Vision Boards: Creating the Life of Your Dreams

Do you find yourself struggling to find the motivation to achieve your goals? Do you want to create the life of your dreams? Constructing a personalized vision board might be the answer to your problems. 

WTF is a vision board?

A vision board is a collection of photos and text that can help you approach the future with hope. Instead of focusing on what habits you should be stopping, focus on the possibilities of the next year. “From a scientific perspective, vision boards do what we call ‘priming,’ which essentially is when exposure to a certain stimulus affects how you act towards whatever comes next,” said Elizabeth Mateer, a licensed mental health counselor associate. A vision board can also help you be specific about the goals you want to manifest. “A vision board is an opportunity to focus on the reality you want to create, a prediction of your possible future, and a connection to hope and a life that feels aligned,” Elspeth Robertson, a registered clinical counselor and professional art therapist said.

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There are two ways to create a vision board: digitally and physically. If you are someone who likes to do hands-on activities, you may want to create a physical vision board. However, if you are someone who prefers digital activities, you may want to create a digital vision board. The choice is yours.

If you’re not sure where to start, try looking for images that inspire you or reflect your goals. You can also use quotes or affirmations that resonate with you. Once you have a few items collected, start arranging them on a bulletin board or piece of poster board. Then add any additional details that will help bring your vision to life.

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HOW TO CREATE A DIGITAL VISION BOARD

Step 1: Gather digital photos from any website of your choice. I find that Pinterest is one of the best platforms to utilize for vision boards.

Step 2: Decide where you would like to create the vision board. If you are unsure where to beginCanva has great templates.

Step 3: Place and move your images around until you are satisfied with the final look.

Step 4: Make sure to save your final copy, and just like that, you are one step closer to achieving your goals.

Feel free to make your final creation your lock screen—this way you will be looking at your goals daily.

HOW TO CREATE A PHYSICAL VISION BOARD

Step 1: Order a vision board book or cut out images from your favorite magazine that pertain to your goals and dreams. Cut out images from magazines or print out pictures from the internet that represents you (skin color, hair, nationality, etc). If you need a suggestion, Amazon has a wide selection of vision board books.

Step 2: Get a poster board, cork board, or some paper and play with the placing of the images until you are content with the look.

Step 3: Glue or tape your images to the board or paper.

Step 4: Decide whether you want to hang your vision board up, or if you want to put it somewhere else that is visible to you.

Now that you have your personalized vision board, go reach your goals.

BENEFITS OF CREATING A VISION BOARD

Now that we know how to create a vision board, let’s look at what neuroscientist Dr. Tara Swart has to say.

“The science behind why it’s helpful is that we’re bombarded with so much information all the time,” she explains. “There’s a natural process in the brain to selectively filter what’s important to our survival and selectively put attention on what’s important for us to thrive.”

Dr. Swart also mentions value tagging, which is an additional system in the brain that pieces together the information in order of importance. “There is a logical element and an emotional element to that,” she adds.

“If you create imagery that represents how you want your life to be, then you’re more likely to notice and grasp opportunities to make that a reality,” she emphasizes, “it’s priming your brain to remember what’s important.”

You’ve heard it from a professional, so what are you waiting for? Go make a vision board!

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What makes a successful vision board?

It’s all about setting your intention. What do you want to manifest in your life? When you have a clear vision, it’s easier to select images that represent that goal. Creating a board that is both visually pleasing and spiritually in alignment will help you to stay focused on your goals.

A vision board is a tool that can help you clarify your goals and bring them into focus. It can also help you identify what steps you need to take to achieve your goals. By looking at your vision board regularly, you can keep your goals at the forefront of your mind and stay motivated to achieve them.

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Oftentimes I would find myself setting goals for myself and forgetting about them. I had a picture-perfect life that I wanted to achieve, but I was not motivated to go and get it.

It was the summer of twenty twenty-two when I was offered the great advice of creating a vision board. This was something I’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to doing it. I started with a physical one and eventually decided to create a virtual one, so I could look at it each time I opened my phone.

I find that my vision boards motivate me to create the life that I’ve formed on paper. I continue to strive to achieve these goals, and it makes me feel good knowing I am one step closer to becoming the person I want to be.

Will you be creating a vision board? Leave a comment below.

Just Because, I’m Telling You the $74 Designer Perfume Ulta Shoppers Love

At one time or another, a fragrance lover will come across a perfume that defines a moment in their life. One spritz of said fragrance can be enough to restore their happiest and most confident selves (or at least transport them to a place where they can be at their best). According to hundreds of glowing reviews across major beauty retailers, including Ulta, that fragrance for many people is Wonderlust by Michael Kors. 

Created by perfumers Aurelien Guichard and Honorine Blanc and launched in 2016, Wonderlust has remained the brand’s best-selling fragrance and, judging by several retailers, can hardly stay on the shelf thanks to its continued popularity. If you, like me, are a fan of Michael Kors’s most popular fragrance, keep reading to discover 12 other perfumes by the brand you’ll be just as obsessed with.

MICHAEL KORS Wonderlust Eau de Parfum $74

Keynotes: Almond milk, dianthus, sandalwood

Without a doubt, Michael Kors’s Wonderlust is the brand’s best-seller when it comes to fragrances. Capturing the desire for discovery, this enigmatic perfume mixes almond milk, dianthus, and smooth sandalwood for an amber gourmand scent we’re obsessed with.

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More Michael Kors Fragrances

MICHAEL KORS Sexy Amber Eau de Parfum $116

Keynotes: Amber, sandalwood, jasmine

Sensual and chic, this Michael Kors perfume offers warm notes of amber delightfully blended with creamy sandalwood and white flowers for an irresistible and seductive fragrance worth obsessing over.

MICHAEL KORS Gorgeous Eau de Parfum $122

Keynotes: Floral bouquet, tobacco accord, comforting woods

Another one of the brand’s best-selling fragrances, Gorgeous boasts a lively floral bouquet as a celebration of women. It features classic white florals enhanced by layers of smoky tobacco accord and sheer woods that ooze confidence and ease.

MICHAEL KORS Glam Jasmine Eau de Parfum $59

Key notes: Jasmine, sandalwood, cassis

This floral fragrance boasts glamour and classic femininity with a fresh and fruity aroma that smells as gorgeous as it looks. At its heart is an irresistible combination of jasmine and white flower against warm sandalwood and cassis.

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MICHAEL KORS Coral Eau de Parfum $54

Key notes: Pink grapefruit, orange blossom, pepper

Launched by Michael Kors in 2015, Coral is composed of lively and bright notes including pink grapefruit, lemon, and mandarin. In other words, it smells exactly like summer feels.

MICHAEL KORS Sexy Ruby Eau de Parfum $64

Keynotes: Mandarin orange, jasmine, white musk

Spritz Sexy Ruby when you require added glitz and glamour. Perfect for day-to-night activities, this perfume brilliantly combines notes of tangy apricot, smooth jasmine sambac, and cashmere for an effortlessly cool finish.

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MICHAEL KORS by Michael Kors Eau de Parfum $175

Keynotes: Tuberose, freesia, cashmere wood

Tuberose and freesia are the keynotes that capture my heart in this sensual fragrance. In addition to its creamy florals, this perfume also includes brilliant notes of exotic spices and Moroccan incense.

MICHAEL KORS Gold Luxe Eau de Parfum $74

Keynotes: Mirabelle plum, Casablanca lily, musk

Michael Kors’s Gold Luxe is inspired by refined luxury and the eye-catching brilliance of gold. Mixing notes of hyacinth, gardenia, and sandalwood, this luxurious and fresh fragrance is one of my top choices for life’s biggest occasions.

MICHAEL KORS White Eau de Parfum $71

Keynotes: Tuberose, sweet freesia, musk

Timeless elegance in a bottle, this perfume has all the right notes for its wearer to have an olfactory experience like no other. With a bright burst of tuberose, sweet freesia, and cozy musk, this perfume is easily one of the brand’s most wearable.

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MICHAEL KORS Sparkling Blush Eau de Parfum $68

Key notes: Bergamot, pink frangipani, vanilla notes

Described on the brand’s website as “a scent with as many facts as a women’s spirit,” Michael Kors Sparkling Blush Eau de Parfum is a sultry woody floral amber fragrance crafted from bursts of bright pink pepper, rose petals, and rich vanilla.

MICHAEL KORS Sexy Blossom Eau de Parfum $55

Key notes: Rose petals, pink orchid, sandalwood

Launched in 2016, Sexy Blossom is composed of a mix of vibrant florals and dewy leaves, as well as the warm, earthy notes of ambrox, sandalwood, and musk housed in a super-chic glass bottle.

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MICHAEL KORS Glam Ruby Eau de Parfum $67

Keynotes: Calabrian bergamot, geranium, amber

This woody perfume is the result of a bold and sexy combination of Italian lemon, Calabrian bergamot, amber, and sweet florals. It also happens to be at the top of my list of fragrances that work perfectly for a night out on the town.

MICHAEL KORS Very Hollywood Eau de Parfum $130

Keynotes: Raspberry, ylang-ylang, oakmoss

Have you ever wondered what the stars of Hollywood’s golden era smelled like? This perfume may have come out long after Hollywood’s heyday, but if the biggest names in the business could time travel, we’re sure this fruity floral fragrance would be their top pick.

DIY Hydrating, Soothing, and Clarifying SEA MOSS MASK

There’s no fresher facial than a DIY mask you can whip up from things right here in your kitchen. I am so in love with this cooling, creamy, dreamy sea moss mask for its Cleopatra-esque use of honey and roses that makes me feel like a goddess.

But I also love it for the instant gratification glow.

It’s calming, soothing, cleansing, moisturizing, and hydrating all at once. Sea moss is anti-inflammatory and reduces redness while controlling oil production. Rose water is high in antioxidants and has anti-aging properties, undoing UV damage while plumping up fine lines.

Honey is moisturizing, antimicrobial, and antiviral, and pairs perfectly with neem, which also boasts antiseptic properties. This combination is a great mask for acne-prone skin.

Get the recipe for this powerhouse below:

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DIY Sea Moss Mask

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons sea moss gel
  • 1 teaspoon neem powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon rose water

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Mix all the ingredients well in a small glass or ceramic bowl using a spoon or your favorite mask brush. 

2. Apply evenly all over your face. 

3. Let it work its magic for 20 to 30 minutes. If you leave it on for longer, it won’t cause any harm, so feel free to relax!

4. Rinse it off with lukewarm water, and pat yourself dry with a clean, fresh towel.

If there are any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for a midweek pick-me-up. It should stay fresh for up to 10 days, so feel free to use it as frequently as you like.

Pro tip: You can purchase store-bought sea moss gel, or you can majorly save by making it yourself.

Purchase dried sea moss, and soak a small handful of it in purified water overnight. In the morning, blend it with a 1:5 ratio of water (so if you soaked 1 cup of sea moss, you’ll want to add 5 cups of water). You’ll need a high-powered blender, but you’ll be amazed at how much gel you can make from a small bit of dried moss.

BEEKEEPER’S NATURALS B.Powered -Royal Jelly, Honey, Propolis, Bee Pollen, Gel (4.4 oz)

Price:$15.99$15.99 ($3.63$3.63 / Ounce)

This is genuinely my favorite honey to use for face masks and has been. It contains royal jelly and propolis, which are packed with enzymes and nutrients that seriously uplevel the antimicrobial and antiviral properties of any regular store brand—like someone hit the nitrous oxide on honey in a good way.

3 Drugstore Dupes That Prove Why E.l.f. Is The G.O.A.T

If you’re a regular on TikTok, you’ll know e.l.f delivers the goods from the beauty GAWDS. Seriously, they know what the people want, and most importantly, they give it to us at a price we cannot resist. Whenever we’re on their site, our cart gets loaded up, and when we check out, our heart skips a beat for all the RIGHT reasons. Bargains after bargains. If you’re looking for some hard receipts because you know, who isn’t? These three elf dupes are all you need to be an e.l.f convert.

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e.l.f. Halo Glow Liquid Filter, $14 DUPE: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, $49

The internet went WILD over e.l.f’s most recent complexion glow booster, with people touting it as an exact dupe of the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, AKA, the e.l.f. Halo Glow Liquid Filter. Famed for its glow-getting finish, the e.l.f formula blends the same, looks the same, and wears just as beautifully as the OG product, but for $35 less. The liquid makeup-skincare hybrid makes your skin look so luminous while blurring imperfections and adding a surge of moisture. Formulated with squalane and hyaluronic acid, it plumps and softens the skin. Wear it alone, under or over makeup, and expect the “OMG, your skin’s so radiant” compliments to flood in.

e.l.f. Monochromatic Multi Stick, $5 Dupe: ILIA Multi-Stick Cream Blush + Highlighter + Lip Tint, $34

Blush is our new bae. Even if we’re running to grab our oat milk latte, you can bet we’ve swiped our cheeks with our fave blush stick, which means we’re always on the lookout for affordable formulas. The versatile stick can be applied to your eyes, lips, and cheeks, and will deliver the most gorgeous sheer wash of color that glides on and blends oh so effortlessly. It’s also non-greasy and super lightweight. Thanks to the low price point, we have at least three stashed in our gym bag, car, and desk. #LOVE

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Brow Lift, $6 Dupe: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze, $23

Makeup lovers and fluffy brow QUEENS unite for their love of the cult fave Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze. It allows you to achieve laminated brows in seconds without the appointment, which explains why it’s constantly sold out.

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Well, let’s just say e.l.f. also understood the assignment and released their version of the brow laying formula. Meet the e.l.f. Cosmetics Brow Lift, an extreme, long-lasting gel that tames, sculpts, and sets even the most unruly brow hairs. Just like the Brow Freeze, it has a clear natural finish that looks ahhhmazing on everyone. Plus, the formula is infused with glycerin and aloe to nourish your brow hairs.