• Shaqualyn Shedrick

Finding Inspiration

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

Do you ever feel like you want to be great at some point in your life but you have no idea how to get to that great place? It's like you want to be a bomb stylist, a culinary chef, or maybe even a bomb realtor but you just can't decide. Your interest lies everywhere from standing around and directing others to actually using your hands and getting the job done yourself. All you know is that you would be great at any job and you're clueless as to where to begin and how to even get there.

Throughout this blog we will talk about receiving our inspiration from creating a vision board unique to our desires. Have you ever made a vision board? Do you know what a vision board is or how to create one?

A vision board is something you create to help you focus on a specific life goal. It's something you can post in your room, bathroom, or anywhere around your house as a constant reminder of your goals. Your vision board is a board that displays images to represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. Lets talk about what we need to create our vision board.


The answer is NO! NO, you do not have to spend any money to make a vision board. Depending on where you are you can find things laying around the house, at school, in the mailbox, on the front porch and even outside. You will need any form of art clippings, magazines, newspapers, articles, tangible objects, pictures, motivational quotes, etc. to place on your vision board.

Your board can be both digital or physical. For a digital vision board you can include screenshots, photo images, and text. You may want to use collage apps such as canva, google photos, picsart, and pizap to name a few. If you choose to do it the old fashioned way you'd want to clear some space and gather all of your materials: scissors, glue, tape, pens, pencils, markers, paint, a board or piece of paper, and different catalogs and clippings to cut from. Once you gather all of the material, play some music, gather your friends and family, and use your sense of artistry to combine everything together to make your vision board.

I instructed my mentees to create a vision board for themselves. "Let this collage be about your dream job, what do you need for your dream job and how to get to your dream job." Down below is a vision board created by E. Quallo. Quallo is a very advanced and independent 10th grader who aspires to be one of the greatest influencers of her time. This collage represents the impact she wishes to make as well as the transparency of her life.

All clippings on her vision board are inserts from Oprah's magazines. In the top left corner you will notice the American Flag with democratic slurs. That section represents her political aspirations. Quallo represented Rickards High School along with three of her counterparts last month during government day at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, FL. She aspires to be one of the many moguls listed on TIME'S 100 Most Influential People as she embarks on her demanding career in politics or entrepreneurship. Quallo is an advocate for encouraging others to reach their fullest potential while promoting self love and inner peace.

The highlight of this exercise is to promote growth and organization to anyone stumbling on connecting the "how" phase to their promising future. The purpose of SHE ACADEMY INC. is to support and empower teenage girls in their transition to young adulthood. Creating a vision board for the first time and setting short term goals allow room for improvement as each participant accomplishes their many milestones. This activity helps us gain a better understanding on how to make our plan of action specific to each girl and her dreams. The vision board helps us connect each girl to the proper resources available as it pertains to helping make her dreams come true!

Pictured left to right is Florida's Mayor John E. Dailey and 10th grader Erriana Quallo.

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