More Vision Boards & Some Vision Board Tips


Img_0052 I received a lot of feedback, questions and comments about the inspiring the Vision Board posting.  I also received some questions about the process, so I want to share a few steps and tips.

First, I wanted to share  My Ideal Client Vision Board from a couple of years ago as another example. It has a combination of things: current client photos, pictures that represent qualities about clients (peaceful, creative, happy, zest for life!), I have a money tree which represents an abundance mentality (yes, money really can grow that fast! :),  cantaloupe popsicles – just because they look rich tasting, unusual, creative. and fun.

I have lots of symbols representing creative projects: songs, music, books, products of all types. I also added a photo of a group of women from a workshop I led and pasted them at the beach (symbolizing the women’s retreats by the sea I wanted to start leading – and I did lead several retreats by the sea, by the way. So visions do come true!).

And if you see your photo on here… yes, I might want to coach you, and you also represent other creative women like you!  (Thanks for being a part of my vision.)

What is so wonderful about this board is that it hangs in my office and reminds me of what energizes me, who inspires me, where I am, and where I am going. I love to look at it and imagine the possibilities!

Here are a few of my favorite tips for creating a Vision Board.

1.  Pick a large background to build your vision on. It could be a poster board, a large piece of flip chart paper (see example), foam core, a tri-fold foam core display, even several pieces of paper taped together to make it big.  (It needs to be big for the impact, and to give you some room to play)

2.  Gather a large stack of magazines. All types of magazines… your favorites, those ones that are inspiring (O Magazine, Body and Soul, Coastal Living, Real Simple are some favorites).  Also, look for different magazines: business, entrepreneur, wine and food magazines, etc. Good places are to ask your neighbors, dentist, doctors, and spa salons are usually happy to let go of old issues.

3. Set aside some time just for going through the magazines. No scissors needed for this part. Just flip through and let your eyes fall where they fall. See what photos, words, headlines grab your attention.

R – I – P the page out!  Notice when your energy soars! R – I – P!  Claim that page!  See a word that grabs your attention?  A phrase that makes you smile? R – I – P! Don’t edit; don’t wonder why you like something. Don’t talk yourself out of it to be practical (this is a visioning – dreaming board, after all!). Claim the pages by ripping them out!  Just keep ripping – this part feels really good!  Get a good stack… you might do it all in one sitting, or you might want to peruse a stack a little at a time.

4. Now it’s time for scissors.  Go through your stack of pictures and words. Let yourself enjoy them! Smile…. and just trim the pictures, words, phrases.  Don’t worry about where to put everything yet… just trim away the unwanted parts and savor the good stuff that makes you feel good!

5.  Now it’s time for putting it all together.  Start by just laying out each piece. Don’t worry about it being perfect. This is only for you! Let some pieces hang off the page. Tilt this one. Tuck another one behind and let it peek out. Or you might have a center focus like a word, big photo, or a photo of YOU! (Or the theme of the vision board like money, relationships, a new house, a new office.)

6.  When you feel ready, start glueing. Some people want to get the page laid out and then glue, and others want to just pick up and glue and let it unfold.  There are NO RULES! 🙂  Some adhesive suggestions:  glue stick is easy (although it won’t last beyond a couple of years), and YES adhesive. Mod Podge is one of my favorites. Even a tape runner is easy.

Now hang it up somewhere you can see it often: in your office, in your bedroom, on your closet door, in the bathroom!  Develop a practice where you look at it often…. perhaps the same time each day. Imagine your vision coming true… it’s here, right now… enjoy the feeling of savoring it now…..

I promise: things will start shifting. You will notice more of what is related to your vision board. You will start attracting those conversations, resources, people who will hold a piece to your vision.

A few more tips:

  • Leave some white space around your photos and let them breathe.  I like to color the “empty space” yellow… it makes things pop!
  • Use only words. Make it simple and use only words.
  • No words and only pictures.

Possible Vision Board Themes – create a vision board focused on one of these things/themes in your life:

  • New relationship
  • New friends
  • Your children
  • Your business
  • Your ideal client
  • Your ideal support person (like an assistant, or collaborator, or joint venture)
  • Your office
  • Your life in 5 years
  • Travel vision

Here’s another type of Vision Board:  A Gratitude Board.  When my son Sam was six years old, he created this Img_0053“ME” board  about all the things he loves in his life. ( I know… Awwww…)

Have fun, let go of the “shoulds – rules- buts” and just let it be what ever you create.

It’s all beautiful – because it’s from your heart.


Vision Boards – Unique Ideas for Your Board!


Vision Boards have become all the rage!  Lmvisionboard

Everyone is really catching on to how powerful this simple creative process can be.  I love that…. deceptively simple and deeply powerful.

This vision board to the left is one that my husband and I did together before we were married, representing what we wanted to create together in our marriage.

I have created collages for years. Some of my first ones as a teenager were actually collages of my Wonder_woman__color__001_3favorite movie stars and singers… Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman), Linda Carter (Wonder Woman)… is there a theme? Add to it: Olivia Newton John, Cher.  Evan back then, I intuitively understood the power of pictures and the metaphors for what I wanted in my life.

Nowadays, my vision boards and vision books have morphed into images that are both powerful and calming…. quiet power is a consistent theme.

Most of my clients work with vision boards or collages. They have a vision of a topic come alive through pictures, words, color, and they express their creativity even in the materials they choose to use.

Several years ago I facilitated a workshop for my chiropractor’s office. Everyone in the office created a vision collage for what they wanted in  their lives.  When I came back for a treatment a few years later, Dr. Shelley West said to me that she had recently found her vision board from three years ago. She said, “You know what? Everything on that board has come true!”

As part of the Joyful Business Guide system, I recommend creating vision boards for your ideal clients, your ideal vendor partners, and your life vision.  It’s inspiring to take a photo of your vision board and then add a color copy of it to your guide – it’s part of creating your own personal inspirational guide.

Spending the time claiming photos, discovering words that bring a visceral response, seeing an object that intuitively speaks to you…. all this is a way of uncovering your deepest yearnings and giving them some air time… letting them be discovered and claimed.

Here are some sample visions from several Joyful Business owners. I hope you’ll get lots of ideas and inspiration for possibilities for your own…


I love this idea of using something unexpected! A shell, a piece of bark, or a piece of driftwood even. This is from Beverly Keaton-Smith of Embrace Your Gifts and Soar. 

These others are from Beverly, too. She was in a visioning mode that September!  Must have to do with it being her birthday month that makes her (us) feel like taking stock of life and dreaming of possiblities….

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Bevgoesbig_3 I like this one….”Bev Goes Big!”  This one prompted Beverly and I to talk about what “big” looks like, and we even had a phone call where we got on the phone… we imagined ourselves five years into the future, calling each other up and sharing what was going on in our lives, celebrating our business successes, what our husbands were up to, where we have traveled, and what is bringing us joy in this year!  What fun… and you’d be surprised at the things that will spill out!


This one just uses words and color for impact. My former client Jenny Chafe, a very cool voice and movement coach from NYC, did this one as an easy way to get her thoughts out about her ideal client. Simple, easy to do in a short amount of time and yet a powerful reminder of who she is attracting.

Ideal_client_boardtaras Here’s another creative idea – lay out your vision board and forget the glue!  Another former client Tara Seawright, a wonderful interior stylist from NYC, laid this ideal client collage out on her floor and then took a photo. She says it gives her such inspiration as she spends a few minutes of each day looking at it.

Attraction_journal_1 Attraction_journal_2_2 You can create your vision collage as an ongoing project. Here is an example from Joyful Business owner, Ginger Burr, of Total Image Consultants. She has created an Attraction Book. She uses it to collect images and words, quotes and ideas for what she wants more of in her life.  Ginger shares how it is a very relaxing ritual to do at night before bed. Pulling a few photos out, cutting and pasting.  Very nurturing and …as we know, powerful too!

I hope you have enjoyed a few of these ideas of simple and yet creative ways you can create your own vision board – collage – shell – book!

Let it be simple. Don’t edit the photos, images, or words…just let them quietly (or sometimes loudly) inform you.

Please share your examples of how you use this process to create and attract in your life and business!  your ideas inspire us!