As a teacher and a counselor, I try to think creatively when it comes to facilitating transitions. I’ve had quite a few transitions in my life, including now. I’ve taught for 13 years, four of those in South Korea, and am now transitioning in my career to counseling. Change can be very stressful, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Through all of the twists and turns, God’s presence in my life is evident. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” For myself, I’ve found that sitting alone with God, taking a moment away from the chaos, has been essential to planning out my path and committing my plans. Lately, I’ve used vision boards as a visual representation.
You may have heard of vision boards in the context of New Year’s Resolutions, but they can be so much more! Vision boards allow you to have visuals of your plans and aspirations in one place. They can be made for any type of event. Planning an exciting trip? Pursuing a new career? Decorating a new home? You can also make vision boards periodically throughout the year, maybe every three to six months, rather than just one board a year. One year is long and life can be quite unpredictable. 2020 has been a prime example of how unpredictable one single year can be. During these times, it is important to regroup, come to God and be flexible with your plans.
Vision boards aren’t just for dreaming. I can get lost in my thoughts, caught up in the vision of my future instead of focusing on the daily things I need to do to get me there. Vision boards can look amazing, but we shouldn’t overlook the actual work it takes to achieve our goals. Consider seeing your vision board as an “action board” as well. God calls us to take actions so we can turn our visions into achievable plans.
Before you embark on this creative journey, don’t forget to spend some time in the planning stage. Write down exactly what you want to achieve in the near future. Then write down how you plan on getting there. Goals that aren’t written down in specifics are just ideas.
Make your vision boards practical, flexible and interactive. One way to do this is to make a vision board that allows for change. You can add additional images or take images down. There are no right or wrong ways to make use of your boards.
There are different types of vision boards that you can choose from to make. If you love searching for pictures and cutting out images from magazines, then a postboard vision board might be for you. It can be as creative as you’d like and it’s fun to make with friends and family.
This year I decided to look into digital vision boards. They are practical and I can search for images specific to my goals. Two websites that are
great for making digital boards are Canva.com or Befunky.com. I simply create a folder on my desktop of images or quotes I’ve found online and then I import my pictures onto their platforms and make a collage.
You can save the collage image you created and use it as a screensaver for your desktop or phone! You can also print it out on a poster and hang it up where you can see it regularly. Digital boards are easy to make and allow flexibility.
Whichever type of board you choose, just remember we are here for a reason and we serve a God who gives us the tools to be successful. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God created each of us carefully and has crafted a particular plan for our lives. He allows us the space to be creative with our plans and dreams. Consider spending some time visualizing your goals and committing them to the Lord.
By Christina Homs, Educator