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My First Vision Board!

My First Vision Board!

For quite a while now, I've been thinking about making a physical vision board -- not just a Pinterest board or anything like that, but spending a few hours cutting out pictures and phrases that speak to me from magazines, and then putting them down on paper. Here is the result of my first-ever vision board!! 

I started with just a few simple supplies. I used plain white 8x11 cardstock, some scissors, and a gluestick.

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If you want to make your vision board larger, that's totally fine; I went with a standard-sized piece of paper both because I wanted to easily display the vision board on my desk, and because this vision board was for Thrive With Style, and I would be making another vision board for my personal life (stay tuned for that on my Instagram!).

Next, I grabbed a stack of magazines in my office that were destined for Half Price Books.

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It's definitely important to get a variety of images/phrases, but you don't need to use as many magazines as I used! You can even use junk mail or catalogs if they have nice photos that speak to you, and usually, advertisements can be pretty motivating if you use them right! 

Next, I spent a good chunk of time leafing through the magazines, ripping out pages I liked and cutting out smaller images. I'm pretty sure I'll be finding little clippings everywhere for quite some time...

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And at last, it was finished!! Here's the completed project, and I'll put some bullet points beneath with why I chose certain cutouts. 

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  • A lot of the text is probably self-explanatory -- just inspirational phrases that were perfect for my blog! 
  • The flower power text, as well as the wreath and yellow flower, are all branding ideas for Thrive With Style. I always think of "thrive" as being green, if words had colors, and I like the idea of a lot of greenery/leafy plants all over the site/my Instagram/etc.!
  • The pumpkin and butterfly (which was originally in an advertisement with the yellow flower!) were so perfect for fall, I couldn't pass them up! 
  • The racecar made of cash...well, it's FUNNY. And on the one hand, I hope to grow my blog, and on the other, I hope to do it FAST! 
  • I also made sure to focus on keeping some white space and not totally overwhelming my paper. I didn't do that as much for my personal vision board, but for a professional, goal-oriented one, I think it's important to keep that balance! 

I really enjoyed making my first vision board(s)! Comment below if you've ever made one -- I seriously think this may be a new hobby for me. 

Until next time ~ 

XOXO, Maria

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