Creating a Vision Board


Have you ever wondered why some people are successful, and others are not? Of course, hard work and determination are factors, but what about something else? Something so very simple that it can easily be overlooked.

What if I told you that celebrities like Oprah, Ellen Degeneres & Steve Harvey all use this tool?

What is it?

It is a vision board.  

What exactly is a vision board? 

Let me start by saying it is not a New Year’s resolution. Although, a lot of people like to complete their vision boards for the year during the month of January.

A vision board (also known as a dream or goal board) is a collage of images, words, or goals all compiled into one aesthetically pleasing picture. It is simply taking the ideas and visions that live inside your head and putting them on paper. There is something about putting those thoughts and ideas in writing that makes them more powerful.

Perhaps you have heard of manifestation or the law of attraction. Well, that is essentially what a vision board does. It takes your hopes and dreams and declares them out loud to the universe. By having a visual reminder of your goals in front of you daily, you are reminded of what you are working toward.

I don’t know about you, but as a mom of four, I need reminders! Having that vision board staring you in the face daily will make you work harder towards that goal.

Helpful Facts

Still a little leery of vision boards? This may help.

According to, 82% of small business owners who used a vision board from the beginning have reached over half of their goals! That statistic alone was enough for me to give it a try. However, if you still need more evidence, there are a lot of impressive statistics on this topic available online.  

Fun for Everyone

Of course, as with most things, this will take a little work on your part. However, if you are crafty (or even if you are not), this is something that everyone can do. It can also be a fun family activity. In fact, I am doing mine with my three daughters as we speak.

Let’s get started! 

My son decided to join in the fun too!

How to Make a Vision Board

First, you need to decide what are your goals and visions for the year. Don’t be afraid to be specific! Do you want a new blue BMW? Put that on your board! 

Next, you will need to gather some supplies to get started. Here is a list of what I used: 

  • Poster Board or Cardstock 
  • Old magazines or catalogs (to cut out pictures and phrases) 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue 
  • Tape 
  • Stickers 
  • Printer (to print specific words or phrases) 
supplies for making a vision board - card stock, pens, scissors, glue
We gathered all of our vision board supplies.
A collection of magazines to be used for a vision board
We used old magazines for pictures and quotes


The next step is up to you and your imagination. You can go all out, or you can keep it simple. You can make a huge poster-sized vision board, or you can do something smaller. I personally prefer to use an 8.5 x11 piece of cardstock. Then, I frame it and put it next to my computer on my desk. No matter how extravagant or how simple you do it, just remember to put it in a place where you will see it every day. This is essential to making that vision come to life! 

For those who are not crafty, fear not! There is an app for you. I personally would try Canva or Dream Vision Board. Both are free and user-friendly. After you are done with your creation on the app, you can download the image and print it from any computer.  

 Finishing Up

After you have completed your vision board for the year, the rest is up to you! You look at it daily, you work toward that goal, and you make it happen.

While it may not happen as quickly as we would like (ask me how I know), be patient.

I will end on this note. In January 2021 I put the adoption of my son front and center on my vision board.

The result? He was officially adopted in December 2021.

So, even if you aren’t fully sold on this idea, why not give it a try?

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Example of a finished vision board
A peek at the finished product.


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Heather Shearer
Heather has called Pensacola home since 2004 (or as locals say, before Hurricane Ivan). She is a realtor with Levin Rinke Realty and enjoys sharing her love of the area with her clients. However, her favorite job is being mom to four kids: Kaitlyn (24), Greyson (21), Willa (12) and Kai (2). After the adoption of ther son from foster care, Heather developed a passion for advocating for foster children. She is a foster mom, Guardian Ad Litem, and serves on the NWFL Guardian Ad Litem Foundation Board. Heather and her husband, Bill, live on their "slice of paradise" on Pensacola Beach. Heather loves Jesus, tacos and The Dave Matthews Band. In her spare time, you might find her volunteering, boating or antiquing.



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