A few months ago I was scrolling through the #debtfree hashtag on Instagram and I stumbled upon a few people who were paying off their debt by selling/re-selling clothes through Poshmark. I remembered downloading Poshmark years ago but being so confused by it that I immediately deleted the app.
I decided to give it another shot and one day before work in the middle of February, I uploaded 5 or 6 items to my Poshmark closet and got to work following people in hopes of gaining a following, even though I had no idea what that meant or how it would help.
It’s been a crazy, exhausting two months since then and this is how well it’s gone for me so far:
I keep encouraging my friends to start selling their stuff on Poshmark, and I’ve been getting so many questions that I realized it’s worth it to share on my blog, because I want to see people succeed.
This is going to be broken down into a zillion few blog posts. Here’s the list; you’ll notice the last blog post is for questions – please hit me up with your questions throughout this series, and I’ll answer them in the last blog post!
If you don’t have Poshmark, here’s a quick overview. It’s an app (and site, but functions primarily as an app) where you can post and sell clothes OR you can shop and buy clothes. It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy kanye yeezy. I added that last part in. You can download the app here and use the code BWCTE and you’ll get $5 to spend (and so will I!). You can shop my closet here:
omg how embarrassing… April is almost 1/2way over and I’m only just sharing my monthly goals… whoops! I had some sponsored posts that landed on my normal posting schedule, and then I kind of kept forgetting.
Let me be honest, too. I’m kind of dreading parts of this month’s goals. IDK, maybe I’m just so ultra lazy these days, but I hate writing goals I feel I’ll fail at, and I’m scared that’s what’s going to happen this month so FIRST let’s go back to last month, which I did really really well at!
March Goals recap
Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (nailed it!)
Save $1k (boom! PLUS $250 extra!)
Read through Harry Potter books 4 & 5
I just… forgot. Usually I set small daily goals where I’ll try to read 3-4 chapters or something, and I just kind of forgot. PLUS can we talk about how books 1-3 are pretty normal length and then book 4 is like HUUUUGE. I kind of overlooked that.
Try 3 Tone It Up recipes
I tried one. Oops.
Visit a new coffee shop (Blend)
Add 75 to my gratitude journal (yay! I love the discipline of making note of things I’m grateful for!)
Get a manicure
My mom got me a manicure before we went to Disneyland, a tradition. It would have been nice if it had remained in tact for all of the cool pictures of the ring on my hand after Justen proposed but whatever, haha.
Donate 100 items
At first I was keeping a list, and then I ended up just going batshhh crazy and just donated bags and bags of stuff, way more than 100.
Touch an elephant
YAY! I was SO EXCITED we made this one happen. So so so excited!
Leave a $20 tip
Towards the end of the month I realized that having a $20 bill in my wallet, ready and waiting to tip, was unrealistic. So I left a $20 tip for my mocha at Stonehill Coffeehouse, the cute little coffee shop I stop by nearly every day on my way to nannying.
Total: 8/10 or 80%. You can read my mid-month check in for March here.
Let’s move on to April. I’m not dreading as many of these as I thought when I re-wrote them, but man it starts with the one I’m ugghhhh about.
Attempt a 5k
I’m trying to raise $1500 for The Mocha Club before I do this 5k, but nobody seems to be supporting it, which is so frustrating and disappointing.
Listen to the M-O songs in my iTunes library
One of my 101 things is to listen to every song in my iTunes library, and that takes work. I made a playlist by the names of artists to listen to, and I start where I left off so that I can be diligent about listening to it all. I can’t wait for O because it turns out I have a LOT of Otis Redding I’ve never listened to outside of a CD.
Document an ordinary day in pictures
WHY IS THIS ONE ALWAYS SO HARD FOR ME UGH. I think it’s because I’m just really boring.
Fly a kite
Last summer I attempted to fly a kite. I wish flying a kite was a natural skill.
Organize under my bed.
3 miles a day for 2 weeks
Okay so I impulsively did something. I joined a StepBet game. I bet $40 on myself that I would meet the FitBit step goals they decided were realistic and challenging for me. Since I’m attempting a 5k and trying to get my $40 back, I realized this would be a great one to cross off as well but dangit I am so lazy I am dreading this bad.
Finish Krystin’s gift
Like… 5? 6? years ago I started making my friend Krystin a birthday gift that I didn’t finish in time so I said it would be a Christmas gift… then a birthday gift… then a… yeah I just need to finish the freaking thing.
Start a She Reads Truth study.
One of my 101s is to do a SRT study. My faith has been struggling. I ordered a SRT study to do myself, and since I don’t know how long they last I decided the goal was just to START it.
Finish Harry Potter #4 and start #5.
Being realistic about it this time, though I’m sure I could do a lot more damage to #5 if I stopped watching old seasons of TV shows, just saying.
Since I’m pausing my debt repayment to save money, I made the goal of saving $750/month in addition to paying my car and living my life. Saving that would put me at $5,000 for our wedding in August.
+100 to my gratitude journal
I added another one because I wanted something I could be working on at any given moment (the gratitude journal part). I think part of what took me so long to post them was because I kept wanting to go back and change it, but you know what… it’s written in my planner in pen, so it’s sticking and I’m going at it. Trying to keep for at least an 80% success rate!
Often, I’ll stumble upon articles that encourage you to remember that social media isn’t a real depiction of everyday life. Someone will talk about how we stage our pictures, focus on the ultra-positive, and totally dismiss any of the hard stuff in our lives.
I’m going to stand up right now and admit that my social media is not a completely true, accurate reflection of who I am. It is 100% true in what you see, but it’s not 100% true for the whole me. That sounds like it could be a rap song, just saying.
I scrolled through my Facebook Timeline. Wedding-related pictures (asking my flower girls, buying the dress) and Mean Girls stuff, elephants and sparkly things shared by my friends, an alert about Starbucks having toasted coconut syrup, and some pictures of kids I love.
All of that is me. I don’t ever want people to think that I don’t wholly love all of those things.
But what you don’t see is that I’ve stopped posting pictures of myself because I’ve gained so much weight I hate having my pictures taken. I have so much stuff and clutter in my life that I frequently have sobbing fits of overwhelm but I don’t have the time to do much about it because I’m so tired when I get home from work.
You don’t regularly see that I ran into a pro-Trump rally when I was at the Farmer’s Market and started crying, that I question the divisive nature of the current ‘United’ States of America. You don’t see that I don’t know where I stand with hot button issues, that I stopped going to church, that there are a lot of deaths in the families of people I love, that I rarely spend time with people who aren’t Justen and that I don’t really journal anymore.
But you also didn’t see me post about being engaged. I didn’t post about my best friend coming to town to help me pick out my wedding dress. I haven’t posted that I’m moving to Nashville for the summer, or that I drove to camp to ask two sweet girls to be my flower girls. I didn’t share that Rhoda sent me a wonderful card of congratulations, that Justen and I went to Target and registered, and I just found a pair of LuLaRoe leggings in my size AND a pretty peach color for $4.99 at Goodwill.
That’s kind of me and my life in a nutshell, and not much of it is seen on social media.
As I scrolled through my timeline one day I realized that if someone who didn’t know me looked at my timeline, I probably seemed like a happy-go-lucky, light-hearted, optimistic, fun girl. At times I can be those things, but I’m most often pessimistic, judgmental, tired, and timid.
The thing is, I just don’t think those parts of me – the parts I struggle with, the parts I work on and hope to change – belong on social media, because while social media is comprised of my close friends, it’s also comprised of people who don’t know me and haven’t earned the right to see the dark and twisty side of who I am.
I don’t do it to make my life seem perfect or awesome or inspiring or anything, I do it because there’s a difference between being my Facebook friend and being my actual friend, and I reserve the right to keep the two separate, good and bad parts of life.
So there you have it.
I’m not myself on social media, and I don’t feel bad about it at all.
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I LOVE SPRING! Winter seems to drag on longer and longer each year so at the first glimpse of a flower in bloom I literally lose my mind with excitement. A few weeks ago I shared an easy spring craft with you so I figured I might as well share an easy spring RECIPE with you as well!
This recipe is an explosion of everything that is good in the world: color, texture and sweets. The star of the show are the pretty pastels of the spring M&M’S® Milk Chocolate that I picked up at Walmart. Ladies and gentlemen (okay who are we kidding, this is probably just ladies!) I present to you… Bunny Bark!
24 oz white candy melts
8 squares white chocolate melts, divided in 2
1/4 cup mini marshmallows
1/4 cup M&M’S® Milk Chocolate
Small cake pan or tray lined with tinfoil
Gather all of your supplies and make sure to take a cute picture, then follow these simple instructions.
ONE // Melt the candy melts according to package. Usually that is microwaving for a minute, stirring, and then microwaving for 10-15 seconds and stirring in-between to make sure all of the melts are melted but not burned.
TWO // Pour the candy melts into the pan/tray and spread out evenly with a spatula.
THREE // As quick as possible (or after you’ve finished step 1 and while you move on to step 2, if you have a helper) melt the 8 squares of white chocolate melts, stirring in whatever food colors you’ve decided on (I chose pink and green).
FOUR // Pour the colored chocolate melts on top of the candy melts in the pan, using a knife to swirl the colors all around. You’ll want to do this as quickly as possible so that the base layer of candy melts doesn’t harden.
FIVE // Pour on all the garnishes – the marshmallows, sprinkles and of course the M&M’S® Milk Chocolate. Spread them out, and press the bigger treats into the candy melts. I didn’t do this, and wished I had.
SIX // Freeze for an hour, then pull the tray out and begin breaking the bark into smaller pieces. Enjoy. Give away to all your friends!
I picked up a pack of M&M’S® Milk Chocolate in bright spring colors from Walmart, and while I was there I picked up the MARS Variety Bag to give to Justen’s co-workers; full of everyone’s favorite chocolates, the MARS Variety Bag is perfect for Eastering – baskets and hunts. Walmart is the place to go for Easter needs, whether it’s building an Easter basket or filling eggs for an Easter Egg Hunt.
For more fun Spring recipes, make sure you visit MyConfectionCorner.com – it’s full of sweet recipes that feature M&M’S® Milk Chocolate and other Mars brand treats – all available at Walmart.com!
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When I was in high school, I was the Water Drinking Master. I would fill up a big pitcher of water and take it downstairs with me to drink when I watched TV. I had no problem in peeing clear (you know, the sign of being REALLY REALLY hydrated) and since I had yet to discover coffee, it was literally the only thing I consumed.
Fast forward 15 years and I struggle to consume enough water every day. In fact, when I complain about not feeling well due to a headache or stomachache or just feeling off, Justen asks me if I’ve had any water lately. The answer, 9 times out of 10, is a sheepish, “well.. no.”
There are two methods people have to determine how much water you should be drinking. The first is based on the individual: you take your weight and divide it by two. That’s how many ounces you should drink every day. The other one is just 64 ounces (8 x 8oz glasses).
Drinking water can be HARD! Especially now that I’m trying to get ready for my wedding (omg what!) I’m working on taking care of myself better, including drinking more water. Here are five ways to sneak more water into your day:
#1. Carry your water bottle everywhere.
Here’s an easy one: Have a water bottle with you at all times, so that you always have access to water. Every time you leave your house make sure you fill up your water bottle to take with you. It’s hard to drink more water if you’re never around it!
#2. Get a bigger water bottle
If the recommended amount of water is 64 oz a day, get a water bottle that requires you to fill up less. I love this Contigo AUTOSEAL® Chill Bottle because it’s 24 ounces! That means that you only have to fill it up three times and you’ve exceeded your daily goal! I love the function of this water bottle – it has a spill-proof lid with auto seal technology, so you press and release the water. While you carry your water bottle everywhere you don’t have to worry about spills or leaks. It even has spout cover to keep dirt and germs away.
I picked one up at Target (they’re only $19.99 for a limited time!) for me and my best friend Emily. We each chose Target exclusive colors; mine was Very Berry, hers was Matte Black with Iced Aqua. They were located on an endcap in the housewares aisle or you can pick yours up online here.
#3. Write a checklist in your planner
I love to check things off of lists, so every day I write little boxes in my planner so I can check things off as I do them, and there’s always a spot for water. Knowing that you have a goal and a way to track it definitely helps.
#4. Set an alarm
If you’re like me, sometimes you start your day off well and with great plans for the day and before you know it the day is gone. All too often I’ve chugged a LOT of water right before bed which has caused me to wake up in the middle of the night to pee – I’d rather stay hydrated throughout the day if it was up to me. To help remember, you can set an alarm to go off as often as you need to remember to take some chugs.
#5. Sip at red lights.
After you start taking your water bottle everywhere, don’t miss out your chance to sneak water in while you’re in the car! Get in the habit of taking a few sips while you’re at red lights.
Especially with winter melting to spring and leading into summer, it’s so important to stay hydrated! Check for the Contigo Autoseal Chill Water bottle at Target and check out Contigo on Instagram and Facebook to stay inspired to keep hydrated.