“Dreamboarding” and the “power of cut-and-paste”

If you’ve known me for a while now, then you know that I love this process called “Dreamboarding,” also known as “vision boarding.” It was something I had been doing intuitively since I was young, apparently, but it was only when I attended a “dreamboard circle” by “soul coach” Loes van Mierlo, in 2009, that I saw the rationale and the flow behind the whole activity.

Part of my dreamboard from October 2014
Part of my dreamboard from October 2014

I have since adapted the process, added my own touches from my own readings and experiences with meditation, and have been conducting Dreamboarding sessions for individuals and groups alike (yes, even multinational corporations :)).

Since it’s the first weekend of the year—and, therefore, perfect for such an activity—I’ll be sharing with you some of my own Dreamboarding techniques, plus insights based on some of my previously published pieces. I hope you’ll enjoy the process as much as I do. 🙂 (And if you have questions, just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you right away :))

Dreamboarding: Cutting and Pasting Dreams onto Reality

(Excerpts from an article written for Homegrown.ph)

Another portion of another dreamboard, composed in late 2013.
Another portion of another dreamboard, composed in late 2013.

What is a “dreamboard”?

A dreamboard (also called by others as a “vision board” or an “inspiration board”) is a collage of images, words, and elements that give you a visual representation of your goals. According to Martha Beck, who has written on vision boards in Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine, “When you start assembling pictures that appeal to [your] deep self, you unleash one of the most powerful forces on our planet: human imagination.”

“The board itself doesn’t impact reality; what changes your life is the process of creating the images—combinations of objects and events that will stick in your subconscious mind and steer your choices toward making the vision real,” she writes…

The ‘power of cut-and-paste’

The kind of mental focus and psycho-spiritual-emotional affirmation that a dreamboard can bring has done wonders for the likes of Melissa* and Orwell*,  who were classmates at a Dreamboarding workshop in January 2012.

Melissa shared how putting an image of her dream watch—a Rolex—had allowed her to acquire one, at a fraction of its original cost, just a few weeks after putting the image on her improvised vision board. A friend called saying that his brother was selling his Rolex—and it was the same model that Melissa wanted, now for just a fourth of its original price. While the price was still at least six figures, Melissa realized that this was the best deal she could ever get on that particular model. She agreed to bite the bullet and bring her dream watch home.

Meanwhile, Orwell, an engineer by profession, placed a photo of his dream home on his dreamboard. Six months later, he and his family were able to transfer to a new home—an update that he was proud to share with his Dreamboarding buddies.

If you want to read on, please view the full article at Homegrown.ph.

The Power of Cut and Paste: How to create a dream board (vision board) that you will love and live by

Here’s an old Slideshare presentation that I made, back in 2009, about the dreamboarding process. I’ve since added a few extra touches to the actual activity, but I’m hoping that this helps jumpstart your own visioning anyway. 🙂

But don’t stop there! Here’s another excerpt from my Homegrown.ph piece:

Turn dreamboards to “action boards”

The secret to successful dreamboarding is to not just stop at dreaming. Get up, get going, and turn your dreamboards into “action boards.”

According to physician and psychologist, Neil Farber, M.D., Ph.D., who writes for Psychology Today, “Fantasizing about your perfect world and your perfect life may make you feel better in the short term but will limit your ability to transform your dreams into reality. Convert your vision boards to action boards… Dream about it, envision how you will realistically do it or get it, and then get off your tush and make it happen.”

Again, please allow me to ask you to support local media entrepreneurial ventures and read the full article–and so much more!–at Homegrown.ph.

The real challenge

Beyond New Year’s Resolutions and lists and dreamboards, the real challenge that lies ahead for all of us is to give ourselves permission to dream–and to succeed. All too often, we are the ones who hold ourselves back by such negative self-talk as “Oh, I can’t possibly do that”, “It’s too lofty a goal for me”, or “Why would they want me?”

As you go through your own Dreamboarding process, I challenge you to really, really visualize the life that you wish to create for yourself and those you love, give yourself permission to dream big, then take the steps that will bring you closer to that goal. Turn that dreamboard into an “action board,” and really see your dreams unfold into reality. It has happened to so many other people–myself included–in the past. I’m pretty sure it can happen to you, too! 🙂


Happy first weekend of 2015!

~ N


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ravi Raman says:

    Great post. I like how you call vision boards “dream boards”…that’s a powerful term!

    How long have you been making dream boards? What changes have they created in your life?

    I just wrote an overview of my “How to make a vision board” process at my site – Motivated.Life:

    Check it out and let me know what you think.

    CEO of Motivated.Life

  2. kriztalladen says:

    Thanks for this post, Ms. Nina! I was reminded to make my dreamboard for 2015. Finally, I created it last Monday and it has been hanging beside my bed since then. Will blog about it soon! 🙂

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