Can list­ing dreams make them hap­pen?

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When was the last time you al­lowed your­self to dream? Not the sleep­ing kind – I mean the wish­ing, hop­ing, but­ter­flies-in-your-stom­ach kind. The house you want to build, the per­son you’d like to be­come – the kind of dreams that take you far be­yond your com­fort zone. Never have? It’s about time you start. ‘Dream­ing should be a prac­tice, like med­i­ta­tion or yoga,’ says Kristina Karls­son, founder of Swedish sta­tionery brand kikki.k. ‘There is so much power in dream­ing reg­u­larly.’ Karls­son came up with kikki.k – known for its chic jour­nals adorned with mo­ti­va­tional quotes – af­ter hav­ing her first ‘dream­ing ses­sion’, aged 22, with her part­ner, Paul, when they were liv­ing in Mel­bourne. ‘I had no idea where I was go­ing in life and Paul sug­gested writ­ing down the things that were im­por­tant to me,’ she says. ‘I wrote that I wanted to stay con­nected to my home coun­try, Swe­den, my love for de­sign and how I’d like to be my own boss. Soon, the idea for kikki.k was born.’

Her prod­ucts are now sold in 147 coun­tries. Ever since that first ses­sion, Karls­son reg­u­larly adds to her ‘dreams list’ and fig­ures out ways to make them hap­pen.

‘Some­thing might seem scary but, when you vi­su­alise it, write it down and share it with peo­ple, it be­comes real, and you be­come more open to the op­por­tu­ni­ties that can get you there,’ says Karls­son.

Her next big goal is to get 101 mil­lion peo­ple writ­ing, shar­ing and liv­ing their dreams via her new book, Your Dream Life Starts Here. And she’s adamant that a ‘dream life’ doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily equate to a ‘per­fect life’ – it’s about liv­ing every day with pur­pose, au­then­tic­ity and joy. ‘Take all the fear and self-doubt out of the equa­tion and dream big,’ Karls­son says. ‘You’ve only got one life, so why not make it your dream life?’


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