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    Oh, Palm Springs

    06.16.2014 / TRAVEL

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    One of the reasons I launched Clementine Daily was to become more intentional in my collaborative efforts. Blogging / writing / “Internet-working” as a whole can be a terribly isolating career, even for an introvert like myself, and I found myself craving daily interaction with other women. Women who, like me, are interested in creating a simpler, more sweeter life for themselves, hoping to nurture their day so it spills out into the lives of others.

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    But the solution, of course, was the problem: we all live in multiple cities. The Internet makes the world smaller in the best of ways, but what it doesn’t do is facilitate late-night conversations over wine and cheese, or early morning breakfast diner runs where the grapefruit juice is ripe and the conversation inspired. So a year ago I created a goal for this team – to gather annually for a retreat to celebrate the hard work of launching a start-up website, sure, but also to celebrate the worthy work of connecting with women beyond our immediate communities.

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    And when Buick approached me with a dream scenario – the ability to cross off an item on my “bucket list” this summer – I knew exactly what item I’d choose. It was time for an annual staff retreat. It was time for Palm Springs.

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    In a matter of weeks, plans were made and emails were sent and a flurry of flights were booked (and loads of exclamation points exchanged, for sure). And on a sunny morning in June, we all touched down in LAX to embark on a celebratory caravan to Palm Springs for architectural sight-seeing, vintage shopping and poolside lounging.

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    If you’re curious, we drove both the Buick Encore and Buick Enclave, both of which were perfect fits for our group. When I’d get carried away chatting about home births and Rosebud salve, the custom turn signal mirror would alert me to blind spots in the side view mirror. And when we were too enchanted with the enchanting colors, mountain views and midcentury neighborhoods to stay on the road, the lane departure warning would sound and we’d be back on track in no time.

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    And of course, a must for bloggers: USB ports aplenty for phone and tech charging galore.

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    We drove and drove and drove to the soundtrack of Sirius XM, new friendships budding between each stanza. There were roadside stops for gas station snacks and detour drives to snap photos of those captivating sunsets. And perhaps most importantly, there were conversations that unfolded between each mile marker, unmatched and all-encompassing. It was as if our friendships bent with the highway – onward, upward, weaving themselves together, pressing forward to some sort of worthy destination.

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    We’re not perfect and we’re not even all that similar, but we’re similar in what matters: we’re trying. We process our lives through words and pictures. We swap stories and share wisdom and strive to not strive too much.

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    And if I learned anything from this retreat, it was this: that between the architectural sight-seeing and vintage shopping and poolside lounging, all we really needed to discover was the power of connection – the truest destination of all.

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    A huge thank you to Buick for creating a bucket full of Clementine Daily memories. See more of our adventures on Twitter and Instagram with hashtag #buickbucketlist !

    • Palm Springs – one of my favorite places. Thanks for inspiring me and helping me plan my next trip.

      • Me too! The juxtaposition of desert oasis and mountains and palm trees and architecture (and pools!) is just too much for me to take. :)

    • Erin

      Hello from one Erin to another — great post! Reminded me how important it is to stay committed to our respective bucket lists. I’ve been feeling pretty discouraged lately about my creative endeavours but it really is just time to pull up my socks and get busy.

      On a totally different vein, I absolutely love the white dress with black piping that one of the ladies above is wearing in the pix. Where did it come from??? Would love to get my hands on one!

      Keep up the great blog work! It’s always such a treat to stop by.

      e.

      • Hi Erin: It’s from Madewell! That’s our style editor; isn’t she darling? Wishing you much luck as you pull up those socks and get busy! :)

    • Duane Fortier

      Just passed my 1st Year of owning my ENCORE….LOOOOVE this Car…Color:Espresso Interior..Saddle Brown Leather. She Drives & Rides like a DREEEEAM….:)

      • So happy to hear that – we definitely loved it!

    • How lovely!!! I hope to be able to take my own staff on a retreat as wonderful as this. Congratulations to Clementine Daily!

    • oh erin, your writing is captivating. I think this portion could stand for many arenas in life: “We’re not perfect and we’re not even all that similar, but we’re similar in what matters: we’re trying. We process our lives through words and pictures. We swap stories and share wisdom and strive to not strive too much.” just beautiful. glad you girls could enjoy a retreat to palm springs. it’s one of my favorite spots!

      • Thank you sweet Laura. :) You’re such a kind spirit!

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