Is it Time to Create a Vision Board?

Find out how making vision boards helped an Aussie entrepeneur turn her beauty business into a multi-million dollar success. And get her top tips to get started and make your own!

When Cherry Blooms founder Jellaine Ross followed her instincts and left a job in corporate marketing for the beauty industry, she had no idea that thanks to vision boards she would meet Oprah and turn her company into an international, multi-million dollar success.

Fast forward six years and Jellaine credits the success of her beauty business to her vision boards, which are based on a collection of inspirational imagery, words, quotes, maps, colours and materials. When I make a vision board, it's the intention of the life I want to create. It's an everyday reminder of what I’m striving for and what I’m creating,” says Jellaine. “I place my boards in front of my desk in my office to inspire me to make those small steps every single day that will result in achieving my goals."

Jellaine has two evolving vision boards - her Inspiration Board, which is a collection of imagery, quotes and colours inspiring her to create; and her Gratitude Board - which she pins the things she received to remind her of a goal she has achieved or an experience she has lived. "My vision boards are a mix of life, business, travel experiences and magic moments that I have experienced or want to experience. They include accolades I want to achieve, awards, milestones in business, and act as a visual bucket list".

Jellaine's vision boards have been so powerful they helped her win the Telstra Business Award and meet Oprah Winfrey. The power of goal setting and visualising this post-it daily propelled me to start Cherry Blooms, maintain resilience in everything I faced, to win the Telstra Business Award and to have the confidence to introduce myself to Oprah when she was in Australia a couple of years ago. Winning the award and meeting Oprah was a great reminder that when you put your mind to it, you can actually achieve it.

To create the perfect vision boards to assist in achieving success, Jellaine shares her top 10 tips to get started:

1. Firstly, write down your theme for the vision board. Base your board on the life you want to create.

2. Pick up a board from Officeworks, Kmart or KikkiK and get prepared with pins, tape and glue. Alternatively you can simply use a sheet of cardboard or a get creative with a canvas.

3. Don't be afraid to create more than one vision board depending on your goals and interests.

4. Make sure that you’re in a good mindset before you start, that you feel creative and give yourself time – don’t rush it.

5. Collect inspiring imagery, quotes, fabrics, maps, materials and other items which you are grateful for. If you can't find a particular image in a magazine, use Google or Pinterest.

6. Reassess your vision boards at the beginning of each year. Use the holidays as the perfect time to reflect and review what you want to experience in the coming year.

7. Don’t be afraid to place your vision boards around your home or office, such as the kitchen, bathroom, above a dressing table. If you can’t see them it’s hard to be inspired. I even have one
in my bathroom!

8. Work with your partner or children to create a board reflecting the things you want to achieve as a family or couple. It’s a great bonding experience and a chance to align your values.

9. Remember, vision boards are a work in progress. Throughout the year, if an image resonates with you add it to the vision board. If something no longer does, remove it and pin an image that does inspire you at that moment.

10. Set intentions with a vision board even if you don’t know how you will accomplish it. When I put meeting Oprah on my board I had no idea how I would achieve it, but guess what? In 2010 I met Oprah, shook her hand and had a chat!

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