I always get excited about the new year arriving. I can’t wait to sit down and think about my hopes and dreams for the new year. There are so many possibilities. I’ve always been a dreamer. So creating a vision board for the whole family is something I love to do! It’s fun to think about what life could be.
BUT, what would be even better than thinking about what life could be, would be to keep those dreams in the forefront of your mind to make them happen! One of my favorite ways to do this is with a vision board. Vision boards are fun and you can get as creative as you want. In the past, I’d always heard vision board parties and all. In fact, I think I may have gone to one. I never really got into it though, until…
Family Vision Boarding
We started to create family vision boards a few years back when we thought my older girls would have fun giving input into what they thought the family should be doing. Now, I love family vision boarding. When I learned about making it a family thing, I jumped on it! I thought it would give everyone, especially our kids a way to creatively express their hopes and dreams for our family.
I don’t know if vision boards were even a thing that people did when I was a kid. However, I do remember our family sitting down to brainstorm what kind of family trips we wanted to do. My dad was a businessman, so he grabbed his chart paper and markers and started writing down all of our ideas in a very organized fashion. It doesn’t quite look that way these days. My girls go around the house grabbing all of our old magazines, store ads, stickers, markers, and anything else they can find that will help make our board a beautiful reflection of our family vision. When I was young, we only talked about our dreams of family travel. Now we know it is important to include much more than that.
Topics to Include
- ✔️ Travel
- ✔️ Family Relationships
- ✔️ Ways to Give
- ✔️ Volunteer Opportunities
- ✔️ Community Service
- ✔️ Hikes
- ✔️ Time Together
What You Need to Get Started
If you’ve never made a vision board, it’s super easy to get started. It’s kind of like a mini crafting project for us. We dig into our craft supplies and pull out stickers, markers, paper, and anything and everything that we think we might need. Then we go hunting around the house for old magazines, newspaper ads, and sometimes pictures.
You’ll probably find that your family has magazines or weekly ads hanging around the house. They can have lots of valuable information that center around your family’s likes. For example, I have a lot of home, family, and travel magazines because they have a lot of articles with my interests. My girls save all of the “American Girl Doll” magazines and toy ads. Believe it or not, there is more than toys in some of those magazines. I’ll tell you a little more about what you might find in just a minute.
So, there’s really no need to buy any materials unless you really want to. You most likely have everything in your home already. Some people like to buy magazines if they don’t already have any laying around. You could always ask family or neighbors if you don’t want to buy them. Magazines are very expensive these days. The only thing that I always buy is a large poster board. Here’s a list of items that I like to have on hand when getting started.
Supplies to Gather
- ✔️ Poster Board
- ✔️ Scissors
- ✔️ Tape or Glue
- ✔️ Magazines
- ✔️ Markers/Pens
- ✔️ Stickers (optional)
Using some of the topics I mentioned earlier in mind, I remind the girls what it is we are doing. I give them a few examples and ask a few questions to get their minds thinking and then they go! Mine like to show me as they go along. We often get a laugh at some of the strange things magazines can have. Instead of writing words, it’s fun to cut out words in magazines to help describe your visions. As I mentioned earlier, some of the kid’s magazines and ads have some great motivational quotes and pictures. Last year, we found a lot of positive quotes and saying in the “American Girl Doll” magazines.
Once you’ve found all of your supplies, you can finally start to cut and paste away and have some good ol’ family fun! Turn on the music and grab some snacks or a pizza if that’s your family’s thing. I’m surprised “Alexa” doesn’t get confused with all of the song requests. There’s your Saturday night entertainment. Little ones will love it too! They go crazy about getting to cut or glue something on the board. I think my youngest was about two when she started participating in our family vision boarding nights.
After we’re satisfied with our work, we like to admire or review it as a family. I like to hang it up in a place where everyone is bound to see it. Seeing it every day helps us remember the things we want to make happen as a family.
Individual Family Boards
Last year, I added a new element to our family vision board-making. Not only did we create a vision board for the family, but each family member got to create one for themselves. It’s nice to have family goals, but it’s important to me that everyone has their own dreams or goals. I want them to realize them so they can go after them! So many adults have gone through life never allowing themselves to chase their dreams. Understanding what you want in life can help you understand who you are.
I got the idea for individual vision boards when I made one for myself for the first time last year. I actually made five small vision boards that focused on five major areas of my life. Five is a bit much for the kids and my husband, so they only made one. It could include anything they wanted. It’s fun to make individual vision boards because you might learn new things about each other. Here’s an example of one of my individual vision boards. It focused on self-care.
It’s not too late to get started. We still haven’t made our family vision board yet. So, guess what we’re doing Saturday night? You can create a vision board any time of year. There isn’t a set time of year to make one, but the beginning of the year is always a great time. Whenever you want a new vision or improved outlook on your family’s future, then creating a vision board could be a fun way to do it!