Your Dream Life Starts Here: Your Essential First Steps to Creating the Life of Your Dreams

By Kristina Karlsson

Have you ever wanted something more from life? Something different? But not known where to begin?
— Kristina Karlsson


Kristina Karlsson’s ‘Your Dream Life Starts Here’ is filled with powerful ideas and simple proven tools that will help you transform your wishes into dreams, and then into an achievable one-page roadmap for creating your dream life - a life designed by you for you, and for your loved ones. Filled with simple and practical magic - and inspiring stories and wisdom from people who've dared to dream big - this book will show you how to harness the power of dreaming to transform your life in small, simple steps.

Kristina says: “From travelling the world giving speeches and listening to people’s stories, I realised that most adults lost their natural child-like ability to dream without limitation, instead progressing through life with aspirations or wishes, limited by false personal beliefs of what is possible for ‘someone like me’. I got a strong sense that many people feel helpless or lost in the face of it all, it suddenly struck me that I could help with that. That’s when I decided to write Your Dream Life Starts Here, which is a go-to guide to help inspire and empower millions of people to dream and make their dreams happen.

“I’ve spent years collecting inspiration and tips from others and trying things out for myself. That’s why I want to share these lessons with even more people. In my book, you can lean into and learn from the stories and wisdom of some amazing people who have dared to dream big – after starting from very humble backgrounds – who have showed their support to our dreaming movement by generously allowing me to share their incredible stories with you.”



  1. It introduced me to the idea that dreaming and wishing and visualising are things that we can actually learn how to do. That there are real, practical techniques and tools that anybody can grasp and use, and that - as with any new skill - practise makes perfect, which in this case means making our craziest daydreams become a reality.


  2. Your Dream Life Starts Here gives us permission to dream BIG thanks to its inspiring stories from people who are already doing so, including Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington and - most incredible of all - Dr Tererai Trent, whose message on the power of putting pen to paper and believing anything is achievable gives me goosebumps every time I read or even think about it. When we see other people daring to make things happen it helps us to think: ‘Maybe I can do that too?'…and who knows where that spark could lead...


  3. It’s beautiful (of course it is, author Kristina Karlsson is the founder of global design brand kikki.K) and the bright yellow colour makes me feel instantly sunny. This is definitely a read I would recommend buying in book (not kindle) form because it’s designed to be scribbled in; it’s filled with lists and exercises and beautiful quotes that will inspire you to aim high and stop settling for anything less than total magic. Also, it comes with a matching journal which as a stationary geek makes me SOOO happy (and which I know will excite our Shelf Help community doodlers and highlighters).



Kristina Karlsson is the Founder and Creative Director of global Swedish design and stationery business, kikki.K, with 102 kikki.K stores, stocked in another 250, and sold online to stationery and design lovers in over 147 countries worldwide. She’s also a sought-after international speaker, a passionate learner, self-improver and the proud mother of two children, Axel and Tiffany, with her partner, Paul. After growing up on a small farm in country Sweden, at the age of 22 she found herself in a new country, half a world away from family and friends, with little money and no idea what to do with her life. So what was a girl to do?

Imagine what her dream life could look like – and then make it happen. With deep personal experience of the power of dreaming and then doing, Karlsson is on a mission to encourage people the world over to create and follow their own dreams.

Her new dream is to inspire and empower over 101 million people just like you to write their own dreams on paper and set about bringing them to life.

Why? Because by dreaming, we can all help make the world a better place, starting with us.

Instagram: @kristinakikkik

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