Vision Board: Creating a Life You Envision

Author: Erin Jacobson

Do you need help creating a roadmap for the life you envision for yourself? 

This New Year, instead of making a quick resolution or two, set aside time to imagine what your life would be like in the best possible scenario. What would it be like to choose new dreams or new purpose, even in our grief? Bring to your mind’s eye what that might look like. What are the things that surround you? What emotions do you feel? How does your body feel? Who are the people in your life? What are you doing? What is making you happy? Creating a vision board can help remind you of your goals and be a fun way to express your dreams and desires. A vision board is a collage of images and words that can represent your wishes or goals, intended to serve as your inspiration.

Survivors Stephanie Keegan, left, and Marilyn Weisenburg show the vision boards they created at the Sedona Women’s Retreat last year.Survivors Stephanie Keegan, left, and Marilyn Weisenburg show the vision boards they created at the Sedona Women’s Retreat last year. Photo: Erin Jacobson.

January 12 is National Vision Board Day—as good a day as any to start creating the life you want to see for yourself. 

To create a vision board, collect a few supplies:

  • A few magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A large piece of craft paper; watercolor paper and poster board are both sturdy choices to use but any paper will work 

To begin, flip through the magazines and notice words and images that remind you of the vision of what you want your life to look like. 

Rip out anything that resonates without thinking too much about it. If you don’t end up using everything, that is fine. It is more important to have a selection from which to choose. 

Once you feel like you have enough, begin to sort through them to create a picture of what you want to manifest in your life. Some people use primarily words and others create ones mostly made up of pictures, so everyone’s vision board is different. 

There is no right or wrong way to create the board; this is about you and a visual reminder of what you want. Have fun with it and let your creative juices flow! Once you’ve completed your vision board, put it up in your home in a place where you see it daily to help encourage you to maintain a connection with your intentions.

Erin Jacobson is Senior Advisor, TAPS Outreach and Engagement and the surviving fiancée of Cpl. Jason Kessler, U.S. Army.