I can’t begin to explain the peaceful and free feeling I felt while gliding through the water of our new pool at 6a this morning. There were no lawns being mowed, no dogs barking, no buses barreling down the street. Just me, the sunshine, the birds, and the water.
So my friend turned me on to this site called #Poshmark. It’s somewhat of an online fashion consignment shop where you can sell your new or gently used clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories at a discounted price. You set the price, a buyer can either pay the listed price or they can request a lower price, then you have the option of counter-offering, declining or accepting. Poshmark keeps their share and they cover shipping, and you get your share – you just have to print the shipping label and drop it in the mail quickly.
It’s really an awesome thing that seems like it should be more popular than it is! I sold my first item within just a day or two of being live. May as well try to get some $$ back for those items before discounting them even deeper for a garage sale and then ultimately donating them to charity if you don’t have the right audience. Here, you’re always in front of the right audience!
They’re not paying me anything for this plug – I just think Poshmark.com is a cool site and am passing along the good word.
As we get older, it seems as though time travels by so quickly that we want to slow down so we can cherish every moment and enjoy the days as they pass. I couldn’t agree more with this logic and that I should be living in the ‘now’, not thinking of what might happen three months down the road.
However, when you spend thousands of dollars upgrading your backyard; installing a pool, putting up a fence, and building on an extra 500 SF of decking at the end of fall just in time to close it all up, you pretty much cannot WAIT for that Spring day to come when you can get rid of the ugly black cover, plug in that pump, watch the blue water ripple, pull out the furniture that has been stacked in corners, throw some colorful cushions on them, fire up the grill, and relax in the sun getting some color back into your cheeks.
So while I appreciate today, I’m REALLY going to appreciate THOSE days!!
So if you’ve never ordered from Zulily before, you should know that it’s very different than ordering directly from a merchant site. Sometimes the items take several weeks to arrive at your door. But the price points make wait worth it.
Once in a while, you might receive a damaged item like the one I received over the weekend. It is technically still wearable, but not something one should have to pay for…right!?
Well let me tell you, Zulily has the BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER! I should know, since that’s the name of my game. These people responded to my legitimate complaint within an hour of submittal, refunded my card, told me to keep the damaged merchandise, AND gave me a credit to come back and shop with them again. THAT is how you treat a customer and THAT is how you get said customer to write a glowing review to share with their network.
Of course we all have our vices that are brought to front and center on January 1 of any given year. For the entire month of January (or at least for the first week anyway), those items get a new title called ‘Resolutions’. Resolutions are typically not warm fuzzies. They’re more like cold pricklies that jab at you when you go to bed at night or while you’re in the shower thinking how good you’re going to be and doggone it this year you’re really going to make it happen!
Pfft. Whatevs. Let’s regroup in February, then again in May when you want to get into that bathing suit or in October when you want those jeans to look better or better yet, let’s talk again in December as we’re setting the same goals for next year. It’s a never-ending, vicious cycle, right?!
This morning, I read a blog that helped me to realize that it’s not only the actions that need to change. It’s much deeper and quite a bit easier than that. I don’t necessarily need to get up at 4:45 to get to the gym…I just need to MOVE throughout the day. I don’t need to eat broccoli for dinner every night…I just need to eat LESS of what I’m already eating (and probably not as much fried shit and maybe choose water over sodie more often). It’s changing the way you THINK that will create the ripple effect and impact your actions.
Be proud of your small accomplishments. Be grateful that the people in your life are supporting you no matter what. Take the pressure off and ENJOY life – just try to make healthier choices while doing so.
After shopping nearly non-stop for the last 30-45 days, we are officially broke…exhausted…and cranky. Don’t get me wrong, giving is one of the most rewarding things one can do, and when it comes to the holidays, we do it right. We don’t skimp. We both come from amazing families that really know how to spread the love during Christmastime.
I think we had a total of 7 or 8 holiday parties / gatherings this month plus 2 birthdays, 2 basketball tournaments, 2 sick kiddos, 2 canceled hair appointments, a dentist appointment, and a partridge in a pear tree!
I feel so blessed to be this tired. If it weren’t for all of the friends and family and love surrounding us, we wouldn’t be in this pickle. And I sure don’t mind being in this pickle.
Hope your holidays were crazy and chaotic and exhausting too!!
I grew up in the burbs…in a bubble. I’ve had two traffic tickets in my entire life (and one was for not using my turn signal). Crime is foreign to me. I’m an in-denial, slightly naive, white woman in my 40’s. And I’m sick…and…tired of race cards, blame, and entitlement.
I feel kids aren’t being taught the basic values and principles these days: be kind, obey the law, respect your elders, study hard at school, and work your ass off. That is the only formula that a child of any ethnicity ever needs to know to be successful in this life!
Stop brainwashing your kids in to thinking that police officers are bad. Instead, encourage them to BECOME a police officer and be a positive force to other children in the neighborhood. Be attentive. Listen to them. Discipline them. Lead by example. Teach consequences for actions.
These things are FREE folks. It doesn’t matter where you are or what color skin you have or how much money you make. If you aren’t doing these things, then YOU are at fault and YOU are the problem. When you don’t build a home with a foundation, it is more likely to crumble. When you don’t raise a child with foundational principles, they are more likely to become criminals.
These people looting and rioting and setting businesses in their own town on fire…these are people with no regard to others. They are not at home feeling guilty for what they’ve done. They are planning their next theft. And when one of them gets arrested, or comes into harm’s way because of that theft, we’ll start this whole thing over as their family members blame it on the officer(s) instead of coming to terms with the fact that had their child NOT broken the law, none of this would have happened.
So can we just stop blaming others, take control of our own homes and families, and make this world a better place by simply making a choice to do the RIGHT thing?
Today’s story involved an employee, an escort from work in handcuffs, a baby mama, jail, a sister, a co-signature on a rental car that was never returned and was used in several smash n grabs, $500 bond, and three days of missed work.
I hope you enjoyed the just-enough-to-make-you-glad-it’s-not-you version. Good day.
We are a household of man, wife, one bulldog, two maine coon cats, and two bonus daughters (14 and 8) every other weekend and once a week. This, in itself, keeps one’s stress level at an even 7 with work, dinner, laundry, cleaning, miscellaneous chores, sports, vets, keeping a smile on my face, etc. Throw a pool / fence / deck install into the mix and that stress level skyrockets to an 11. Budgeting has taken on an entirely new meaning. Time management is a thing of the past. Now we just do what we can in the hours that we’re awake and leave whatever is left to the list for the next day (or week…don’t judge).
I miss the UPS truck stopping at our house. I miss seeing ten o’clock. I miss attitude-less conversations with my bonus daughters. I miss the times when there wasn’t a dog snoring between me and my husband in bed. I miss my normal resting heart rate.
While I miss all of these things, I can’t begin to explain how excited I am knowing that a few months of this level of stress will be worth it when we can open our brand new pool in the late Spring next year and RELAX while floating on a raft or sunbathing on a chaise lounge or entertain in a rocker by the fire pit. None of these things would have been possible without a little extra stress.
So I say, bring on the stress!! If all payouts are like this, then bring-it-on!!
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