Soooooo, it’s that point of Winter where a lot of people start getting cabin fever and turn mean as cat shit. My fibroids and I want to avoid any drama until at least spring when better moods hit the scene. I’ll be honest though, it’s hard to stay positive when the weather is dreary and you feel like a bear stuck in a cave. There just isn’t as much going on when it’s minus forty outside so I completely understand how it can put you in a bad mood now and then. One of the things that I’ve started doing to keep my head in a good space, is that I’ve started to create myself a mood board once a month. It’s super easy and it helps to keep you inspired and to give you some motivation during times that you want to crawl into a hole.

I have two inspiration/mood boards that I use. One is for Good As Gold Living, and the other is for the rest of my life. I find them to be super helpful so I figured I would share this bad mood buster with you. Here we go:image

Pick Your Canvas

Ok, this part is pretty easy. Choose something that you can hang that you can put pins in to hold your inspiration pictures. Anything will work. A canvas, a cork board, a palette covered in fabric, ect. Try to choose something that will go nicely in the room where you are going to hang it, it’s supposed to make you happy to look at, not be an annoyance and eye sore.

Make Lists

I’m a list maker. I live by lists. One, because I will forget everything and two, because I like to be in control lol. If you have a couple of songs that put you in the best mood ever and you can never remember them, put them on a list for the board. A workout that you love, put it on the board. Things that you want to try to accomplish before the end of the month, I think you get it by now…..put it on the board. Write a couple of goals and post them up there. It’s hard to brush them off when they are staring at you every day.

Find Pictures

Go through every type of magazine that you have. If you’re planning a wedding, then focus on that. You can get a very clear picture in your head of what your wedding style is shaping up to be if you have photos of everything together. It’s a great way to weed out anything that you think is a great idea that isn’t quite what you expected. I like to save makeup looks that I want to try, hairstyles and hair colors that maybe I will get up the courage to attempt, and outfits that I want to search for. If you have a couple of items that you’ve always wanted to try out that you never buy, hang them up there. If that picture sticks around for more than a couple of weeks, then it’s time to go out and find that red shirt that you’ve always wanted to try to wear but you’ve deemed it too “loud”. Find pictures and sayings that make you happy when you look at them. You can find out a lot about yourself when you are done the full board. It’s going to be a reflection of you, your style and where you want to be.

Look At Other Materials

You don’t have to stop at just pictures. Usually a mood board will have a little bit of everything on it. All types of inspiration for different areas of your life. If you find a piece of fabric that you like or a paint chip that you can’t stop thinking about, then add it. Add feathers, nail polish swatches of colors you always forget that you have, travel brochures of places you want to visit. Try to visualize what you want your future to look like. I know it sounds silly, but it works. It focuses on new and exciting things that you can introduce to your life. Positive thinking might not make you a millionaire, but it does reduce your stress level. Carrying a bunch of anger around is bad for both your body and your soul. If you focus on positive changes you want to make or refreshing changes to your routine, then you aren’t focusing on what others are saying or their negativity. Let them be angry by themselves, you’re too busy creating yourself some inspiration.

Add Some Goals

Do you want to get into better shape? Work on certain relationship problems? Set a new career goal? Then put it on there. Put it out into the universe and work towards making it happen. Honestly, what’s the harm with being honest with yourself? Even if the only thing you want to work towards is making more time for people, or making time for yourself then add it. It’s just supposed to be a gentle reminder of things that you wanted to see yourself accomplish. It’s not set in stone. If you change your mind you can always change your board. If you accomplish something on your board, then add something new. Even if it’s something small, it’s still something that you’re working towards. You won’t feel stagnate anymore. Plus, what feels better than reaching a goal?

A mood board is supposed to be a source of inspiration for you. Don’t overdo it off the bat and turn it into something that you end up hating. Keep it a mix of fun, positivity, and goals. Add pictures of your friends, family, dog, or anything that puts a smile on your face. Everyone needs something uplifting once and a while, especially during the wintertime. Now you can have fun doing a craft that has uplifting results. Have fun creating your own personal motivation!

xo Stephanie