E - Explore & Experience Your Word of the Year
with a Vision Board

Many of us have forgone the new years resolutions, but still have dreams and goals. This year, I’m following Mary’s suggestion in making a vision board. I want mine to fit in my Leuchtturm journal so it can be portable and easily accessible throughout the year. There are some good options for that. I considered my options for format: I could just use some of the pages in my everyday journal, or do a tip-out accordion fold, or try my hand at a portable fancy fold card vision board that a similar size as my journal. I decided to try that. If it doesn’t work out, the accordion vision board will do just fine. Sometimes a girl just needs a bit of a change and challenge… Further down you’ll find how to make a vision board like this.

Making a Vision Board is a Prophetic Act

Because I believe making a vision board is a prophetic act, I tend to be fairly loose in my approach, using steps as guidelines rather than rules. Feel free to adapt questions and prompts to what you are comfortable with. Each time I’ve gone through the process it has been so revealing, expanding my insight. It always starts with prayer. Pray, inviting the Holy Spirit to lead and help you express the desires of your heart.

“Things never discovered or heard of before,
    things beyond our ability to imagine—
    these are the many things God has in store
    for all his lovers.

But God now unveils these profound realities to us by the Spirit.
Yes, he has revealed to us his inmost heart and deepest mysteries through the Holy Spirit,
who constantly explores all things.
After all, who can really see into a person’s heart and know his hidden impulses
except for that person’s spirit? So it is with God.
His thoughts and secrets are only fully understood by his Spirit, the Spirit of God.”

1 Corinthians 2:9-11 TPT

Don’t overthink or over-plan. Letting God lead me with peace is one thing I am being intentional about learning this year, instead of always pushing through to the goal.

Lord, direct me throughout my journey
so I can experience your plans for my life.
Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you.

Psalm 25:4 TPT

Questions & Answers

One main way to start a vision board is to ask questions and then write down the answers in a journal. After that I consider what size and format I want to use for the vision board. Here is a list of questions to consider. Don’t feel like you need to answer them all. They are suggestions that I hope will inspire meaningful answers. Ask God to lead you with peace.

  • What are things I did well last year that I want to continue?
  • What would I like to continue and/or finish that I didn’t get done last year?
  • What surprised me about last year? How does that “surprise” influence and impact my life this year?
  • What is important to me?
  • What important events are planned or happening this year for me?
  • What do I want?
  • What do I feel I need to change?
  • What areas of my life could use improvement?
  • What do I want to grow in? To learn?
  • Where do I see God’s blessing or favor in my life?
  • What comes easy to me?
  • What do I want to do well?

Here is a link you might find helpful. I found it on Pinterest and it helped me move forward in making my vision board: http://www.thriveloungedc.com/

How-To Make the Vision Board

Making a vision board is a process for me that is both organic and planned, especially this year with the format being more in book form than a flat surface.


1 piece of white watercolor paper 140 lb (90 lb would also work) 7×10″
1 piece of black paper about the same thickness as the white (I don’t know what kind I used since I used what I had and couldn’t find a watermark. You could also use card stock.
Pencil with eraser
Bone Folder
Magazine clippings that resonate with you
Glue Stick
Micron Pens (I used mostly size .02)
Water based paint of choice (watercolor, acrylic etc) or scribble sticks, markers or any other coloring medium you choose (I used fluid acrylic)
Any other imagery or embellishments you choose (Washi tape, magazine clippings etc.)
Stencils of your choice (see links toward end of post for the ones I used with acrylic paint)
Cosmetic sponge for stenciling
Medium-small paintbrush for applying paint

The Organic Part of the Vision Board

For the outside (front and back cover) I began by looking in magazines for relevant words and imagery that seemed meaningful to me. I didn’t put much thought into it, just looked for words that seemed highlighted to me. After I cut out a collection of words and a few images, I arranged them on the front cover and glued them on with a glue stick. Then I did the back cover in a similar way. Visually, I finished it off by stenciling some pattern with a small amount of acrylic paint on a cosmetic sponge.

The Planned Part of the Vision Board

I found this pin on Pinterest that shows how to make the card/vision board. It is made by Norma on her blog site: From My Craft Room. I adapted the sizes to be a little bigger, but the six inch one she makes would work well too. Norma’s instructions are great. I followed them without any trouble. You can check out the process of making the card here: http://frommycraftroom.blogspot.com/2013/04/template-for-3-step-card-4-14-x-6.html

The interior of my vision board was well-planned. I had one magazine image of a lit candle that I knew I wanted to include as a central image that represented the symbol of Light, my word of the year. I chose to put that in the middle interior of the fold-out that I cut out in a gothic window shape. Stair-stepping down on the sides of the fold-out are words that sum up what I want, in the priorities I want to live them:

  1. Shine! Know the Light – Be the light!
  2. Celebrate Life & Love
  3. Receive & Respond to Revelation

On the left and right sides of the interior I wrote and illustrated what I want to improve on:

To move (aka exercise) for health, and to be more light-hearted.

The last step was gluing the interior white cut and folded paper onto the black inside cover that was previously folded in half. I used a glue stick. Refer to the same link with instructions: http://frommycraftroom.blogspot.com/2013/04/template-for-3-step-card-4-14-x-6.html to see where to glue them together.

Here is a bird’s eye view of the vision board.

Next time I will talk about how I am being intentional about reaching those goals.

Blessings to you as you live out the Vision!


Living Your Word 2019 Opportunity!

Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
URL for Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/

URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2019


Bernice: https://newlycreative.com

Mary:  www.foundonbrighton.com

Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))

Stencils Used in This Post

StencilGirl® Products
6″ swallows take flight

StencilGirl® Products
L634 Leafy Tree Arch Mask
Large 12×9″

StencilGirl® Products
Spirit Swirl 6″
Stencil s578

Art Supplies Used in This Post

I order the watercolor paper 140 lb Fabriano hotpress from Blick Art Materials.

2019 Word of the Year – Everyday Journal  Posts

A Gift of Peace ~ Shalom Prayer

The beautiful guiding prayer of The Maranatha Community has been read and heard by millions worldwide. It has helped transform my thinking and used to bring about inner healing. In this post I’ve use the sound-track from the original Shalom CD (with permission) to overlay it onto my original artwork to create this video rendition.

7 Reasons Why I include a Word of the Year in my Bullet Journal

Video and written reasons on the benefits of including a Word of the Year in a bullet/calendar/everyday/anything style of journal

A-Z Word of the Year Challenge Journal Pages

This post shows my finished journal pages of the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge & links including A-Z of my Mystery and applying it to a word of the year.

Reaching the Zenith with Zeal – A-Z Word Challenge

Moving toward a zenith, the highest point in life, with passion and zeal sounds fulfilling and to me. I would like to live with such purposeful intention.

Yearning and saying Yes – Y in A-Z Word Challenge

What I yearn for I tend to say ‘yes’ to. That is why it is so important to nurture my heart, be aware of what or who I give my heart to, what I focus on, and even what I see and hear.

How I Choose a Word of the Year

Video and written steps on how to choose a Word of the Year to focus on and live by. Visit my blog for creative ways to journal and live your word this year

The Treasure of X in the A-Z Word Challenge

The mysterious treasure and paradox of the letter ‘X’ in the A-Z of Mystery journal. Scripture and questions to consider in this journey of life.

Wisdom from Above – W in A-Z Word Challenge

Seeking wisdom “the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, insight, understanding and common sense; unbiased judgment, and compassion.” What do I have grace and time for?

Vision – Valor – Victory ~ V in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge

V in the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge I was almost asleep one night recently when a phrase floated across my mind and I knew it spoke truth and asked to be written down. So I pulled myself out of bed and went to my journal to write: “Vision with Valor lead to Victory.” This got me thinking of what this means to me personally. I went to the first A-Z journal I did with Bernice Hopper’s challenge back in 2013. Here is my V for Vision for that: Vision is a key word for me right now, and… Read More

Living in Unity – U in A-Z Challenge

We are bound together in a common life. Seeking unity with one another is a worthwhile pursuit. “How wonderful it is…to live together in harmony.

Living Time Now – T in A-Z Challenge

“We live in the past of the future,” I heard Jonathan Cahn say. So I am choosing to make today count like a time traveler! It’s like I am actually able to go back in time and change the trajectory of my future. If I were looking back from tomorrow or next year, that is exactly what coming back to this moment would be like.

Shine Your Light! S in A-Z Challenge

It’s time to Shine! What does it mean to shine? “How do I shine as myself, with God, and others?” To shine looks differently for us individually, but my guess there are also some common things we long for, need, and value.

Developing a Rhythm for Life – R in A-Z Challenge

Seeking to establish a fulfilling rhythm of daily life, working from rest and resting from work in a fulfilling way. Every living thing has a rhythm. “R” for Rhythm in the A-Z of Mystery Word of the Year Challenge.

Being Quiet to Hear – Q in A-Z Challenge

Getting quiet is important in order to hear and discern what to do. Listening prayer is a way to do that. Suggested questions & art reflections on Q-Quiet in the A-Z Challenge included

Living with Paradox – P in A-Z Word Challenge

Paradox is holding two opposites as true at the same time. We live in paradoxical times that have polarized relationships and our nation. We tend to paint other people with harsh, broad brush strokes of black or white. Living with paradox requires empathy and invites reconciliation, seeking to understand a viewpoint opposite of our own.

Order and Organizing! O in A-Z Word Challenge

Overcoming my struggle to order my stuff, organize and create beauty. O – Order in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge. Key questions to help organize.

Celebrating Nature – N in the A-Z Challenge and NEW Stencils Released

Celebrating Nature with a Word of the Year active challenge and NEW leafy doodle stencils. Included are artful inspirations and a how-to stencil Washi tape video, comparing medical tape with white Washi tape.

M-Inspiring Your Creative Muse in Living Your Word of the Year

The word ‘Muse’ is filled with mystery. Muse is associated with memory and music. We may sense the connection most when we hear a song from our past, bringing back all sorts of memories, and we feel transported back to a specific event or time. Google Dictionary defines Inspiration as:” the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative” or “a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea.”

L-Looking Back with New Eyes to Move Forward

I’ve been reminded to look back in order to move forward. At first it sounded counter-intuitive and non-productive, but after doing it, I see the value of taking a fresh look at what I have, what I’ve done, and stop to look, listen, and be grateful. It was the prompt I needed to Live this moment, to be present without the pressure to perform.

K-Keys to Living Your Word of the Year

A key is a small thing that opens a larger, important experience. A question can be a key to the answer you’re looking for. A key can unlock a mode of transportation that can take us on a journey to another place. A key can open up a space of a new world. A key can bring us home.

J-Journey Living Your Word of the Year

If you are here now, you are on this life journey, and so am I. My journey is taking me back, like revisiting these journals with journey themed pages and bringing to mind my faith journey. I am grateful for the process, even though at times it was hard to see on the path… What is your journey…

I-Intentional Living the Word of the Year

Now is the time to be intentional! It’s been a very busy time and I feel on the edge of being overwhelmed. That puts me in danger of letting the default of shutting down take over. I’m determined to grow past that into healthy purposeful action.Keeping a journal has become the most helpful tool to living with intention and staying focused on what I believe is important in life.

HOW? The Question Growing Out of My WHY

Asking myself the simple question, “How?” Is leading me in a life-changing evaluation of how and where I spend my time and energy.
My “how” needs to be an outgrowth of knowing my “why.” How is the way we live out our Why. I am grateful to know who I am and why I do what I do. However, sometimes I get confused on “how” to move forward from the deeper place of who I am and knowing my why.

Growing in Goodness & Gratitude with Your Word of the Year

G – Growing in Goodness & Gratitude I’m feeling the need to release grumbling and embrace gratitude as my “G” word. Grumble feels like a heavy word to me, like carrying around a dirty burlap bag of rocks. Gratitude feels light and hopeful. What better way to become grateful than to list what I have to be thankful for and to focus on the goodness of God, and good things! Building on the “F” Flow with the Fun post of last time, I’ve decided to do some “Grateful Groove” in my movement, during my worship dancing time. The combination of… Read More

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