Happy 2021! Let’s face it. Last year was tough. The new year brings in a clean slate and an opportunity to set your intentions for your new year. After you’ve paused to do some reflecting, we recommend creating a Vision Board to help you visualize your intentions, goals, or manifestations for this year. 

What is a vision board? 

What we see has power. A vision board is a board full of inspiring visuals customized completely by you to your vision. The process of creating a board gives you time to think about what you want to bring to life this year. It’s also a tangible, tactile way to express your creativity. When you place your vision board in a prominent place, or one you will see on a regular basis, the board will inspire, encourage, and motivate you. 

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What do I need to create a vision board? 

Here are some supplies that may be helpful: 

  • A corkboard or canvas board
  • Tacks, glue, or modge podge
  • Scissors
  • Printed photos 
  • Print magazines and/or catalogs 
  • Paper – plain and colorful 
  • Markers, pens, paint, watercolors
  • Stickers 
  • And more! 

Practically, you also need to set an appointment to create your vision board. This could be by yourself, with your family, or even get a Zoom group of friends to get in on the fun. Make sure you have a large, clean surface to create on and limit your distractions. 

What can I include on my board?

Here are some ideas to get you started. 

1. Word or words of the year 

Selecting a word of the year signifies where you want your energy to be in 2021. This word can be a noun, verb, adverb, adjective … whatever you want. Some ideas include “peace,” “self-care,” “shift,” “connection.” And you also don’t have to box yourself into one word! Pick a meaningful phrase, song lyric or verse that resonates with you. 

Then, write out your word/words to be a center part of your vision board. Get creative if you like to do handlettering or you could even do the throwback cutting letters out of magazine. 

2. Inspiring imagery  

Think of the colors, spaces, and places that bring you joy. Perhaps you like calming colors like blues and greens to ground you. Or, maybe you’re looking for sunny year with colorful shades of yellows and bright pinks. Include images of where you feel joy – that could be at a beach, in a forest, or a fireplace in a cozy cabin. 

3. Goals – big and small 

Vision boards can help you bring your goals to life. It is also a daily visual reminder to hold you accountable, inspire you, and recenter you throughout the year. Whatever your goals are – personal or professional – write them down and put them on the board. Be as specific as possible because the science shows, the more specific the more likely you are to achieve your goals. 

4. People you love and respect 

Who are the inspiring people who you surround yourself? Who are the ones that matter? Include their photos onto the board. This can be your family and close friends or even authors, influencers and politicians you admire. Who are the people you want to let into your life this year? As you create your board, you can also put some intentional thought behind who you don’t need to include in your life this year.  

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Utilizing my vision board 

The possibilities are truly endless, just like your vision. And vision boards can shift, too. Have a new focus halfway through the year? Add on, remove, or even create a new board. Pivoting is visioning. 

As we mentioned before, hang your board or place it in a spot where you will see it on a regular basis. Another tip: take a nice photo of your board and set it as your digital desktop and/or phone background. These can be additional places for you to be reminded of your 2021 visions. 

We’d love to see any vision boards that you create, so drop us a comment below! Your friends at CX are sending you our best wishes for a new year full of vision and inspiration. 


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