"The future influences the present as much as the past." 
- Friedrich Nietzsche 

Each year I create a vision board to map out top priorities, focus areas, and give myself a real picture as to where I will focus on energy. At times I also wrap in yearly One Word into the board, giving it extra meaning. Vision board can be new and modern using a digital approach or traditional poster board style. Below are three easy steps to create a quick 2020 digital vision board over your Christmas break, giving a laser focus upon starting the new year.


There are various APPS and picture collages available to use for creating your digital vision board. Search your APP store for options that fit your lifestyle or purpose. Here are three very easy to use APPS that are easy to manipulate quickly.

1. Corkulous
    Not only can you add pictures but also works and lines to tie concepts together on your board.

2. iWish
    Vision boards are not the only use, but short-term goals can be set here with visuals. [Update to     
    the pro for $3.99]

3.  VISUAPP Vision Board
     Create a vision board, dream maps, gratitude journals, group goals into categories, and set        
     reminders to help focus on the goals.

Once you have decided on the APP that fits your need, download and begin step two.


To begin the second step of setting your desired vision, start with heavy secluded self-reflection regarding the 2019 year. There are excellent power and benefit in questioning yourself as well as marking down answers. Pondering points may include:

  • List all accomplishments?
  • What went well?
  • Areas for personal growth?
  • What could be improved?
  • Was there anything left unfinished?
  • Were any goals not achieved?

After reflection on the 2019 year, take time to review what was written and begin the forward-thinking to the 2020 year. Two resources I recommend would be PowerSheets and The Exceptional Skills websites to help you formulate your 2020 goals. 

  1. Cultivate What Matters company assists with goal setting binders, sheets, and resources to reach your goals. Right now, they are offering their free Ebook called Seven Best Goal Setting Hacks for FREE. I have used and love their PowerSheets collection, as you may have seen on my Instagram story.

  1. Blog author Thomas R. Harris discusses goals and questions to ask when discovering and writing goals you would like to accomplish (CLICK LINK HERE FOR HIS GOAL ARTICLE)

Once your goals are set, you can now begin step three. 


Now that you have your desired APP and goals written down and set for the 2020 year, it is time to create your vision board! Begin looking for pictures that link as a visual to each one of your goals. Upload them to your vision board APP and arrange to your liking. Finally, add your objectives in word or statement form. Some prefer, myself included, to stick with pictures versus words; however, either way, it is your choice!

The most important aspects to remember are to reflect on the past year, think forward to the new year, and focus your energy on the positives that you want to create in your life! 


Below is my vision board for 2020.  I am continuing a few goals from 2019 after much reflection and adjusting my routine to create more focus in specific areas of my life. I wish you the best of luck as you start new goals, refine current practices, and embark on the 2020 new year!




Recently Stephanie and I presented at TEPSA a step by step action plan on how to plan Morale Magic throughout the 2019-2020 school year.  The Trello board was recently shared on how to map out ideas month by month, giving leaders either district or campus level a jump start on their ideas.  What does Trello look like you may ask?  [Check out the photo below] 

This board can be best described as a 'Pinterest' like board but is month by month that allows photo attachments, links, comments, adding of other collaborators and much more!  You can use the link to our Trello board created for the 2019-2020 school year or create your own with your campus/district committee for all members to contribute to during planning back school activities for the year. 

Currently, we have approximately 865 users that have accessed our board so feel free to add to this board and share with other administrators you may know!  


One common question I have been asked multiple times since our presentation is: Can Trello merge with Google Calendar?  

The answer my friends is YES, YES, YES! Many know I am an avid Google user with well basically, everything I do; therefore, making it a necessity to have everything merge with Google.  Below I will share the fast merging process to your personal Google Calendar.  The purpose of merging Trello with Google Calendar would be to keep all ideas and suggestions on the forefront of your day to day interactions each month.


Step 1: Open up the Trello Board and your Google Calendar you want to merge together.

Step 2: Active "Power Ups" if not already activated (should be for this board)
Step 3: Click the three dots in the right corner of the board that says ... Show Menu

Step 4: Click "Calendar." (Make sure Power Ups are enabled) 

Step 5: Click Edit Power Ups Settings (the iCalendar feed will load a link in the box to copy into     
             Google Calendar) 

Step 6: Copy the iCalendar Feed.

Step 7: Click on your Google Calendar tab you have open to sync with Trello.

Step 8: Click on the + sign by Other Calendars on the Left. 

Step 9: Click "From URL."
Step 10: Paste the Trello URL into the Google Calendar box and click ADD CALENDAR.


To create consistency in your calendar since so many have access it is recommended to put a due date on the item or activity as the fist of the month.  Taking this action will make it appear on the Google Calendar as a reminder for the month as a 'to do."  If the task or activity does not have a due date, it will not show up on the calendar. 

I hope this helps as you plan out your year and continues to give you reminders as to what other leaders may be doing each month with their staff for continued motivation all year long! 

Happy Planning!


Opportunity Awaits

Happy Monday!

I have recently read run a new book that quoted Thomas Edison this weekend.  The specific quote above made me think. Think about the challenges.  Think about the change.  Think about the courage.  It is along the same positive thinking methods communicated in Jon Gordon's Energy Bus and Power of a Positive Team.  What is it you ask?  Well, it is an OPPORTUNITY.  So I have thought lately "do we take full advantage of everything as an opportunity or opportunity as positive and view challenges as a headache?"  It is easy to get into the mindset of any question, problem, and/or breath out of the norm should automatically be considered negative instead of examining every angle and embracing the opportunity to correct, collaborate, and continue positive servant work we all do daily.

What is Opportunity?

Opportunity is building relationships.  Opportunity is creating bonds.  Opportunity is learning from moments that we usually would want to pass very quickly.  In other words, Opportunity can be all around us; it is how we view it and take advantage of the situations.  I once heard the quote, and I continue to share this and re-tell myself when I get overwhelmed "Your problem is not your problem; your reaction is your problem."  Often we believe we can be faced with problems but in reality, our reaction is the problem, and we have to take the opportunity to respond positively. Very soon, one may realize they no longer appear to have as many problems as they once believed.

I understand, as educators we are entering this hectic season of testing, training, end of the year concerts, graduations, award banquets, .... well end of the year everything, and also preparation for the 2019-2020 school year (YES, it is a real thing), it is easy to overlook opportunities to grow, improve, and possibly create correct situations that are unknown.


My challenge to you is how are you embracing opportunities tomorrow, this week, or this month?
Are you considering your reaction positive? Evaluate your reactions this week and see if you notice a change.

Check out my new read called Holy Hustle embracing a work-hard, rest-well life by Crystal Stine.

P. S. There is an audiobook for any who drive each day to and from work.