DIY Dream Board

We become what we think about. The question is… what do you think about?

Do you ever take a moment to really stop and reflect on your thought processes for the day? Was it mostly positive thoughts? Was it mixed with thoughts of “not enough,” or mostly negative, or did you do a lot of complaining?

What do you really think about during the day?

My thought processes throughout the day are nowhere near where I want them to be. Between the roller coaster ride of living with a strong-willed child to the daily stresses of working from home and trying to balance it all, my thoughts are often far away from anything that has to do with what I want to see most in my life: ABUNDANCE.

The hardest part of thinking of ABUNDANCE in my life is to actually remember to think about it.

I’m learning to take the time to reflect, though. I’m learning to find things that work for me to help me remember the positive things I should be thinking about. That’s what it is about, right? Learning as you go until something finally “clicks” with you.

I strongly believe our thoughts create our reality so this year, instead of simply writing a huge list of lofty goals, I’m creating positive mantras and visual reminders and placing them throughout the house. I will still write a few goals I want to achieve, but the truth is, a written sheet of goals can be quickly shuffled behind those bills you’re struggling to pay or the piles of artwork your child brought home from school.

But what if you have the ideas in your head? Is that good enough?

It’s easy to imagine the things you want in your life, but the truth is, an idea is just an idea until it is actually put out in some physical form; whether it be a printed photo on a wall or a written down goal. The universe starts to make things happen as soon as you do some sort of physical action to bring it to life.

By creating visual aspects of things you want to see in your life and placing them throughout your home, you have no choice but to see them. Careful though, it’s easy to eventually just walk by and pay no attention. That being said, if you’re in the same boat I’m in, you want this change; you want your life to be filled with abundance. You are willing to take 3 seconds out of your day to stop and reflect on the image you have placed on the wall and to really FEEL it (more on thinking, feeling, believing, and creating later).

This is why I love my dream board: It requires you to put your ideas into action and take the time to slow down and reflect on what you want. That, and the fact it’s super easy to make! Bonus points if you do it with your significant other (talk about quality time together!).

All you need is:

  • some cork board (either square pieces like I have, a long piece or a framed cork board)
  • sticky strips (to attach the board to the wall)
  • push pins
  • magazine cut outs or printed pictures of what YOU want to see in your life (anything from fitness, positive mental health, to buying something you’ve always wanted or a picture of place you’ve always wanted to visit)

Arrange your board however you feel is most appealing. I decided to add a couple square 1×1 mirrors (I got them at Michael’s) and wrote my original mantra (THINK. FEEL. BELIEVE. CREATE.) in sharpie. I just felt like it completed my zen atmosphere.

You want to put this dream board in a place where you will see it every day. Preferably in the morning when you wake up and at night when you go to sleep, so you can make sure you take time to reflect on it.

A few things currently on my dream board include:

  • A picture of Scott and I diving (this is something we both love — and how we met — and want to do more of)
  • A picture of a fence (we really want a dividing fence between our house and our neighbors, plus a fence on the opposite side of our yard)
  • A picture of Jessica Alba in a bathing suit and Arnold Schwarzenegger flexing (this is how both Scott and I are motivated to get back in shape! lol)
  • A picture of a garage (this garage has been “in the works” for more than 7 years… it’s time to get it done!)
  • A picture of a thriving garden with pavers (Because damnit, I want a bountiful garden… and I want to put pavers around the area)
  • A CD (we want to save $2000 this year and put it into a certificate of deposit)
  • Inspiring words that Scott and I picked out — personal and combined — (I picked abundance and complete, Scott picked perseverance and prosperous, and we both picked out debt-free)

I also have a small version of a dream board right next to my computer. Currently, I have a mind map for my cookbook that is going to launch spring of 2015 and mind map for an ecourse I’m co-launching with my best friend Jessica (the Original Scratch Mommy).

Really, the sky is the limit and the best part is that you can always rearrange when you complete something on your dream board or add something new.

On top of all the things we want to achieve this year, we’ve started our vacation fund in a dream box for our 5th year anniversary. Here’s to manifesting our dreams into realities!

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Aside from being a wannabe backyard homesteader who wrangles chickens and free-range kids, Loriel is the owner/creator of the professional natural lifestyle blog Naturally Loriel, owner of the organic spice blend business Naturally Free, and freelance professional food photographer.

'DIY Dream Board' has 11 comments

  1. January 5, 2015 @ 2:50 pm Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    I LOVE this!!! Thank you so much for sharing, I am going to do this too. Such a great idea! xo


    • January 5, 2015 @ 2:54 pm Loriel

      I am so happy you are going to make one!! <3


  2. January 5, 2015 @ 4:57 pm Pamela Yachdav

    This is such a wonderful idea! I just love it!!! Recently, I have started putting up positive quotes and motivational pictures and writings around my soap shop to keep my spirits up and stay super motivated and I have found that it really helps! The dream boards would be another new way to inspire and motivate! I also love how you included the hubby in it so that you can work together towards your goals. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂


  3. January 5, 2015 @ 9:30 pm Amanda

    I wish I had the wall space to create something as inspirational as this. We have the world’s smallest house, with virtually no wall space left! Sigh. Oh well. I will have to keep doing things on a smaller scale 🙂
    I am always so inspired by your posts!


  4. January 6, 2015 @ 3:48 pm Linda Spiker

    What a great idea! And simple enough for us “non DIY-ers” lol!


  5. January 6, 2015 @ 4:17 pm Jessica

    I love this idea. I also love that you can see it daily so it is always on your mind….not a forgotten goal.


  6. January 6, 2015 @ 7:27 pm Renee Kohley

    Super fun idea 🙂 My husband and I were a handful of years in a MLM business when we first got married and dream building was a part of our everyday conversation…3 kids later and ect ect ect…well it just doesn’t happen as much! We may need to think about doing it again 🙂


  7. January 7, 2015 @ 10:19 am Megan Stevens

    I love how personal this is, and hearing your actual goals and dreams. The body image inspirations are hilarious. Goals written down are more likely to be accomplished. We do this at our day job; but thanks for the reminder to do it at home, really good for the kids to see too!! I need to set to work and do this. <3


  8. January 7, 2015 @ 10:52 am Kylie

    I love this idea! I am all about the visual reminders for goals, dreams, aspirations. I should do this.


  9. January 7, 2015 @ 11:33 am Chloe @ How We Flourish

    Love this! I have a vision board hanging in the bathroom that I had a lot of fun making, and I love the sturdier nature of this one.


  10. January 8, 2015 @ 12:40 pm Sarah McLain

    This is great!! I’m such a visual person, I feel like this could really help me… I love the cork boards with the mirrors, such a cute touch 🙂 I’ve thought about doing something like this before, but never actually followed through, now you’ve given me some motivation. Thanks for the tips!


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