These Days…

Yes, things have been a little quiet around here. Between my new job and The Hello Sessions, there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day! I know that, in our world, the word “busy” has become a bad word–but I am busy. I’m at this point where I’m figuring out what works and what doesn’t to help me juice as much as I can out of each day. So far it’s come down to this:

  • First thing in the morning, throw a load of laundry in the washer and then do a quickie workout
  • Work on The Hello Sessions for an hour
  • Begin the workday and–this is important–close all un-related browser windows
  • Go somewhere in the afternoons! I begin falling asleep after lunch, but working at a cafe always perks me up. I get so much more done.
  • Work on freelance projects or The Hello Sessions for an hour or two at night

“Testing” is a big thing at my new job, and I have to say that I’ve kind of fallen in love with it too. Every week, I’m tweaking things, seeing what works and what doesn’t, and I’m seeing the results in inching closer to my goals.

Since I’m not able to update Frock Files as frequently, you can find me over at The Hello Sessions’ blog each week, where I’m writing about more of these little ideas that make for big, happy changes in our lives.

Love, Joy

Life Update: Yes, I’m alive!

Frock Files New Job Recap

Hello, friends! It’s true, despite the month-long silence, I really am still here. The first month in my new role came and went before I could catch my breath. It wasn’t an easy month–in fact, for a few days there, it was downright rough–but then someone reminded me that nothing would work unless I began to rely on myself and things became much sunnier. My brain has so many new wrinkles in it because I’m learning a TON. It feels like a switch turned on in my brain and I want to learn everything.

Here are three things that I’ve learned in the last month:

I love having a plan: By nature, I’m not a huge planner. But for my new role, I spend a lot of time preparing for action–making sure that I understand what my goals are, how I’m going to reach them, breaking it down nearly to the day (and sometimes to the hour). As a “Let’s try it and see what happens” person, I was at first alarmed by all this planning. Then, I saw how much easier it made my day-to-day work and I fell in love with it.

DOING is my steez: Yet, once those plans were made, I was beyond eager to implement the actions. It’s in the doing that I find my state of flow. I’m happiest on the days that I can look at the plan I made, see what I’ve done that day to get incrementally closer to the goal, and knock something off my to do list.

Time. Is. FLYING. As in: It’s JUNE? What?! The time issue really hit me last week when all of a sudden Melissa and I realized that it was time for tickets to go on sale for The Hello Sessions. This crazy, amazing dream that we’ve had for the past two years is a reality now, with actual attendees, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Thanks for sticking with me, and for all of you who have emailed to see how things are going. The fact of the matter is that things are pretty amazing. It’s summertime! I’m liking my new job! We’re healthy! (Even Kona!)

Now I’m just trying to figure out how to fit an extra 6 hours into the day. I’ll be focusing on time management over the next few weeks, and I’ll post my discoveries here on the blog.

No more disappearing. Promise.

Love, Joy

The Hello Sessions Newsletter

Tickets for The Hello Sessions

The Hello Sessions from Joy Uyeno on Vimeo.

Do you know that feeling of disbelief that happens you’ve been planning something for so long that you can’t quite believe it’s arrived? That’s how Melissa and I are feeling about the fact that we’ll be opening up ticket sales for The Hello Sessions very, very soon.

In case you’ve missed our previous posts about The Hello Sessions, it’s a workshop-based conference that we’re hosting in Portland, OR this October. We always wanted a hands-on style conference, and we kept hoping for one in the Pacific Northwest. Instead of waiting around for it to happen, we created our dream conference, featuring some of the most inspiring creative minds we know, with the support of our awesome friends.

Since much of the conference will involve close interaction with our (super amazing) workshop leaders, we only have room for 150 attendees. We’ll be announcing ticket sales through our newsletter, so sign up here to get the word first. With such an incredible day of learning planned, we expect that tickets will go quickly.

Visit our website for more details on our workshop leaders, the day’s schedule, and our sponsors. We would love to see you there!

A HUGE thank you to Tan and Ryan of Squirrelly Minds for traveling to Portland to create this fantastic video for us during our announcement brunch!

The Hello Sessions Newsletter

Life Update: I Have a New Job!

Frock Files: I Have a New Job!

When we came back from Hawaii a few weeks ago, things had changed. Yes, we were browner and more relaxed and a few pounds heavier, but there was one other thing, too. While we were traveling, I received a job offer that was so good and exciting and wonderful that there was no way I could walk away. So I said yes. Yes, yes, yes.

Leaving my current role at the university isn’t easy because I have loved working there. I’ve formed awesome relationships with my coworkers and our award-winning team. They’re just the best, smartest, most talented people around. I’ve nurtured the school’s social media presence–we call it my baby, which is what it feels like. And I have great pride in the university, which has risen up from its underdog days to become an awesome research institution. I’ll miss it, and I’ll be forever grateful that my team gave me the chance to prove myself there. We have done incredible things together.

All that said, I’m so ridiculously excited about what’s ahead in my new role. I’ll be handling social media and community engagement for a company that helps people to find their dream jobs, to negotiate better, to essentially become better, more confident versions of themselves. For years, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life but their materials helped me to figure it out and even to land my job at the university! I have to admit, it was a little odd to interview with the company that taught me how to interview. But because the materials are all about being an authentic, high performing individual, the impact is universal. I’m thrilled that I’ll get to be part of this impressive, growing team of rock stars.

My new job is completely remote, which means I’ll be spending a lot more time here in my home office. Way back when, I painted it dark grey, and while I’ve enjoyed my little cave, I’m beginning to feel like it might not do for 40+ hours each week. So another change is on the way–a white washed, sunny office (to match our white washed, sunny bedroom!).

If you see me and I have paint splatters all over myself, it’s because it’s going to take a LOT of primer to cover up my previous paint job. But I know that once it’s done, it will feel like a fresh start. Like spring.

 

Local’s Guide to Visiting Oahu

Local's Guide to Visiting Oahu

My dear friend Sarah Khandjian of Sarah Hearts will be visiting Oahu for the first time in May, so she asked for a few recommendations. Since we just got back from there (where my entire family still lives), everything was fresh in my mind–and I may have gotten a little carried away! If you’re looking for awesome places to eat, play, and shop that both locals and visitors enjoy, this is the post for you.

Honolulu: By Honolulu, I don’t mean Waikiki. I really don’t like to go to Waikiki because it’s such a weird place full of other people’s ideas of what they think Hawaii is supposed to be like. It’s fun for a couple of days and then it gets old. Here are a few places we love that are just outside of Waikiki, in the parts of Honolulu that locals actually go to

Kaimuki: A warning that this neighborhood isn’t very pretty but is chock full of great little gems. My sister lives around here, so we’ve done our fair share of exploring! Most of the things we love are food related. You can have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Town (so delicious!), coffee at Coffee Talk, or dim sum at Happy Days. I adore the Sugarcane boutique. You can also drive up the road to Kahala Mall where there are more boutiques, a Whole Foods (if you want to stock up for your hotel/condo/cottage), and some good restaurants.

Hawaii Kai: Just past Kaimuki and Kahala is Hawaii Kai, home to beautiful beaches. If you like to snorkel, head to Hanauma Bay. You might even see some turtles there!

Local's Guide to Visiting Oahu

Chinatown: Eat lunch or dinner at The Pig and the Lady, visit the authentic lei stands (that locals actually go to!), and if you can, catch a show at the historic Hawaii Theatre.

Local's Guide to Visiting Oahu

The Windward Side: We always stay in Kailua, even though it’s not really near anyone we know, because it’s so beautiful. The drive in and out of the Windward side always makes us feel like we’re heading into Jurassic Park. If you’re in the market for accommodations, there are lots of good ones out here–usually $150 or less, with a kitchenette and free parking. This one has been our favorite. Here are some other things we love in this laid back area:

Ho’omaluhia Botanical GardensI’ll pause here to say that I’m not really a botanical gardens kind of person, but this place is so magical and breathtaking that we make an effort to go every time we’re in Hawaii. It’s tranquil and lush. There are lots of places to sit and enjoy the atmosphere, so it’s a great place to bring a picnic.

Valley of the TemplesWe like to go here because it’s a little like popping into some gorgeous part of Japan for an hour or so. You can ring the gong, enjoy the koi, visit the big Buddha, and take some incredible photos.

Lanikai Beach

Boots & Kimo’s and Cinnamon’s are both Kailua institutions for breakfast or brunch. You’ll need a nap after eating at either!

 

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North Shore: You can drive from Kailua to the North Shore along Kamehameha Highway, which is very scenic. The route takes you along the perimeter of the island, through some VERY down home country towns. When we did it last week, we saw a bunch of signs that said things like, “Keep the country country!” Which probably sounds really southern, but actually means that they don’t want any strip malls on their beachfront properties.

Waimea Bay: Basically all you could ever hope for in a beach in Hawaii. I like to try to get there on the earlier side or else it can be difficult to find parking.

Hale’iwa Town: This is a little surf town and I just love it! If you only visit one of the places from this email, I think it should be Hale’iwa. It’s just so charming. We like Papoku’s for lunch (a real, Hawaii style plate lunch), Matsumoto’s for shave ice, and all of the little stores that line the streets.

Oh, now I’m homesick all over again!

P.S. Previous Oahu recommendations: Part 1 and Part 2

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