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Vision Boards


I’ve created several vision boards over the years to visually represent goals. In one of my 20-something year old apartments, I had prominently displayed a vision board of magazine cutouts, hand-written notes, and other illustrations to represent my goals and vision for the future. I wish I had a picture of it, but sadly, I do not. What I remember the most on that board was a picture of a graduation cap, a map of the world to represent travel, a classroom picture, a heart, a quote from an Anaïs Nin poem (“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”), and butterflies.


In time, I graduated with honors from Florida International University with my bachelor’s degree in English, I backpacked through South America (mostly roughing it alone), I became a high school teacher after two years of working a corporate job, and for better or for worse, I followed my heart in my choices, often to my own detriment. I forged my path and after a few years, I packed up my stuff again and started a new chapter in Seattle.


In Seattle, I had a visual journal. I loved it. I would play with acrylics and mostly used it to help develop a novel I was writing at the time. I also created a several vision board spreads about my goals about the future. I would carry that big, bulky sketchbook everywhere in my bag, and whenever I found a scrap of anything that I found inspirational for writing or a possibility for ideas, I’d glue it in. Neil Gaiman said in his Master Class about Creative Writing about creating your own compost heap of ideas and this was mine. This heavy sketchbook full of paint and ideas became my vision for the future.


Lo and behold, much of it came true. I am married to my best friend and he fully supports all of my endeavors and I his. We have two beautiful children and we love them so much. We are working on eliminating debt and at the rate we’re going, we’ll soon have financial freedom, which is so amazing. Writing has and continues to be a huge goal for me. I’ve compiled manuscripts and I’ve certainly met my writing goals, at least at the time.


Today, my vision board is not in the form of a sketchbook or in an oversized poster with magazine cutouts. My vision board is my desktop. A vision board need not be fancy. It can be, certainly. Aesthetics are nice, but they’re not necessary. What’s more important for a vision board to have any lasting impact is being frequently seen and frequently thought about with an attitude of self-realization. These are not lofty goals. These ideas will manifest.


Visualization in the form of a vision board, digital or otherwise, is a powerful to help you manifest your goals. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be as simple as an image on your desktop with a couple of electronic stickies that motivate you to keep on moving.

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