Everyone has a story: Lily Kolle

Today’s mini-interview is with Lily Kolle, one of my former high school classmates whose dream is to encourage people to travel more and worry less.

Lily Kolle, Photo used with permission

Lily Kolle – Photo used with permission

My name is Lily Kolle, and I have a blog at jackcollective.tumblr.com.

What is one of your dreams for your life?
My dream is to build a company that encourages people to live adventurously and not be afraid of traveling. Travel is so much more accessible than many young Americans realize, and I want to contribute to changing our culture of youth travel in the US. I really believe that if more people traveled the world would be a better place.

My background is in industrial design and I’ve been traveling a bit myself so I’d like to start this “company” around my designs for travel gear. I’m currently testing a wallet design and working on some pack ideas.

What is something on your bucket list?
On my bucket list? It’s a long list… To live in Europe, ideally Amsterdam or Paris. That would kind of cover a bunch of items at once

What is the best advice you ever received?
The best advice I’ve received is from my 93-year-old Oma (that’s Grandma). She told me she wishes she hadn’t wasted so much time worrying. And seeing as this comes from a lady who raised her 6 brothers and sisters during World War II in Holland, I don’t have any reason to waste my time worrying either.

Thanks for taking the time to do this interview, Lily!
(If you would like to be interviewed for this blog, please let me know or leave a note in the comments section.)

Also, please take 4 quick minutes to vote so I can get a chance at a foreign exchange blog trip through the Big Blog Exchange. This will be a great opportunity to ask more people from around the world about their dreams.


9 thoughts on “Everyone has a story: Lily Kolle

  1. loveattached

    I found your blog through the big blog exchange. It’s inspired me to start a little challenge list of my own, which stemmed from a very open-ended New Year’s Resolution. Looking forwards to reading some more of your posts.


    1. Shelly @ The Goal List

      Thank you for your comment. It makes me happy that you have started your own list! Thanks for taking the time to read and let me know how my blog impacted you. Your list is going to help you have all sorts of interesting experiences. I like your phrase on your about page: “gentle mindful movements into a sense of new” It’s often the small things that make the biggest, lasting changes. – Also, I voted for you for the BBE! Good luck!

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      1. loveattached

        Thank you very much for the reply and the vote! Hoping it is the small things that make the BIG changes. Good luck with BBE! I will post about my list sometime soon 🙂


  2. Mik Hetu

    Lilly is right: if every young adult in the industrialized world were required to travel (and work) for a year, especially in third-world countries, it would bump up the average awareness of what it means to be human on this planet! Of course plenty would return to their established lives, swim in relative luxury, and forget what they had seen (“Men are wise in proportion not to their experience, but to their capacity to experience.” – George Bernard Shaw), but most would greatly expand their consciousness and move more responsibly through their own lives and the world at large.
    And Lilly, for your designs in travel gear, check out Eli Reich of Alchemy Goods (http://ourrolemodels.com/Eli%20Reich) – he makes bags (and a million dollar biz) out recycled bicycle inner tubes!


    1. Shelly @ The Goal List

      Hi Mik, Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I sent a note to Lily to make sure she sees this too. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts about travel, and the great quote. I look forward to seeing you around the blog again soon. 🙂



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