Part Time Poshmark Sharing Goals

Monday, January 15, 2018

My original title for this post was Part Time Poshmark, Full Time Drama.  It didn't make sense but it made me laugh so now I'm forcing you to see it.  You're welcome.

I have a full time job as a grants administrator working 8:30-4:30PM.  For the past 3 years, I've dabbled in the art of freelance writing - specifically resume writing.  Resume writing comes with pretty strict deadlines for first drafts and rewrites within the space of a week.  A few years ago, I also started selling all of my junk (and my grandfather's) on eBay and last January I started to invest in Poshmark.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that I am also a Full Time Certified Procrastinator.

With my day job, resume writing, reselling, and procrastinating, my schedule is tight.  Basically, reselling is a side hustle after my main side hustle.  In 2018, I plan on reducing my resume writing and replacing it with reselling.  Will I ever take it full time?  I don't see it.  However, I also have no idea what my grown up job is going to be, so maybe - but that's a philosophical pursuit that you aren't here to travel with me today.

As we all know, the magic of Poshmark is heavily based on your interactions with it.  A day without sharing is a day down the tubes.  For 2018, I made this sheet that I have hanging above my desk detailing how I am going to participate and boost my chances within the ever-elusive algorithm.   I wanted a way to keep myself accountable, map growth, and notice trends.  Sometimes, Poshmark feels like a vacuum of activity with no trackability.

There are a bunch of motivational tidbits to make me smile and get my butt in gear (I made this on Canva, by the way).  It also lessens my anxiety by making me feel like I'm in control in some weird way.  It isn't an overwhelming amount to struggle with either early in the morning before work or when I'm mid-evening chowing down on an unhealthy dinner and binging YouTube videos.  I also like that I can spread out completing these goals over the course of the day and I don't have to make room in my schedule for the 30 Minute Method (which this is loosely based on).

Each day is preset and I can pursue other things in my life without feeling the need to glue myself to my computer or phone...unless I really feel the need to creep on the Instagrams of all of the Married at First Sight past cast members.

I don't list daily - I'm not there yet and it gives me weird anxiety to have items just sitting.  I'm aware this could also affect the algorithm but really, guys, where would you like me to fit in procrastinating in with a schedule that also involves daily listing?  #priorities

I'm hoping my little sharing plan will evolve with the year.  Do you all have any useful ways to keep yourselves accountable?

Music to Listen to While Crushing Goals

Friday, January 12, 2018

I truly listen to music 24/7.  At work, I have my earbuds plugged in from the moment I walk in until the moment I leave; I'm constantly jumping out of my seat when a co-worker stops by to drop a file in my inbox.  It's become a running joke.  My apartment has never known the sound of silence while I've been in it, at least.  Honestly, I don't know how the guys below me haven't angrily banged on my door or passive aggressively left trash behind my car (I would have).  Especially since my boyfriend got me a Bose speaker for Christmas - we now have BASS and LOUDNESS my friends.

I like to set my moods and activities to music.  Currently these are some of the song I'm bopping to when I'm trying to stay amped about whatever goal I'm trying to crush.  These songs aren't specifically talking about goals or crushing at life in general but

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things - Taylor Swift
I'm aware this is a revenge-like song, but it feels empowering.  It makes me feel like a total badass which I am most certainly not.

True To Your Heart - 98° and Stevie Wonder
I dare you to try to listen this and not immediately feel like you can conquer the world.  It may or may not have been in my Top 5 Played Songs on Spotify in 2017 while doing my dishes...(it totally was).

American Girl - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Don't dive too deep into the lyrics, but if you just listen to the drums and that'll understand.

Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato
Imagine listening to this song while you succeed and shaking your head at all the haters.  I have no haters, but I have a super active imagination and this goes over really well in my head.

...Ready For It - Taylor Swift
I didn't want to add ANOTHER Taylor Swift song to this list, but the title speaks for itself.

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
Need some perseverance?  Look no further than this story of sticking through it no matter how tough things get.

The Fighter - Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood
Interestingly, my most played Spotify song of 2016. 

Rescue - Yuna
This song is about pulling yourself up.  For a brief period in 2016 when I was determined to run (a story for another day), this song gave me so much motivation to do it for myself.

Faith - George Michael
Because most importantly, you gotta have faith!

I Gave Up Social Media for 8 Months

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Yeah, that's not clickbait.

I went without Facebook and Twitter for 8 solid months.  I went 5 months without Instagram, but I maybe had 30 followers and I didn't (and still kind of don't) follow any celebrities or other groups that if I popped open the app, I wasn't falling down a rabbit hole.  These days though, I creep on the entire cast of Vanderpump Rules and after each episode I absolutely stalk their most recent photos and comments for clues to the current status of their relationships with one another.  I should probably give up cyber creeping but that's an issue for another blog post.

Anyway, I eliminated all of these apps and found myself with a lot more time to read and spend with those around me.  I was living with my grandpa in New York at the time.  I still had text messaging to reach out to friends and family.  I started writing resumes as a freelance gig and started making decent money on the side.  I used (and still use) social media as a way to procrastinate - even on the things I actually want to do.  It's pure distraction.

(Sidenote: the election and all of the wasteful posts regarding it actually helped curb my attachment to Facebook.  I unfollowed anyone who sounded violent or overall extreme and my news feed became far less exciting.  It's mostly filled with those I talk to weekly anyway; I don't even have the app on my phone anymore).

My birthday fell during this period and it was really interesting to see who reached out to me.  We rely on Facebook's birthday reminders pretty heavily.  I received far less Happy Birthday messages, but those messages that did come through felt far more genuine and meant that much more.  Overall, I kind of felt more full.

When I decided I wanted to start blogging in the spring of 2015, I recognized the worth in connecting through social media and reactivated my accounts.  I've dropped off using Twitter altogether, however, and mostly function through Instagram now, and I kind of like it that way.  It feels far more personal and simplistic.

The biggest lesson I learned in my social media cleanse was the pure value of disconnecting.  I don't run to respond to every message sent my way.  I'm far more likely to continue enjoying the moment I'm in.  I don't feel it necessary to compare myself to those posting their perfect selfies.  I'm probably addicted to Instagram, but when I see the tell-tale signs, I just delete the app for a day or two and login from a computer to check in on my @decoratethesoul handle.

I'm still torn on social media and the immense pressure it creates.  For example, if you were on bad terms with someone (pre-social media), you could just take some time off from the relationship and cool down.  Now, you're stuck seeing everything single thing they do - where they've checked in for dinner or their live thoughts on The Bachelor.  Absence used to make the heart fonder, but if you can't take a time out because you essentially carry them around with you in your pocket...then what?

Still Alive

Saturday, January 6, 2018

In college, I had a friend who would repeatedly text me "Still alive?" and react astonished when I replied in the affirmative.  Eventually, it became an inside joke to antagonize me, even when I was standing a few feet away from him.

This year, the answer to that question was barely.  This year was tough, guys.  I'm still struggling (through therapy and multiple self-help books/programs) to admit that I'm struggling with depression.  I'm not sure when it started, but I think the tip of the iceberg was in March when my friend was coming to visit me for the week and I didn't sleep for about 40 hours straight with no logical reason.  Since then, I've struggled with sleeping through the night (if at all) and the lack of energy caused by that lead me to dropping the ball in so many areas of my life.

I chose to whine, cry, and essentially hole myself up at home wondering why I couldn't perform the most basic of human functions: sleep. So, basically, I just stopped doing anything.

Two months ago I really started a journey to assessing my environment, my diet, and general attitude.  They were all pretty crappy and doing nothing because I'm tired was just compounding the issue.

I'm still exhausted half of the time, but I'm working on it and keeping a positive attitude.  I'm shifting my focus to the things I can control and reigniting my passions - like blogging! - and remaining hopeful.

So, am I still alive?  Yup.  Alive and kicking..

Top Ten Books To Gift This Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Broke and the Bookish host a weekly Top Ten meme dedicated to mostly bookish pursuits.

This week's meme is a Holiday Gift Guide!  I've chosen books for some of the hardest to shop for people in life and made a few suggestions.  Hope you enjoy! :)

Strangers in Bars: Settling or Reaching Too High?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

It was a brutally cold fall evening--the first of it's kind in 2016.  I wanted to attend this monthly festival in the worst way.  Live bands in the street, food and drinks lining the sidewalk.  I'd missed the previous monthly events since moving into the city and I thought I would be able to wrangle this event because it was so close to my birthday and I could guilt people into tagging along.

What I didn't take into account was the possibility that the ridiculously unusual beautiful fall weather that ruined my gorgeous maxi pink skirt birthday outfit (far too warm for pairing that with a black sweater!) just days before would suddenly up and disappear.

Top Ten All Time Favorite Movies

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Broke and the Bookish's Weekly Top Ten Tuesday is based on my favorite ten movies of all time!  Have you seen any of these?  Or maybe have a suggestion on ones I should watch if I liked these?

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