Vision Boards, what’s all the talk about?

vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. A vision board is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of your dreams and desires. It can also be called a dream board, treasure map or vision map. A vision board is sometimes viewed as a sacred place in which you define your hopes. Some view their board daily – it’s a time proven technique to achieving the life you want.

I have made two vision boards in my life. The first I made was about 5 years ago and was right on. Meaning everything on it came to pass over a year or two after making it. That is when I became a real believer. I decided to make it after watching an episode of Oprah where there did a whole show on it.  I took a paper/ cardboard folder with two pockets on the inside and opened it up and used the outside. After I finished it, I brought it to work and shared it with my co-workers, Jim & Carol. I then hung it on the inside of my closet door in my bedroom. It stayed there until I felt everything had been accomplished, so to speak.

I just recently made another one with my friend Dana. We did it last fall. This was not one of my best. In fact, I scrapped it and will be making another one.  For some reason, I just wasn’t feeling it. If you plan to make one then you need to begin to gather your display images months in advance.  At least that is what I did with the first one. You should do some soul-searching and think of the things in your life that you really want or desire that would make you happy. The 2nd one was put all together at the last-minute. And I think that is why I didn’t groove with it. You can go through old magazine, newspapers or even print things from on-line. You can even use real photographs. I put pictures of my daughter on mine. I kept a folder to keep them all in and after I had enough images then I began to put them on the board. Gather glue, scissors and your images together. I used stick glue and scotched taped any hanging edges.

This can be so personalized and you can include anything from a cereal box top to scrapbooking supplies. I prefer magazine cut outs. This go around, I will remember to put the date on the back. I hung mine and kind of forgot about it and only checked in on it every blue moon. Some people feel the need to glance @ it everyday or even touch it. The only reason why I hung it in my closet is because I didn’t want someone to come into my bedroom and think I have the mentality of a 5th grader having a collage hanging on my wall. I do believe in them. You can find a lot of links and instructions on how to make them on-line. Some of Oprah’s guests said it doesn’t have to be all materialistic, it can be just feelings or emotions that you need or want in your life. Most importantly, it can be whatever you want it to be.





  1. Susie

    I think that when you sincerely believe that something will happen, you work harder to be certain that is does happen. In this way, I believe in doing a story board. It will make clear, to you, what your wants/desire really are for yourself. I like that it all about YOU. We, especially, women, tend to think in groups (family, friends, work etc.) and seldom think about ourselves, alone. Taking time out to consider and to clarify what we truly want for ourselves, is healthy..


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