WEEK ONE: Straight up confused. . .
WEEK TWO: Okay, I think I’ve Got This!
WEEK THREE: I’ve finally got this! But oh shit, we have friends in town!
WEEK FOUR: Alright, back to it. Found my groove!
WEEK FIVE: I don’t want to speak to soon, but I think I’m totally getting this! I don’t suck.
WEEK SIX: Yep, I understand! THIS IS AWESOME.
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Over the past few months, life has been quite chaotic. Between having our family in town for a month, moving into a new house + launching derivecollective.com – life felt crazy (beautiful + exciting, but crazy). In the midst of this wild time, I felt as if my inbox was piling up over my head and each time I would start diving into my inbox, I’d be hit smack in the face with overwhelm.
Now, this is not to say that I have it all together, or that my inbox is 100% responded to + empty BUT I wanted to share a few tips with you that have helped me get my blogging, consulting + personal inboxes back under control. Organizing your inbox can help with productivity and response time which in turn saves you so much time + headache!
Here’s 5 Tips On How To Organize Your Inbox:
➀ FLAG YOUR EMAILS
And not just *remember to look at this* flagging. I recommend you flag your email by importance, Aaron actually gave me this suggestion about a year ago + this has helped tremendously.
Flag your inbox by importance: i.e. green for most urgent, yellow for mildly urgent and red for least urgent
Also, something I recommend is making sure to flag income driving emails with green.
➁ USE A DESKTOP APPLICATION
Rather than opening your email within Safari or Google Chrome to read your emails, where you can be tempted by the other ten tabs you have open, instead, open your email in a desktop application and quit every other app on your computer.
Isolating your email within a desktop application gives you freedom from the browser (sayonara distractions!) which means you can focus solely on the task at hand. I have been loving Kiwi for Gmail, and as I shared in this Instagram post, it has allowed me to keep as organized as possible while having family in town, launching derivecollective.com + managing our consulting clients! This useful application allows you to utilize Gmail on your desktop without logging onto a browser. [Read more…]
With the launch of our brand, Dérive Collective, I couldn’t help but think about our journey; the windy path that has brought us right here; the memories and the stories I’ve never told you. There has been highs + lows, unexpected twists and surprising outcomes. Yet, looking back, taking that leap of faith and deciding to work together, devoting ourselves to pursuing this intentional, off-the-beaten-path life has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Here’s how it all began:
Hitting ‘publish’ on this post brought me so much joy. Because this post marks an exciting new chapter and I am ridiculously happy to be able to share in this with you! Today, I am thrilled to announce the launch of Dérive Collective – the brand Aaron + I have worked together to build over the past couple of years.
Together + individually, we have worked with countless amazing entrepreneurs on many projects. After years of discovery, working with inspiring clients and months of designing + planning:
the Dérive Collective website is now LIVE!
Often times we don’t take enough time to reflect on exciting things going on in our life beyond the moment of excitement itself. We’re thrilled about an accomplishment or event that takes place – yet, we move on so quickly without taking time to savor it or share our joys with others! Do you feel like this is common in your life too? Why is that? Maybe it’s that we live in an world with so much instant gratification, or that we feel like it’s bragging to share our joy with others, or maybe it’s that we get caught up in our busy-ness and forget to stop and savor the joys of the present.
No matter what it is, I believe that good things should be celebrated, held dear and remembered. I am working on sharing more frequently with less guilt and more excitement. Thinking less and feeling more. It makes me extremely happy to hear of others’ accomplishments + to see others succeed so I am going to encourage that environment here.
So tell me –
What is something that you’ve accomplished over these past few months?
Something that makes you smile when you think of it?
Either take a moment to pause + enjoy that feeling, or (if you’re willing) share with me below in the comments!
Something that made me grin from ear to ear in the recent months was my work with Hawaii Magazine. They are one of my favorite publications + these features with them were a huge accomplishment for me. Yet, I never got around to sharing on here. See what I mean? We don’t pause, enjoy, celebrate + share in the joy with others. (In fact, if you’re like me, you did a *happy dance* around your house, screamed sounds of joy to your partner (sorry, Aaron!) and then forgot to let that joy escape the room)
In the spirit of everything I said above, I thought I would take a moment to share in my excitement with you!
TRAVEL GUIDE TO KAUA’I, HAWAI’I:
Have you ever dreamed of vacationing to the Garden Isle of Hawai’i?
Or maybe you already have an adventure-seeking, jungle-filled trip on the books?
Well, today I’m going to share my tips, favorite spots + recommendations for the island of Kaua’i.
Pack your bags + let’s get going. . .
You may have seen little glimmers of this beautiful place on Instagram. (At least, that’s where I found out about it!)
The Palmwood is so beautifully described as a curated lodging experience on the island of Kauai.
Which is exactly what it was. . .
Tucked Away in the mountains on the north east side of the island, this little gem was worth the hype.
We drove north from the airport, after stopping at Koloa Rum company, passing Kapa’a Town and found ourselves in the more jungly part of Kaua’i. We took a right turn off the main road and followed a sometimes-paved, sometimes-dirt road further into the lush, green east side of the island.
Sharing some of my favorite photo moments + the raw, real way my year played out.
The post is long, but it’s from the heart. Wishing you the happiest new year! [Read more…]
As I shared in last year’s post about our Palm Tree Christmas – things are just different here in the tropics. Yes, obviously, we don’t have snow (well, besides on the top of Mauna Kea). I think the lack of fluffy white outside allows the holidays to sneak up on you because there’s not something physical falling out of the sky to cue our minds ❄︎
Although, that’s actually not the most significant thing I notice! It’s that traditions are different here, the feeling is different — I feel almost like I’m looking through a window at the rest of the world as they cozy up + enjoy the season!
While in Kaua’i, I felt anything but “in the spirit” and came home with sort of a heavy heart. Seeing many beautiful images on my social feeds of gifts under the tree, mantles decorated and festivities underway made me feel like I was grazing over the holidays!
The home we’re renting is currently in the process of renovation to be placed on the market so we didn’t quite deck the halls (hey! at least we have our darling tree up). We were supposed to be in Kaua’i the first week of December, leaving the following two weeks to finish up our holiday gifting — but as you read in my last post our trip was delayed to the second week of the month. This left me panicked upon our arrival home wondering, overwhelmed, How is it already Christmas?! (I’m sure you can relate in some way) Yep, the last minute scramble is on. Shipping parcels to far away family + friends, sending out client gifts (because our clients ROCK) and placing the stamps on our beloved Christmas cards before dropping them off. December has certainly whooshed by this year!