Meet Rebe Burgess, the talented designer behind namesake label REBE.
For our 2023, 10 Years in the Making series, we sat down with Rebe to chat about her first AOL diary, her own 10 year achievements, what organisation brings to her life & what she's looking forward to in the next chapter that is 2023.
Traditional Place Name: Hawera, Taranaki
How many years have you been using an An Organised Life diary? Do you remember your first one?
I have been using an AOL Diary for a number of years now and I really can’t function without it! I do remember my first one, I actually still have it! I keep all my yearly diaries as little mementos, something my Poppa used to do.
What 2023 diary style did you pick & why did you choose that style?
I chose the A5 Daily Planner in Beige. The beige leather is super chic, I love having a full page per day and it’s an easy size to fit in your bag.
What is your favourite feature in your 2023 diary & how will it keep you organised?
Again, it’s the full page per weekday. I write down everything (to-do, goals, notes) therefore enjoy having the space! I also love the “goal for the week” prompts.
What does organisation bring to your life?
It keeps me productive! There are many facets to owning a business and juggling everything can become very overwhelming. I rely on putting pen to paper and writing out my goals and to-do list at the start of each day/week. This helps to declutter the mind and gives structure. Nothing feels better than crossing things off your list.
Top organisation hack?
Quite simply my AOL Diary! Plus organising emails into subject folders - makes things so much easier when trying to find specific threads.
What is one personal, professional or financial goal you’ll be tracking in your 2023 diary?
The growth of my brand, REBE. I will be expanding the collection next year, moving into RTW. Watch this space!
Reflect on the past 10 years, what's a goal you’re most proud to have achieved or greatest learning?
I’m really proud of what I've achieved professionally, having worked as a buyer over the years, I’ve been able to travel a lot with work which has always been a dream! I’ve made some extremely special, lifelong connections along the way too. Taking the plunge and starting my own label was super daunting and there have been a number of challenges I’ve had to navigate, but on reflection I recognise now that the challenging times are all part of the journey, you work through them, you learn and you grow - a little cliché but very true!
What will this next year, this next chapter bring to your life? What are you most looking forward to in 2023?
I’m excited for the next chapter of REBE. 2023 actually signifies a huge transition professionally. I'll be leaving my full time job (of 7 years!) to focus solely on my business. Big changes. A little scary, but so ready!