommend 2-3 vision boards for best results.

If you have a lot more goals listed, try to combine some together under an umbrella category.

For example, if you have goals to lose weight and exercise more, you could use the umbrella category ‘health and fitness’ to add all these visions onto one board.

Step 4. Are your boards going to be physical or digital?

Think about what you enjoy doing more. Are you a crafty person? Or a techie one?

I personally think it is a whole experience to physically create your boards.

A lot more effort and love can go into this hand creation, but you also might need to invest in some supplies, such as card, glue, stickers and prints.

Digital vision boards can be quicker and less messy to make, but some people find it more difficult to establish a bond with a digital creation than a handmade one.

This choice is completely down to personal preference. So get deciding so you can get creating!

Step 5. Once you’ve made all the above decisions, and collected all the materials you need, it is time to let your imagination run wild.

Your vision boards can be as messy and chaotic as you would like.

I love the aesthetic of different images, text and colours layered randomly and almost carelessly.

It is like a big ball of positive energy.

Alternatively, some people like to create the most neatest and uniformed boards you could imagine.

Images all perfectly straight and aligned, or angled and layered, the choice is completely yours.



Step 6. Now everything is in its place, you can go ahead and label your boards.

This step is completely optional and is unlikely to restrict the effectiveness of your vision boards.

I like to do this to clarify my goals in a handful of words.

It is also great practice to speak the goals or themes aloud when focusing on your boards.

For my personal vision boards, I have one bold word written in the middle of each.

For example, career, relationships and health.

If this isn’t something you think would add value to this exercise, please feel free to skip this step and move on to the next.

Step 7. Yay! Congratulations, you have created your visions boards!

Now it is time to decide where they are going to live.

It can be a lot more effective to make sure your boards are kept somewhere that will catch your eye everyday.

A common choice for physical vision boards is on a bedroom wall.

I would recommend the wall opposite you when you are in bed.

This way, it is the first thing you see when you wake up, and the last thing you see before you go to sleep.

Other places include on the fridge, in a bullet journal or in your office.

For digital boards, you can give yourself the same options by printing them out.

However, if you would like to keep your vision boards paper-free, my top way of displaying them would be as your phone or computer screensaver.

This is somewhere you look at every single day.

You could create a slideshow screensaver, that changes from one vision board to the next, or combine all your boards together into one image and separate them into sections.

If you are a keen Pinterest user and have chosen to create your vision boards this way, it is an option to keep them in this format.

However, I suggest you consider another way of displaying your boards to ensure they are prominent in your daily life.


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And that’s a wrap everyone!

Thank you so much for giving me some of your time today and I wish you the best of luck with your vision boards and personal growth.

If you have any questions about the topics I have discussed in this article or would like to know more, I am always happy to chat anytime.

You can contact me at [email protected], or alternatively, Tia is a fount of knowledge who would also be happy to help.

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Drink More Water – The Benefits + How to Establish the Habit

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog post! I’m back again, and today I want to discuss the benefits of a basic human need…drinking water.

Some readers might think this is a topic that doesn’t need a discussion, as it is quite imperative to our survival.

But it is really surprising how many of us drink little to no water daily.

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1. The Physical Benefits
2. The Psychological Benefits
3. My Personal Experience
4. Establish Drinking Water
as a Habit

5. How Much Water Should
We Be Drinking?

I was one of these people for a long time and have only recently changed my ways.

Over the last 3 months, I have really noticed a difference in how I feel and positive changes in my body. And this is all because I began drinking more water.

I want to discuss my personal experiences with the wonders of hydration later on in this article.

But for now, let’s get into the sciencey bit.


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The Physical Benefits

By ‘physical benefits’, I am referring to the changes we notice to the external parts of our bodies, these are usually the changes and benefits most talked about when it comes to water consumption.

1. Boosts your performance during exercise

Physical exertion is the number one reason people stop exercising. They are too tired to carry on. But what if there was a way to extend the period of energised movement?

There is…drinking water is the answer.

Your physical performance can be almost instantly improved by hydrating.

This is especially important when exercising intensely or in hot conditions (see here).

Drinking a good amount of water can prevent reduced motivation and exhaustion.

I have also found, it makes exercising feel less difficult, physically and mentally.

2. Speeds up weight loss

Water is a fast and easy way to boost your metabolism. It is so simple, drink water and lose weight quicker and more efficiently.

A boost in your metabolic rate, helps your body to burn more calories on a daily basis. Therefore, resulting in weight loss.

A great tip is to drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your next meal. It can make you feel fuller and as a result, you intake fewer calories (see here).

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3. Keeps your skin bright and tight

When dehydrated, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling.

Drinking more water can prevent this from happening.

Keeping your body hydrated, will keep your skin hydrated and, in turn, promote the production of collagen.



The Psychological Benefits

The psychological benefits of staying hydrated refers to the affects on the brain and behaviours. These changes are not as commonly discussed as the physical changes as they are often not as obvious.

1. Improves your brain functionality and boosts energy levels

Studies have shown that just mild dehydration (fluid loss of 1-3%) can negatively affect your energy levels and mood, resulting in a poorer performance of your brain and memory.

This is because your brain is highly influenced by your water consumption.

Therefore, increasing the amount of water you are drinking, and staying hydrated, helps your brain and energy do the best they can.

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2. Prevents the risk of headaches and can treat existing ones

Dehydration and headaches often go hand-in-hand.

Getting a headache is one of the number one symptoms that you are not drinking enough water (see here).

Studies have also shown a correlation between drinking water and the relief of headaches.

3. Can enhance your mood

Similarly to improved brain functionality, keeping hydrated can also positively affect your mood.

Dehydration has been linked to an increase in fatigue and confusion. This unhealthy state can also progress to feelings of anxiety.

Therefore, as a result of drinking water, your mood is likely to be more positive.


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My Personal Experience

As I’m sure you know, there are a tonne more benefits to drinking water and staying hydrated. The list could go on forever.

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Along with the enhancements listed above, I also felt a lot of changes to my mental state and overall energy levels.

Firstly, I noticed improvements in my bodily functions. Everything just seemed to work a bit smoother and more efficiently (although I definitely needed to use the toilet more).

I think because my body and its functions felt better, so did I.

My energy and efficiency seemed to double overnight. I now have more energy to be productive and more energy and drive during exercise.

These changes over the past months have also positively affected my mental health. Having more energy and getting more things done, has made me feel happier than I have in forever.

I have loved the differences I have found in myself due to my perseverance with drinking more water and instilling this habit.



Establish Drinking Water as a Habit

Remembering to keep drinking water throughout the day, hasn’t always been as easy for me as it is now.

For someone who only really had a drink with a main meal, it was very unusual for me to be drinking throughout the day, and to choose water over a fizzy drink.

It has taken me about a month to really get the hang of this habit and imprint this into my way of life.

So here is how I did it so you can too!

Invest in a quality water bottle or flask

I purchased a Chilly’s bottle and can not recommend it enough. It is great value for money, as the quality is outstanding and the bottle keeps my water cold for longer than I even need.

I love my water bottle so much, I actually want to drink from it. This investment really kickstarted my waterdrinking and has continued to remind me to stay hydrated.

I seriously recommend everyone gets a reusable water bottle. Not only for yourselves, but also for the environment.

7.7 billion single-use water bottles are used each year, in the UK alone. Most end up polluting our rivers and seas, often endangering wildlife.

Set yourself a goal

In the early days of establishing your habit, it can be very important to set yourself a goal to keep in mind throughout your journey.

For me, I started by simply having a sip of water from my water bottle whenever I remembered.

Eventually, when I was doing this regularly, I set myself a new target to consume a certain amount of cups per day.

Every time I reached my goal, I celebrated my success then set a new one.

Finally, I managed to drink the NHS’s recommended daily allowance with ease.

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Track your daily water intake

This was a big one for me. Tracking how much water you drink, can encourage you to drink more by giving yourself a sense of achievement.

You should celebrate every day that you get closer to your goal and the days you reach it.

Tracking your intake is also important to make sure you are on the right track and are consuming the amount you set out to.

If you have a diary or bullet journal, I recommend creating a monthly habit tracker and making a note of how many glasses you are drinking each day.

Have a glass of water with every meal

By using food as a reminder to drink water, you are much more likely to remember to do it.

I used to always have a fizzy drink or fruit cordial with my meals. This meant I was consuming more sugar and not getting as much water as I needed.

By ensuring you only drink water with your food, you are adding to your daily total whilst keeping yourself hydrated throughout meals.

Keep water by your bed

Having a drink of water just before you go to bed and as soon as you wake up is a great practice, and one which benefits your body in many ways.

Make sure to fill up your water bottle or glass before you get into bed so it will be waiting for you in the morning.

This is an easy reminder for yourself, as well as being a great way to kickstart your mornings.


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So How Much Water Should You be Drinking Daily?

Unfortunately there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question.

Many different scientific studies has revealed many different results. Results which are all similar and prove the benefits of drinking water, but have lead to slightly different recommendations.

The recommended amount of water to intake daily, mainly differs from country to country. This can be linked to different climates; the warmer the climate, the more you should drink.

For this article, I use and refer to the UK government’s recommended 6-8 cups or glasses of water per day. This is equivalent to around 1.2 litres.

This includes drinking low-fat milks and low-sugar drinks, including tea and coffee. However, I personally only track my pure water consumption.

But if you would like to, or feel the need, to drink more water than this, please do. You would have to drink between 0.8 to 1.0 litres of water per hour to be at risk of over-hydration.



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Adopting Mindfulness From a Beginner’s POV

So I’m just going to jump straight in with this one. I’ve only just started this blog and I’m already slacking, from now on please expect a new article every Friday.

Since the start of the UK lockdown I’ve had this drive to better myself and my life.

But I had no idea how to do this.

It all started whilst watching some random YouTube videos that came up in my recommended, talking about self acceptance. I thought to myself, ‘is the universe trying to tell me something?’.

So I did some reading and researched in as many ways I could during a worldwide pandemic.

Becoming more mindful, was one of the ideas that kept popping up wherever I looked. So I dug a little further.

I listened to an audiobook on Audible called Habbits for Happiness by Dr Tim Sharp and this really brought everything together for me.

I couldn’t recommend this audiobook enough for beginning your own mindful and self-love journey.

Each chapter of this audiobook spoke about different habits you should incorporate into your life, in order to essentially become happier.

I followed all the steps exactly, one of my favourite tasks was setting my SMART goals, which I will discuss more in another post.

And this was my foundation for my mindfulness journey.

Unfortunately, it would be no help to share my personal goals, targets and habits as these will be different for everybody.

But here are some steps I can recommend that have helped me establish a more positive day-to-day life.


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Beginner Habits for a Better Life

Drink more water

This is a tip you see everywhere as we are told it can improve a lot of health problems but there is a reason for this, water is amazing!

I highly recommend working your way up to the recommended daily allowance of 2-3 litres. More on this and developing a water drinking habit in an upcoming post.

Give yourself some time for self-care

Always make time for you and doing things you enjoy. Whether that’s having a nice, relaxing bath or doing a spot of gardening.

Meditate

This one can seem very daunting at first as it did for me, but the sooner you start the better.

Meditation is something that you can take at your own pace, you choose how long you do it for and how often. I currently aim for 15 minutes every other morning.

Give yourself a stabile sleeping pattern

Although I don’t have any advice for the insomniacs, I can’t recommend a repetitive sleep schedule enough.

I have recently discovered the Bedtime setting on iPhone and it has been so useful in establishing myself with a routine.

Take a moment of everyday to notice everything around you

This is essentially what mindfulness is all about. I like to remind myself to be mindful by using a trigger.

For example, I will often have a mindful shower, a mindful meal or a mindful cup of coffee.

Listen to podcasts

This is something I have recently brought into my morning routine and they are so great.

In terms of becoming more mindful, I couldn’t recommend The Mindful Kind by Rachael Kable more!

I also love Radio Headspace by Andy Puddicombe as the episodes are around 4 minutes long each and come out the morning of every weekday.

Take up yoga

This is another one which can seem off-putting to a novice. I was one of those people too.

Yoga can be incredibly difficult but there are so many resources out there you can use from home, and you can simply take it at your own pace.

I love using beginner YouTube videos, I recommend SarahBethYoga. Of course, when gyms open back up, going to yoga classes is another option to consider.

Breathe with purpose

This one sounds a bit silly, we all breathe with the purpose of living. But really concentrating on your breathing and how it affects your body is an incredidble mindfulness exercise anybody can do at any time.

You may of hear of people slowing their breathing and counting to 10 in stressful situations, but that’s not all it is useful for.


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I can’t describe to you how implementing these changes in my life has really helped me feel better in myself and become happier over the past month.

Find out more about my new morning routine, which details how I like to start my mornings in order to set myself up for a mindful day.

It can all seem overwhelming at first, but the majority of tasks involved in this article only take a few minutes to complete.

Remember to start off gently and try not to tackle everything at once. Try implementing a couple of new habits each month until you feel more comfortable.

And please, if you take anything from this article, please do check out some podcasts and audiobooks.

They’re just such an easy and useful way to digest new information, especially whilst travelling or doing some house work.

The top platforms I suggest are Audible and Spotify.


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