18 Jan 2018

Create an Empowering Vision Board

What is a vision board

A vision board is a visual representation of your hopes, dreams, and goals. It is a collection of pictures and words put on a board (or paper). Creating a vision board allows you to see daily, all the things you want to do, have and be.

My Vision board @NCLengineer
My Vision Board

I can show you better than I can tell you, here are some of my vision boards. These represent different areas of my life and I plan to keep them for a while. This weekend I plan to create my 2018 vision board. Keep reading and I will explain the different types.

With a vision board,  you can define, through words and pictures, the vision for your life and your year. Before creating one I would suggest that you take some time out to define your goals and what success means to you personally. Use a journal or notepad to write the kind of life you want. There is power in writing your goals down by hand, as it allows your mind to explore freely what you want. To help you get started here are some of the life areas you might want to focus on, there are many more of course:

  • Relationships: Love, Family & Friends.
  • Health and Fitness
  • Personal Development
  • Lifestyle: Social life/ Recreation & Fun
I wrote more about figuring out what you want in another blog post: To get what you want you have to know what you want.

Vision boards are a great way to keep your dreams and goals prominent in your daily life. It can motivate and inspire you to create the life you want.

Types of Vision boards:
The two main types of vision boards to create are a physical or digital vision board, the rest is up to you. Here are some ways in which you could create your own vision board:

You can have one main one to represent your whole life  or a few different vision boards for different parts of your life.

  • Personal or Professional life 
  • Couple goals 
  • Your Goals for 2018 

Why should you make a vision board and how does it work

Just like goal setting, having a vision board helps you have a clearer direction to go in and a target to focus on. With a vision board, you can visualize what you want and who you want to become every time you look at it. Many studies have proven the power of visualization and many successful people today have expressed how they saw their success before they created it.

Focus on what you want - vision boards @nclengineer

Creating a vision board must motivate you to take action, you should have powerful emotions attached to the words and pictures you place on it. The most important thing about creating a vision board that works is knowing the feeling you want to have when you have attained or achieved the things on your vision board. You must have a powerful feeling for each item you want to have on your vision board.  

Review your vision board every year to see what you want to change, add or remove depending on where you are in life. Or simply create a new one every year. This is easier when you have a digital vision board.

[If you have any questions or need some help creating your vision board, feel free to contact me.]

How to make your own Intentional vision board

STEP 1 - Know what you what

Write down your goals and vision for your life.  

STEP 2 - Collect

Collect all the things you want to include on your vision board

  • Words 
  • Pictures
  • Quotes 
  • Affirmations 
  • Your own real-life pictures 
  • Small meaningful items

STEP 3 - Create a digital or physical vision board (Have FUN!)

Digital Vision Board
  • Find words, pictures, quotes etc on Google and Pinterest
  • You can use - picmonkey.com or befunky.com
  • Create a collage of your images and words
  • Print it on a large A3 paper and frame it
  • Or get it printed as a poster at your local printing shop

Physical Vision Board:
  • Set aside 2-3 hours for yourself to do this.
  • Make it fun, have some food, drink, and music to get you in a happy and relaxed mood. Maybe even light some candles to create the perfect atmosphere.
  • You can do it alone or have a few friends over and do it as a group - have a vision board party.

Vision board essentials - what you will need:
  • Cork board or Paper
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen
  • Stickers
  • Highlighters
  • Drawing pins
  • Photos
  • Postcards
  • Small items that you love
Cut out all the Pictures; Quotes; Images; Words that you feel represent the life you want.

Once you have all the items you want, take some time to decide where you want to place the items before putting them on permanently - you can put them at random or group them into categories. (like putting all the health and fitness pictures/words together)

Then stick the items on to your paper or pin them on your board

Once you have completed your vision board if you used a cork board you can hang it up somewhere where you’ll be able to see it everyday. Or if you have a paper version, put it in a frame so that it will last longer.

Where to put your vision board:

  • Somewhere where you will see it daily
  • On a wall or on a door
  • Your phone/laptop/PC desktop/iPad if it’s a digital version or take a picture of your physical one and put it on any of your digital devices to look at during the day

FREEBIE - Download these 3 free printables to help you list what you want in your life so that you can create an empowering vision board.

Goals Life goals Vision Board 2018 @nclengineer

Natalie-Claire x

19 Dec 2017

2017 - Review, Reflect and Look Forward to 2018

What a year 2017 has been, a rollercoaster (just like every year!). Although there were ups and downs the highs clearly outweigh the lows and for that, I am so grateful. God has truly been good to me and my family.

To see a review of how the first half of my year went see this previous post - Goals, Challenges and Successes – 2017

Goals - my 4 goals for 2017 that I shared with you (online) were:

  1. To run a 10km race - Manchester Great run.
  2. Upgrade my blog to look and feel more like a professional website.
  3. Develop my public speaking skills and be a guest speaker at an event.
  4. To prepare for marriage and build a strong foundation for a happily married life. (I’m getting married! :)


22 Nov 2017

The Millennial Struggle

The lazy and entitled generation…. Really?

This is a huge generalisation. I would say that most millennials are highly ambitious and willing to work hard to get what they want. We have high career aspirations, meaning we are most likely to have more than one career in our lifetime in comparison to our parents. 

With the development of technology and the internet which a majority of us have grown up with, it is inevitable that we would make the most of it find or create new opportunities for ourselves. I find that millennials (at least the ones I surround myself with) are willing to hustle - a state of great activity: networking, learning and creating their own opportunities in life.

This generation is skilled in computer technology and social media like no other generation thus the rising of new and unique careers are formed. Like many others, I started my blog: Engineer with style, this blog has brought me new experiences, new people, and new skills. It has opened my world to a number of great opportunities which I would have never had without it.

As a blogger I have learned how to:

  • Create content - information to be shared on any media platform 
  • Create graphics for blog posts and social media 
  • Create workbooks and printables [As shown below - download your free printable worksheets>>>HERE]
  • Schedule social media posts 
  • Write on a variety of topics I’m interested in such as personal development, women in STEM and my life lessons as a black female engineer in the UK. My blog has and continues to teach me more about myself, new skills and my capacity to learn and grow into the woman I want to be. 

27 Sep 2017

Guest Post: The skills that blogging has given me

The skills that blogging has given me, that have helped me in my career.

Hi, I'm Tori from Tori's World - a lifestyle blogger and a teacher. With the plethora of educational blogs out there, I've often wondered why I chose not to go down that route and instead to write a lifestyle blog but now into my third year of blogging, I can see how lifestyle blogging has given me skills and confidence beyond that I could imagine when I began.

A little personal history first - I've read blogs for a long long time - almost since they first started appearing. I've also always loved writing and knew that this could be an outlet for me. Career-wise - teaching is all I've ever wanted to do. Every academic choice I made was geared towards being in front of the classroom one day. And I believe (as do those who assess us...) that I'm a blooming good teacher! I love the job and the differences, challenges and successes each day brings. After teaching for nearly 15 years, it’s more and more important to keep moving with the times and developing my skills. The world is changing rapidly…

So how has blogging helped me?

Teaching can be all-consuming. There's no definitive cut-off, “you've finished” point. You can (and many do) work all the hours of the day, neglecting personal life, hobbies and your health. I quickly decided that I would need a hobby to help me switch off and by combining my love of makeup and writing, I started my blog with a beauty focus in May 2015. I quickly realised that limiting myself to makeup wasn’t going to work for me and moved into a lifestyle blog after Blogmas 2015. When I’m writing or interacting with the community, I’m doing something just for me.

5 Sep 2017

Engineered Success: Giulia E. Fenci

I’m so excited to introduce you to Giulia Evelina Fenci, a-27-year old, Italian born multilingual structural engineer and personal trainer who has completed her Mount Kilimanjaro climb.

Giulis Evelina Fenci
Giulia E. Fenci
I was born in Siena, Italy and I now live in Salford. I am a graduate structural engineer and I am in the final year of my PhD at the University of Salford. At the same time, I work one week every month for an international engineering consultancy. I have just qualified as Personal Trainer and I have been fundraising to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of a charity called Dig Deep, that aims to bring clean water and sanitation to rural areas in Kenya.
My main goals in life are to be healthy and happy. I want to do what I am passionate about and I want to find a job that will motivate me and inspire me to better myself every day.

What are you passionate about?

2 Aug 2017

5 Great Blogs to Read and Follow

One thing that inspired me to start blogging was reading other blogs written by young ambitious women. Their stories of learning tough life lessons, excelling in their career and following their passions encouraged me to do the same.

For over 2 years I've shared my own experience in this little corner of the internet. I have been able to express myself and give my own perspective on life as a twenty-something. By writing on this blog I have learnt a lot about myself.
5 Great Blogs-bloggers to read and Follow

I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do and maybe discover someone new:

20 Jun 2017

How Goals Lead to Success - Mid-Year Review


This year, I decided not to share my goals publicly on the blog, for one simple reason - I was embarrassed about what happened last year...

I made my 2016 goals public and although I wanted to achieve everything I didn't. I certainly had the intention to complete them but, my actions didn't follow suit. (I'm human.) I did well with my personal development as my passion it was easy to execute this goal but I struggled to stay consistent with learning a new language and keeping fit.

So at the beginning of this year, I decided to share my goals with just my subscribers. That way I could be more accountable to those that have engaged with me online. Also, it felt easier to share my goals with a few people, and not the entire world online.

However, now that we are half-way through the year I feel comfortable to let you know a few things that I have been striving for this year and what I hope to achieve in 2017:

Mid-Year review Goals

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