Creating a vision board can be an incredibly empowering and useful exercise and can be a great way of visually representing your goals and aspirations for the year. This visual reinforcement can help maintain focus and motivation and also allows you to self reflect as you clarify your priorities and desires.
Last week whilst I was thinking about creating my vision board for 2024, I decided to do something a little different and came up with the idea of a Vitiligo Vision Board as a way of bringing focus to my vitiligo journey and how I wanted to continue working on myself. For me, this was a lovely Friday night activity after a busy December! There was no need for piles of magazines, scissors and glue (although it’s a fun excuse to get the girls together for the evening!) and instead I used Canva and google images to collect pictures, quotes and affirmations that resonated with me now and what I wanted to bring into my future.
I loved spending time putting this together. It felt empowering, therapeutic and really gave me a visual sense of purpose for the next 12 months. I included photos of me enjoying moments on the beach without worrying about people staring, the importance of community, my love for fashion and freely expressing myself through the clothes I wear and a reminder that my skin doesn’t need fixing. For me, creating a vision board of this type was a reminder of how far I’ve come whilst recognising the work on yourself never truly stops….
Feel inspired? Here’s how to create your own vitiligo vision board:
Release Your Creativity
Start by gathering magazines, images, and quotes that resonate with your vision for the future. Whether it’s embracing self-love, challenging stereotypes, or fostering a sense of community, let your imagination guide you. Don’t be afraid to dream big, be daring or be bold. This is an opportunity for you to be free with your thoughts and really visualise what you’d like from your future.
Visualise Your Goals
Think about specific goals that relate to your vitiligo journey. If you are keen to raise awareness, find images that represent advocacy. If it’s self- acceptance and body confidence, find images that resonate such as feeling confident on the beach, positive affirmations and visuals that link to self-love. If you want to feel more connected to the community, find images that show togetherness, friendships and connection.
Capture the beauty of vitiligo by selecting images that showcase different skin tones and stories. Include images of those already advocating for vitiligo and who are leading the way in raising awareness such as Winnie Harlow or influencers such as Joti Gata Aura (Positively Diverse), Erika Page (Living Dappled) and Reuden Sam (69reubenks).
I swear by positive affirmations and firmly believe incorporating them into daily life is both grounding and a reminder of the importance of elevating who we are. Dedicate a corner to empowering quotes, affirmations and mantras that resonate with your journey or that you want live by in the future. These serve as a daily reminder of strength and resilience.
Much of how we’ve grown and learnt to feel comfortable in our skin is because of the community. I’m a huge advocate for friendships and connection and believe we learn most from each other as opposed to the medical experts because we relate to each other. If community connection is important to you think about finding images that represent gatherings, virtual meet-ups, or personal connections and which emphasize the power of togetherness.
Be bold with colours! Use a palette that connotes positivity, growth, and empowerment. Let each colour represent the individual parts of your vision so that collectively it becomes a vision board that is visually eye catching and gives meaningful representation.
As you assemble your vision board, infuse the process with intention. Visualize yourself achieving your goals and embodying the positive energy represented on your board. Consider displaying it in a place where you can revisit and reinforce your vision regularly.
Sharing Your Journey
If you are comfortable, sharing your vitiligo vision board on social media or with your community is a great way to inspire others who may be struggling to accept their skin. There is no pressure to do this! Our journeys are very personal to us, so if you prefer to keep it private then that is absolutely fine also. This is your way of recognising your own wins and future growth and that’s the most important part of creating your own vision board.
Crafting a Vitiligo Vision Board is a powerful act of self-love and intention setting. It transforms the canvas of possibilities into a roadmap for the year ahead, reminding us that our unique journey with vitiligo is a masterpiece worth celebrating.