Wise Words: Vision Board

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this:
decide what you want.

~Ben Stein

 Sounds great! Get clear about what I want!

Hmmmm…..what do I want? 

Now what? How do I do that?

First, choose clarity.

Second, try a vision board!

Vision Boarding is a powerful tool that harnesses your clarity, intentions and imagination in order to help you manifest what you want. A vision board (also called a Treasure Map or Visual Explorer or Creativity Collage) is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that you’ve torn out from various magazines. It’s simple.

The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of what you want to experience, what you want to express, what you want to have, where you want to live, and such, your life changes to match those expressed desires. You attract like a magnet. Your clarity highlights it. Your passion fuels it. Then you open up to receive it, allowing it to flow to you.

Creating a Vision Board

You’ll need:
White Poster Board
Glue stick or rubber cement
Scissors for cutting paper
Old magazines
Pen and journal or notebook for taking notes

Step 1: Find a quiet spot to do some conscious breathing. Play some music, if you like. Relax. Connect withyourself. Then make a choice for clarity. Connect with your desires and passions. Step into your imagination. Imagine the life you want. You may have some sensations and feelings. You may hear words. You may see images. Or maybe nothing will come to you…yet. It will. When you feel you’ve spent the appropriate amount of time with this activity, begin your board.

Step 2: Go through your magazines and tear the images from them that inspire you. No gluing yet! Just let yourself have lots of fun looking through magazines and pulling out pictures or words or headlines that strike your fancy. Make a big pile of images and phrases and words. Notice what comes up. Your vision may shift and take new directions as you play. Make notes in your journal, if you wish. This is a very sensual experience. You can enhance that by playing music you like and that has the feeling that matches what you’re creating. And burning a scented candle, if that suits you.

Step 3: Go through the images and begin to lay your favorites on the board. Eliminate any images that no longer feel right. This step is where your intuition comes in. As you lay the pictures on the board, you’ll get a sense how the board should be laid out. For instance, you might assign a theme to each corner of the board. Health, Career, Spirituality, Relationships, for instance. It may want to be random; the images may want to go all over the place. Or you might feel a story book emerge. Let your creativity flow. Let your intuition guide you.

Step 4: Glue everything onto the board. Add writing if you want, with paints or markers. Another powerful option may be to leave space in the very center of the vision board for a fantastic photo of yourself. One where you look radiant and happy.

Step 5: Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often.

Note that you might start out doing one kind of board and then your intuition may take over and the theme or direction shifts into a whole different board. Go with the flow. Let it evolve. You might find that you have little epiphanies while creating your board. Can you let it surprise and delight you?

This is about allowing what is within you to come out. To be seen, known, expressed. It does not matter whether your board is literal and specific or just has the feeling, the essence, the gestalt, of what you want. The act of clarifying your vision, fueling your passions and senses and activating your imagination will all support you and your creations. Besides, it’s fun!

I’ve used this tool at various points in my life for various purposes, all with good and sometimes surprising results. Below, I’ve included a few photos of my creations, just for fun.

Happy visioning!


vision board 1_Jessica Sackett

vision board 2_Jessica Sackett

vision board up close_Jessica Sackett

Origin of Beauty Break

 (Note:  I did this one several years ago. One of the recent surprises was when I realized that this was the origin of Beauty Breaks! I guess Vision Boarding works! )

Header image found on Pinterest


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