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How to create a vision board and manifest the life you want

How to create a vision board and manifest the life you want

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I am a big believer in manifestation. While I am not one to make new year’s resolutions, I do think it’s important to reflect back on the previous year, the highs and lows and think about where you want to go in the future. I’m sharing how to create a vision board and manifest the life you want.

What is manifestation?

By definition, manifest means that something is clear or obvious to the mind’s eye, to display or show.

Manifestation is the act of making your dreams or goals a reality. It is about becoming or living out the vision that you see for yourself.

A few years ago I became a big believer in manifestation. I was working as a nurse in the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic and feeling completely drained and burnt out. I remember I was working that New Year’s Day and I wrote a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish and where I saw myself a year later. I brought my list home and hung it up near my mirror in bedroom. A year later, I had left the hospital, was working full time from home and feeling like I finally was on my way to achieving balance.

How to manifest.

1.) The first step to manifesting is knowing what it is that you want to accomplish. Identify what it is that you want or your goal.

2.) Say it out loud, write it down and truly believe it that it will come your way or become you.

Dream out loud until it becomes a reality

What is a vision board and how does it help with manifestation?

A vision board is basically a tool to help you visualize the life you want. You can use a bulletin board and fill it with images or words that speak to you and your goals and the life you want to create.

The key is to hang it somewhere you will look at it every day, like over your desk. Viewing those images or symbols every day will motivate you little by little to achieve your dreams. Over time you will start living the vision you see for yourself.

You can also make one online in Canva or a similar app, using just images that speak to you, like a mood board so to speak. For me, writing things out helps me manifest and clearly organize my goals so that’s why I like to handwrite a list but you can do whatever works for you!

Brown aesthetic 2024 mood board vision board

My process for vision boarding and manifesting the life you want

How to create a vision board and manifest the life you want

1.) The first thing I do is write down what it is that I want to accomplish. Sometimes I will choose a word to help guide me. This year my word was to “prosper”, in business, in relationships, in my health.  Write out very specifically what is is that you want to achieve.

2.) Think about how you are going to achieve these and identify what is standing in your way. For this I met with Nicolette from the Good LC on New Year’s Eve for a power hour workshop. Nicolette is a life coach and was super helpful in providing coaching exercises to better guide me in identifying areas to work on to help reach that overall balance. She also does unblocking exercises to help you better pinpoint what it is that is preventing you from achieving your goals. I was completely blown away. Even after I left and was driving home, it’s like I had a lightbulb moment in the car. It suddenly came to me that I need to be open to change and switching up my normal routine if I wanted to make any progress.

3.) Next when I got home, I broke up my board into sections, like business/career, family/friends, relationship with spouse, money, travel, etc.

4.) I wrote out my goals for each category and then printed out images or words that represented my goals. I hung up those goals and symbols under each category.

5.) Leave room in each block so that you can go back and track your wins towards your goals. This is the most important step! Give yourself time regularly whether it be every few weeks or so to check in and see what progress you’ve made. Write down your wins, no matter how small and let yourself celebrate them!

How to create a vision board and manifest the life you want bulletin board with images and goals

Here are some things I used to get you started in creating your own vision board

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Here’s to crushing your goals in 2024 and becoming the best version of yourself!


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3 In Amazon/ Lifestyle

Reader’s Top Amazon Purchases of 2023

Amazon readers favorites of 2023 - snail mucin, glass etched mugs, mock turtleneck sweatshirts, flare leggins, and more

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As the last few days of 2023 draw near, many of us are reflecting back on the year. These are reader’s top Amazon purchases of 2023. From beautiful things for your home, viral skincare products, and fashionable finds. Come take a look at the bestsellers of 2023 chosen by you! I also own every single one of these and can truly attest to how good they are!

Reader’s Top Amazon Purchases of 2023

1.) Simmer Pot – Simmer pots became very popular this year as a way to create a cozy aesthetic at home. This gorgeous simmer pot looks beautiful on your stovetop and was the #1 bestseller!

Sharing some of my favorite simmer pot combos here to inspire you – my holiday simmer pot, Valentine’s simmer pot, cozy fall simmer pot, lilac simmer pot.

Glass Saucepan with Cover, 1.5L/50 FL OZ Heat-resistant Glass Stovetop Pot and Pan with Lid, The Best Handmade Glass Cookware Set Cooktop Safe for Pasta Noodle, Soup, Milk, Baby Food

The coziest fall simmer pot - glass pot with coffee beans, cinnamon sticks and oranges

2.) Snail Mucin – This is one of the most viral Amazon products for a reason. Snail mucin helps create a radiant complexion as it helps with locking in hydration and moisture in your skin and will give you a healthy, bouncy glow.

COSRX Snail Mucin 96% Power Repairing Essence 3.38 fl.oz 100ml, Hydrating Serum for Face with Snail Secretion Filtrate for Dull Skin & Fine Lines, Korean Skincare

Amazon's top bestseller's snail mucin glowing skin


3.) Glass Mugs – coffee or tea just tastes better out of these gorgeous glass etched mugs. Romanticize your morning brew.

Gezzeny Vintage Glass Coffee Mugs 14 Oz Set of 2 Clear Embossed Tea Cups, Glass Coffee Cups for Cappuccino, Latte, Cereal, Yogurt, Beverage Christmas Thanksgiving Gifts

Nesting - how to make homemade pumpkin spice creamer

4.) CGK Sheets – these are the softest most breathable sheets ever! And they have super deep pockets so no wrestling with your matress when making your bed.


5.) Anrabess Cardigan – This cardigan was a best seller in 2022 and 2023! Whether your pair with jeans or a t shirt, or dress pants, this piece instantly adds class.


6.) Baeleaf leggings –  These flare leggings are like butter! The V shaped waist is slimming and you can get pockets!

BALEAF Women's Flare Leggings, Trendy Crossover Yoga Pants, High Waist Casual Workout Bell Bottom Leggings with Pockets


7.) Turtleneck Sweatshirt This turtleneck sweatshirt was a best seller this fall.

Trendy Queen Womens Oversized Sweatshirts Turtleneck Pullover Long Sleeve Hoodies Tops Fall Outfits 2023 Clothes


8.) Lit Fall Tree -These 4 ft trees are perfect for your fall front porch or in your home. Comes with a remote too so you can turn the lights on and off.

Dehoxara 4FT Lighted Eucalyptus Tree Fall Decorations Artificial Autumn Tree Timer 8 Mode Thanksgiving 140 Led Eucalyptus Leaves Lights for Wedding Party Harvest Home Indoor Decor

Nesting - fall front porch decor, black planter boxes with faux trees and welcome sign

9.) Tula glow and get it – this brightens, moisturizes and cools your under eye area. I put this on every morning with my moisturizer and in the afternoon when I need a little perk up.

TULA Skin Care Eye Balm Glow & Get It - Dark Circle Treatment, Instantly Hydrate and Brighten Undereye Area, Portable and Perfect to Use On-the-go, 0.35 oz.

10.) Over the couch arm rest – no end table, no problem! This is an easy solution so that you can enjoy your favorite warm beverage while watching tv or curling up with a book.

SINWANT Bamboo Sofa Clip on Side Table for Wide Couches Arm, Foldable Couch Tray with 360° Rotating Phone Holder, Armrest Table for Eating/Drinks/Snacks/Remote/Control


Ring in the New Year with my 2024 bucket list and these free printables.

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14 In Books/ Lifestyle

2024 Winter Reading Challenge

2024 winter reading challenge - women holding coffee and book in blanket on the couch

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The 2024 Winter Reading Challenge is here!

I don’t know about you all, but while I am not a fan of winter, there is one thing I do love about it. And that is I fully embrace the opportunity to slow down. It’s the perfect excuse to cozy up and read a good book, or two or three.

If you were here last year, you may remember the Winter Reading Challenge. I started it as a way to motivate myself to read more for pleasure and it’s become something you all have loved and enjoyed.

Now just like with the previous reading challenges, we will be playing on Instagram!

Scroll down to see how you can take part in the 2024 Winter Reading Challenge and for some of my book recommendations.

How to participate in the winter reading challenge:

1.) Download the graphic below or save to your phone or camera roll.

2024 winter reading challenge virtual bingo card

2.) The idea is to read books in each category to try and get a BINGO or bonus points if you do a cover all and fill in all the boxes! Each time you read a book that checks off one of the boxes, share to your Instagram stories and tag me @ourtiny_nest.

3.) The challenge will end March 19th 2024. Be sure to share your finished template to your Instagram story with each box ticked off and tag me @ourtiny_nest to get credit! You must be following me @ourtiny_nest.

The challenge will be live from Tuesday December 26th 2023-Tuesday March 19th 2024.

Here are some book recommendations and suggestions to get you started

Or if listening to books is more your speed, click here for Audible Plus.

Book Set in Winter

Wintering: The power of rest and retreat in difficult times by Katherine May – this book is almost like a self care manifesto. It teaches you to embrace this cold, dark season or any difficult season you may be in and see it as a time for transformation or healing.

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake – this is a cozy little read you can hunker down to.

The Hygge Holiday: The warmest, funniest, cosiest romantic comedy of the year

The Resort by Sarah Goodwin– Mila and Ethan are on their way to her sister’s wedding at a ski resort when there car breaks down driving through the mountains. They plan to stay overnight in a cabin they come across but when Mila wakes up in the morning, Ethan is no where to be found. This one is described as twisty with a shocking ending if you love a good thriller.

The Resort: An absolutely addictive psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist

Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira – This one is like historical fiction, a mystery, family saga and courtroom drama all in one. In 1879 a huge blizzard hits Albany, causing devastation and two orphaned girls to go missing. A civil war surgeon helps search for them and ultimately takes the girls in when they are found and helps fight for justice after everything the girls experienced.

Winter Sisters


New Release for 2024

 The Fury by Alex Michaelides– to be released January 16, 2024. I read his first book, The Silent Patient a few years ago and loved it! This is another twisty thriller, a story of an ex movie star and her friends go to vacation in the Greek Islands when they find themselves in a murder mystery.
The Fury
Mrs. Quinn’s Rise to Fame by Olivia Ford– to be released January 30, 2024.  Jenny Quinn sets out to do something for herself after years of 59 years of marriage and her husband’s declining health. She quickly rises to fame after joining a British Baking Show. This is a heartwarming story and a great reminder that you are never too old to chase your dreams.
Mrs. Quinn's Rise to Fame: A Novel
Sugar, Baby by Celine St Claire – to be released January 9, 2024. Agnes is a 21 year old who still lives at home and feels like her life is going no where. Then she meets a woman named Emily, who is the daughter of one of her clients who quickly introduces her to life of being a Sugar Baby. This is a story about race, wealth, and self discovery.
Sugar, Baby

Happy Reading!!!

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1 In Lifestyle/ travel

Holiday experience for your family at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions biggest sale of the year and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Boys sitting in front of Christmas tree in Christmas pajamas.

This post is sponsored by Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

One of my absolute favorite Thanksgiving traditions is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I remember when I was little my mom would always make apple pie for Thanksgiving and she’d make an extra one and we’d all eat apple pie while watching the Thanksgiving Day parade together before going over to my grandmother’s for Thanksgiving dinner. That is still a tradition I love to carry on with my boys. We gather together Thanksgiving morning to watch the parade before going to my parent’s for dinner. It sets the anticipation for the holiday season and the kids always get so excited to see all their favorite characters, floats and balloons and of course Santa at the end.

This year, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions will have a float and be part of the 97th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  They were kind enough to send us some swag ahead of time.

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions biggest sale of the year and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Boys sitting in front of Christmas tree in Christmas pajamas.

If you are not familiar, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is home to America’s largest indoor waterparks with locations in Wisconsin Dells, WI, Sandusky, OH, Poconos Mountains, PA and Round Rock, TX. This resort offers something for everyone and is a great place for families to vacation. Whether you are looking to let loose and have some fun at the water park or entertainment center, or maybe relax at the spa, or enjoy some shopping, you can do it all and then enjoy a nice meal together as a family at one of their signature restaurants.

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions biggest sale of the year and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Man and woman in front of Christmas tree with coffee mugs.

Give your family the gift of Kalahari this year and an experience they won’t forget! What’s better than kicking back together as a family, escaping the cold and snow and enjoying some laughs at a premier waterpark? Their new Virtual Reality Water Slide looks amazing! You can enjoy a thrilling waterslide experience and slide through a jungle or float through space and experience a whole new level of excitement.

Kalahari’s best sale of the year is here! You can save up to 30% on your next getaway with promo code BLACKFRIDAY starting on Thanksgiving 11/23 through Cyber Monday 11/27.

Click here to see their site for more details!


This year, gift your family an experience they won’t forget! Give your family a trip to Kalahari Resorts and Waterparks.