How to Actually Turn Your Dreams Into Reality

Chances are you’ve got a few dreams floating around in your head that you’d one day like to turn into reality. For many people, this their Bucket List of places to visit and things to experience. It might also be that dream career you’ve been talking about since high school, or the skill you been talking about trying to master when you’ve got the time (that’d be ‘Learn Spanish’ on my To Do list).

How to Turn Your Dreams Into RealityIt’s not always realistic or even possibly to complete everything we think we might want to do one day. Other times, our dreams get replaced by new, more meaningful ones.

But if there’s some dream that you’ve had kicking around your head for ages, but you’ve not yet followed through with it, then here are some steps to take to turn that dream into reality.

Break Your Goal Down into Steps

Often we don’t go after a goal because it just seems too big and scary and we don’t know where to start. This ends up paralysing you into inaction and instead you stay put in your current situation.

So if your dream is to trek through South America for six months, think about what steps you would need to take to make that a reality. Step 1 might be ‘research route options’. Then the next step would be, ‘work out budget and set up automatic saving plan‘.

By breaking down your dream into actionable steps, it won’t seem so scary or difficult. As you knock down each step, your dream will slowly become an actual, real think that you are going to do and before you know it you’ll be on a plane for the trip of a lifetime. Awesomesauce!

Turn Your Actions Into Habits

So you have this idea that you’d like to start your own business selling your jewelry at the markets and online. But as of right now you’ve done absolutely diddly because that would involve actually setting up a website and making a bunch of necklaces.

Hey lady, #truthbomb coming at you – if you don’t make time for your dream then nothing is going to happen.

So if you want to start a business/learn another language/become the world’s best finger puppeteer then you’ve got to start working on it every single day. Schedule that time into your diary and start making it a habit.

It’ll be hard at first, but if you work on it a little bit each day, before you know it you’ll actually look forward to that time.

Give Up Those Productivity Time-Sucks

So confession time: I love, love, loooove those crime dramas on television. Law & Order, CSI, Criminal Minds – all of them.

You might not have a tele-crime obsession, but perhaps you love reading trashy magazines in the bath (hey, no judgement), or playing Minecraft (isn’t that what the cool kids are doing?).

Whatever it is, you’re going to have to do a little less of it if you want to make time for your big-hairy-goals.

That might mean no television during the week. Or devoting Saturdays to working on your goal.

But remember to treat yourself to your indulgences every now and then. ‘Cos all work and no play, and all that.

Tell me what big goals you’ve got floating around your head. Is 2015 going to be the year you make it happen?

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Stationery that Inspires – An Interview with Inspirationery Founder Cassie Dewar

Those who know me well know that I love stationery. So much so that I consider a trip to Kikki-K a special outing.

So when I heard about a new stationery brand that was not only stylish, but also helped empower women in developing countries, I knew I had to get on it.

Inspirationery is an eco-friendly stationery label that donates 50% of profits to empowering women and girls through education and leadership programs.

I had the pleasure of meeting Inspirationery founder Cassie Dewar at an event recently and just knew I had to interview her for this blog. Cassie is an incredibly passionate and enthusiastic person. You can tell she just loves what she does.

As well as bonding over our mutual love of stationery, I got the low-down from her on what inspired her to start her business and just what drives her.

This is the first in a new series that I’m launching on the blog all about cool ladies running awesome business. If you’re a cool lady with an awesome biz – or know someone who is – and want to be featured then I’d love for you to get in touch.

Q. Tell us more about Inspirationery.

Inspirationery is an eco-friendly stationery label that donates 50% of profits to empowering women and girls through education and leadership programs.

But it’s also more than a stationery brand. It’s driven primarily by the philosophy behind the brand, not the products itself, and is based on shared values and a desire to prioritise passion over profit.

It was important that the business be based on my values of social justice, be eco-friendly and be a simply beautiful product.

Interview with Cassie Dewar Inspirationery

Inspirationery founder Cassie Dewar

Q. What inspired you to start Inspirationery?

The idea for Inspirationery was hatched over four years ago on my living room floor. I’d just moved to Melbourne after finishing uni and was working in my first corporate job. It was my ‘dream job’, but after being there for a few weeks I realised that it just wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life.

I came home one night, took out my notebook and just starting writing. I thought about my values, what inspired me and the kind of things I was really passionate about. Staring down at the notebook and pens in front of me, I thought… stationery inspires me… so what about combining those things into… Inspirationery?!

So the name was born, but it was a few more years before I launched the business. In the meantime, I focused on learning as much as possible about my passions and the kind of business I wanted to create. I wrote down my values, gathered inspiration, watched numerous TED talks and spoke with other people about my idea.

It was especially important to me that the business had a social enterprise component to it. I’ve worked in the not-for-profit and social enterprise space and I believe that business can contribute a lot more in terms of delivering social value.

Inspirationery stationery that inspires

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Q. Tell us about how you’ve gone about launching the business. 

It was only at the start of 2014 that I felt ready to proceed with the business, and suddenly all the puzzle pieces started to come together.

I left the corporate world in order to take a chance and grow the business. Then I met a number of women who were just as passionate as me about the concept and, importantly, had the skills I needed to bring the idea to reality.

It was amazing that at the moment I was ready to build the business, all these people started appearing. But I think it was because I was just talking about what I was passionate about and that grew my network.

Q. What advice would you give to other women who are thinking of starting their own business?

If there’s something there that you feel like you need to do, then you need to just decide to follow that passion. Building a business is a lot of work and you want to be doing something that makes you happy.

Follow that dream, because when you’re inspired, you inspire other people. – Click to Tweet

Cassie has recently started a Pozible campaign to get her business off the ground and raise the money needed to make it a success. You can donate to the Pozible campaign (and get your hands on some gorgeous stationery and prints) right here.