Live Your Daydream

As many of you that have been following my journey both on the blog and social media know, I quit my “day job” back in April to pursue self-employment. It has been crazy, exciting, overwhelming, incredible and downright scary, but everyday I wake-up knowing I get to do what I truly love.

When I started college (and blogging) self-employment started peeking more + more into my line of vision for a few different reasons.

The top three being:

  • I wanted to be able to travel often.
  • I wanted to be able to set my own hours to live a life I truly love (now I can catch that 9am yoga class or work at 10pm when my creative juices suddenly start flowing!)
  • I wanted to be genuinely excited over the work I put out into the world.

Now that I’ve been on my own for about 5 months, all of those benefits + more have become my reality and I’m so grateful for every opportunity I’ve been awarded and I continue to be blown away by the amazing people I encounter in my day-to-day.

I’m not saying it’s easy, it’s by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it’s also the most rewarding and now that I’m here, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

I wanted to drop-in today and share this with you all in order to encourage you to live your dream life, whatever that may be.

It’s possible. You’re capable. You wouldn’t have been given a dream if you didn’t have the power to make it your reality.

Don’t forget to live your daydream.

Need a little extra inspiration? Print out one of these graphics + put them somewhere you know you’ll see them every morning.

daydreamkwGet this print.

Untitled-2Get this print. 


  • Stacey Greene

    I love the prints! Thank you so much for the inspiration :] xo

    • Kayli Schattner

      Glad you love them, Stacey!!

  • Melissa Haag

    Cute graphics, thanks for the reminder!

    • Kayli Schattner

      Of course, Melissa! xo

  • mandy @a sorta fairytale

    I have been self-employed now for several years, and you’re right, it’s a LOT of work! But definitely worth it in the end :) Love the flexibility!

    • Kayli Schattner

      Same! I love being able to enjoy aspects of my day a traditional 9-5 wouldn’t allow.

  • SimplySinova

    I LOVE THIS!! Thankfully my day job allows me to travel and set my own hours but I would love to blog full time! It’s so important to live out your dreams whatever they are!

    • Kayli Schattner

      I completely agree, Sinova!

  • Maryann Peik

    Great post and so true in so many aspects of life!

    • Kayli Schattner


  • Lindsay

    Live you daydream!!! I was meaning to ask you… how did you go about starting self-employment? I would absolutely love to be able to work from home and get to do all the things that I love. I am just not financially stable to make that happen right now :/

    • Kayli Schattner

      I’d love to discuss this via email with you, girlfriend! Jet one my way: xo

  • Fiona Naughton

    Love the graphic! I really want to work from home and be my own post, it’s my ultimate day dream! xo

    • Kayli Schattner

      And it’s SO possible! With hard work and determination, you’ll get there. :) I like this quote, “Entrepreneurs live for a few years how other people won’t, to live the rest of their life how other people can’t.”

  • Eliza SJ

    Beautiful graphic work Kayli! Love the colors palette you chose, and what a perfect message :) I definitely ascribe to that. It’s not always easy, but it certainly is worth it.

    • Kayli Schattner

      Definitely worth it. :)

  • Annie Montgomery

    Kayli! this is so inspiring! and such a cute printable!

    • Kayli Schattner

      So glad you enjoyed it, Annie!

  • Laurel Wads

    I want a job I can work my own hours, sounds amazing. I love the first picture, I will have to save it to my computer. Thanks!

    • Kayli Schattner

      Awe, yay! Glad you love it :)

  • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

    What a great reminder for a Monday! And how awesome that your living your dream, great for you!

    • Kayli Schattner

      Thanks, Kaelene! I appreciate that. :)

  • Laura Milroy

    I am definitely working towards being self-employed. I crave flexibility and I’m just too bossy and opinionated to work for anyone else ;-)


    The Accidental Mama

    • Kayli Schattner

      Haha, definitely! You go, girl!

  • Leslyn

    This is so inspiring- I would love to be able to live my daydream and be a stay-at-home mama and blog… Maybe someday that daydream will come true.

    • Kayli Schattner

      Everything is possible if you work hard enough for it! I truly believe that. Keep at it!

  • Kari Holtkamp

    You are so inspiring! Thank you for this Monday pick me up:)

    • Kayli Schattner

      Thank you so much, Kari! I’m glad you liked it :)

  • Trish

    I think we all need that reminder once in a while! In some ways I think I let my dreams take a back seat to other things going in my life. Had a baby. Moved twice in two years. Plus other life issues. It bogs you down. But sometimes you just gotta put it aside and go after what you want. I’ve started doing that recently and it feels good!

    • Kayli Schattner

      Love it, Trish! And I always think it’s important to remind ourselves that our career aren’t the only amazing dreams we have to pursue– it sounds like your little bundle of joy made one of your dreams come true! :)

  • Amby Felix

    This makes me so excited!! I am very happy for you!! I made that decision too, which I believe I mentioned in a past post of yours. It is a lot of work, but I feel SO much better!

  • Avie T

    Great post! Every so often everyone needs a reminder to just keep pushing!

  • Karissa Ancell

    This is great. I hope to be able to make this a full time career as well someday. What an inspiring post.

  • Nancy

    I’m kinda living my dream life right now. We recently moved to California (from Canada) and I’m enjoying meeting new friends, exploring the area – and all around having an awesome time. I love it here so much.

  • Camille

    That’s pretty awesome you’re making it work! What a great reminder to make your dreams a reality!

  • Hayley

    I love this little encouragement! I love your bravery and the fact that you are actively pursuing your dreams! So many of us just sit back and save it for another day!! Love it!

  • alyssa nicole

    Those prints are beautiful and the idea is splendid. Imagine how beautiful the world would be if we all lived our (positive) daydreams out!

  • Felt With Love Designs

    Love those graphics! I am going to print them for our house. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lyssadawson

    I always love a good positive poster, especially the colorful cheery kind!

  • Brenda Lawrence

    Love these graphics!

  • Zauni –

    Really proud of you Kayli :) You’ve been inspiring to others & it’s been so lovely to see you grow more and more successful!


  • Michelle Chouinard

    I’m so glad you’re living your dream! It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. :)

  • Katie

    Congratulations. I wish I could make a quick transition, but truth is I’d need to make sure that my boyfriend could provide for both of us if things went pear-shaped and currently that’s not an option. I’ll definitely get there though!

    Katie <3

  • Felecia Efriann

    I am embarking on a similar journey of living my daydream. It is cool to know I am not the only one who taking that kind of leap to go after it. Right now, working on getting things off the ground and running, it is hard but I am looking forward to the day when my dream is reality and not something just in the distance future. Reading this was an encouragement for me today :)

  • AlesheaDominique

    These are some great prints. Thanks for sharin’ them

  • songbirdsandbuttons

    Love the printables! I need them for my office to keep me inspired!

  • Rebekah

    Saved that first one to print for my office :) Beautiful post!

  • Jessica at Team Wiking

    Cute prints! I love being self-employed. It’s hard at first to balance everything and get used to the ‘freedom’ and you usually end up working MORE, but it pays off in the end.

  • Valery Brennan

    This is fantastic, and very encouraging! Thanks :)

  • Mia Myrabev

    well done you, these are so pretty x

  • Gina Alyse

    Thank you so much for this post, Kayli. I have been loving seeing women starting their own businesses and taking charge of their lives. It truly has inspired me in so many ways and opened me up to other possible ways to living and working after I graduate college. I know that I will eventually want to do some freelancing or have a business in some form in the future, but thinking about that can be scary. I think the blogging world does such a good job at encouraging empowerment and truly following your dreams. I love that you can do what you love, Kayli! Keep shining, girl! :)

    • Gina Alyse

      Oh, P.S. those prints are beautiful!! Love them so much! :)

  • Carly Anderson

    It is so great when your dreams become reality, isn’t it? I’m so glad hat you are able to enjoy life more!

  • Christen

    I love this post! So inspiring. Everyone should be able to live their dream!

  • Ayana Pitterson

    You are absolutely right about letting your dreams become reality. Very happy for you.

    Thrifting Diva

  • Leah Kuck

    Kayli, I love these!! Have you ever thought about putting prints on Society6?? ( I ask mainly because I’d love to get the three colored one on a coffee mug, or anything really. It’s beautiful!!

  • Liv

    thank you for this encouragement! it gets so tough!

  • Joanna Sormunen

    I agree, we should make the jump, risk it and do what we love. Let our day be the dream we had.

  • Raewyn Smith

    This is so awesome! I definitely want to do self-employment but I love my job so much I will probably keep it part time (I teach computers to kids!! Who wouldn’t love that). I wasn’t following your journey back then…how did you end up jumping and doing it?

  • Kati Rose

    This is wonderful! I am so happy to hear that it’s gone well! It is just another reminder to all of us that your dreams are possible if you put your mind to it! :)

  • Fatima B.

    Love it! So happy for you! I hope that one day I am able to say that I work for myself! While I love what I do now, there’s something about self-employment that’s so empowering!

  • Chelsea

    This is so inspiring! I’m hoping to get there soon!