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How creating a vision board helped me take charge of my life

Vision boards can help you envision your future.

We’ve all had bad years, years that make us say, “Can this year just end already?!” 


For me, that year was  2013.


I felt as though everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Murphy’s Law, right? I’ve always been a happy and positive person but somewhere along the way during my not-so-great year, negativity got the best of me.


Even then, I already knew the two biggest factors turning me into a “Debbie Downer”: my career and living situation.


I decided 2014 was going to be better. That was the first step. I made a few lifestyle changes and guess who started smiling more? Me!


Maybe it was because I began reading the book The Secret, which  states, “The secret is the law of attraction. Everything that’s coming into your life, you are attracting into your life.” 


One law canceled out by another. Interesting. By October 2014, I remember sitting on the couch one evening and deciding, “I am moving out of my mom’s by March. I’m getting a steady office job and moving out.”


I grabbed a couple of magazines, a scissor, some markers, a glue stick and a few stickers and got to work. I was crafting my future. What did I want? What did I want my future to include? An apartment? I cut a picture of a building and slapped it on my poster board….my vision board, a small glimpse into my desired future.


Vision Boards are easy to make as an arts and crafts project.

If you can envision it, you can do it: Creating a vision board is a fun and simple way of setting life goals. (Photo courtesy of Joanna de Jesus/ Press Pass Latino)


Fast forward to March 2015, I had my steady paying office job and I moved in with a roommate.


Maybe things were just meant to happen that way or maybe my vision board helped secure my wishes.


Creating a vision board is a simple and fun way of bringing clarity to your life and attracting the things you want. By things, I don’t necessarily mean materialistic things…although, for some people obtaining a specific object might be part of a larger goal for example “I’d like to buy a guitar and learn how to play.”


In essence, what I meant is attracting the mood you want to set for yourself. Do you want to feel accomplished and successful in your career? Do you want a happy and peaceful home?  No matter who you are, there comes a time when your goals will overwhelm you. But working on a vision board can help you de-stress by focusing your energy on  manifesting your desires.


The first vision board I ever made was a list of goals. On the night of Thanksgiving 2014, reflecting on where I was in life vs. where I wanted to be, I decided to take a blank poster board and write down my goals, nice and big, with a sharpie. I decorated the board with drawings representing each goal and added a quote from Anthony Robbins:


A positive quote can inspire you to have a better day.


You can make a vision board by yourself or work on it with friends. Make a fun arts and crafts project out of it! Grab clippings from a magazine, if you want to make a collage or print out quotes that inspire you. The truth is, there’s no right or wrong way of creating a vision board.


And you can always add a new vision to your vision board. I added images of new things I wanted in my life such as a beach wedding, a music sheet because I would love to sing publicly one day, an Oscar award, celebrities I admire, and running shoes to serve as a reminder that health is important, to my vision board.


But today, I’m creating a new vision board. I accomplished so much from the last one that I felt it was no longer serving me so, I decided to start fresh. This one is focused on my creative outlets- acting, writing, and music.


I added a picture of my mother, grandmother, and me as a reminder to always stay strong when the going gets tough. I admire both of them for being strong women, who are not afraid to take risks in life. Some quotes like “Go Free” and “People want to be around passion, because they want to feel alive”, really resonated with me.


The second I decided to live a happier more positive life, everything started moving in a direction I was happy with. I took risks and became open to new opportunities. What you put into the universe is what you get back. Are you ready to put your best self forward and create your very own vision board?


creating a vision board can help you define future goals.

Vision Board 101: Take some time to create a vision of what you’d like your future to be. (Photo courtesy Joanna de Jesus/ Press Pass Latino).


Joanna DeJesus graduated with a B.A in Television – Writing/Producing from Columbia College of Chicago. Born in New York, but raised in Miami, Joanna is half Nicaraguan and half "Nuyorican". She's a freelancer in the TV/film industry and has worked on the series Burn Notice, Ride Along 2, and other independent features.

Review overview
  • Virtual server December 6, 2016

    Time. Give yourself a stress-free hour or two to put your board together. If you’re a social butterfly, invite you friends over and make a party out of it. I host a vision board party every year on the first night of my partner mastermind weekend and I can’t even tell you how much it sets the tone for the event — everyone is more focused and less stressed after we do it.

  • Hosting December 16, 2016

    Creating a sacred space that displays what you want actually does bring it to life. What we focus on expands. When you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often, you essentially end up doing short visualization exercises throughout the day.

  • Hosting December 29, 2016

    You don’t have to cover each area exactly the same, just take a mental inventory of what you want each of those areas to look like and write them down. Always handwrite your goals instead of typing them, there’s something energetic about actually handwriting your goals. From your goals and aspirations, think about what you want on your vision board. Like I said before, what you focus on expands. You’ll be amazed at how things just start popping up all over the place once you set the intention for what you want and how you want to feel.