Meet Ulrika Stilling, a photographer, franchise partner and aspiring filmmaker. Through her Instagram account, @ulrikastilling, she is connecting with and inspiring thousands of young women every day to pursue their dreams, live a healthy life and achieve financial freedom. We interview her to find out how she got to where she is today, how social media played a role in this and what advice she would give to aspiring entrepreneurs.
What inspired you to get into this?
Photography and filmmaking has always interested me. It's how I express my thoughts. I got my first camera when I was 12 and since then, I've always carried one with me.
Becoming a franchise partner however, was something my mother and I decided to try when the opportunity came into our lives four years ago.
I'm a huge fan of vegan food, so working with a company that manufactures a product of only fruits, berries and vegetables is a great inspiration to why I do what I do.
How did you get to where you are today? Quickly walk us through some of the major steps in your journey.
I've learned the skills of how to work with social media together with a few of the best people in this field.
A couple of years ago, I started a jewellery company together with two friends that we later on developed into a real business. We ended up as the 5th best company out of 7500 competitors in Sweden. That was an experience I'll never forget.
Being a franchise partner in JuicePlus+ is an endless school of self development and personal leadership.
I'm driven to expand and to help others to do the same. I am curious about myself as well, what I can achieve in this world and how I will get there.
What actions did you take that had the biggest impact?
I've stepped out of my comfort zone. I believe that is one of the greatest actions you can make. It's daunting, but it's the best you can give yourself. Once you do it, you discover new things that will lead you into the next thing and the next and so on.
Last fall, I was working for a company in Stockholm. After a while I quit the job and promised myself to never again give my time to something that I am not passionate about. And that changed everything.
How did social media play into this and how have you used it to your advantage?
Now I am able to work online and through social media. I get to share valuable stories that might give someone else the courage to start something of their own.
Once you see the value in using social media, you understand what power it has and the chance you also have in actually making a difference in this world. Inspiring other people is what I love and is what I will continue to do!
Social media is an amazing platform to connect with humans across the world. In fact, I've met some of my best friends through Instagram, Tinder and Snapchat. Something I'm unbelievably grateful for.
Walk us through a day in the life of @ulrikastilling
I usually go for a swim in the morning. I eat breakfast and then I check my daily list. I might talk to some people interested in working together, or I make a few vision boards as a strategy of how to reach my personal goals. Since I'm building my business part-time I have a lot of freedom to do other things like writing, photographing and starting certain projects I got on my mind.
Each day is different from the other. I can simply structure my days exactly the way I want to depending on if I'm traveling or where I am!
Do you have a mentor or personal hero?
A person that is very special to me is one of my best friends, Virginia. She has really inspired me to take full control over my life, to always go with my intuition no matter who asks questions about it or tells me to stop. She actually got me to gain my strength again after a long time of confusion and self doubt.
Where do you come up with your best ideas?
I come up with ideas wherever I am. Usually when I'm traveling and loaded with energy, ideas can just appear from nowhere, and I write them down. I have a book full of them that I will make into reality one day.
If you only had one minute to give your best advice, what would it be?
My best advice I can give anyone is, listen to what you want. What is important for you, and why? In times of doubt or uncertainty, reflect back to yourself and ask if what you got is what you were aiming for? I remind myself of this every day to keep my head clear and focused on where I'm going.
What does the future hold for @ulrikastilling? Where do you see yourself in 5 years time and what will you be working on?
Oh this is probably one of my favorite questions so far! First of all I'm thrilled to be moving in to my new apartment and to start building my team in Stockholm. I'm looking for other young entrepreneurs who want to do this with me! Both in Sweden and around the planet.
In five years I see myself still traveling a lot! I have financial freedom thanks to my online business and I'm coaching my team in growing theirs as well. I will have started some kind of ideal organization that will work towards a cleaner environment, human equality and animal rights - a vision I've had for a long time.
Anything else you would like to add or share?
Yes, I do want to add one thing. And this is something I want everyone to know; anything is possible! Don't for a second believe that you can't achieve your goals, or that your dreams are too big. They aren't! If we can make metal constructions actually fly across the planet, then sure as hell anything is possible! Never could I imagine myself traveling as much as I do and to get to create the life I'm dreaming of!
Always remember that anything really is possible.