DREAM IT, WRITE IT, DO IT
Can listing dreams make them happen?
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?’
‘REMOVE ALL THE FEAR AND DREAM BIG’