• Karen Heritage

How to Create A New Years Vision Board

Vision boards are so simple to put together and I’ve found them to be a helpful visual reminder to inspire and motivate me throughout the year. For anyone who finds that New Years resolutions don’t work or you forget about them once February rolls around, creating a board at the beginning of each year is a great alternative. Seeing the board everyday can focus your purpose and if you believe in manifesting the life you want, this is perfect for you.

It’s a relaxing and fun process to do on your own or get the whole family involved and each do one, my girls love creating them and hanging them on their walls afterwards. Last year when we could all get together, I held a workshop and spent a relaxing morning with a group of friends cutting, gluing, chatting and eating cake.

What is a vision board?

A New Years vision board is a collage of images and words that represents how you want your life to feel, your dreams and goals for the year ahead. It inspires you to define what you want most and provides a visual reminder to motivate you throughout the year.

Where do I start?

Visualise how you want to feel and the experiences you want in your life for the year ahead. It might be wanting more relaxation time, trying a new hobby or reconnecting with nature. It could be anything that resonates with you, makes you feel energised and brings you joy.

Think about those areas where you want to see change or bring focus to which could include personal life, work, travel, creativity, health, community etc. It might help to choose an inspirational word for the year that brings clarity to what you want achieve. There isn’t any right or wrong way to do this so try not to overthink it and enjoy the process!

I know some people who prefer to do separate personal and work related boards, especially if they have a big project they want to concentrate on. If you wanted to write a book for example, you can focus on the end result (i.e. publishing the book) or visualise the steps to get there such as attending writing courses and literary talks or starting a blog and getting an article in a magazine. Alternatively if 12 months seems too overwhelming, you could break it down into months if you find that easier to visualise. Do whatever works for you!

What do I need?

The great thing is that you need very little to create a board. You can either choose to do a physical board or you can create one using your computer and simple presentation software like Powerpoint or platforms such as Canva which have built in templates specially for designing boards.

For the physical board you will need some magazines and a sheet of paper or card. I like to prop my board up next to my computer so I use a sheet of A3 foam board which is rigid and keeps it’s shape (I recommend this biodegradable version here) but you can simply use a piece of paper or thin card which works better if you’re sticking it on a wall.

Using the magazines, cut out any images, quotes and words that resonate with you and make you feel positive. With the electronic version you can download images on Pinterest etc. or use the search engine to refine your vision. The images can be of a certain experience or place, for example I have a picture of Mykonos as I would like to holiday there, or they can allude to something you would like to do more of such as paintbrushes if you want to spend more time doing art or it could be a beautiful table setting if you want to entertain friends at home. I like to arrange the images on the board and move them around until I find the best layout. Play around with it and when you’re happy, glue the images down or save the electronic version.

The most important step is to keep the board somewhere you can see it regularly, preferably everyday. Save it as your screensaver or keep it next to your bed or desk. It should spark joy every time you see it and be a constant visual reminder to keep living the life you dream of.

I'd love to hear from you if you create a vision board every year or if you make one after reading this!