Can you believe it’s a new year already? As with any new year, there are new resolutions, new dreams, and  new goals that will be created. I have a few big goals that I would like to accomplish this year, so I am trying something new – a vision board. A vision board is a visual representation of your dreams or current goals (in other words, all that you desire out of life) using pictures or words in a collage format. It is an excellent method of keeping focused throughout the year and serves as that daily, gentle reminder to stay on track. My board will focus on my goals for photography, creative writing, and blogging.

How to Make a Vision Board

Making a vision board is pretty simple as it is almost like a grade school art project. You will need the following:

  • Poster/foam board or cork board
  • Pictures/affirmations (can come from various sources)
  • Basic Art Supplies – Glue, tape, pins, markers/crayons, scissors, etc.

Once you have gathered the goods:

1. Decide what you would like to include on your board. This will be the theme of your board. I am focusing on three things this year – photography, writing (my blog and short stories), and improving my social circle.

2. Cut out pictures or words that relate to your theme. I used old magazines, bulletin board letters and printed a few things from the internet.

3. Arrange and attach your pictures/words to the board. Voilà! You have your board!

  • Pretty simple, huh? Just keep in mind that your board should be:
    Specific
  • Colorful (let your creative side loose)
  • Kept in a place that you will see it daily (such as your office, bedroom, kitchen, etc.)

There’s an App for That…

For you tech heads out there, you can also create an electronic version of a vision board. Although I am sure there are a ton of apps and websites out there, here are two of my favorites:

  • Pinterest (Apple/Android/Web)– You may not have realized it, but one of your boards from your Pinterest account may already be serving as your vision board. If you do not have a Pinterest account, sign up for one at www.pinterest.com . It’s free!
  • Corkulous (Apple) – Available in a free and pro version ($4.99), this idea board is great for posting pics, ideas and notes. Not only can it be used for a vision board, it is very useful for “To Do” lists, goal manager or event planner.

Additional Resources

The popularity of vision boards have increased over the years, resulting in plenty of resources to refer to when creating one. Here are a couple of good sources to get you started.

You have a clean slate this year, so use these 365 days wisely. Your vision board can be your daily source of inspiration and a much needed visualization of  your dreams.

What will be on your vision board? Feel free to share your links if you have one online!

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Better known as DMart, she is a teacher, photographer, Detroit enthusiast and co-founder of TheOther40.com. From the city of hustlers what isn’t she good at. Always ready to help and always ready to tell you how it really is which a lot of times are the best form of help.