My experience, what I learned and how they are actually like in real life!
Last night I started my year in the best possible way: I attended the meetup “Create Your Dream Life with Alex & Mimi Ikonn” in London. It was inspiring, fun and uplifting, and I left the venue with new happy memories and deeply moved by the whole experience. On this post I’ll share with you what I learned, the tips they shared and how was it to finally get to meet them. Before I do that, I’ll share a bit of my personal story so you can understand what it meant for me to be there and the impact the Ikonns had on my life and on my husband’s life. I’ll try my best not to be (too) cheesy.
Back in 2012, my husband and I were still living in Venezuela. We just had gotten married and felt very lucky because we both loved our jobs- I was teaching English in a local university and César worked as a junior doctor in the public hospital- and we were surrounded by our loving family and close friends. However, our own country no longer felt like home. Like millions and millions of Venezuelans, we had to queue for hours to buy food and other basic staples and we couldn’t leave our house at night because we were afraid of being robbed or worse. We had resisted the idea of leaving -our country is a beautiful one, full of amazing people- but after voting in many elections and attending dozens of demonstrations at the risk of our lives, we came to the conclusion it was time to go.
We made the decision after taking a long walk hand by hand around our
When I came back home, I embraced my mom long and hard, knowing I’ve just decided to put an ocean between us.
Flash forward to 2015 and we are very close to our goal. However, we are both exhausted and lacking motivation. We had been apart for months, our meager funds are running dry and César is in Liverpool living on instant noodles and sharing a room with other 5 people, waiting for the answer of a potential employer. At this point, we had followed the Ikonns for a long time: I found Mimi while trying to learn how to make a fishtail braid -I failed miserably- and César is always watching Alex’s videos about time management and organizational tips.
César decides to cheer me up and sends me the video “Moving to London: my experience and tips” On the video, Mimi talks about why she decided to move to London and the best and worst things about living in the city. At one point, she mentions she felt an instant connection to the city when visiting it, broke and full of dreams. It makes me smile because that’s exactly how I felt when visiting the Big Smoke for the first time. We binge-watch all their London videos – daily routines, vlogs- and after the marathon, I feel so much better. They talk about being positive, about coming from humble backgrounds and how they achieved so much. Their reality seems to belong to another universe: living in a beautiful city, doing something they lov, prosper and safe. For a whole minute, I believe it can be our reality too. And a minute of believing it’s all I needed to keep me going.
It was then when the Ikonns became part of our vision for the future: a future when we are no longer afraid or on the verge of tears, but happy, successful and able to protect our families.
It’s 2019 now and we are in London: we both found jobs and live in a flat with a pretty balcony. It’s not near the city centre but it’s not too far away either. We don’t have glamorous lives but we’re in a place brimming with opportunities and other dreamers like us. We take long walks in Greenwich Park, counting our blessings. It hasn’t been an easy journey and we still have a long way to go, but the vision helped us.
So, now you know why I find the Ikonns so inspirational and relatable – I know, I said just I was going to write a bit about me and that was a LOT- let’s talk about them and the meetup:
The meetup took place in the Grand Theater, in Clapham Junction. When my friend Martina and I arrive, there is a long line of people waiting to enter. The atmosphere is full of good vibes. The theater was built in 1900 and going inside is like stepping into the past. We found seats near the stage with no problems. If you ever attend an event there, know there are also plenty of seats upstairs!
Mimi and Alex took the stage, all smiles, wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Then, they explained how the meetup was going to be structured. Just like that, I was taking notes as fast as I could:
They started talking about the importance of creating a vision for yourself, by imagining how you’d like your life to be in the next 3 to 5 years. You need to picture a day of your life in the future, from the moment you wake up until the moment you go back to bed.
While doing this exercise, they recommend being very specific. If you are visualizing yourself waking up, include as many details as you can. Ask yourself: who are you with? what does your room look like? and most importantly, how do you feel? are you happy? excited for the day to come? By doing this, you are setting goals for yourself and telling the universe what you wish for, setting things into motion.
The time needed to create this vision varies from person to person (the last time they did it, Mimi did hers in an evening, Alex’s took a couple of days to be completed) so it’s up to you and your schedule. If you are in a couple, it’s better if each one of you creates the vision individually and share it afterwards, so each of you has your own goals. Then you can plan things together.
They also spoke about the importance of going beyond material wishes. Though important, they shouldn’t be the only goal or the most important. After the basic needs are covered, what the matters the most is who you love and what motivates you to wake you every morning.
Alex and Mimi also mentioned the importance of defining what are your values, and to do it before creating your vision. Go to a quiet corner of your house, remember a moment of your life when you felt fulfilled and happy and notice what made you feel like that – it can be you were helping others or leading them, you were motivated or motivating the people around you. Write them down (up to 12) and check if your vision is aligned to your values.
Maybe you pictured yourself a millionaire because that’s what you’ve seen in movies, but extreme wealth is not present in your values. So, you’ll need to adapt your vision accordingly.
Other tips they shared:
It’s impossible for me to include everything they said on a single blog post, but the following pieces of advice were my
- Find YOUR balance. There say there is too much pressure -particularly on women- to have it all. But having all – career, kids, friends, being fit- is not always possible and sometimes you will need to focus on one aspect of your life if you want something in particular to happen.
- If you are single “Do you”. Instead of focusing on finding the perfect girl/boy, use all the free time you have on learning and bettering yourself.
Study, work,exercise, travel and be as happy as you can. You’ll glow and the world will notice! Alex, after a harsh breakup, was hustling and decided to forget about dating. And then BAM! he met Mimi and the rest is history.
- Don’t care too much -or at all- about people’s opinion about your dreams and goals. Worrying is time-consuming and you need to be mindful with your time.
- Be mindful of what you are doing and who you are spending your time with: don’t waste your precious hours stuck doing only things you don’t love or with
peopleyou don’t like.
- Be smart: quitting your job to become a Youtuber is not the best idea. Plan ahead, take a look at the pros and cons and after doing so, make your move!
- Starting a business and hiring your team? Hire the A team! meaning? you can’t hire mediocre people or people who don’t share your values.
The two of them are as warm and charming in real life as they are on Youtube, if not more. At one point, Mimi almost cried when talking about an animated movie and its message – I can totally relate since I’m easily moved by, well, a lot of things- and the did a
I was able to speak to both of them and they listened with interest, asked me a a couple of questions and were simply brilliant! Alex even made a little video for my husband, saying hi- César was working in the hospital at the time of the meetup- he’s an extremely down-to-earth guy. and very sweet. I could see everyone else received the same treatment 🙂
Special thanks to my favourite Czech, Martina, for telling me about the event!
Did you like the blog post? please share! Have you met them? how was your experience like?