Vision “Bored” Exercise – channel your ‘bored’om into creating a vision ‘board’!
Tips, Ideas & Inspiration to Create a Vision Board!
How many times have we uttered those words in our lives?
Mostly when we were kids, right? It didn’t sound that way though, did it? It wasn’t the simple phrase “I’m bored,” but more like I’M SOOOOOOOO BORED.
The word “so” could take on more syllables than the word “supercalifragilisticexspealidocious” if we were really, really bored and really really complaining about it.
Nowadays, you might even be hearing those very words around your own home, on a call with a friend, or while scrolling social media.
Either way, boredom is a part of life. With everything being so instant these days, it’s harder to remember that feeling.
Why would we even want to?
Because there’s magic in boredom.
Yep, I said it.
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Let’s think back to when we were kids, and we were soooooooo bored.
What happened when no one swooped in and saved us from our boredom?
We came up with really creative ideas that lead to some pretty fun childhood adventures.
Ok, so maybe the backyard cafe business Suzy P. and I were going to create on my parent’s patio never became a reality, but that isn’t the point. The point is that boredom sparked new ideas and a deeper connection with our creative hearts.
We were on a mission sparked by the boredom we were feeling. We made menus complete with prices, mapped out where all the tables would go in the backyard, and felt really close to the dream of owning a cafe. We were still in elementary school and had no real idea of what it would take to make our dream a reality. But again, that’s not the point.
The point is that we connected with an idea that had stemmed from being soooooooo bored. We had new ideas that inspired change even if the backyard cafe never worked out. We had worked out that soooooooo bored dreamer muscle. And it wouldn’t be the only time.
There had been no pressure to be anywhere or prove anything. We just got bored and then dreamed. How cool is that?
Occasionally, I think back to that moment, and I try to remember that feeling. I think about how busy life is and how much harder it is these days to just be bored.
So, right smack dab in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, I would like to invite you to be bored with me.
Even if it’s 5 minutes. Let’s work that soooooooo bored dreamer muscle amid all the uncertainty, sadness, fear, faith, beauty, and hope. Let’s create something together that inspires us to remember the magic in our hearts and the inspiration created from our sense of boredom.
Come as you are. Sweatpants encouraged.
Let’s get ready. On the count of three, let’s say this together.
I’m sooooooo bored!
Did you say it?
Let’s do this!
VISION ‘BORED’ EXCERCISE
TIPS, IDEAS & INSPIRATION TO CREATE YOUR VISION BOARD
1. Gather some basic vision board supplies
Collect the materials you already have around your house. You will need some type of paper. This can be a poster board, computer paper, a page from a book- whatever you have.
Then you will need something to pull pictures from. This can be newspaper ads, magazines, books, or drawings you create from your own imagination. Anything works!
Be sure to have scissors and some type of glue or tape. Stickers, sticky notes, or staples can all work too!
2. Go on a button hunt
This vision board exercise encourages the use of buttons. Any buttons will do! These might be extra buttons you’ve saved, some you take from unused clothing, craft store buttons, or paper you’ve cut and colored to look like buttons.
Just be sure to have some type of buttons. There’s no limit or minimum amount of buttons.
3. Remember a time from your childhood when you were so bored
Yes, it was the worst. You just wanted someone to give you something fun to do. To tell you what to do. They didn’t though and you felt soooooooo bored.
Focus on a memory that brings you back to that feeling. This might be a road trip, sitting on your front porch during summer vacation, staring at your ceiling in your bedroom wondering if life would ever get more exciting.
The possibilities are endless.
4. Make space to reconnect with that boredom
Hold your arms out on both sides of your body and reserve the energetic space all around you as a place to remember boredom, feel the uncomfortableness of it, and choose to reconnect with a part of you that helps you grow.
5. Take four deep cleansing breaths
Breathe in life and breath out what you cannot change. Feel your mind, body, and soul being filled with gratitude for the good happening in the world right now.
Let your inner wisdom guide you through any feelings of anxiety, pain, or tension. Know these are normal feelings.
Feel your body relaxing into a space of change and connecting to a spark of light that will reconnect you to your imagination. All from within the chaos of everyday life.
6. Visualize a visit to a special place outside your comfort zone
Close your eyes and imagine that you’ve just walked out of your home and are standing in the warm sunshine.
You notice a sign you’ve never seen before and a new path that’s somehow familiar to you. The sign says “The Place Outside Your Comfort Zone” and it has an arrow pointing in the direction of change. You take the path and it leads you to this beautiful structure that may be a cottage, apartment, castle, houseboat, whatever you imagine it to be.
You know this place was made just for you!
You suddenly remember that you are wearing a necklace that has a key attached. Your key. Your house.
Your place outside your comfort zone.
Your place to remember boredom, imagination, and dreams.
A place to embrace change from within the scarier times in life. You notice the most enchanting and magical front door is inviting you to step inside. You remove the key from around your neck and gently open the door.
You walk in and are surprised, delighted, and intrigued to see that the entire home is covered in buttons. There are framed buttons on the walls – some as big as dinner plates. Buttons of every color, shade, and size. They’re all inviting you to change.
You walk from room to room reaching out and touching these buttons- making a connection with the change that is soon to come. One room even has a button that covers the entire wall. You feel connected to these buttons and know you can return to this place at any time you like. The buttons are inviting you to embrace change.
7. Start creating the vision board
Let boredom lead the way. This is such an important point. We don’t need to have a plan when we’re creating this type of vision board. We just need to trust our inner wisdom.
Begin cutting out or creating different words and pictures from magazines, ads, etc.
You don’t need to have a plan, schedule, or outline as to what you cut out and paste on your paper. It just needs to be colors, pictures, and words that feel connected to some future dream.
Even if it doesn’t make sense right now. Let the universe guide you to the changes that are coming.
8. Paste/tape your chosen items to your vision board/paper
Be sure to leave space in between each item to encourage your dreams to grow bigger than you can imagine right now.
It also allows space to add buttons.
If a special dream surfaces you can write it down on the back of your paper.
9. Add your buttons to your vision board
This is my favorite part of vision board creation because it gives us a visual of hope. Paste or tape the buttons you’ve collected or created onto some of the empty spaces on your paper. Knowing the buttons will help you to “change” and grow and connect to your biggest dreams.
10. Display your vision board
Hang your vision board somewhere in your home where you will see it regularly.
Reach out and touch the buttons from time to time when you want to be reminded of the change that’s coming. Think about all the ways you can help others by connecting with your own magic and sharing your dreams with the world.
Let that feeling of hope, anticipation, and faith trickle out of your vision board like a seed finding a home in the magical soil of your dreams.
Remember while cultivating that seed that “sometimes you win” and “sometimes you learn” and that every flower grows through the dirt.
It’s normal to feel ups and downs while we grow out into the world with our color.
Notice what comes up, practice self-care whenever needed, and know that amazing things can happen from within the real-life chaos. And boredom.
About the author Gina Bell
Gina uses art, metaphors, and tulle fabric to help women all over the world to reconnect with their color and dreams from within the chaos of everyday life. You might find Gina speaking on stage while wearing a replica of her original rainbow tulle skirt and sharing the Tears & Tulle message or hosting empowerment retreats and workshops.
Additionally, one could see her sharing her ideas in her new Tears & Tulle book or working with one-on-one, corporate, and group clients.
Gina loves eating batter straight from the mixing bowl on an old wooden spoon, playing board games with her family, and stealing her husband’s comfy socks. Sometimes she’s late on her car’s scheduled maintenance, has been known to feed her family cereal for dinner occasionally, and strongly believes we can change the world one vulnerable story and colorful tulle skirt at a time.
Thank you, Gina Bell for writing this guest post and giving us so many ideas and inspiring us to channel our ‘bored’om into creating a vision board.
“She turned her pain into power and her vision into victory.”