Creating A Family Vision Board

Creating A Family Vision Board
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Having a clear vision of what you want in life is the fastest way to get there. Without knowing what you want, how can you possibly have it?

I’ve taught my children from a very young age to believe that anything is possible.

Rather than protecting them from potential disappointment by keeping their expectations realistic, I encourage them to believe they have the power to make it happen.

A few years ago when my boys were 12 and 9 I decided it was a great time to create a Family Vision Board. It was the school holidays and felt like a good thing to keep us all occupied.

I never imagined what an impact this project would have.

The Vision Board idea came from Rhonda Byrne’s book The Secret. It’s a great tool for getting clear about what you want in your life.

I love helping my kids know that they are only limited by their own mind and this was a cool way to get them thinking about their future.

I began with a cozy one-on-one session, asking questions and writing down key words in their answers.

  • Where would you like to travel one day? What would you do there? How would it be?
  • Are there places you’ve been to that you’d like to revisit?
  • What things would you like to be good at?

Then a bit of time travel:

  • What do you see yourself doing in 5/10/20 years time?

  • What will you do for fun?

  • What kind of jobs might you have?

  • Which people will be in your life?

  • What will your hobbies be?

  • Will you play any sports, musical instruments or have any special talents?

  • How would you like to feel in the future?

I kept this session very chatty with no right or wrong answers and certainly no judgement over anything seeming far fetched or not what I’d had in mind for them.

We giggled and laughed and dreamed. They asked me questions too and I wrote down some of my own visions.

My husband was away working (and this isn’t exactly his cup of tea anyway), so I added some ideas for him as well, based on things I’d heard him say he’d like for the future.

I realised we were going to need a lot of space to create this Family Vision Board and had a eureka moment… We have a long blank wall in the corridor – this would be the perfect place!

I went out in search of poster board thinking that each family member could create their own and we’d hang them side by side, but the shop didn’t have anything like this. However I found a big roll of paper table cloth.

We rolled it out with each boy taking a separate end, me in the middle.

We used magazines, scissors and glue and searched for photos of the things on our dream lists. (Plus any new ideas prompted by the magazines.) We used Google Images for anything we couldn’t find.

Here’s the making of the board:

So many great discoveries came out of this. I learned that my youngest wants to be good at baking (who knew?) and my eldest wants to marry someone he loves and become a star in a job he likes. They both want University degrees (yay!) and have some amazing ideas for travel adventures all over the world.

We continue to add to our board when fresh ideas come. In Spring of 2013 I watched a particularly inspirational video by Marie Forleo and decided to add her photo to the board, not really having a specific goal in my mind, but just wanting her up there.

Three days later a friend told me about B School, my husband got an unexpected bonus  – and I found myself enrolling just one day before the cut-off!

It was B School that taught me how to start this online business. (See how this works!?)

Notice I also have photos of Oprah and Tony Robbins. I’ve since been to see Tony at his Unleash The Power Within conference in London (amaze-balls!). Oprah Winfrey…. watch this space.

*2017 update: In the image above you’ll see a Best Sellers book listing that I mocked up with a #1 book written by me….  That was WAY before I got my book deal and wrote a whole book! It’s available on Amazon now for pre-sale! The power of the Vision Board!!! (Now to get it to #1…) 

Be sure your vision board includes gratitude for what you already have. Pictures of you doing something you love, places you’ve been or people that mean a lot to you. Being thankful for what you have opens you up to receiving even more. (A great lesson for the kids.)

Have fun creating your Vision Board There’s no right or wrong way – whatever works works for you and your family. If wall space is limited, create smaller boards. Make sure they’re somewhere you can see them and keep adding to them. Dream big!

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Please share in the comments below what you think about creating a Vision Board. Do you believe in teaching kids to dream big?

Kelly Pietrangeli

Kelly Pietrangeli

Mama Motivator at Project Me
Kelly Pietrangeli is the creator of Project Me for Busy Mothers, helping women find a happier balance between the kids - and everything else.

Mixing practicality with self-awareness, Kelly helps mothers get on top of their endless to-do’s, set goals and improve their lives one small step at a time.

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47 Responses to Creating A Family Vision Board

  1. Mariah says:

    I think creating a family vision board is a great idea! My children are young – 7, 5, 3 & 1…and sometimes I don’t think we give kids enough credit. They DO have dreams even as young as they are, and I’d love to hear them.

    Thanks for the tip!

    • So true Mariah – we need to give even the littlest ones credit for dreaming and never dismiss their ideas or they will forever be second guessing themselves.

      When my son was 4 and wanted to be a rubbish collector I never told him all of the reasons I thought that was a bad idea. I let him tell me how cool it would be to ride on the back of the truck (knowing he’d change his own mind when he got older without any help from me.) Often we just need to listen and be amazed 🙂

  2. Emma says:

    I love this idea of yours kelly. I remember when you did this with your boys & one of them wanted to swim with dolphins & I suggested you all come to New Zealand to do this!! I am definitely going to do this vision board with my kids on a rainy day over the holidays!!

  3. Pamela says:

    Hi guys. I’m also interested in visualization theme. I’ve created an online version of dreams board(prototype), check it please, maybe you’ll like it. I’ll be happy to read any comments from you:
    mustdream.com
    Thanks)

  4. Thanks Pamela – we’ll check it out 🙂 Love the power of visualisation!

  5. I came over here from Tiny Buddha (great, great job Kelly!). But I adore this idea!! I am going to buy some posterboard and do this activity with the family. My hubby is sort of like yours…”not into that sort of stuff” but I will also make one for him. 😉

    • Thanks Robyn – I’m so happy it’s inspired you to create your own Family Vision Board. Although my husband has never been into it, he recently glued his very first picture onto the board! A photo of a vintage car he’s had his heart set on since he was a teenager. (The car from Heart to Heart!) Now that its there on the board – I’m convinced he’ll be driving it soon…

      Good luck with yours! I’d love to see a pic once you’ve created it.

  6. Louisa says:

    Hello! I also hopped over here from Tiny Buddha. I love your blog and Project Me. Very empowering. Ooh, Kelly – do you really live in Madrid? Me too! Lucky us, eh?! I’m looking forward to reading more and I will be sharing this with my mum-friends too. Great job!

    • Hello my fellow Madrileno! Yes – I live in Pozuelo (in the ‘burbs). So happy you found Project Me and hope to connect with you more 🙂

      • Louisa says:

        Ha! I’m in the burbs too – just down the road in Las Rozas! Defo looking forward to connecting more with you, almost-neighbour! 🙂

        • I’ve just followed your link and discovered your website! mylittlespanishnotebook.wordpress.com

          I’ve been living in Spain for 3.5 years and was making great improvements in my Espanol until I started this website! Now all I do is think, write and speak in English (except rare times I venture out to buy food – ha ha!)

          I’ll share your site with my Goals Group – many of whom have goals to improve their Spanish this year. I’ll let you know about the upcoming workshops I run out of my home 🙂

          • Louisa says:

            Cool! V. interested in your workshops. I took some coaching a couple of years ago, (also in Pozuelo, funnily enough) and it was fantastic! Thanks for sharing my site. I’ll be sharing yours too. If I can work out how to message you privately I will let you know of some fun mums-in-the-burbs type groups you might be interested in! I’m sure they’d be interested in you!

  7. Adrienn says:

    Good to know that you did B School! Can’t wait… 😉

  8. Mama G says:

    Another here via Tiny Buddha! I can’t tell you how much I needed to read about this Project today. I’m coming along for the ride 🙂

  9. Leslie says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I’ve always beleived in dream boards and have encouraged my children to do them separately But, I LOVE this idea! I will definitely put this idea to use. 🙂

  10. Katie Clark says:

    Oh wow, this is just wonderful. We will definitely be making one of these; we’ve been talking to our almost 4 year old a lot recently about being who are, following your dreams and being who you want to be. What a wonderful celebrations of our achievements and aspirations!

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  12. […] art, lego, play solitaire, listen to music, build a fort, take photos or videos, work on their Vision Board. Things to do with siblings – board/card games, make believe / dressing up, trains, cars, dolls, […]

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  14. Joanne says:

    Love this! Was looking to creating a vision board for myself for 2015. Never thought of having my kids do one! Really looking forward to making one with them. Thanks for the idea.

  15. Heaven says:

    What a cool idea! This would be a great family night right before school starts or as a mega project for Thanksgiving. Pinned and subscribing. I found you on the 5 Minutes for Mom G+ community.

    • Hi Heaven! Thanks for your great comment – nice to meet you and welcome to Project Me! Thanks also for telling me how you found Project Me. I look forward to hearing about your Family Vision Board. Send pics 🙂

  16. […] Thank you to everyone who came to our family workshop last night! It was a lot of fun to watch you create with your kids and talk about your hopes and goals for your family. If you missed the workshop, this is a great project to do at home! Here are some simple instructions to create your own family vision board at home: http://myprojectme.com/creating-a-family-vision-board/ […]

  17. I love this Kelly! I was literally just thinking on the school run this morning that I don’t really have a vision for my life in 10-15 years time – I don’t think I can bear the thought of my boys leaving and having an empty nest! So this would be a lovely thing to do as a family. Thank you for the inspiration as always.

    • You’re welcome for the inspiration Vicki! Funnily enough, I’ve been thinking about how my boys will have flown the coop in a few short years and there is SO much I want to see and do when that next chapter of my life begins. I have a feeling Project Me will evolve as I do, so with kids a bit younger than mine, just watch this space! I feel a programme for ‘Empty Nesters’ coming on….. 🙂

  18. Catarina says:

    Kelly I think about you often when I look up at my vision board, not only because of “success beyond our wildest dreams” is pasted up there (ha ha!), but because you’re the one who really got me interested in doing a vision board in the first place. Some amazing things have come out of it and I look forward to adding to it in the new year. I love the family vision board idea and will definitely give it a go when my son is old enough!

  19. Lilian says:

    Hi Kelly, I was looking for ideas to make my vision board for 2016 but I didn’t know exactly how ro include my son in it. Your site gave me the best ideas to make one for us together and one for him and his dreams. We are from Colombia and we live in Bogota. I used to be a school teacher but 6 months ago I decided to star homeschooling. My blog is the journey of my son Christopher (Shishu) and me. It’s in spanish You will get to practice tour spanish! Anyway, thanks for your ideas!

  20. Thanks for sharing Kelly. Tony Robbins is amazing isn’t he? I love his live event and programs. They are so life-changing. So glad that you went to UPW.

  21. […] pictures, markers, stickers, etc to make a colorful dream board or “vision board” for the family to share. Post it in a prominent place in your home and refer to it often. […]

  22. Motivation says:

    Hi Kelly, what do you think about the idea of digital vision board? For example, a desktop wallpaper or the mobile phone saver screen? Would it work the same way as a physical vision board?

    • Sure! I think any of that is a great idea, so long as you remember to look at it on a very regular basis. It’s the repetition of seeing it often and pausing to feel it in your heart and believing it will happen that seals the deal! Great question, thanks for asking 🙂

  23. Kelly Grace says:

    Hi Kelly,
    Can I ask which video of Marie’s you watched? So many are excellent, but I don’t want to miss the one you mentioned.

    Thanks,
    Kelly

  24. Hi Kelly,

    I came across this site looking for Tony Robbins inspiration having been to UPW in London last year!

    We’ve just had a our first child and these are some perfect tips for something my wife is working on so thank you!

    She may be in touch shortly…

  25. Hi Kelly,

    Me – again! Just to let you know the vision board is up and looks fantastic!

    I found this group on facebook called DIY on a budget that also helped with design! I’ll try and post a pic here!

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