Love, Darbie

the life/style blog of a southern girl on the west coast.

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Life As I Know It & Goals – January

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Life As I Know It - January

January was a whirlwind of a month to say the least, but in an amazing way. It feels like I experienced so much of life in just 30 days. I ended my New Year’s post with, “here’s to a year of fulfilled purpose, passion, love, and genuine happiness,” that’s the perfect way to summarize this first month.

This month I… started the last semester of my undergraduate career (still can’t believe this) taking classes I’m actually passionate about (Yoruba, Modern Africa, Principles of Interaction Design, and Algorithms & Complexity), finally got involved with the Austin tech community, went to San Francisco and actually vlogged about it, started working more in coffeeshops and got more done, went weave-less, lost 7.5 pounds (woah there), got a couple blog sponsorships, and started the 100 Days of Happy challenge (follow me on Instagram to see what makes me happy for the next 98 days).

I also kept my monthly goals! My theory that if I posted my goals on my blog I would make an effort to do them proved to be right. I literally made sure I kept to them just so I would be able to write this post saying I did. My goals for the month were to:

1. Finally finish Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Outliers’ – This book was everything. I read it on a flight and finished the entire book before landing. I’ve found myself quoting it without realizing and I think it’s had a lot to do with my new-found motivation and productivity. Gladwell analyzes why the successful achieved what they did and showed that success is much more than just a result of hard work. One thing that really stuck out to me was the theory that people who mastered their craft, put in at least 10,000 hours of practice. That’s focusing 8 hours a day, every single day, on just one particular thing for 4 years. Guess who’s been coding and shooting a lot more?

2. Take my vitamins every morning – I took my vitamins! With the exception of a couple of really busy days, for the most part I made it happen. Yay for a happy, healthy body!

3. Record at least one vlog – I probably would never have posted the vlog of my trip if it weren’t for this annoying goal. But, I did it and learned a couple important lessons that will come in handy for my next vlog… like getting over looking strange while filming in public.

4. Create a budget for the semester – This was probably the most important goal and the one I’m most proud of. I created a budget (mainly cutting down eating out and shopping) and kept to it this month. I’m notorious for buying groceries and watching them go to waste because I eat out so frequently, but this month I ate at home 90% of the time and got back into the cooking groove (made some bomb dinners if I do say so myself). As an unanticipated result, eating in forced me to eat better, so that plus my 5 day a week workout schedule contributed to my weight loss this month. Not planning on losing any more weight, but uhh t-minus 6 weeks until I’m on a beach in Puerto Rico.

If February follows the same groove as January, I’ll be a lucky girl. Next month, I’m taking a trip to Boston, getting some (hopefully good) life changing news, and showing myself some l-o-v-e this Valentine’s.

 

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5 Resources for the Busy Creative | Part I

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10 Resources for the Busy Creative

Balancing school, my creative hobbies, and my collection of small businesses would be nearly impossible without a handful of tools to help me keep my thoughts and ideas together, be more productive, manage my time, and keep track of… just about everything in my life. I can’t fathom what life was like for busy individuals before technology and the internet. I would be doing a serious disservice to this blog if I didn’t share the very tools that keep me sane, so I compiled a list of some of the best resources for creatives, especially those who are trying to make the most of their 24 hours. Some of these tools could apply to any individual, “creative” or not.

1. Pocket

Ever stumble on something interesting online that you simply want to read later? Rather than clogging your browser full of bookmarks that are hard to organize, let me introduce you to the best friend to my cluttered brain. Pocket lets you save anything, anywhere, to your personal “pocket” which you can access from any of your devices. Example from today: I stumbled upon a New York Times article this morning that I wouldn’t have time to read before I headed to the gym, so I saved it to Pocket in as few steps as a right-click on the link and read it from my phone later in the evening while I was waiting on a latte. It’s that simple, yet also jam-packed with awesome features and a nice interface. There are other read-later services, but in my opinion, Pocket still wins. You can also learn how to use Pocket like a pro.

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2. OneNote / Evernote

If you’re not using at least one of these applications, you’re not doing productivity right. I love OneNote because it feels like a blank canvas for my creativity (using this with pen-enabled devices is honestly magic waiting to happen). I use OneNote to keep track of everything related to this blog, from branding to future blog posts. Additionally, I use it to maintain documentation and gather inspiration for client projects. Evernote is home to literally every single one of the notes I’ve taken through my 4 years of college. A little bit more fun, if you follow me on Twitter, you’d know that I love a great quote. I’ve kept track of every meaningful quote I’ve stumbled on (whether online or in literature) on an infinite Evernote document. Both of these tools make note taking easy, organized, and accessible. The basic point is the ability to bring your ideas, creativity, thoughts, and notes to one digital space. These days, I use OneNote tons more than Evernote because it’s more like a notebook and is great for brainstorming. Evernote has proven to be great for organization, storage, and basically spectacular information management.

3. Intuitive Color Picker

My fellow creatives that work with color palettes will love this one! Stumped on a color scheme? Play around with this color picker for a couple of minutes and I’m sure you’ll find a winner. When you load the page, the entire screen fills up with one single color, as you move your mouse around it changes, and clicking when you see a color you like ‘saves’ it to the palette. You’re also conveniently provided with the hex values.

Color Picker
Still can’t come up with a palette you love? Check out pltts.me for great palettes created by others.

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Apartment Inspiration: Live + Work

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I’ve recently picked up the extremely time consuming hobby of apartment hunting. As many of you know, I’m moving to Seattle, WA (for good) at the end of the summer. With all my excitement and love for interiors, I’ve already (the early bird gets the worm?) begun the hunt with the hopes of finding an amazing loft space in the heart of the city. I’m envisioning a really open floor plan (with enough room for a makeshift studio), huge windows, and high ceilings. The likelihood of finding that in the city, without breaking my budget, is slim… but I’m hopeful.

Being a creative, especially as photographer and designer, a lot of my work often gets done at home. That’s why workspaces are really important to me; I feel as though a workspace should inspire creativity and the transition between living and working should be seamless. I’ve taken to Apartment Therapy, Pinterest, and my favorite interior blogs to feed my excitement for my future space. I would describe my decor style as very minimalistic with a pop of color and sometimes muted chic. I sense this is the beginning of a new series on my blog, I can’t keep these gorgeous interiors to myself!

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VLOG! A Week in the Bay

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Pinterest HQ

I’m back in Texas from my trip to the bay area (refer to last post) and using the word ‘phenomenal’ to describe the past couple of days would be an understatement. I landed in San Francisco without much of a plan for the next couple of days except what I was doing that day, and as though it was divinely orchestrated… everything simply fell into place. My days were spent going back and forth between west, east, and south bay, visiting offices (namely Pinterest, Box, Apple, Twitter, Clever, and Yahoo) meeting people, and just being inspired. I left on the trip with the hope to immerse myself in the tech scene for a few days, what I didn’t expect was to meet strangers turned friends that would have such a profound effect on me. I’m a couple of days shy of starting my last semester of college and I’m currently so invigorated about my future, passions, and the powerful force that is the tech industry. My days there all seemed to reflect a central theme that can be summarized by one of my absolute favorite quotes by Steve Jobs about the work you will do in life.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

I recently realized that I romanticize my work the same way I do love. I’ve always been the type of girl to chase a fairy tale, the realism of which could be debated. But, that’s the same way I think about my future and career. I yearn to be hopelessly in love with the work I do, for the realization of my purpose to be love at first sight, and these past few days showed me that when it comes to the tech industry, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.

I really tried to document my adventures for you all, but I must admit I didn’t do it justice. My days were super fast paced and involved a lot of commute time between different parts of Silicon Valley, but you can see some clips below. (I took tons of pictures at places where I didn’t record)

Here was my schedule for trip, as you can see it was pretty busy!

Thursday:
9:35am – Flight departed AUS
1:05pm – Landed in SFO
1:30pm – BART (the train) to Oakland (drop off suitcases)
2:30pm – BART to San Francisco
3:30pm – Meet K at Pinterest HQ
4:30pm – Carpool to Los Altos, CA (1 hour trip)
6:00pm – Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner at Box HQ in Los Altos
8:00pm – Carpool back to San Francisco
9:00pm – Meet C at BART, head to Oakland
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