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Again, this was AWESOME!

At the end of Fall 2016,  we had a workshop creating vision boards for Project MyStory and it was AWESOME! We had a conference table full of magazines, scissors, glue, and various snack ems. Again, I cannot stress how awesome this was.

In mainstream media, many people have been talking about making vision boards. Even Oprah and Steve Harvey have spoken about it! Many people have usually heard of vision boards and there are still a lot of people who don’t understand what they are or their purpose.

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Just me and my board!

First thing, there is no one way to complete a vision board. Vision boards are literally a visual reminder or representation of various things you want to actualize in your life. The goal is to surround yourself with various images of what you want your life to become. You can use magazines, quotes, you can write in words, draw things, put up selfies, whatever you believe would exemplify a goal that you have in your life.

Vision boards can be as large or as small as you want. They can be as broad or specific as you’d like, bottom line IT IS YOUR BOARD, DO YOU! You can have multiple smaller vision boards geared specifically towards various goals that you have (ie. travel, academics, personal life).

Vision boards help provide clarity toward defining what your goals, not only are, but what they look like. Vision boards help you actually see what your dream life could look like. They could be used to give daily reminders or bits of encouragement when times get tough. If you have a special quote or saying, feel free to write it in. Vision boards help keep you focus (especially for people like me, who want to do everything. They can help remind you of your goals every time you glance at the board.

It is important to make sure you put this vision board in a space where you see it everyday and multiple times a day. This will help keep your vision fresh in your mind. It is also important to keep updating your vision as needed, this can be monthly, quarterly, yearly — whatever you need.

Step into my vision! I would like to break down my board  and my process in creating it.

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My Vision – I do not limit myself!

My vision board process was very much  just winging it and seeing what would happen. I started off by doing one round in the magazines- searching, cutting, gluing. Then I continued to search some more. Just a note: I would suggest going through all of the materials first and cutting out everything then rearranging everything before you glue, it will help you group certain ideas, themes, images together. After my second round of cutting out images, I realized I did not have enough space for my entire vision and thus I would need more poster board. My vision board is 3 poster boards put together! After my second round I grouped various images together for different goals:

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All in all, my vision board is a combination of things that all overlap. They are things that will contribute to creating the life that I love and to loving the life that I live. I encourage you to, as a de-stressing activity, go out and buy some magazines or print some things off of the internet and create a vision board. I will help you to focus on where you want to go from where you are.


P.S. If you would like to make vision boards with Project MyStory,  we can do this program again! Let us know, by e-mailing, Rachel Moody at 

Please Note: The views of our student bloggers do not necessarily reflect the views of the UAlbany Advisement Services Center. These are their stories and their voices.
Ashley W.
Class of 2017
Major: Social Welfare
Minors: Africana Studies, Education, Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies
Blog/Workshop Theme:
Through the Looking Glass A Look at the Past and Present

Established in March 2015, Project MyStory is a community building effort to help students better acclimate to UAlbany and to work more effectively toward their goals. We began in UAlbany’s Academic Support Center (ASC), where you will see many of the posters featured above. We are now co-housed in ASC and in the Center for International Education and Global Strategy (CIEGS).

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