Author: Briana

Don’t Get Lost in Perfectionism

So much love for this guest post by Ann Musselman, a Dragontree client and member of the Dragontree Dreamers and Planners Community.

A few morning thoughts for those of you who feel overwhelmed, stuck, or intimidated by the front sections of the Dreambook: Please use or discard my words to your greatest benefit and ease.

The front section of the book is not a test, it’s not even a quiz, you can’t get the questions wrong. All the questions prior to the Craft section where you actually start writing your goals down are a form of brainstorming- to get an idea of your core self and your desired life- so you can see and identify the gaps between where you are now, and who and what you would really like to be.

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5 Things to Journal About and Why

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” —William Wordsworth

There is so much research about the benefits of journaling: stress relief, sparks creativity, improves confidence, helps with conflict resolution, improves writing, boosts memory, increases emotional intelligence, helps achieve goals, evokes mindfulness, improves health and healing, and makes you smarter.

But sitting down with a blank sheet of paper and expecting to pour oneself through the pen can be a bit daunting for even the most inspired writer.

To help you get through that first step of putting pen to paper I’ve Made a list of five things you can journal about and why.

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Why set 10 year goals?

At my grandma’s funeral in December there were a lot of tears and a lot of laughs. We shared beautiful memories and shoulders to cry on. She was 91, she had as big of humor as she had heart, and she did life her way.  

While I looked around at the church where her service was held, three things really struck me:

1. 64 of the 66 of us from her family made it to the middle of Montana from all over the world with 4 days notice.  She had cultivated relationships with all of us, she had prioritized family, and therefore we prioritized her, even in her passing.

This closeness transcends into all of our relationships, even if we disagree and live completely different lives, we love each other deeply.  It’s taught me to always aim to understand rather than judge, because we are all indeed one big family.

2. Her faith was so strong, that I could almost feel her version of heaven in the room.  She was devoted to god.  In fact, one Sunday morning my sisters were hanging out with my grandma, who was getting ready for church, and my sister Hannah said, “come on grandma stay and hang out with us, what could be more important than time with your family?”  To which my grandma replied, “god.”

Whatever our spiritual beliefs are, having faith in the divine, or the universe, or ourselves, is a huge blessing in life.  But it also takes cultivation and space for that practice, so if we want to hear the voice of god, or be more in tune with our inner guidance, we have to prioritize it, like my grandma did.

3. We buried my grandma on my grandfather’s birthday.  He was the love of her life, and it felt like a huge cosmic gift to be giving her back to him.  He died over 30 years earlier and yet was ever present in her life.

That kind of love is so beautiful and everlasting.  And . . . it takes work, not just work in the relationship, but work on ourselves to evolve and grow when we are met with obstacles together.  

I’ve been so inspired by these parts of my grandma’s life and passing, and as I think about my own mortality I see there are ways in which I would love my ending days to look: healthy, vibrant, full of family and friends, feeling connected to the divine, feeling like I made a positive impact on the world, having my sweet husband by my side (either physically or metaphorically), and being able to look back and say I really enjoyed the heck out of life.

Recently I’ve had a few people from our Dreambook community ask me why we put such long-term goal setting in a year-long planning book.  They shared that it felt very difficult to have any real goals for that far away when life is so unpredictable, and some even said that they felt so stuck on this that they couldn’t move forward with the rest of the work in the book.  

I totally get it.  

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All the (wonderful) detail things


Wow, it’s been a wild ride.  From conception to this moment has been a roller coaster of amazing joy and small/medium challenges, and it’s still going strong.

Thank you to everyone that is emailing and messaging us with love for the Dreambooks – we’re so thrilled to be getting them in your hands.  We can’t wait to see what you create!

Some details:

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Nearing the finish line

The Rituals for Living Dreambook (and Dreambook+Planner) is just a week from shipping. Woot woot!

We have the final and it’s beyond gorgeous. We’re so excited to deliver these Dreambooks to all you beautiful people!

We can’t wait to hear from you once you receive yours.

It’s all happening!


Briana and Peter

Three Steps to Overcome Stress and Achieve Your Dreams


Three Steps to Overcome Stress and Achieve Your Dreams

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. – Oprah Winfrey

There is something in all of us, a spark or a fire, that want to create an exceptional life.  A life where we have meaningful success, happiness, and health.  But chasing that dream can often lead to a huge amount of stress, overwhelm, and exhaustion that feels far from our beautiful vision, that is if we are even able to see that vision any more.

We’re here to change that reality and create a movement of people that are living gorgeous lives and making a difference in the world, while maintaining balance.

Can this be broken down into three easy steps?  No.  But three steps that if you do the work and stay on the path will get you there, yes.

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Good new/Bad news/More good news

So, we’ve got good news and bad news. I never know which to start with, but since I always save my favorite things for last, I guess I’ll start with the bad news.

Unfortunately, our printer received our cover material and there were defects in some of the sheets and so we had to send them back and get more (perfect) cover material to deboss for your Dreambooks. This means a slight delay in receiving your reward. We’re so sorry – but we wanted to make sure that you get the best.

THE GOOD NEWS: the covers will be beautiful, the material we saw without the defects is gorgeous and you are going to love love love your Dreambook.

MORE GOOD NEWS: You’ll still receive your Dreambook long before December and totally in time to plan the most amazing 2016 ever.

EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS: Peter and I are creating some awesome tutorial videos for you like we said we would if we reached our stretch goals. We decided that even though we didn’t reach those stretch goals – we love you all so much, we’ll make them anyway. 😉

Thank you for all your support and your understanding about this unfortunate delay.

You’re the best!



Making room for creativity

In the midst of this Kickstarter campaign, we had a sudden creative burst. We had an old piano we’d gotten for free on craigslist, and we decided to paint it. Then Briana had an idea for swings in the living room and Peter built them. Next, Peter was taking down a fence in the backyard and turned it into this star. We seem to have tapped into something. Luckily, we’ve figured out that stuff like this – playing and creating – adds huge value to our existence. So, we’ve structured our lives to allow time for it.

This is the essence of what we teach in the Dreambook, and we sincerely hope to help many others to begin honoring the stuff that makes life rich, even in the midst of chaos.

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Dreaming and Planning

I believe that balance does exist.

I’ve been quiet about this for some time now, but there has been a rising desire to speak out with this currently unpopular belief.  Why is it unpopular?  Well I think that many people were chasing balance in an unbalanced way that felt constrictive and not heart centered and thus there was a backlash of thought leaders breaking out of that trap and stating that balance is a myth.

I get it.  And I think that this was a necessary part of the story line for all of us.

And now I think its time for a paradigm shift.  Even just holding faith that balance is possible, that it does exist, is a strong place to stand in the world.  When we hold a belief that something is real and true we are able to see it manifest in the world around us and see avenues of creating that in our own lives.

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Dreams, Actualized

When I met my wife, she was a massage therapist and I was practicing Chinese Medicine. I thought we were pretty similar people on pretty similar tracks. She’s six years younger than I am, so, naturally, I figured I’d be ahead of her in most ways. Boy, was I kidding myself.

At age 23, she opened a large spa in Portland. I helped. At 24, she and I bought our first house. At 27, she had a baby, opened a café, bought a second house and turned the first one into a rental. I helped. At 28, she opened a second spa. I helped. At 30, she pushed us to buy the commercial building our first spa and two restaurants occupy. I helped. At 32, she founded her own brand, launched a program to help people achieve their dreams, bought a third house and turned the second one into a rental. I helped. At 33, she opened a third spa. I helped. At 34, she opened a fourth spa, started a new magazine, had a second baby, and created and Launched a Kickstarter for a Dreambook+Planner . I helped.

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