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Vision Board Ideas: Do this FIRST

Vision board ideas are on everyone’s minds this time of year. We’re all pumped to jump into a new season of opportunity, to recharge, level up, set goals, all of that. It’s awesome and inspiring.

You’ll likely be hearing a lot of talk about vision board parties, manifesting, all of that. Vision boards are incredibly popular because they work. It’s a way to establish the specifics of what you want to attract into your life.

However – it only works if you truly believe. And you have to be open with your expectations and timeline. I feel like the universe gives us what we need, not exactly what we want.



What is a vision board, anyway?

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If you’re not familiar with vision boards, they are essentially a way to visualize your goals and dreams. You can create a vision board by simply creating a collage of images, quotes, and other things that inspire you and represent your goals.

Creating a vision board is a great way to get clear on what you want, and it can be a fun and creative exercise.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are some vision board ideas:

1. Gather images and quotes that inspire you. This can be from magazines, online, or anywhere else.

2. Create a mood board. This is a board that captures the feeling or vibe you want in your life. Think about the colors, textures, and overall aesthetic you want.

3. Brainstorm your goals. What do you want to achieve in the next year, 5 years, 10 years? Write them down and then find images that represent those goals.

4. Get creative! This is your vision board, so make it your own. There are no rules, so have fun with it.

Creating a vision board is a great way to get clarity on your goals and dreams. It can be a fun and creative exercise.

But you know what I think is super important to do before you even pick up a magazine to make that vision board?

Thanking the year we are leaving behind.

Supplies for your vision board:

Poster board or foam core board: You can keep it whole or cut it in half. I usually cut them in half, and save the other half for the second part of the year.



Glue stick

Optional: Stickers, stamps, embellishments


Directions for your vision board:

Use your journal to review what has made you happy lately, what you want more of in your life.

Make a list of your goals and why they are important to you.

Go through the magazines and read the headlines, look at the images and see what connects with what you journaled. Cut out a bunch of images.

Separate them and categorize them.

Decide if you want to randomly place them all over your board or arrange them sections.

Incorporate headlines and action words.

You can start with the most important items in the center and work your way out, or just let you instinct guide you and paste at random.

When you are done, hang it up in place where you will see it every day. 

It doesn’t matter what the year is, or even the month or day. I feel before I can bring in the new, I have to give respect to the past.

Think about it, we invested mucho energy and emotions into the past twelve months. Ups, downs, wins, and missed opportunities.

They each taught a lesson.

Giving thanks to the past year is a layered experience. Let’s unpack this, shall we?

Here is how I go about prepping for my new vision boards. It’s all about looking back and learning what to do more of, and what to pass.


Review past boards you made

Gather up your past vision boards. I’m a nerd and I save mine. Really think back to the moments you were choosing the images and why. How did it play out? Did they come through? If they did, was it the outcome you wanted/expected?

Doing this gives a lot of insight to patterns we have in our lifestyles. It’s more than just gluing a picture, it’s about making a commitment.

If you didn’t follow through, maybe it wasn’t so important to you after all.

Review your planner from this year

yearly planner
Photo by Bich Tran


Go through your planner for this year and look at your events and dates that you ended up loving. Unexpected curiosities that you can build upon in the next year. Did you take a self-defense class and love it?

Maybe do more of that! Maybe it was someone you spent time with.

At the opposite end, take note of the things that didn’t serve you so you know not to put your energy there.

List your wins from this year

happy face

You can review the items you put on your board, but also list the other accomplishments you had.

Even if it was taking an art class or sharing a story on a stage. I love to do this because it builds confidence for the new year.

It gives me a sense of relief and trust that I conquered and I can do more!

List your flops, fails, and give-ups

skeleton hand
Photo by Tara Winstead


This is real life, people. We have to be honest. While its great to celebrate all our wins, it’s also crucial to make space for those ideas and attempts that didn’t take flight. Go through each one and come to terms with why it didn’t happen.

Make peace with it. When I do this, I refuse to put the blame on anyone but myself.

These were my choices. I feel like it gives me power to decide if I want to try again. 

Here is an article I wrote for Latina Style Magazine about this very topic! 

Plan on making vision boards all year long!

When you make your vision board, keep in mind that you are able to add to it anytime you want. I have friends who make a new one every month. As life happens and our ideas evolve, they can take an unexpected turn, so be open to that.

I hope these ideas helped get you ready! Remember – YOU GOT THIS and you ROCK! Let’s do this, I’m right there with you!

Here are some other vision board tips I share, they are one of my favorite things to create! Can you tell? I get super excited about them!


Vision Board and Manifesting Tips

Write your own manifesto!

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