Visualise the future you want and map out the plan to make it happen 

‘If you want to reach a goal you must ‘see the reaching’ before you actually arrive at your goal.’ – Zig Ziglar


2022: Is this the year for new beginnings?

Is this the year all the things we’ve put on hold for the last two years can finally come into being? 

Perhaps. All we know for sure is that there is no ‘going back’, only moving forward. 

The gift these past two years has given us is the gift of re-evaluation.

It’s almost impossible not to reflect on what is truly important in life, who you want to be and how you want to show up in the world.

Does any of the following resonate with you?

  • No space or time to think about you: You’re busy focussing on your clients, your family, everyone else. You feel the urge to stop and reflect but you can’t find the time and space to do so.

  • Too many goals and too many options: With so many ways of living and working now open to you, how can you possibly choose the right path.

  • Lack of focus: Despite best efforts, distractability is high on the agenda.  

  • Creativity slump: It can be difficult to tap into your creativity when energy is low and to-do lists are large!

Some of the things I have been reminded of over the course of the last two years have been:

The importance of simplicity



The gift that is focus


The collective power of community

However, far and away my biggest lesson has been:


How much better we feel when we have something to look forward to, something to work towards, something we have control over.

Hi, I'm Emer

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Hand drawn visuals are at the heart of everything I do.

Before retraining as a visual practitioner in 2014 I completed my NLP Practitioner training in 2006 and also qualified as a Person Centred Planning facilitator in 2007. My professional development areas include positive pyschology, coaching and visual thinking.

This year I decided to realise my dream of designing a visual planning system that would nurture me (I find a lot of systems are about the plan and tend to neglect the person) tap into my creativity, and help me to feel confident and excited about my future.

That’s what motivated me to create this new programme. I needed to create a visual planning system for my own life, and then share it with others.


‘I feel like the course has given me permission to spend more time on the things that give me pleasure and energy in and out of work in a way that no other coaching or course I’ve done before has ever achieved.

I have made little changes to my daily routine which feel like big changes to my lifeI have a clear picture of the future I want and it feels realistic.  I have the tools I need to keep focusing on different elements of my plan and when I feel I’m getting off track or have achieved them – I can re-draw the picture!

Liz Moss

Value & Worth Consulting Ltd.


This has felt so much more than a course. It’s really felt like a timely community of amazing women who are each seeking out what it really means to live their lives fully.

I appreciate the way you’ve made things really holistic, and about us and about our thinking. I think that’s really testament to your investment in us relationally.

I really want to encourage you really – what an amazing gift you’ve got – doing this with real integrity and warmth and enabling brilliant relationships so a massive thank you – it’s a real gift.

Jenny Perrott

Senior Manager, Leadership Development, TSB Bank


Join me in this unique programme to feel confident and excited about your future regardless of what is happening in the world

Gain focus, clarity and direction in  your life so that you feel calm and in control of your destiny.

Feel excited about your future.


Boost your self esteem through taking positive action.

Harness the power of the collective and be part of a unique supportive community.



Tap into your innate creativity and unique perspective.

Learn a clear process for drawing out your future (no artistic skills required) that you can reuse time and time again.


We can talk about the future we want, we can write about it, we can make plans, however literally seeing what it might look like brings the future into the present and hugely increases our chances of making that future a reality.


 We’re changing things up this year…there are now three ways to engage in the programme:








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Six online modules for you to work through at your own pace, including:

  • step by step videos
  • handdrawn handouts and prompt sheets
  • a set of digital printable visual templates
  • meditative drawing audios to get you in the zone!

Learn in the comfort of your own space and time and begin to put your learning into practice. A new module will be released each week.

*The first module is released on May 25th.*


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Everything in Solo plus:

  • Six live group sessions 
  • Online community space to share ideas, ask questions and learn from one another
  • Weekly tasks and accountability to keep you on track

Cement the learning from the modules through dialogue with fellow members of your cohort. Share the highs and lows of navigating your way to Draw Out Your Future!

1:1 Coaching

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Everything in Solo plus:

  • Six 1:1 coaching sessions
  • Weekly tasks and accountability to keep you on track
  • Email support and check in inbetween sessions.

Receive insight, support and guidance with 1:1 coaching. Feel uplifted, encouraged and motivated to draw out a future that feels exciting and compelling.





Coaching with Emer is transformational. She is highly intuitive and skilled at identifying priorities and gentling holding you in that space to generate tangible actions that make you feel positive, in control and excited.
I loved how she identified where there was lightness and heaviness and supported me in identifying positive beliefs. I found that very powerful. I also loved the creative side as I am a very visual person. I really like how boundaried Emer is – I think we connect well but we also get a lot done together. She is very focused, intuitive and cuts through any bullshit.

Annie Clark

Director | Annie's Training Company

Key features

Going for Community?Network with a rich and diverse group of people, often from different parts of the globe!

visual coaching

Get lifetime access to the programme modules.

No drawing experience? No problem. Get access to a 20 minute ‘How to Draw’ video, plus a Visual Thinking resource list.

Please note, this is not a drawing course as such. I have designed the programme to be accessible to both keen visual thinkers and people who have never drawn since childhood. 

I was drawn to the programme to try a different way of setting myself new year’s resolutions, which I rarely stick to. I wondered if this process might help me to come up with more impactful personal targets that I might actually commit to… and it absolutely did that and more!

Emer has an engaging style and encourages a sense of camaraderie amongst group members, which enabled us to develop strong connections and support one another both during the sessions and in the Facebook group. I loved the way the programme flowed, and the visual images and imagery that Emer used both in the exercises we did and in her language. It really helped me to explore new ideas and options that I don’t believe would have come to the surface otherwise.

I would absolutely recommend this programme. Without feeling overly dramatic or too intense, it was a highly impactful programme and it’s still resonating with me weeks after we finished.

Sarah Lowes

Director, Excalibur Development

Module 1: You

*Start Strong*

To influence our future we first connect with strong and stable foundations to develop an optimum mindset for visioning. We will look at:

  • Where you get your energy and how you maintain a positive mindset
  • What you need to let go of in order to propel yourself forward
  • How to draw strength from previous successes
  • Your North Star – the values that set your direction of travel 

* Online module released May 25th*

Live group session June 1st 0800 BST

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Module 2: Your World and Your Vision

*Expand your thinking*

Your world is unique to you. It is not always something that can be easily categorised. There are often layers of overlap and areas which call our attention at different times. In this session we acknowledge and make peace with the complexity of our worlds as we explore:

  • What your world looks like to you
  • Beginning the visioning process – Creative visioning exercises to take you from where you are now to where you never imagined before! 

* Online module released June 1st*

Live group session June 8th 0800 BST – 75 mins

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Module 3: From Vision to Reality

*Design gut goals*

In this session we continue to tap into our creativity and explore the vision of our future. We also start to look at how to bring focus and clarity to our vision.

  • Alignment, excitement, confidence and clarity – goals with a visual edge
  • How to harness the power of the imagination to influence practical outcomes
  • The power of intuition when bringing focus to your vision
  • Promises and pitfalls of goal setting – what to ignore and what to embrace

    * Online module released June 8th*- 75 mins

    Live group session June 15th 0800 BST

    Your Goals

    Module 4: Live your vision today

    *Cultivate interstellar habits *

    You don’t have to wait until the future to live your vision today. You don’t even have to wait until you’ve achieved your goals. Let’s explore ways to live and breathe your vision right now!

    • How to take core elements of your vision and weave them into your daily life.
    • The power of visual habit creation and tracking

      * Online module released June 15th*

      Live group session June 22nd 0800 BST – 75 mins

      Your Goals

      Module 5: From Vision to Reality II

      *Create visual action plans*

      In this session we gain greater clarity on your areas of focus and transform them into reality through the aid of a visual action plan. This is where right brain creativity meets left brain logic and process.

      • A concrete process for transforming your visual goals into reality with tangible steps and creative methods for monitoring progress.
      • Watch your visual roadmap emerge before you.

        * Online module released June 22nd*

        Live group session June 29th 0800 BST – 75 mins

        Action Plan

        Module 6: The Future and Beyond

        *Future pace*

        In this session we bring all the visual templates we have been working on together to form a cohesive whole. 


        • Discover what emerges when you see your future as whole; tweak and amend visual action plans accordingly.
        • Share processes for keeping your vision alive.
        • We also explore obstructions and blind spots. A creative process for acknowledging, making peace with and moving on from the inevitable barriers that come in our way as we move from ideas to implementation.

          * Online module released June 29th*

          Live group session July 6th 0800 BST – 75 mins

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          Bonus Session: Breakfast Bonanza

          Celebrate life, community and all the positive strides you have taken over the course of the 6 weeks with a breakfast treat (posted to you in advance) in the company of your fellow Future Visioners!

              6th July 0915am BST

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              The power of hand drawn images in goal setting

              • Research shows you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.
              • Over 87% of people are visual thinkers. This means they find it easier to absorb information that is a combination of words and images rather than words alone.
              • The brain processes images 60,000 faster than text.
              • Visual coaching draws on right brain (creativity, intuition) AND left brain (logic, strategy) processing.






              This is a holistic programme, looking at the whole person. You will be invited to focus on three key areas of your choosing to work on with techniques for addressing additional areas as we work through the programme.

               The programme is very much present and  future focussed. We don’t spend a great deal of time looking into the past.

              The Community programme is limited to a maximum of 12 people in order to support an optimum learning environment. Be sure to book now to guarantee your place!

              Having attended Emer’s secrets of graphics course previously and a regular viewer of her free how-to-draw videos, I found the drawing aspect of DOYF fantastic. The big, unexpected outcome for me however was how much I learned from others in the group. Each week presented an opportunity to learn and discover more about other people’s goals, leaving me inspired and motivated to complete the weekly challenges.

              For anyone at a sticking point or in need of mixing up how they approach their goals, I would highly recommend attending the DOYF course.

              Ryan McKay

              Citadel Youth Centre

              The programme was great! Emer is a brilliant facilitator; she is encouraging and her templates really enabled me to gather my thoughts and articulate my direction. The group work was really helpful and the other people on the programme were interesting and supportive.

              I think for me the particularly useful aspects were the way that a graphical representation helps to make the brain work in a different way. I am a very linear person and this approach enabled me to see a much “bigger picture” perspective that I found invaluable. I really missed the programme once it was finished! I would thoroughly recommend it.

              Geraldine Locke

              Retirement Transition Coach

              I signed up to do the course on a whim and a recommendation – would normally see the word “drawing” or “future” and run a mile… but I have been truly impressed by how effective and powerful using drawing to articulate and communicate has been. I might be terrible at drawing but the act of drawing really helps clarify things in the mind. The tools and techniques – combined with some great coaching skills from Emer – have also made things that were hard to articulate really accessible and seem more fun and achievable.
              Liz Moss

              Value & Worth Consulting Ltd.

              Emer O’Leary is such an outstanding, inspirational, and effective instructor that I have completed not one but two of her courses, Secrets of Simple Graphics and Draw Out Your Future.And I plan to sign up again!  Each class is a unique learning experience guaranteed to improve your drawing ability.

              The classes, however, are about much more than this.  They are a golden opportunity to be in a calming no stress experience in the company of delightful colleagues and a master facilitator who is full of wisdom and charming wit.  When in the zoom classes, we all feel transported to a better place.

              Dr. Mary Anne Walsh

              Executive Coach

              A creative journey through visioning and goal setting, with Emer as your very able guide. I feel renewed, restored and transformed. Thank you.
              Jane Clift

              Jane Clift Associates Ltd.

              The Draw Out Your Future course was recommended to me by a colleague, and I am so glad they did!  Being new to graphics I enjoyed the visual drawings – the sessions are well structured and Emer’s delivery and facilitation skills are great. I also really enjoyed the supportive nature of the other course attendees in the Facebook group.

              Sandra Brown

              Citadel Youth Centre

              I really enjoyed the visioning and the encouragement to draw and ‘see’ our thinking and feelings. I felt you ran/facilitated it really well Emer with encouragement, a ‘light touch’ but holding the space firmly, and a sense that you believed in our future selves. Thank you 🙂


              Secure your place now!

              *The first module is released on May 25th.*








              Grey doodle curly whirly

              Six online modules for you to work through at your own pace, including:

              • step by step videos
              • handdrawn handouts and prompt sheets
              • a set of digital printable visual templates
              • meditative drawing audios to get you in the zone!

              £249 + VAT

              (Pay in 3 plan available)


              CommunityGrey doodle curly whirly


              Everything in Solo plus:

              • Six live group sessions 
              • Online community space to share ideas, ask questions and learn from one another
              • Weekly tasks and accountability to keep you on track

              £449 + VAT

              (Pay in 3 plan available)

              1:1 Coaching


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              Everything in Solo plus:

              • Six 1:1 coaching sessions
              • Weekly tasks and accountability to keep you on track
              • Email support and check in inbetween sessions

              £1249 + VAT

              (Pay in 3 plan available)

              Emer’s infectious enthusiasm leaves me feeling inspired every time I do one of her courses. I recently attended her Draw out Your Future course. It was a fabulous six weeks.

              I learned a lot, got to play about with drawings, and be supported and encouraged by an amazing group of like-minded individuals. Goals I never knew I had appeared from the sea of infinite possibilities! I did her Secrets of Simple Graphics course a couple of years ago and it changed the way I write, teach and train. She makes everything so fun and accessible. Just brilliant.

              Emily Bryson

              ELT Materials Writer


              I want to sign up for DOYF Community but I'm not able to make all the dates. Shall I wait till it runs again?

              All sessions will be recorded so if you can’t make some of the sessions you can watch the recordings afterwards. However if you’d rather wait until a live DOYF Community cohort is running again that’s no problem. You could sign up for DOYF Solo and I’ll be in touch when the next live cohort is up and running. 

              Q. Do I have to be able to draw to partake in this programme?
              Absolutely not. Don’t worry if you haven’t drawn anything for years, or even if drawing is not your thing. We’ll mostly be making use of colourful visual templates throughout the programme. By all means draw and doodle on these if you want to, however there is no requirement to do so.
              Q. Do I need to reveal personal information?

              There’s no requirement to reveal any information that you are not comfortable with. I encourage participants to use the online community to share photos of their completed templates. This also acts as accountability to self. However there is no requirement to share photos of completed templates if you don’t wish to do so. 


              Q. Is it just for trainers and facilitators?
              Definitely not! Whilst I do typically attract trainers and facilitators to my open courses this programme is for anyone who wishes to take control over their future and use a creative process to do so.
              Q. What is the cancellation policy?
              Places cancelled are not entitled to a refund, however may be transferred to another person.


              Can I use this process and the templates with my own clients?
              The process and templates are the intellectual property of Emer O’Leary Studios Ltd and are for personal use only. They may however inspire you to create visual templates for your own coaching and faciliatation processes 🙂
              I'd love you to run Draw Out Your Future for my team. Is this possible?

              Absolutely. Draw Out Your Future (DOYF) works really well as an inhouse programme. Email me directly on emer [at] emeroleary.com to discuss runing this for your team.

              Got a question? Fill in the form below or email me on emer [at] emeroleary.com and I’ll get back to you asap.

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