Do Vision Boards Really Work?

If you think visualizing your goals is nonsense, ask olympic athletes, people recovering from debilitating injuries, business leaders, and military personnel what they think.

Research shows that the same brain patterns that get activated when doing visualization are activated when the action is occurring, and so, mental practice contributes to bringing what you envision into reality. Athletes, military and many others state that imagery helps them perform better in real life and obtain the results they visualized.

And this is where a vision board comes into the picture (pun intended).

You may be wondering, what is a Vision Board?

A vision board is a powerful tool to rehearse in your mind that which you desire for your future.

Simply described, a vision board is a large piece of cardboard where you paste selected pictures and meaningful words of the items or experiences you would like to manifest or bring into your life for the upcoming year(s).

It looks something like this:

Vision board workshop January 2020

When creating a vision board, you begin by visualizing your goals or what your life would look like if you could have it all. The instructor guides you to connect to the true intention of your desires so you can bring what is in your highest interest into reality.

Vision boards are great for envisioning and focusing on the goals that are important to you. They provide clarity of intention and mental rehearsal. You can create your own vision board or you can participate in a guided workshop to obtain the best results.

If you are interested in attending a Vision Board workshop in San Diego, sign up to our upcoming class here.

Lunar New Year

Vision Board Workshop

Saturday, January 25 2020 at 10am

at La Perla de La Jolla

Don’t delay. Our events tend to fill out fast.

Save your spot today!



Winter Blues


Have you been feeling out of sorts, perhaps irritable, and less tolerant?

You are not alone.Sparks

In the past few weeks I have heard many of my clients, friends, and family members express that they have not been feeling themselves, like something is off.

They expressed feeling more irritable and less tolerant of other people as well as their personal circumstances, and just wanting to stay home in bed.

Has that been your experience lately?

Don’t despair, you are not alone.

With the changes in weather and having shorter sunny days, the body requires a different kind of support.

With cloudy, cold days, comes the instinctual need to hibernate. That means, we tend to stay indoors more often, move less, and eat more.

There is nothing wrong with that, except our internal clock and rhythm gets out of balance because we are not receiving the appropriate cues from the environment (the sun) to adjust to the time change, and we are not delivering the supplements necessary for our body to manage the change in season and therefore affecting our mood.

What you are experiencing may be what is commonly called The Winter Blues.

There are many studies that link Vitamin D (sunlight) deficiency to symptoms of depression. Symptoms of depression in children and adolescents  can sometimes be expressed as irritability.

In addition, lack of exercise can be a detriment to not only your physical health but your mental health, since moderate exercise improves mood by releasing endorphins.

How to combat those winter blues?

Here are some ideas you may want to implement, if you haven’t already:

– Check with your functional medicine doctor which supplements you may be deficient. You may find that all you needed is a natural supplement to improve your mood.

– Spend 5 minutes facing the sun, eyes closed. If it’s a cloudy day, double the amount of exposure. This will help you adjust to the time change and reset your circadian rhythm to improve your sleep and energy.

– Integrate moderate exercise in your routine. Make it non-negotiable. Moderate exercise three days a week minimum will strengthen your health and mood.

– Be mindful of what you eat and be sure to give your body the nutrients it needs.

– Use a Sun Lamp to support you on days you are not able to face the sun.

– Give yourself permission to rest if you are tired, however, if you find yourself sleeping excessively, check with your doctor for any physical issues.

– Work on a fun, creative project that keeps you engaged and motivated.

– Make plans with loved ones so you don’t isolate yourself.

– Bring more light into your life through candles, light-color clothing, or decorations.

– Create a vision board to keep you motivated about your future.

– Do a lot of self-care and pampering. This is a great time for rejuvenation and replenishing.

– Take breaks from social media and comparing yourself to others.

– Go to a retreat or a place to recharge your batteries.

Are there any others you would add to this list? 

Let me know in the comments below.

I hope these suggestions are helpful. As with every advice you may receive, first check with your primary care doctor and therapist before implementing any suggestions.

Keep your inner light shinning bright!

Many Blessings,

Nancy De Andrade, PhD


Winter Solstice Vision Board and Weekly Meditations

The weekend before the solstice, (Dec 19 in Spanish and Dec 20th in English) I’ll be facilitating a workshop, Creating an Energized Vision Board. In addition, weekly meditations will start every Monday at 6:30pm in my office in La Jolla. Limited seating.

weavesilkWinter’s Solstice is a time for celebration of the light. It is the darkest time of the year and marks the rebirth of the light, a great opportunity for renewal and manifestation.

In this workshop we’ll focus on enhancing the energetic flow of words, images, and symbols to match our highest vibration. We’ll meditate and tune in to Divine Guidance to assist in creating a board that reflects our inner light and wisdom and we’ll connect with our soul’s guidance to show us what it is in our highest interest to create for ourselves and for humanity.

Limited spaces available since this will be an intensely focused experience. Address will be sent upon confirmation of your participation. Location is Rancho Santa Fe, CA.