I’m not big into DIY or crafts, but this step was important to me regardless. It seems silly for a grown adult to be cutting out quotes and pictures from magazines, but I personally think it helps to have a visual of what you want, or where you want to go.
So for this last part of the mini-series, you will be making a vision board or sorts. I did this before I took all of the personality tests, but it could honestly work either way.
If you know where you want to head, it’s a great way to create a visual reminder of where you want to go and what you want to be. If you aren’t sure about things, or the tests left you more confused than before, figuring out what types of pictures and quotes you’ve gravitated towards can be a big help.
So here’s the final part in this Existential Crisis mini-series, creating a vision board.
Grab the Essentials
If you’re like me, you haven’t touched poster board since you were a kid. That was the last time anyone had you make a “poster” for a class assignment and you never looked back.
So you’re going to have to grab some poster board. You can splurge on the cardboard kind that’s not as flimsy, or go with your plain old, regular poster board. I personally found that the standard poster board size was too big, so I cut it in half.
You also probably haven’t touched glue since then either. I prefer glue sticks to the liquid kind for this sort of thing. Nothing like trying to glue magazine cut outs onto poster board and having the liquid glue make everything more wet than it should be.
Depending on how crafty you are, you might want to grab pens or markers for decorating and drawing, or even some glitter glue. Ah, the favorite crafting supply of most people from the 90s.
Grab Some Magazines
You can grab whatever magazines you want! My work gets a ton so I was able to grab quite a few that were really old and bring them home for this project. They were mostly more work or career related, but that’s not always bad.
I also had a free year’s subscription to Women’s Health from some promotion somewhere, so I wasn’t going into this completely blind. However, I did pick up a few magazines while I was at Wal-Mart picking up the poster board. To my surprise, Cosmo wasn’t there! And it wasn’t at the Shoprite I stopped at on my way home, either!
That was kind of disappointing.
Get to Cutting
Nothing has to make sense right away. Whatever you’re gravitated towards, cut it out. It could be a quote from an advertisement, only half a quote from an advert, some photos, parts of photos, whatever you want. If you look at something and think “I like that!” cut it out. Worry about everything else later.
Putting it Together
Once you have everything cut out, go through and see how they fit on your poster board. I found that there were quite a few things I passed up because I thought I had enough stuff already.
Boy was I wrong.
It feels like you could cut for hours and still not have enough stuff for a vision board!
So once you start trying to put it together, you might notice the same thing. So go back and cut out anything you passed up because it wasn’t “completely you”. Do it. You won’t regret it.
Once you actually have everything cut out and starting to form some sort of coherent thing on the board, start gluing. It doesn’t matter how messy or out of order things look, that’s kind of the point.
It’s supposed to be a hodgepodge of your thoughts or feelings or desires.
Find that you have more than one theme going? Grab another poster board and make another!
There are no real rules for this. It’s all about you trying to piece together more of yourself.
There you have it. I hope you have a better understanding of who you are and what you want to do after all of this. If you try out my mini-series, PLEASE let me know! I want to know how you did.
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