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  1. Building a tiny space to dream (literally, and you’re invited!)


    I bought a beach hut on a whim. Well actually it has been one of those things I have always thought about in a “Wouldn’t that be cool?” thing-that-other-people-do kind of way. But then one day a couple of weeks back I was walking by the sea (in Hove, England) admiring the cute little huts, and I spotted a ‘for sale’ sign. And that was it.

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    At first glance it might look like I bought myself a shed. But actually I found somewhere I can turn into a space for dreaming, not just for me but for others too. We got the keys a couple of days ago, and today we tore down the old rotting structure, and have started building our own little place from scratch (with the help of an amazing carpenter friend, Iain Moncrieff).

    But this isn’t just any old beach hut. This is going to be The Little Beach Hut of Dreams (she even has her own Twitter account – you can follow her at @beachhutxx).


    My idea is to invite anyone (that includes you) to apply to be a Dreamer-in-Residence. That means you get to borrow her for the day (for free), to come and just sit, look out to sea, and think, dream, draw, write, plan or do whatever is going to help you get a step closer to doing what you love. In return we’ll just ask you to write a blog post about your experience to inspire others.

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    Mr K and Iain hard at work

    We are going to make it beautiful inside, and then open it up for applications in the next few weeks, so hopefully we can squeeze in our first Dreamers-in-Residence before the end of this glorious summer. Why not have a think about what you might day with a whole day by the sea to dream, and jump on the waiting list to hear more when applications open!

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    This is the view

    We all need the chance to escape our chaotic lives every now and then. We all need the time and space to dream. We are creating the space. You just need to make the time (and apply!)

    Speaking of making time, we hope you will join us for Making Time, a new free 31-day prompt series to help you carve out more time for the things you love, starting August 1. Find out more and sign up here.

    Here’s to more space and time for the things we love!


  2. Dream, believe, achieve…


    There comes a day when each of us decides to put fears and excuses aside. A day when we decide to listen to our heart – and follow it. And a day when we decide to take those first small steps towards making our wildest dreams come true.

    Let today be that day for you.

  3. What’s your story?

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    Dolls, daydreams and diaries… we all remember what it was like to be little. And this summer the Museum of Childhood in London is celebrating all those things and more with an inspiring showcase of story-themed exhibitions and displays designed to take us on a trip down memory lane.

    One of the many highlights is ‘The Great Diary Project’ which features diaries from 1813 to 1996 and focuses on the lives of children at particular moments in history. From tales of bedbugs during the Napoleonic Wars to coded accounts of wild teenage behaviour during the Blitz, it’s a fascinating insight into how attitudes have changed over time and how peoples’ unique voices can be captured so beautifully in this very private kind of writing.

  4. Why I gave a busker ten times more than I normally would

    A couple of days ago I was pushing my baby’s pram round a nearby park in the sunshine when we came across a couple of buskers. They were pretty good, and they smiled a lot. And I gave them a five pound note. That is TEN times what I normally give buskers, but they weren’t ten times as good as any others.

    So why did they get the note not a coin? Because of this:


    They sold me on their romantic dream to “get to America”. I could see them in a convertible racing along Route 66. I could imagine them strumming a tune in Central Park. I took the journey with them in my head, and I wanted to help them.

    If they hadn’t told me what their dream was I wouldn’t have known how to help. It took guts to stand up in the park, sing and declare their dreams, but they did it, rallied me and others to help them and, with every pound that dropped into their guitar case, they got a step closer to their plan.

    Sharing your dreams can be scary. It can make you feel vulnerable and afraid. But if you share them with the right people, you might just get more help and support than you could have hoped for. And then maybe those dreams will actually come true…

    Do it. Share your dreams with someone you trust today.

    Beth and Paul

  5. Behind-the-scenes of making Do What You Love

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    When we planned the facelift for our flagship online course Do What You Love (which is back after a two year break!) we knew we wanted to really bring it to life with the video aspect of the class. In week one of class I share a story about an experience on a boat aged 17 which changed everything for me, and we joked about chartering a yacht to film it on there. And then we thought, well actually, why not? And booked the boat!

    We had a fun day filming with the lovely team at Ben Simon Media, and the crew from Lagoon Watersports in Brighton Marina. It was so good to get out on the water and put myself back in the situation I had been in when I had the greatest a-ha moment of my life. Here are a few pics from behind-the-scenes of filming (we even managed to give Mr K a cameo role!)

    In truth I was pretty self-conscious with my extra 40lbs of baby weight, but in the end I decided that making the videos was more important than my embarrassment at what I looked like, and I did it anyway. Yay mama!

    The Do What You Love course has just begun but you can still join us if you are quick. Registration is open here until tomorrow for latecomers. Participants have already started to have some significant breakthroughs and realisations, and the atmosphere in the class community is already more open, honest and supportive than any online community I have experienced. It is quite amazing. Join us here.

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  6. Zen for Ten


    Sometimes life gets so hectic we hardly have time to think, let alone dream and plan the road towards doing what you love. We have had a crazy few months at DWYL HQ, so we are dedicating April to quiet, reflective time.

    As we search for meaning in our busy lives it can be hard to tune out the noise and listen to what we really want to offer the world. You are invited to join us for Zen for Ten – a simple ten day programme to help you slow down, tune in and light up. This is based on our free resource ‘Zen and the art of doing what you love’ and it is free to participate. It will help you be more present, get quiet and focus. It will help you see more beauty. It will let you travel lighter. And it will get you on the road to doing what you love, for life.

    Just enter your details here and you will receive daily emails for ten days starting on Monday 7 April 2014, with beautiful imagery, short exercises and inspiring prompts.

    We cannot wait to breathe more deeply, live more slowly and appreciate life more during this special ten days. See you there.

  7. Inside PaperLove

    Do you obsess about stationery, love the idea of creating your own books and boxes, enjoy sending real snail mail, and lust over the delight of words? Then our brand new creative course PaperLove is for you!

    PaperLove is a five-week papery adventure, where we unwrap the possibilities of paper – getting stuck into a host of creative projects, sharing inspiration, hearing from people who have made paper love into their careers, learning about the fascinating history of paper, and connecting with other paper lovers from around the world.

    Join us to discover the delights of PAPER (week 1), COLLAGE (week 2), WORD (week 3), BOOK (week 4), MAIL (week 5).

    During this online course you will be encouraged to tap into your own stories, discover the book inside you, get creative and have fun. The clear step-by-step instructions will help you confidently create stitched books, gift boxes and all manner of other papery goodies, while the stories, images and resources shared will provide a feast of papery inspiration.

    You can join us from anywhere in the world, and connect with other paperlovers from across the globe.

    This has been a long time in the making, but finally we are ready to share the world’s first online course about paper with you – class begins on Monday and we are beside our paper stacks with excitement. Have you booked your place for papery delight yet? Sign up here!

  8. Make 2014 amazing (and meet our baby girl!)


    Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely festive season and have eased into 2014 with high hopes for the year ahead. Here at DWYL the past couple of weeks have been something of a blur after welcoming our baby girl into the world on Christmas Day! Sienna May Kempton was born at 3am as the perfect Christmas present, and has filled our days with wonder, smiles and not much sleep ever since! We feel like we have started 2014 with the ultimate new beginning, and are stepping into the greatest adventure of our lives.

    We have no doubt that our sweet girl will change everything, and have a major impact on the kind of year 2014 will become. But we also want to consider our wider dreams and plans, and have been using our free kit ‘New Year’s Revolution’ to help us do this.

    If you haven’t downloaded your copy you can get it here for free. You can also join the hundreds of people already in the New Year’s Revolution Facebook group where we will be sharing prompts, discussions and encouragement throughout the year to help you make 2014 amazing.

    Wherever you find yourself at the beginning of this shiny new year, we wish you health and happiness, and hope you can make 2014 exactly the kind of year you want it to be.

    Beth and the team

  9. Big city lights


    In the final few weeks before a baby arrives you often find yourself “Will this be our last holiday/dinner out/cinema trip for a while?” Although I know there are many joys to come with the arrival of our little bundle, I am sure there are many things that will be harder to do, like going up to London for dinner and the theatre… which is why Mr K treated me to a lovely day doing just that. We went to see Sam Mendes’ brilliant production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in Drury Lane, before heading to Regent Street and wandering around Covent Garden to soak up the Christmas atmosphere among the beautiful shop windows and strings of fairy lights. I am not a city girl at heart, but I do love the way towns and cities come alive at Christmas, with twinkles and sparkles and a touch of magic in the air. I came away inspired by the creativity behind the window displays, the imaginative theatre production, and the energy of the capital.










    What festive loveliness have you spotted where you are?


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    Are you ready to make major changes in your life? Do you want to look ahead to 2014 with excitement and anticipation? Do you want to make it the year you finally do what you love? To help you do this we have created New Year’s Revolution: a practical kit to help you make 2014 amazing. This is completely free – and it comes with a community you can join to get support throughout the coming year. Doing what you love doesn’t happen overnight. It is an attitude, and a way of life, and it takes courage and boldness to make the tough decisions which let you get there. It also takes thought and planning, so we have created this special gift to help you on your way.



  10. Do What You Love interview – SANTA CLAUS!


    Mr K reporting from the North Pole…

    Some interviews are considered career defining. Some even stand the test of time and become legendary. Call it intuition or a struggling writer’s hunch but today’s interview may just be the most magical and awe inspiring interview of all time for me. The fact that I am sat here somewhere just outside the North Pole getting ready for this interview is surreal enough. Then considering the fact I am surrounded by ice and snow yet feel perfectly comfortable is crazy. But preparing to interview Santa, well that just blows my mind.

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    The room is beautifully simple. Every fixture and fitting is carved from ice or sculpted from snow, a perfect blend providing both structure and comfort. My ice chair is softened by a snow cushion and decorated by what look like Midget Iced Gems. My senses are overloaded and confused as a heat emanates throughout my body.

    I place my notepad and pencil on the table. A steaming cup of hot chocolate and a small plate of mince pies invite me to indulge. Opposite there is a small glass of brandy. I have to chuckle to myself. This is exactly what we used to leave for Santa on Christmas Eve when I was a child.

    After rearranging the notepad and pencil and adjusting my seating position for what seems like the hundredth time I become aware just how nervous I am. Then it happens. The lights flicker on and off, the ice walls become a translucent blue and it begins snowing… inside! Two huge red velvet curtains part from the other side of the room and in enters a truly unmistakable sound …


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    Santa – Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas Mr. K. Welcome! Welcome to my humble home, the North Pole.

    It really is him. Dressed in huge red dungarees, a long sleeved white thermal top and black boots. He bounds across the room, his eyes sparkling and his cheeks rosy red, framed perfectly by his beard that looks like it is made from the whitest of clouds. He is quite easily the most jolly and friendly person I have ever seen. I can’t quite believe it, it really is him!

    I am now shaking the hand of Father Christmas himself!

    Mr. KPlease, the honour is certainly all mine. Thank you very much for this amazing opportunity and for taking a few moments of your very precious time to speak with me.

    SantaOf course. Please be seated. Would you care for any more hot chocolate or would another tipple be more to your fancy?

    There is a glint in his eye that belies his iconic standing, as though he is sat across the table from me as just another man in the pub rather than the legendary Father Christmas.

    Mr. K – Another hot chocolate would be perfect.

    At that moment a rather unusual snowflake catches my attention. It is larger than the others and moving sideways. It floats gently and hovers just centimetres above the palm of his hand. He raises his hand to his mouth and then blows it towards me. The snowflake spins, twinkles and bounces until it is directly over my cup. It changes before my eyes into a small cloud and then begins raining chocolate. As the last drop falls the cloud splits into several smaller snowflakes and disappears.

    Santa – There we go. Just one last thing – a little memento for you before we begin.

    A small robin darts in through the window carrying… wait for it… a ‘Father Christmas’ hat. It drops the hat on my head and, of course, it fits perfectly.

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    Santa – Thank you Dillon.

    The robin seemed to curtsy before disappearing out of the same window.

    Now Mr. K whenever you are ready.

    I cleared my throat and dived in…

    Mr. K – How are you leading a life ‘doing what you love’?

    Santa – Great question. Well, my team and I strive for one purpose – to remind the children (and occasionally the adults) of this wonderful world that magic does indeed exist. To help awaken their imagination and see their eyes come alive is a delight which I will never tire of experiencing. To bring a smile to a single child’s face is reward enough. To do so to millions? Well that is just a treasure of a job. Wouldn’t you agree?

    Mr. K – What did you do before this?

    Santa – Before this… wow that was a long time ago. Let me cast my mind back. Ho ho ho… oh yes I remember. I was a doctor of sorts. I had studied children’s medicine with local doctor Jens Brandels in Tromso. I went with him everywhere we were required. It was a wonderful and at times heartbreaking experience but I knew I was on the right path helping children.

    Mr. K – Why do you do what you do?

    SantaReally now Mr. K. I’m sure that question answers itself.

    Mr. K – Yes sorry that was stupid of me. You are instantly recognised all over the world. You must have a powerful marketing machine behind you. What is your secret?

    Santa - Mrs. Klaus! And she is very much looking forward to meeting you later.

    Mr. K – Amazing, I can’t wait to meet her either.

    Mr. K – How do you handle the logistical challenges of having such a seasonal peak of international deliveries in December?

    Santa – It is all in the detail – planning, a little more planning and of course just a hint of magic. The way I look at it is I have to be at my best for one night only. Not a bad job, hey? Ho Ho Ho!

    Mr. K – What kind of team do you have around you? What are the key roles in your team and who plays them?

    Santa – My team? Where do I start? There is of course Mrs. Klaus without whom nothing would be possible.

    My head Toy Innovator is Atarashi Present, a wonderful man who was invited here from Kyoto, Japan back in 1784. He creates the most wonderful toys and never ceases to amaze me. He works very closely with children all over the world to develop the toys they dream of, but does it is in disguise so they never know. How else could we ensure our toys are just perfect?

    Our Senior Packer and Wrapper is Holly Primrose. Holly is an elf and has a team of elves who I believe are closely related to her. They scour this and other mystical worlds to make sure only the most fantastical of paper is used.

    Last but not least is Arthur Swift. Arthur is a lovely Irish man who moved to Lapland because of his love of reindeer. He is now working with his tenth generation of reindeer. However none of his work would be possible without some very generous ideas given to us by Mr. Charles Pillow of Cloud City. But he is a completely different story for another time.

    And last but not least the real team players are all the parents that let me and my team take a few plaudits for all their hard work. I take my Santa hat off to them all. Ho ho ho.

    Mr. K – How do you keep your employees motivated?

    Santa - Music, mince pies, milk, brandy, plenty games and of course giving them Dec 26 – March 1st off!

    Mr. K – What impact has the internet had on Christmas?

    Santa - The World Wide Web, what a marvellous creation. The idea was born over a few too many Eskimo ales at the Red Reindeer Pub during a discussion I had with Atarashi and Arthur. We decided that the idea had to be harnessed and developed properly so we dropped it into the stocking of a young boy called Tim Berners-Lee. Just look what he has done with it. Wonderful stuff.

    The internet has helped connect so many people and families worldwide with loved ones. That is a true gift. It even allows people to teach on-line, doesn’t it (wink wink)? And did you know you can arrange for me to send a special personalised message to your children using the internet? Have a look at this clever site here.

    Mr. K – Yes it is an extremely powerful tool. What do you do to relax?

    Santa - I love a few cheeky Eskimo ales with the boys, and travelling of course. But of late, cosying up with Mrs. Klaus with a special mug of hot chocolate to watch Downton Abbey is a definite must! I am looking forward to their Christmas Special…

    Mr. K - What aspect of your service are you most proud of?

    Santa - The longevity of it. We live in a very cynical world but my business and everyone concerned ensures it has never lost any of its magic. The hope that exists in everyone fuels us all here at the North Pole. It is obviously stronger in children whilst they are protected from the world but I can sense magic and the belief in possibility returning among adults too. If you can believe in a rotund jolly man delivering presents from his magic sleigh then you can believe in anything!!

    Mr. K – Absolutely. Thank you so much Santa. It has been an honour.

    Santa – It was an absolute pleasure. I only ask that you and your wife continue your work at Do What You Love. The world has never been more exciting and I just wish more people were doing what they love every day. I look forward to seeing how everyone prospers. I must go now as the reindeer need a run out.

    Just one last thing, I would like to wish you, your wife, your new baby and everyone in the Do What You Love family all over the world a very Merry Christmas! I’ll be popping down a chimney near you soon (wink wink)…

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    Are you ready to make major changes in your life? Do you want to look ahead to 2014 with excitement and anticipation? Do you want to make it the year you finally do what you love? To help you do this we have created New Year’s Revolution: a practical kit to help you make 2014 amazing. This is completely free – and it comes with a community you can join to get support throughout the coming year. Doing what you love doesn’t happen overnight. It is an attitude, and a way of life, and it takes courage and boldness to make the tough decisions which let you get there. It also takes thought and planning, so we have created this special gift to help you on your way.