Put your inspiration in front of you
by Niki Turner
My muse finally woke up after a lengthy period of hibernation. I think she used my airline miles for a trip to the tropics (she's awfully tan for someone who was hibernating). Wherever she was, she collected a steamer trunk full of ideas and inspiration and projects for me.
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But I have a problem: If I don't keep those ideas right in front of my face, I forget about them. I lose track of what I wanted to do, and I stop thinking about how I'm going to accomplish it.
So, I'm going to make a vision board. In fact, I may create one for every room in my house.
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What's a vision board? It's the grown-up girl's version of your high school locker, or that overcrowded bulletin board you had behind your bed, or the collection of ephemera tacked to the corners of your mirror.
It's a visual representation of things that inspire and encourage you, a way to explore your potential and map out where you're headed.
Some of you probably already do this on some level. You might have a file on your computer with pictures that resemble your story's hero or heroine, or a shoebox full of travel brochures for all the places you hope to visit tucked under the bed. Taping scripture verses to the refrigerator or bathroom mirror is a kind of vision board. If you like to decorate, you might keep a folder stuffed with magazine clippings in your desk. In my current artsy-crafty mode, I've got more DIY projects bookmarked on my computer than I can contemplate.
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- I'll start with a vision board for the writing projects I'm working on. The notes for my story – names and dates and places – along with pictures, postcards, quotes, and so on. It should go on my desk, where it's easy to refer to when I'm working.
- My kitchen board might be covered with ideas for my family. Recipes to try, gift ideas for upcoming birthdays, scripture verses to speak concerning them, and a few favorite pictures of each one.
- The bedroom board could be dedicated to the vision for my marriage. Whether you've had two or twenty years together you still need a vision for your future.
- The living room board might focus on friends and neighbors and extended family members. You know, those charming individuals you want to invite over for dinner, or meet for lunch, or go visit for the weekend. Really, you DO want to spend time with them, but the daily grind keeps chewing up the days. Perhaps seeing their names and faces on the wall every day will yank you out of the hamster wheel of life.
"Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.”
Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV
“Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint;”
Proverbs 29:18a ASV
Are you getting the idea? Need some directions? Here are a few links to help get you started ...
Kill Zone Authors / Kathleen Pickering
Suite 101 How-to Article
Are you already a fan of the vision board idea? If so, how have you used them? Any tips for creating them?