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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dream Big: 2016 is Yours!

Like a hamster in a wheel, many of us travel through our days with the same schedule, broken up only by the errands of our weekends and the minute-by-minute activities of our limited vacation time. 

We do the best we can with what we have, but our batteries wear down. 

In the details of our day to day responsibilities, we begin to lose sight of our dreams; we nostalgically remember what once made us smile, and at those crazy times, it all seems like worlds away. 

So what do we do? How do we get it back? How do we recharge our batteries when it seems like all of our chargers are plugged in somewhere else? 

We re-group and we visualize. You can't manifest what you can't see. 

It's time for an arts and crafts project. 

Some rainy Sunday or maybe a quiet Tuesday night, clear off the kitchen table and channel your inner kindergartner, or, if you'd rather, set up a presentation on Canva and get going. 

It's time to make yourself a vision board.

If you're going old school for this project, you need a big piece of paper. Poster board works well. You also need scissors and a glue stick. 

Scour your house for magazines. If you don't have magazines, you can ask your friends for theirs or you can ask the local doctor's or dentist's office. If you have access to a printer, you can also print images. 

Using Canva? You can use a Google image search or scour through your own photos for ideas. 

What makes you smile? 
What do you want more of in your life? 
Where do you want to go? 
What do you want to do? 

  • Want to travel to Paris? Find yourself an Eiffel Tower (or some other Parisian icon).
  • Want to run a half marathon or get to a certain level of fitness? Find a picture of a runner with a physique that is appealing to you. 
  • Want a new car? Find your car of choice and paste it on the board.
  • Want to try paddle boarding or crossfit? Add that too.
  • Planning an early retirement? Think about what that looks like from a day to day perspective and add those images.  
  • Want to learn how to cook some fabulous new dishes from a certain cuisine or diet? 

You get the idea.

Arrange your images in any way you want. You can organize them by theme or in any way the spirit moves you. 

You can also add words and phrases. 

This is your board. 

Your vision. 

Anything goes. 

Now, find a place to put your vision board. It should be someplace where you can see it everyday. It should be in a place where you can ask the universe to deliver all that your heart desires.

And it should be in a place to give you the motivation to seek all that your heart desires. 

Did you make your board on Canva? Make this image be your desktop background. 

Look at it every day. 

Don't leave it all up to the universe; give her a little help.

Try to update your vision board at least once a year. Keep those images of what still makes your heart pitter patter, and remove those images of dreams you may have outgrown.

Will creating a vision board rescue you from all of life's stress?

Probably not.

But can it recharge your batteries and give you what you need to get through another week? Another month? Another year?


Especially if those images start to become a reality.

What do you have to lose?

Happy dreaming!

Do you make vision or dream boards? If you're comfortable sharing, what's the focus of 2016 for you?

Updated from the archives...the original post appeared January 3, 2013. As I scour magazines for my 2016 board, I am reminded of the importance of recharging the vision. Cheers!


  1. Enjoyable Post. What a fantastic idea Kelly! So excited to see your Post this morning after being under the weather- so I'll have to go back on one of your posts I think! Here's Wishing You that all the dreams on your vision board come true! Happy New Year to You and Antonio!

  2. Wonderful and something I've written about but haven't done for a long time. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy New Year!

  3. For me, it really helps me focus my goals and bring them to fruition.

  4. Thanks, Christine. Have you made vision boards before?

  5. Thanks, Cathy. If you blog about it, please send me a link. I would love to see your board.

  6. Happy New Year, Peggy. Have you ever made a board for yourself?