My New Counselor: “What can you do to remember the things you like about yourself.?”
For my first assignment.
I was instructed to purposely incorporate more affirmations in my daily life. By stating the open-ended question above, she allowed me the creative freedom to determine what I was going to do. I I decided then and there that I was going to create affirmation cards that represented the statements that I needed to hear.
In a previous post, “Speak Words Of Power,” I spoke about the power our words of self-talk have on our actions. In that post, I provided 3 categories of affirmations : body positivity, happiness, and confidence. Fast forward to today, I realized I needed tangible affirmation cards that I can place around the house to counterattack the negative thoughts I have getting ready in the morning.
If you’re interested, keep reading to learn about my process. Quick disclaimer, these are not professional level cards. I just needed something quick a durable!
Making of the Cards
I love using Canva. I use the app to create business cards, Pinterest covers, youtube covers, etc. Essentially, Canva is an online graphic design tool. You can start with a blank page or use their many pre-made templates and stock photos.
I kept my design simple so the cards wouldn’t clash with the decor in my home. Man, I love hate letters on a dark background. So clean!
Canva does have the option to print the cards directly from the website. Again, I don’t need any professional-grade card to feel the impact of the words on them. So when you download your card, it will download as a picture.
I uploaded the pic to Google Docs. And printed the pics from there instead of doing them individually.
I just used regular printer paper. But if you want to be fancy, I suggest using butcher paper. And then put the pic through the laminator.
I loved cutting the cards out individually. I felt really connected my product so I became emotional during the cutting process. I felt so proud of the step I toward my mental wellness while also making it my own.
This whole experience was a hard reminder that I am in control of the way I choose to live my life. I am glad my counselor was able to give me an assignment that could be modified to meet my creative instincts while still serving their intended purpose.
Let me know in the comments below what you think. Also, have you ever done anything similar? I’d love to see your own personal pictures.