On Sunday, I got together with a few of my friends to create our vision boards for this year. Though I’ve created vision boards for the last two years, this was my first opportunity to do it in person! (In 2019, I was sick and didn’t want to spread my germs to the group of hikers who gathered together for making them, and in 2020, we were in a big covid surge and the vaccines were only starting to roll out to certain groups, so we didn’t have any indoor gatherings!) Our group consisted only of a couple of us, at a friend’s house, with snacks, poster board, and tons of magazines to sort through and cut apart!
I had a good idea of what I wanted to create before the party, as I’d been tossing around ideas even before the party was scheduled. My board for 2020 was awesome and really helped to motivate me for the year. My 2021 board was awful and it didn’t take long for it to become outdated and pointless. I ended up removing it from my wall by mid-year. So this year, I wanted to do something a bit less general and more to-the-point, like my 2020 board. Since 2021 was a year of increasing isolation and agoraphobia for me, as well as failing health, the goal became to move outside my comfort zone again and expand past the boundaries that pen me into increasingly smaller spaces. I based a lot of the board on one of my favorite song quotes (a quote I actually want to get tattooed on my right forearm):
The map of my world gets smaller as I sit here pulling on the loose threads. -Keane, “Spiralling”
I began the board with a representation of myself, built using washi tape, and then I chose images and words for both internal and external health/improvement. This is the start (my washi-me) and the finished product:
It ended up far more stuffed and chaotic than I was intending, but honestly, that’s perfect! My whole aim for the year is expansion and filling and exploring and growing, so to experience such a wealth of possibilities is right in line with my hopes for 2022.