Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about the power of visualization and the benefits of using a vision board. It’s a great tool, used by many successful people, to manifest your dreams and your desires. A vision board is basically a vision of what you’d like to have in your life represented in a way that speaks to you.
In the past, I’ve tried making vision boards (usually digital ones) and never really ended up looking at them as often as I wanted to. So I thought it’d be a good idea to create one on the cover of my journal, because I usually write in it everyday and see it multiple times during the day.
When you look at your vision board everyday, your goals actually become your reality. Seeing pictures daily of what you want to manifest in your life will remind and inspire you to take the required action to move towards your goal.
I recently posted a picture of the DIY journal I made on Instagram and a lot of you asked me to put up a tutorial of how I made it. So in this post, I’m going to share a step-by-step guide of what I did to my journal and also share a few ideas for the topics you can journal about, just to get you started.
What you’ll need:
- A notebook/planner
- Pictures (you can find inspirational pictures online or use your own photos)
Making your DIY Journal
1. The first and the most important step is to sit yourself down and think about what your goals are and what you’d like to achieve or manifest in different areas of your life, such as work, family, health, travel, relationships and money. You should take as much time as you need with this step because only when you know what you want can you actually achieve it (duh). And often, you go about life thinking you want something but when you actually take the time to reflect on what you want, you might realize you want something completely different from what you thought you wanted (this has happened to me so many times).
2. Next, you need to find pictures that represent or symbolize your dreams and goals. You can get really creative with this and find pictures in magazines or online on Pinterest/Tumblr or use your own photos. It’s really important to have fun with this process and choose only those pictures that actually speak to you or mean something to you. You can also include quotes or lyrics to your favorite song.
3. Cut out these pictures and place them on the cover of your journal to see what arrangement you like best. Then just stick them onto the cover one by one with the help of some glue. I also stuck a few pictures on the inner side of the cover because I had extra photos. You can also add stickers or use glitter to decorate the cover. You could also paint over the cover with some mod podge to keep your cover protected (I skipped this step).
It’s literally as simple as that. The whole process took me a couple of hours and I’m so happy with the outcome. Every time I look at my journal, I feel so positive and inspired, and if nothing else, I think it’s worth making it just for that feeling you get when you look at it. And it also helps that it looks awesome and is one of a kind.
Here are some ideas for what you could use your journal for:
- Gratitude Journal
- Goal Journal
- Favorite Quotes Journal
- Daily To-do List Journal
- Fitness Journal
- Dream Journal
- Daily Journal
- Idea Journal (to remember all those mind blowing ideas you come up with everyday)
- Travel Journal / Bucket List Journal
- Positivity Journal
I actually bought a five-subject notebook so I use different sections for some of the ideas mentioned above.
Whether it’s on the cover of your journal or on an actual board, I really recommend giving this process a shot. If this post inspired you to make a ‘vision journal’, then I’d absolutely love to see what you’ve made. And if you’ve already been using a vision board, I’d love to hear your experience with it. You can get in touch with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, or just write me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.