Jo Fairley: Jumping in the Deep End & Taking Steps to Achieve Your Dreams – Your Dream Life Podcast Episode 11

Jo Fairley is our inspiring guest this episode – co-founder of the multi-million dollar Green & Black’s organic chocolate, editor and author of the Beauty Bible, motivational speaker, mentor, journalist, entrepreneur and all-round wonder woman. Driven by a passion for business and making a difference in the world, Jo’s list of successes and achievements is truly remarkable. Aptly named after the head-strong, determined character, Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Jo credits her success to always following her passions, listening to her heart and generally rolling up her sleeves to get things done.

After leaving school at just 16, bored and disheartened by teachers who told her she would probably never amount to much, Jo was motivated by a passion to succeed in the real world and prove everyone wrong – and that she did!

By jumping head first into any role she found herself in, Jo became a sponge – learning every skill she could to succeed. And it wasn’t long before her passion and drive led her to become the UK’s youngest magazine editor – at just 23!

In a career spanning many years across a variety of areas, Jo now edits the Beauty Bible website and books with long-term friend and fellow beauty-lover, Sarah Stacey.

Another of Jo’s more recent ventures is The Perfume Society which sets out to help individuals develop their sense of smell by exploring fragrance and the scented world. As well as all this, she also owns a nine-room wellbeing centre and organic bakery in Hastings, UK where she is now living her ultimate dream life by the sea.

Jo’s passion for business and making a difference in the world is truly inspiring, and in this amazing episode you’ll discover….

  • The benefits of being thrown in the deep end, jumping out of your comfort zone and taking a gamble on something you’re passionate about
  • The importance of learning everything you can to make yourself knowledgeable, and overcoming ‘imposter syndrome’
  • The power of dreaming big, but also the importance of taking action and working hard to turn those dreams into reality
  • Simple and actionable advice for anyone looking to start a business out of their passions
  • How to overcome self-doubt by celebrating your strengths
  • The importance of staying true to yourself

and so much more!

“I found it truly inspiring how, even though she left school at just 16, Jo was able to create a success of herself through her passion, determination and hard work – and become one of the world’s most renowned businesswomen.” Kristina Karlsson

“Jo is such an amazing example of how no matter what your circumstances, if you’re willing to learn and work hard, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.” Kristina Karlsson



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Emma Isaacs: Networking, Kindness & Winging It with Global CEO of Business Chicks – Your Dream Life Podcast Episode 10

Be inspired to take every opportunity this episode, as Kristina speaks with the incredible Emma Isaacs. Author of the best-selling book, Winging It and founder and Global CEO of Business Chicks – Australia’s largest and most influential networking community for women – Emma is driven by a passion to inspire women everywhere to be bold, courageous and take risks.

Born and raised in Sydney, Emma now lives in Los Angeles with her gorgeous family. Not only is she a best-selling author, leader of an international business for women and a serial property investor, she has also raised over $AU12 million for charity and is a mother to five beautiful young children.

Emma truly is amazing example of someone who seizes every opportunity and isn’t afraid to jump out of her comfort zone.

After dropping out of university at just 18 to follow her path, Emma became co-owner of a small recruitment company, beginning her career and sparking a true passion for business.

At just 26, a friend invited her along to a Business Chicks event and despite being initially offended (as the feminist she is) by the name ‘Business Chicks,’ Emma was so impressed by the event, she bought the company!

Emma has since grown Business Chicks from just 250 members into a global business that now operates in two continents, 11 cities and produces more than 100 events annually, with speakers including Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Dr Brené Brown, Arianna Huffington, Diane von Furstenberg, Sir Bob Geldof, Jamie Oliver and so many more!

An absolute inspiration to us all, Emma is the first to admit that she’s just ‘Winging it’ most of the time – but living her life the best way she can!

In this amazing episode, you’ll discover…

  • The importance of taking every opportunity, jumping out of your comfort zone and making small changes to lead you on the path to your dream life
  • The power of embracing kindness in your everyday – not just kindness to others, but kindness to yourself
  • That it’s okay to ask for help on things that may be outside your strengths or interests
  • That, no matter how much things may change or how difficult things may seem, the important thing is to keep trying
  • How, by surrounding yourself with and connecting with inspiring people, you can move closer to achieving your dreams

And so much more!

“Emma is the perfect example of someone who isn’t afraid to put in the hard work and give something a try. Like me, she believes life is too short not to chase your dreams or live a life you love.” Kristina Karlsson

“What I love the most about Emma is her ability to focus on the truly important things in life, no matter how busy or crazy things may get.” Kristina Karlsson


If you loved this episode and found it useful, please rate, review and subscribe, and help us spread this inspiring message by sharing our Dream Life podcast with the hashtag #101milliondreamers. Our dream is to inspire and empower 101 million people around the world, just like you, to write down 3 dreams, and go chase them.

Dr Hazel Wallace: Habits, Positive Rituals & Believing Anything is Possible with The Food Medic – Your Dream Life Podcast Episode 9

Dr Hazel Wallace, Founder of the incredible The Food Medic website, podcast, blog and best-selling books joins Kristina in this incredible episode. Passionate about maximising health through how we live our lives and how we view food, physical activity, sleep, stress management and our social connections, Hazel is on a mission to educate, inspire, and help everyone achieve their best life – their healthiest life!

Hazel is not only a best-selling author, content creator, award-winning blogger, Instagram star, personal trainer and influencer, she is also a qualified, practising medical doctor, who is amazingly just about to finish her third university degree!

Her passion for medicine and health began after sadly losing her father to a stroke when she was just 14. This pivotal event changed the way she viewed the world and sparked a true passion in her for helping people.

Back in 2012, Hazel created the The Food Medic blog while studying medicine, to help educate and inspire herself to become a healthier, and stronger person. However, it wasn’t long before she noticed a gap in the curriculum for nutrition and other areas of lifestyle. And this is where her quest to bridge the gap between traditional medical advice, nutrition and other areas of preventative lifestyle began.

Hazel’s story is a wonderful example of how it is possible to create something positive out of difficult times. Driven by her passion for helping people live their dream lives through better health, she has found her purpose and continues to inspire and educate us all.

In this wonderful episode, you’ll discover…

  • How sometimes it’s the most challenging times in your life that will lead you to discover your passion and change things for the positive
  • How, no matter how many times you fail, nothing is final, and everything is possible
  • How by making a few simple food and lifestyle changes, you can set yourself on a healthier path to living your best life
  • Hazel’s amazing ideas on food and lifestyle, and how she is changing the way the world approaches wellness and medicine
  • How, no matter what your dreams or goals are, if you believe in them enough and work hard, you truly can make them happen.

And so much more!

Hazel is a perfect example of how you can choose to follow any dream you have, even if it means completely changing direction. And as she says, ‘failure isn’t final.’

“I found it truly inspiring how, even though Hazel thought she would always end up following in her father’s footsteps, she discovered a new passion for medicine after his passing – and chose to pursue that.” Kristina Karlsson

“The way Hazel has paved her own way to follow her dreams of educating the world is just so inspiring.” Kristina Karlsson


If you loved this episode and found it useful, please rate, review and subscribe, and help us spread this inspiring message by sharing our Dream Life podcast with the hashtag #101milliondreamers. Our dream is to inspire and empower 101 million people around the world, just like you, to write down 3 dreams, and go chase them.

Lucy Feagins: Taking the Leap to Create Your Own Path with the Mind Behind The Design Files – Your Dream Life Podcast Episode 8

Join Kristina as she speaks with the delightful and incredibly inspiring Lucy Feagins – stylist, writer, editor and super-passionate creative mind behind The Design Files, Australia’s most popular design blog and a true one-stop design and inspiration hub. Lucy is a wonderful example of how making the decision to pursue something you’re passionate about can lead you down a true path of success, even if it’s a completely different direction to what you had imagined for yourself.

Lucy started The Design Files blog in 2008, before the world had even thought about the likes of Instagram or Pinterest. What began as a fairly low-key passion project for Lucy after she finished university – working her way through a freelance career in set design in the film Industry – has now become the ultimate design, trend and inspiration resource for us all.

Despite always imagining she would pursue a career in film, it wasn’t long before the little blog that she had been chipping away at on the side became her main focus, and The Design Files grew to become her true passion and purpose.

A mother of a busy toddler, a wife and the founder of a hugely successful business, Lucy reminds us how no matter how successful we become, we always need to take the time to set goals, plan and think about the next step when working on our dreams.

In this wonderfully refreshing episode, you’ll discover…

  • How, by jumping out of your comfort zone, choosing your own path and following your passions, you can open up a world of opportunity and success
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with people who can mentor you and help you to achieve your dreams
  • How writing down your goals and dreams and setting a clear plan of action is vital to achieving what you want

And so much more!



As the much-loved and recognised Editor of hugely popular The Design Files,  Lucy Feagins has grown her blog from a personal creative outlet, which she began back in 2008, into an incredible business which now boasts a highly engaged community of readers and social media followers.

With a passion for original content, high quality photography and videography, The Design Files and its team of eight staff today, pride itself on sharing wonderful stories, documenting beautiful spaces, and keeping readers informed about creative happenings Australia wide.

But before this, and well before the incredible phenomenon of The Design Files began, before Lucy even considered a career in publishing, she was a little girl who loved all things creative. Often organising her little group of friends to create fun magazines using her mother’s photocopier, it seems only fitting that Lucy would end up working in the creative industries.

After completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts at Melbourne University, Lucy entered into the hard-working and incredibly competitive world of film and television set design, interning for free and battling the freelance contract world to pursue her career goals. However tough this field had been, it was here that Lucy learnt first-hand many of the skills needed to succeed in business today, making it an incredibly invaluable training ground for her.

After seven years, Lucy began to feel a tad disillusioned and felt that the opportunities to progress in film were becoming few and far between. This was around the same time she’d started to work on a little personal blog in her spare time. This blog grew into a true passion point for Lucy and ever so gradually it began to take over her film career. Eventually, after declining a huge contract, she decided to give this little blog her all and has never looked back.

Empowered by making the decision to change direction and take a chance on something she truly loved, Lucy discovered the power of  leaving behind something that was no longer her focus and realised that simply starting something, despite not necessarily having all the answers, can set you on the path to success. By choosing to follow her heart and jump out of her comfort zone, Lucy was able to create the incredible business we know as The Design Files today.

One thing you’ll notice in this episode is Lucy’s honestly and sincerity. She may be a hugely successful business woman who grew a little blog into a huge national brand, but she is also the first to admit that she faces many challenges and moments of uncertainty as her career, business and personal life grow and change.

Constantly inspired by the world around her, Lucy is a self-proclaimed perfectionist who now juggles motherhood, family life and her incredibly successful business on a daily basis. And she openly admits that a balance often feels out of reach – making her just like many of us in search of the ultimate synergy between work and personal life.

After many years in business, creating a life she loves, Lucy shares with us the lessons she’s learnt around goal setting, the importance of following your passions, making a plan, setting yourself up with the right mentors and surrounding yourself with the right team in order to achieve whatever is is you want to achieve.

“I really related to a lot of the challenges Lucy mentioned around growing a business and staying true to your values, but also the importance of goal setting and connecting with people who have strengths in areas that can help you.” Kristina Karlsson



If you loved this episode and found it useful, please rate, review and subscribe, and help us spread this inspiring message by sharing our Dream Life podcast with the hashtag #101milliondreamers. Our dream is to inspire and empower 101 million people around the world, just like you, to write down 3 dreams, and go chase them.