A vision board is different than making resolutions or setting goals.

A completed vision board with cut out images from magazines, photos, postcards and maps placed on a white poster board organized by the 8 feng shui bagua areas.

Looking for a different way to plan and manifest a great future? Read on.

Are you a planner extraordinaire, or a goal setter and realizer, or maybe even a resolution-maker and keeper? Good for you! Have you ever done a vision board? A vision board is different than making resolutions or setting goals. Most of us have planned, set goals and made resolutions before. We have the lists to prove it! And, even if we plan, set goals and make resolutions, sometimes plans fall apart, our goals are not realistic, and our resolutions just peter out. (Witness the echo in a fitness club in February.) If our plan, goal or resolution doesn’t look like the end we had in mind, we feel bad or defeated. Worse, we compare ourselves to others and the whole process can make us feel hopeless. And we start again the next year, sometimes even by writing out the very same plans, goals and resolutions on our lists! Ouch.

Looking for a different way to plan and manifest a great future? Read on.

A vision board is a powerful picture of the year ahead.

Scheduling plans, setting goals and making resolutions are all great strategies for organizing your life and making things happen. I know that they are crucial in business and life. I encourage you to do what works for you – any or all of them! But they aren’t the only way to envision and experience the future, particularly your best future. A vision board is another way of looking at your year and it doesn’t include making to-do lists or creating Excel files or calendars that need to be updated. A vision board is visual, not verbal; artistic, not data-driven; hopeful, not admonishing — and once completed is so unique it cannot be compared to anyone else’s life!.

If I ask you which comes first, the vision board or the plan, goal or resolution, the answer is hands down: the vision board. It is your over-arching picture of your year that inspires you to take action. And that action might be to make plans, set goals and even, if you must, make resolutions.

A completed vision board with cut out images from magazines, photos, postcards and maps placed on a white poster board organized by the 8 feng shui bagua areas.
An example of a completed vision The board.

The difference is in the definition, and your brain.

These different tools that help you think about your future work with different areas of your brain (and one works with your heart). Let’s look at their differences by starting with their definitions:

Definition of a New Year’s Resolution (from Cambridge Dictionary.org): a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.

Definition of a plan (from Oxford Living Dictionary): a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.

Definition of goal setting (from Your Dictionary.com): the process of identifying something that you want to accomplish and establishing measureable goals and timeframes. Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it.

Definition of a vision board (from English Oxford Living Dictionaries.com): a collage of images and words representing a person’s wishes or goals, intended to serve as inspiration or motivation. (Read my definition here.)

Here’s the thing: humans are predominately visual creatures. More than one third of our brain is devoted to processing visual information. This is far more than that devoted to understanding sound, smell, language and movement!* Vision boards use pictures; plans, goals and resolutions use words and data and much too often, pounds (as in desired weight lost).

If you want to create something new in your life,  get creative, and put those dreams on a vision board so you can actually SEE them. That’s what vision boards do differently than planning, setting goals or making resolutions.

* Matthew Walker, Why We Sleep, Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams


Why do a vision board?

Make a vision board that works.

What do you want to be when you “grow up”?

Remember when you were a little kid and knew exactly what you wanted to be when you grew up? You could always answer this question with confidence whenever asked. I’m going to be a doctor, a teacher, a veterinarian, you might have said. Then as you got older, the question got harder to answer because the world had opened up possibilities you hadn’t considered. Now maybe when asked, you just didn’t know the answer or hedged your bets. This happened to me. I changed my major three times in college. Just sayin’.

Making a vision board is one way of being able to answer that question today because hey, aren’t we all – at whatever age — still trying to figure out what we want to be when we “grow up?”  The question sounds different when asked in adult-speak and usually goes like this: What are your goals and plans for next year? Where are you going and what are you going to do? Making a vision board is a way of answering those questions for the upcoming year.

Before I tell you why I do a vision board every year, let’s start with a definition:

A vision board is a poster board or other visual tableau (bulletin board, canvas, website, photo gallery) where you place images that represent something you want to accomplish, experience, have, attain and/or places you want to visit, move to, live in and/or people you want to meet, emulate, inspire and love. The images can be literal or symbolic. You are the artist of your vision board and your life, and you create the symbolism.

Sound fun? It is. It’s all about what you want, your vision for yourself – not anybody else’s vision of you or for you.

Vision boards are about expressing your dreams in images, feeling good, being hopeful and experiencing more than you thought possible. The process of creating the board is as intentional and fun as having the finished product on your wall, your phone, or your computer screen for you to soak in all year by looking at it lovingly, joyfully, gratefully and daily. It’s a daily reminder of your life’s direction.

materials such as cut-out magazine photos on a table during a vision board workshop
Vision Board workshop attendees creating their boards.

Why do a vision board?

Why do a vision board? Because it is an act of self discovery. I create a vision board every year because:

*          I want to know myself better.

*          I want to be surprised and delighted by my own life.

*          As much as I think I know what I want in my head, my heart actually knows me best and creating a vision board is way to discover what I really want.

I create a vision board every year to discover my dreams and my heart’s desires. Our desires and our dreams speak to us in images. (Think of your actual dreams upon waking. Do you remember them in words or pictures?) Pictures express a feeling to us immediately and often instill action. The process of selecting and placing images on a poster board is a way for me to discover what is going to make me happy. When I finish my board I’m looking at a new version of myself. It is a “getting to know me” experience that I enjoy every year and look forward to the surprises awaiting me.

Find images that inspire and thrill you, or make you curious.

Certainly every year I have plans and I place those intentional plans on my board – for example, images that represent visits to my son who lives in a different city, work events that are scheduled, a continued commitment to healthy living, or a vacation. But often there are images I find in magazines or on a photo site that inspire, thrill me, make me smile or wonder; they call out to me so I put them on the board even though I’m not sure what they represent. I know I’ll find out why they are there at some point. This process of creation reminds me that while there are many things out of my control, I am in control of my thoughts and can express my feelings, beliefs, attitudes, dreams and desires by placing images that represent them on my vision board.

I can answer the “what do you want to be when you grow up” question by pointing to my completed vision board and saying, “Next year, I’m going to be her.”

So the question for anyone wondering “why do a vision board” is better asked like this: “why not create the life you want to live next year by doing a vision board?”

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Learn more about Feng Shui at these upcoming events

feng shui events

I will be speaking about different aspects of feng shui at these upcoming events this fall. Some are free workshops and one has a small fee. See below. Hope to see you at one of these events!

10/13/18      Feng Shui for Health & Wellness: a hands-on workshop with tools you can use.

In this introduction to Feng Shui for creating greater health & wellness, you will learn how the energy of spaces and things impacts our everyday lives. You will be introduced to some tools of the practitioner – the Bagua and the Five Elements – and how to use them to make changes in your environment for health & wellness. You’ll even have a chance to test your new knowledge. And, you’ll be introduced to some excellent Feng Shui teachers through their books – usually available through your library!    

Parker Public Library,  20105 Mainstreet, Parker, CO 80138,  Event Hall A

2 – 4 PM


Sign up: 303-791-7323 or go to https://www.dcl.org/parker.


10/17/18      Feng Shui for the Holidays

In this :30 minute introduction to feng shui, you’ll learn specific tips to you manage your holiday stress with the help of feng shui!

Sponsored by Women, Wine & Wellness – Lowry and Amanda Holliday, Ways to Optimize. Women, Wine & Wellness is a women’s networking group where wellness-minded women mingle, enjoy a glass of wine and snacks and learn about a topic to enhance their wellness (physical, emotional, spiritual, financial).

6:30 – 8:30 PM

Community Banks of Colorado – Conference Room

7900 E. 1st Ave., Denver, CO 80230

$15 with pre-registration OR cash or check at the door

RSVP to Amanda Halliday for your invitation at waystooptimize@gmail.com


11/30/18      Feng Shui 101: an introduction to this ancient design system  – CANCELLED DUE TO LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT (updated 10/23/18)

In this introduction to Feng Shui, you will learn how the energy of spaces and things impacts our everyday lives. You will be introduced to some tools of the practitioner – the Bagua and the Five Elements – and how to use them to make changes in your environment for health & wellness. You’ll even have a chance to test your new knowledge. And, you’ll be introduced to some excellent Feng Shui teachers through their books – usually available through your library!    

Eugene Field Library, 810 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80209

(720) 865-0240

2 – 3 PM



Testimonial – Business Client

Things are moving!

This morning I got a call from a client I worked with for 2 years and have been wondering why I haven’t heard from her as we were doing great work together and she was definitely not finished meeting her goals. She wants to come in regularly again and is eager to get started again. I see her tomorrow. Woohoo! And I got a new contract for team building work that I just love to do yesterday! Things are moving.

Jamie B.
Business Coach & Consultant

Testimonial – Long Distance Client

Awesome Feng Shui Consultant! 

Lorrie meet Mary.

Mary, Lorrie Grillo is the awesome feng shui consultant I told you about.

Lorrie, I was bragging about you and all the wonderful improvements you made to my office to Mary and she expressed an interest in having you feng shui (is feng shui a verb? 😉 her office as well.

I’ll let you two take it from here!


Long distance client via Skype

(Note from me:  I did do a long distance feng shui consultation with Mary — who lives and works in Panama! Thank you, Shari — and Mary!)

Testimonial – Workshop Attendees

You transformed our lives!

The past few days have been so fun and uplifting working on my vision board. It is now front and center in my walk-in closet, where I will take in its powerful images two or three times a day! It feels really good! Thank you so much for the magical, inspiring workshop. I do believe you transformed our lives with your wisdom and clarity. You are so skilled at guiding this process. Just loved it!

Workshop Hostess and Attendee


You made a huge difference in my Feng Shui business!

I want to thank you from the bottom of my little Feng Shui heart for all the support, information and kindness you shared with me at the Sedona Rocks Workshop. It was a fabulous three days of learning and sharing. To say you inspired me would be gross understatement. I was so energized when I got home I organized my immediate MUST DO  list and have been checking off my task daily. I have completed several appointments and have been signing up to present Feng Shui Talks/Workshops were I have been invited….three so far…YEA!!! Thank you so much for sharing your business knowledge and guidance. YOU made a huge difference in my Feng Shui business and I cannot thank you enough, I promise you!

Katrina W.
Sedona Rocks Retreat attendee 



Is it time for a space clearing or house blessing? Yes!

Space clearing can include adding flowers to your home to freshen and brighten it.

Recently I have been helping clients with space clearings and house blessing and farewell ceremonies for their homes as they prepare them for sale.  It is a reminder to everyone how connected we are to our spaces; how we love them and they, in turn, shelter, protect and express who we are at our deepest levels, even if we are not aware of the relationship!  A space clearing and house blessing ceremony brings that important relationship to the forefront and the ceremony is profound — for all of us.  Space clearings can be done for many reasons, however, and they are always a great idea when change is approaching, happening or happened — which, honestly, is just about all the time!

Space clearings and house blessings are part of many traditions around the world. They involve physically cleaning the space, setting loving intentions and choosing the clearing and blessing tools that resonate with the participants. Space clearing and blessing ceremonies honor and embrace all spiritual and religious belief systems and can include the specific prayers, symbols and rituals that are meaningful to the participants.

Space clearing and House Blessing ceremonies are often done for the following:  

Prior to putting your home on the market for sale. This powerful ceremony has resulted in creating action for my clients – offers and contracts.

Moving into a new home or office. This space clearing ceremony is an auspicious way of clearing the space of the energy of the “old” homeowners or office dwellers and introducing the new owners to the space. This is sometimes done when there is negative energy felt at the closing of the sale.

Before and after the arrival of a child, the leaving of a child for college or other endeavors, parties of any kind – engagement, marriage, holiday and birthday celebrations.

Spring cleaning or at any equinox change.  (At the time of this posting our summer equinox is just around the corner!)

Space clearing can include adding flowers to your home to freshen and brighten it.

Illness, trauma, an accident, argument, divorce, foreclosure or death.

It is such an honor to work with my clients to help them create their own personal ceremonies. Each one is unique and offers a profound release.  Recently I was interviewed by Aly Semigran of The Lucky Blog, a nutrition and healthy living blog, on how to cleanse negative energy from a home.  Read more here to get some additional ideas on how you can do it, too!


Testimonial – Realtor

It worked!

I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you so much for performing the House Blessing/Gratitude and Farewell ceremony. It was a beautiful ceremony and I think it worked.  We received our first offer this last Saturday!  Thank you again!!

Dyllan,  Realtor

Testimonial – Residential

Truly amazing!

We had Lorrie come in and do a full consultation for us on our home. It was truly amazing how much insight she gave us on how to create flow in our home. Because of how our home was built the “Wealth and Prosperity” area of the Bagua on our house layout was outside in the backyard. Lorrie recommended that we bury a quartz crystal with the point up in the order to “anchor” that part of the house because money was flowing out. We immediately did as she instructed and within a month or so my husband bought out his partner, his patent came through on his equipment and our financial situation grew more and more rapidly. The drastic change our of financial situation was so obvious that my husband couldn’t deny it as chance. He firmly believes it had to do with the anchoring of the crystal! Our business has grown leaps and bounds since then and we even sold that house and made a very nice profit off of it! Comments we had on our home from potential buyers/and the actual buyers was that it was ‘cozy, warm and welcoming’. We have recently moved into a new home and had another consultation with Lorrie and because we followed her recommendations we could immediately feel a difference in our home. Every suggestion she gave we have done and both of us are amazed, yet again on how it changes the energy in the house! I highly recommend Lorrie to everyone and we look forward to her direction once again when we get to our forever home.

Rachel & Matthew
Homeowners and Repeat Clients