Constructing your own vision board is a great way to visualize your personal goals for the new year. A vision board is a collection of images (and sometimes words) that serve as a visual representation for your new year’s goal or goals for your personal life or work life, or both!
Your vision board can be digital or physical, but the most important thing is that you put it somewhere you can see it every day in the upcoming year. A vision board can be a powerful tool to help you tap into the law of attraction and utilize your subconscious mind.
If you’re thinking about doing a vision board, check out the 14 New Year vision board ideas below to help you decide what will work best for you!
What is a vision board?
A vision board is essential a dream board where you can see a physical representation of what it will look like when you achieve your goals. It became popular when Oprah Winfrey began speaking publicly about her vision board that she created for herself (in February 2008) and for manifesting Barack Obama as president.
It is a goal setting technique and a creative way to get specific on your goals and enhance the positive emotions surrounding your desired end result. It’s a bit of self-celebration before you actually achieve the goal!
Components of a New Year vision board
Typically, this kind of visualization tool has different things that you can use, but you don’t have to include them all.
- pictures of what it will look like when you achieve your goal
- keywords you want to focus on
- newspaper clippings
- magazine clippings
- goals or awards you want to win
Vision Board Examples: My New Year Vision Board for 2024
In all honesty, I had not created a vision board for myself since about 5 years ago. It was incomplete and was not perfectly aligned with what I want in life, but it was a great place to start. It was a collage of images with some focal words thrown in.
This year, I’m doing a more comprehensive goal board that will really focus on different areas of my life that I’d like to improve. For example, I have an exceptional relationship with my husband, so I don’t feel the need to manifest anything related to my relationship. But I have a lot of personal goals that I have put off for decades!
(We’ll talk more about different areas of your life later in this article.)
I’ll show you my final product at the end of this post!
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4 Steps to Creating Your Vision Board
With these simple steps, you can create your own vision board for the New Year in 2024!
Making a vision board for the new year is actually pretty simple, and there is no wrong way to do it! Make it as organized or creative as you’d like!
1. Decide on physical or digital vision board
This is the most basic step.
Using physical boards for your vision board means hanging it up somewhere like your bedroom or home office–somewhere that you will see it every day.
Using a digital vision board means potentially using it as a phone background or computer wallpaper.
Either way, put it somewhere you can see it every day as a constant reminder of your goals.
The second step is to simply brainstorm whatever ideas come to mind. Brainstorming is crucial step that you don’t want to skip! You’ll want to make all your decisions beforehand so you don’t have to make any big changes once you get going on your project.
I like to start with a brain dump. This entails writing down everything that comes to mind that you might like to see on your vision board or what you might like to achieve or do in the next year.
So bust out your journal or a piece of scrap paper and jot everything down you can think of!
3. Gather your supplies
If you’re making a physical vision board, you’re going to need to head to Michaels or snag some deals on Amazon to get all the supplies you need.
- large poster board (foam or cardboard)
- cork board
- glue stick
- double sided tape
- pins (if using a cork board)
- printed photos & keywords
- a straight edge cutter (the perfect tool for making sure your vision board looks professional and not like a 2nd grader’s science project!)
If you’re making a digital vision board, then make sure you’ve got a capable program, like one of the Adobe programs or Canva (which is what I use).
4. Start constructing your vision board!
Now for the fun part! Actually putting it together!
Obviously, a digital board will be less labor-intensive than a physical board will be. And a physical board will also likely take you more time.
Either way, set aside some time to put your board together. Definitely take a look at the ideas below so you can put it together in the best way possible for you!
14 New Year Vision Board Ideas
Here are 14 ideas for your vision board, fun things you can include when you are in the brainstorm process, and other ideas if you get stuck.
Obviously, you want it to be a fully customized vision board to represent your own personal goals and plans for your life! Let’s go!
1. Think about all the different categories of your life
According to the Level 10 Life, there are 10 sections of your life for you to consider when doing a life audit. They are:
- personal development
- family & friends
- giving & contributing
- health & fitness
- career / business
- recreation / fun
- phyical environment
- faith / spirituality
Run briefly through all of these during your brainstorming stage to give you a more overall picture of your life in 2024, or you can just choose to focus on one particular area or goal.
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2. Use vision board quotes
Using inspirational quotes from influential people, your favorite celebrities or writers, or someone in your life can really help you hone in on your mood, positive emotions, and goals. Print that favorite quote in a pretty font and make sure you read it every time you look at your vision board!
Here are a few that I like:
“It is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.”– HRM Queen Elizabeth II
“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”– A.A. Milne
But make sure you keep things optimistic and realistic, because you can’t manifest with blocks of negativity on your board!
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3. Think about new skills you’d like to develop in the new year
If you’ve always wanted to play an instrument or learn to ride a horse, maybe 2024 will be your year to do that! Perhaps you want to learn a new skill to enhance your career or business.
For myself, I’m taking some courses to train myself in developmental editing. Yes, for novels.
New skills bring new opportunities, new money, and new people into your life!
4. What are your big goals in life?
Now we’re getting into the meat of it. Is there something that you have always wanted to do? Write a novel? Get your PhD? Travel to every country in the world?
Remember, small steps bring lasting results. Even if you don’t achieve the actual goal itself in 2024, taking steps toward that goal will get you that much closer!
So start outlining your plot, or apply for graduate school, or book that flight to a country you’ve never been to! The time is now!
5. What are some smaller goals you’d like to achieve?
Even those smaller goals deserve some love! I love climbing, and I would love to climb a 5.11 or 5.12 at my gym.
You might think about installing that new closet door that you’ve been putting off for months. You might consider donating to that charity you keep meaning to get around to.
Effort toward small goals brings a massive feeling of success, and those bigger goals might not feel so daunting!
6. Think about where you might like to travel
Remember, this is your dream board! It’s about thinking big and not boxing yourself in! If you were gifted $5,000 right now, where would you go? What place in the world is next on your list?
For me, I want to go to England and Scotland, then back over to Salzburg, Austria (my favorite city in the world!) Don’t forget to brainstorm, then make sure to choose a few to highlight if traveling is important to you!
7. Where would you like to live?
A new house is often the topic of vision boards. Get creative with this!
Think about what color scheme you might want for your new bedroom, your new kitchen. What kinds of appliances do you want?
Even if you’re not in the market for a new home right now, I’ve heard about people being given an opportunity to move somewhere for a job, and their dream home was included!
So work on manifesting that new house in 2024.
8. Include your New Year’s resolutions
If you’re the type to do a New Year’s resolution, a New Year vision board is the perfect place for it. Think about personal growth and enhancing your life.
For example, a vision board might not be a good place to think about losing weight, but instead think about what kind of a body you would like to have. Strong? Fit?
What kinds of activities will you do with your great bod?
If your resolution is about money, then put those dollar signs on the board! No shame!
9. Think about last year’s goals
Were you able to complete all your goals from the previous year? If not, think about focusing on those briefly on your board.
For example, my 2023 word of the year was “abundance.” This was a powerful word for me, and I loved having that energy in my life! So I included it for a 2nd year, even though my official word of the year this year is “expansion.”
10. Consider a color scheme
It’s never wrong to streamline! Think about color psychology.
- green = money, abundance, purity, health, freshness
- red = passion, energy, strength, power
- blue = calm, water, serenity
- yellow = bright, alert, analytical, happiness, joy
- brown = wisdom, stability
- orange = creativity, success, sunshine
- pink = gentle, love, childhood, femininity
- purple = spirituality, luxury, wisdom, creativity, magic
11. Finding your photos
Some of the best places to find photos are on Canva (my own personal choice), free sites like Pixabay, Pexels, and Unsplash, or even social media! (Keep in mind that if you use your vision board for commercial use, you’ll need permission to use those photos.)
12. Use your word of the year
If you’re like me, you always set a word of the year!
A word of the year is a single word that is meant to represent your year ahead. You can choose something empowering, or something calming. Something extremely personal, or something more broad.
There are no rules to choosing a word of the year, but choose wisely! I chose a negative word one year (thinking I was being clever) and I threw my life into a whirlwind for 9 months. It wasn’t fun!
So choose something powerful, positive, and present tense!
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13. Consider a vision board party!
Vision board parties are a great way to build mutual support with your girlfriends and really enhance all those positive feelings that go with your own vision board.
Before the end of the year, schedule a time to get together with your best friends or your significant other and do your vision boards together.
While you want your vision board to be a personal representation of your year to come, your friends might have great ideas for you about how to put it all together or how to tie in colors or goals. One of you might be great at design, and another might be great at writing beautiful inspirational quotes!
Vision boarding together, if nothing else, will be a blast!
Bring the wine and some brownies! Yum!
14. Consider another kind of vision board
Not digging this idea of a vision board to help you with the Law of Attraction and manifesting what you want? That’s cool!
You might think about something similar like an inspiration board or a mood board. Both of these are great ways to have a similar effect without the stress of a comprehensive vision board.
My Final Result
Here, you can see my final result! (I blurred a few pictures of major projects for next year that already exist but I am not ready to reveal them.)
In the center, I put the year for this coming year, 2024, with my word of the year, which is “expansion.”
I like to look at each picture, and as you can tell, I grouped them by subject. Family and health are on the left side, witchy stuff at the top, travel and my author goals are on the right. This blog is on the bottom. All of them have some keywords to focus on.
I’ll be hanging this in my home office above my computer so I can look at it every day when I sit down to write.
You might find this too plain or too cluttered. You might want more quotes or more sparkles, or more overlap. All of those things are valid!
Make your board your own!
Doing a New Year vision board is an excellent visualization tool to help you see, believe in, and manifest your goals. And New Year is the perfect time of year to do your own vision board like this!
Are you doing a New Year vision board this year? Have you ever used a vision board to manifest?
Tell me about it below!
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