I’m going to embark on a personal challenge this week and I hope you all join me. Through a deeply creative, introspective, and powerful process, I’m going to create an inspiration board. Although at a surface glance, it can appear like a simple scrapbooking exercise, this project actually can guide you towards great joy, lift you up when times are hard, and keep you focused during a long work day.
An inspiration board is an artistic project, usually created through a process of collage that represents your dreams, aspirations, and current inspiration. All the things that make you happy, all the images that remind you of where you want to go, and all the quotes that hold you steady on this path are material these boards can include. Posting it in a well-seen area, or somewhere that you can easily pull out and look at, will help you access your inspiration at any time. No matter what mood you’re in, this can easily be the tipping point between procrastination and motivated action.
The best part about these is that they are easy to make. I’ve listed out the supplies, process, and sources of inspiration below. Dig deep for this, really arousing the energy of inspiration! The more you put into it, the more energy will resonate back to you when you look at the finished board.
- Thick paper or some sort of board (chip, foam, etc), probably no smaller than 18 inches on the smallest side
- Glue, tape, or something to place things on your paper or board
- Scrap photographs (ones you’ve taken, pictures from magazines, computer print outs)
- Scissors and/or X-acto knife
- Some time to dedicate to yourself and living a joyous life
- Find some time and space alone, or with a trusted person who you feel with totally value your inspiration, hope, and aspirations
- Collect materials that inspire you (there are examples listed below)
- Fill every part of your board with imagery, placing it as you go, or organizing it without glue, taking a photograph of the layout to use as reference, and then going back and gluing everything in place
- Get creative, colorful, and enjoy yourself!
- If you need a break, take one! The last thing you want is the energy of obligation coming into this board—this should be fun, crafted from pure dreams, inspiration, and self-love.
Ideas of Things to Fill Your Board With:
- Places you want to travel
- Family, friends, loved ones, pets
- Someone doing your ideal career (i.e. a public speaker if you want to pursue that, someone writing a book if you want to be an author)
- Self-care (i.e. cozying up with tea, a soothing bath, a spa)
- Your ideal home
- Plants, trinkets, things you decorate your ideal space with
- Screenshots of happy text messages
Other things you can add:
- Written inspirational quotes (cut out pictures or handwritten)
- Greeting cards, love letters
- Inspiring phrases catered towards yourself (not quotes, rather affirmations you create)
- Lists of things you want to do or your goals (like “someday I will become ___”)
- Small objects (seashells, jewelry, ribbon, dried flowers, stamps, an old passport, etc)
- Newspaper articles about you or things you are inspired by
The whole point of an inspiration board is to cater it entirely to you. Pick your favorite colors, your favorite stories, your favorite images and throw them all together. This board is truly a mix of all things that drive you to live life to the fullest! And, of course, at any time you can add to and change your board. Feel free to paste new images over old ones or create a whole new board in the future—it’s all about whatever inspires you best right here and right now.
If you end up enjoying an inspiration board, there are also lots of other ways you can take this exercise and cater it towards other needs you have. If you’re a visual person, motivated by imagery, give these board ideas a try too:
- A self-love board: focus entirely on nurturing, self-care, loving quotes, and things that make you feel connected to yourself, the world, and your loved ones
- A spirituality board: fill this with things that remind you of your spirit, the Divine/Source/Universe/God, reminders to help your energy, lessons spirituality has taught you, and representation of how you want to walk in this world as a spirit living a human life
- A peace board: Something that helps you remember peace—like self-care, calm imagery (a deep blue lake, ethereal mountains, etc), and quotes about stillness
- A self-forgiveness board: perfect for the days you are feeling down, made a mistake, and need some compassion! Focus on things like “it’s okay, you’re still valid” and encourage statements and pictures that communicate what you need when you’re feeling ashamed, upset, or emotionally overwhelmed.
- An identity board: If you’re striving to understand who you are, make a board that represents all things you. When you’re feeling lost, pull it out and see the beauty of the elements that make you uniquely you!
Do you have any other board ideas? I’d love to hear yours in the comments section of this blog!