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One of the reasons I love Pinterest so much is that it's basically a cultivation of all these things that I'm currently admiring, hoping to try, or striving to be. That may sound a tad dramatic, but it's kind of true. We don't compile things we don't care about. If you want to know somebody's heart, you could try checking their Pinterest feed (or if you want to know what gifts to buy someone - true story!)
But really. Pinterest is this huge conglomeration of things I care about. Occasionally I pin funny memes or interesting stories, but I tend to pin a lot of tips for teachers, pictures of adorable babies, delicious-looking recipes, nifty projects, and gorgeous spaces - and that's because those are all things that I find either useful for my current state or inspiring for my future.
That same concept applies to "mood boards." A mood board is a compilation of pictures/quotes/little scraps of things that motivate you for a goal, inspire you, adhere to some aesthetic you're striving for, or make you feel a certain way.
Making a mood board is as simple as printing out some pictures and tacking them on a bulletin board. (I bought some plain, unframed squares of cork-board at Walmart, and you can also find a 4-pack on Amazon here.)
You could also glue pictures in a scrapbook. Or, if you don't have access to a printer (my current sorry circumstance), you could easily create a board on Pinterest or by pasting pictures in a word processor.
Mood boards can be anything! Want to finally kick your fitness journey into gear? Compile a bunch of encouraging quotes and pictures of cute outfits. Growing your hair out and you're stuck in that "wow, I just want to chop it off again because it's taking forever and I can't stand the length it's at" phase? (Haha, you know what I'm talking about.) You could put together some photos of long hairstyles you really like to inspire you to keep at it.
Mood boards are whatever you want them to be, and you can keep Pinterest mood boards on secret mode if you want to!
This is a mood board I made a couple years ago when I was looking for some creativity and positivity in a sort of hard time I was going through. It may seem random to someone else, but all of the pictures mean something to me. Some are pretty specific and others are just aesthetically pleasing.
I've also recently created a Mood Board on Pinterest that covers a couple of the aforementioned tendencies I have on Pinterest, like cute babies and pretty kitchens. Simply put, this mood board is hopeful to me right now. It's less of an archive of useful information than some of my other Pinterest boards and more of a current drop of hopefulness that I like to scroll through again and again to inspire me.
Maybe seeing someone else's mood board is enough to inspire you, but I would encourage you to give it a try for yourself, either in a physical form or digital. Creating a mood board is simpleand worth it for a small way to get yourself feeling encouraged.
What's your drop of hopefulness right now? What aesthetic would you strive for with your mood board?
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I'm a twenty-something trying to figure out this adult thing and using my spare time to run an art shop on Etsy and write a blog about life, art, education, and travel.