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HELP: the return of acne

As of late, I’ve been struggling with clear skin or lack of.

I never had issues with acne until my mid-twenties. I didn’t even know that was a thing but hormonal changes have a HUGE impact as well as a few other possible causes. I’ve done a little research, wishing and hoping to find a clear-cut answer or solution but the truth is there isn’t one.

I reverted to ignoring the occasional small breakout here and there until recently when it got really bad. So, I wanted to share a few things that have cleared most of my acne issues up after some recent changes in hopes that it could help someone else out there struggling like myself.

Reminder: These are only simple tips that have helped me and my skin. I am no expert which is made clear by the acne issues I’ve faced over the past few months.

  1. WHAT YOU EAT IS IMPORTANT. Actually, everything you are allowing to go into your body is extremely important. Continue to drink water throughout your day. You don’t have to drink gallons, this doesn’t need to be challenging like I made it at first. Keep a reusable water bottle around to make it easier. Eat raw foods. Limit sugar intake. Be mindful. It’s not rocket science.
  2. STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE. Your greasy little fingers aren’t helping. If you sit at a desk all day like I do, make sure you’re not leaning on your elbow with your hand resting on your face or chin. We don’t always realize how much we touch our face throughout the day. And most of all, don’t pick at the acne, pimples, and breakouts on your face. This leads to scarring and it’s never helped my breakouts clear up any faster.
  3. GET PLENTY OF SLEEP. Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night is detrimental to your overall health. I always notice fewer breakouts when I’m getting enough sleep. Hints the ever so common breakouts I notice happening more often around the weekends. The ideal amount of sleep is 7-8 hours per night. No more, no less. If you think you’re one of those people that functions well off of only 4-5 hours of sleep each night, I have bad news for you. Do some research. This is not a “thing”.
  4. GO SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. I have no idea why it took me so long to do so. I visited a dermatologist for the first time a few years back when my acne began and they miraculously pretty much it fixed all my acne problems. So much so that I ended up not going back for about two years, until recently, due to acne issues resurfacing. This is something we should all be doing occasionally anyways as it’s important to check for skin cancer, etc. Although it may take a few tries when it comes to acne medications, you will find a combination that works for you or at least helps. This can take a couple months but I promise it’s worth every penny. Make sure to ask them for discount cards for whatever they prescribe (Ex. Aczone). These companies often hand out discount cards and with insurance, you should not be paying more than about $35 for their creams. This might not apply to all prescriptions but it has applied to each one I’ve had experience with buying.
  5. STOP OVERUSING FACE MASKS. And other skincare products that you don’t actually know or understand what is in them. Far too often we just trust these fun, appealing, new products from big chain beauty stores when all they’re doing is trying to make money. Tell me, how many skincare products do you have at home that have been laying around because you buy new ones so often, jumping from one to another monthly. You can’t even tell which one is working effectively if you’re using multiple and introducing new ones to your routine so often. Overuse of face masks can have an adverse effect. The more you use per week doesn’t exactly mean better skin. Try stopping all use of products and introducing one at a time back into your skincare routine so you can notice which is effectively helping you.

Like I mentioned at the beginning, everyone’s body and skin are VERY different. We each treat our bodies differently, consume different things, and live in different environments where we are exposed to different levels of stress, air pollution, etc.

Something that works for someone else might not work as well for you. This is the problem with buying a product someone recommends on social media or on a company’s website. We want to believe it will help us too, so we instantly buy it and sometimes share or review the product without actually using it for weeks or months where you’d actually be able to notice the results.

In conclusion, be mindful. Pay attention to what you’re putting into your body and what you’re putting your body through. Oftentimes, we can solve an issue without pouring money into products that may or may not be effective.

 

Failed Resolutions

Guess what?!

 

I have done a terrible job with my February resolutions…but I’m perfectly OK with that because I ended up gaining a lot by realizing restricting yourself from things that bring you a little joy isn’t exactly accomplishing or even a “good” thing.

If you follow me on twitter (@karamariedan), it’s possible you saw my tweet about choosing something to give up for the month of February. I obviously attempted to overachieve by giving up the use of social media, drinking soda, eating fish AND consuming alcohol for 28 days straight (I couldn’t even make it through the shortest month of the year?!).

However, so far, I’ve only been successful in one category…but I’m not even mad about it. Please allow me to explain.

I always find it inspiring when my friends give up alcohol for the month of January (because for whatever reason that’s a popular thing) or when Joe Rogan almost convinced me to do sober October (best podcast hands-down).

I always like to ask a person doing this why they feel the need to give something up for a month because if it’s not creating any issues in your life, why give it up? If you do something, chances are you do it because you want to do it and the last time I checked, doing things you enjoy is good for the soul.

The whole “everything in moderation” could not be more true. Although a subjective word, I believe this is the answer, at least for myself, to this sort of lesson I decided to teach myself.

I am a very creative person, so Instagram is an outlet for me and I truly have missed being on it. I’m a writer, so I love to tweet. I love a good Coca Cola every once in a while, I just don’t keep it in my refrigerator so I won’t overconsume. I don’t drink soda daily, so it hasn’t exactly ever escalated to a problem. I don’t eat meat and started as a vegetarian over a decade ago but soon after found myself consuming fish which truly saddens me. On the other hand, there are so many health benefits from eating fish and I rarely find myself eating it daily or even weekly. As for alcohol, I enjoy my (large) glass of red wine most nights but you won’t find me binge drinking Friday through Sunday or even on a thirsty Thursday.

Overall, I think it’s a wonderful little test for oneself to give up a habit or two for a month just so you can see how it may change the way you do things, how you spend your time or how you feel without those “things” clouding up your headspace.

 

The takeaway: everything in moderation.

 

 

5 Tips for Online Shoppers

It’s not too late to turn back. I do not encourage you to follow in my horrendous online shopping addicted footsteps but if you insist, carry on.

Like many others, I have become so accustomed to choosing online shopping over shopping in-store—so much so that I can barely tolerate being around a mall anymore. And when I am, I buy absolutely nothing because I’m confident I can purchase whatever it may be at a better price somewhere online. So, I thought I’d share some of my best online shopping “secrets”.

 

Tip #1: If you want to buy something but you don’t absolutely “need” it and have the patience to wait and see if the price will drop, add it to your online cart and then leave it. Yes, leave it. This works most effectively if you have an online account with that retailer. I’m not sure if it works if you don’t have an online account with them because this is how they remember your cart. As we all probably already know, most online retailers will email you about two minutes after you’ve left their site to remind you that you haven’t yet completed your purchase (like we DON’T know that?!) but now majority of them will also email you whenever the items in your shopping cart have gone on sale! Now you’ll get what you wanted for a lower than retail price. I do not recommend doing this with items you absolutely cannot live without. It’s not bulletproof but definitely helps and more retailers are starting to use this tactic.

Tip #2: Use Honey. If you’re not using this Chrome extension, you’re already losing money. It’s literally worth using Chrome over every other web browser if you don’t already. So, I’ll try to be brief. Every time you go to check out online, Honey automatically pops up. I’ve only ever encountered a total of two online stores where Honey has not been compatible. Honey will first go through all possible promo codes, find an active one if available and calculate the best one that will save you the most money. Sometimes there is one, sometimes there isn’t. Even if there isn’t an available online promo code, on every purchase you earn what’s called Honey “gold”. This is a point system where for every 1,000 points you earn, you get to redeem them for a $10 gift card of your choice. There are many gift cards to choose from, such as Amazon, which is always my go-to. I’ve earned $20 just for using Honey. When something like this actually works, it baffles me as to why people aren’t using it. Use my referral and we both win. Click here. And then you can start referring people and earning extra points, too!

Tip #3: Obviously, choose sort “Low to High” when shopping online. But also, do you always Google the product you are about to buy before actually buying it? Take the exact product name and search it in Google before making a purchase. All retailers that sell that item will surface as a result. Here you can sometimes find that exact same item for less at a different retailer. This is worth a try if it’s a product available and sold at other stores. Honey may also have a promo code for one online retailer but not the other. It’s worth comparing.

Tip #4: Want to see if you can find an item used or possibly at a lower price? Go to Poshmark (the app or online) and search for it! We all know I’m a huge advocate for this app but I have had multiple success stories upon searching for a product I was going to buy brand new from a retailer at full price and decided to search Poshmark for it first. Sometimes even with the tags still attached! This happens when people do not make the return cutoff wherever they bought the item from and they want to get some money back. If you’re worried about brand authenticity, Poshmark allows you to easily file a claim so you can get your money back after purchasing if the item is not as described by the seller. I could go into this topic a little more but I’ll save it for now. You get the gist of it. If you have any further questions on this, comment below. I’m always here to help. You can sign up for Postmark using my referral code KARAMDANIELS which gets you a $5 credit toward your first purchase. Not bad, right?

Tip #5: For basic items such as beauty products, household items and so on, I regularly price compare between Amazon and Target. I literally go back and forth to see which has the item I’m looking for listed as the cheapest price. I stay away from all Target stores and only shop online because they offer free shipping when your total is over $35 which allows me to only buy what I need versus walking into the actual store and falling down the Target rabbit hole. Anyways, this is the best way to make sure you’re getting the best price. The second part of this is important. Earny. This app/website links to your card you make purchases with and gets you money back when prices drop. I’ve gotten quite a bit back on my purchases, enough where it’s been worth having. It does only work when you make the purchases online, as far as I know. It tracks Amazon as well but Amazon has managed to escape the whole price drop guarantee thing. I’ve only received refunds from my online Target purchases which is a bigger incentive to shop online versus in-store. My point: sign up for Earny. Click here to sign up. (Side note: Paribus has stopped working for me over and over again. Earny has gotten me more money back than Paribus ever did. I’ve gone as far as contacting Paribus customer support and still no dice. So, if you know what Paribus is, Earny is more efficient.)

If you have any other tips to share, please do. Hopefully, this won’t encourage you to shop too much…but at least you’ll (hopefully) be saving some cash if you do!

 

 

No-Excuse Ways to Donate

I’m always trying to find ways to give back, but at first, for years, I felt like it was always just this line on my to-do list that never got done. I only ever got as far as the application process required by my local Humane Society to be a regular volunteer that would help clean cages and walk dogs. Even after applying and being accepted, I was only successful in volunteering for one adoption event and after that, nothing.

Honestly, I have a dog of my own that I feel I barely get to spend enough time with. I’ve consistently worked 2-3 jobs at a time and usually put more than 50 hours a week in, which pales in comparison to some other people’s jobs but yet I still cannot seem to find the time to volunteer.

This truly bothers me.

So, overtime I’ve discovered simple and easy ways to donate that work with my busy schedule. Tasks that we have no excuse for not doing because they require little to no time at all to complete.

Here are some simple ways you can give back:

Do you shop on Amazon? Of course, you do. You buy and Amazon will donate. Click on this link here to connect your Amazon account to a charity of your choice. Then the next time you shop, type smile.amazon.com instead of just amazon.com and they will automatically donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. My browser now remembers the link and it’s easy to get used to. Even if you forget, Amazon will recognize you’re signed up for Amazon Smile and will have a pop-up ask if you want to switch to the Amazon Smile site.

Do you shop at Kroger? If so, you can link your Kroger Card to an available charity/organization of your choice and each time you shop using your rewards card, Kroger will donate. Go to their website here, create an online account that links to your rewards card, then choose your organization of choice by going to your account settings by clicking on “Welcome, your name” at the top right-hand corner. Under “Account Summary” scroll to the bottom where you’ll find “Community Rewards”. Here you can select from a list of local organizations in which Kroger will donate to when you use your Kroger card to shop.

Do you shop at Nordstrom? Follow this link and you can donate your clothing by mail with Give Back Box. Nordstrom has partnered with Give Back Box so you can reuse the box from your recent Nordstrom order to donate to local charities. When you order from Nordstrom, save the box your order came in. Fill the box with any gently used clothing, accessories and shoes you’d like to donate. Print a prepaid shipping label from GiveBackBox.com then close up your box, attach the prepaid label and drop it off at a UPS or USPS location. That’s it! Give Back Box partners with various charities—and your donation heads to the nearest one in need.

Do you have old towels and/or blankets you no longer use? For whatever reason, we never throw away old bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths because we often keep them in a separate cabinet for when we bathe our dogs or wash our cars. This cabinet was overflowing, so I needed to get rid of a lot of towels but they were still in such good condition that I couldn’t imagine throwing them away. I called my local Humane Society because I had heard that animal shelters use old towels and blankets for the animals as well as for cleaning up the kennels. They confirmed they DO accept them and even thanked me for thinking of them. So, don’t throw those old things away! Drop them off at your local shelter to help the animals in need.

Do you have old prescription glasses you can no longer use? I’ve had prescription glasses since middle school, unfortunately. As I was cleaning out my bedroom, I came across two old pairs that I figured I would end up throwing away because what else do you do with them? So, I Googled it and found out several organizations that put them to good use, including your local Lion’s Club. Follow this link to choose the organization you’d like to donate to.

Please comment any other ways to donate that others might not know about. I’m always looking for more!

A Subscription-Based World

Question: How many subscription services are you currently subscribed to?

With the ever-growing amount of subscription services now available to us, millions of people are taking advantage. From beauty and fashion to vitamins and makeup, the many types of subscriptions are endless and they’re only growing in numbers day by day.

Need undies sent to you monthly? No problem.

Need food sent to you weekly? Consider it done.

Need vitamins sent to you monthly? You got it.

I’m more than guilty of partaking in this fad, as I have tried out a few or more of these subscription services myself. I’ve done the whole customized vitamin packs, the cool new makeup boxes, the customized color and scented shampoo and conditioner with my name printed on the bottles, the electric toothbrush and replacement heads, and much more. I had actually not realized how many subscription services I’ve tried up until typing this. It never seemed like much but now I realize how much of a sucker I am for these neat subscriptions. But who wouldn’t be interested in something like this when we are led to believe it will save us time, money, and is customized just for you?

This topic really came to mind after recently discovering a new subscription service for razors. Yes, disposable razors. You know, those things you get in a pack of four at the store for less than $6.

Instantly, I was wondering what this new company had to offer that would be so much more efficient and effective than simply purchasing my razors with the rest of my household items at the store.

Now, this subscription service would have to take up less of my time, be cheaper than the razors I’m already using, produce less waste and use less resources when distributing them for me to consider it beneficial.

 

Let’s break it down.

 

Time: Was this really going to save me any time? I actually visit the grocery store at least once per week, most often for fresh produce. My personal and household products are purchased online because I like to price compare. I buy from Amazon or Target, because I have Prime and Target offers free shipping on orders over $35, which includes my razors. Therefore, I don’t make additional trips to the store specifically for razors, making my total purchase time for razors about 35 seconds as I search, select, and click “add to cart” on my Target app.

Money: Was this cheaper than my 4 for $5.99 razor pack from Target? Well, the “Get Started” price on Billie is $9 and includes the razor handle, holder, and 2 razor cartridges. After that, they’ll send you 4 replacement cartridges for $9 when you need them. There are many different brands and types you can buy from the store, but majority are much more cost effective than this 4 for $9, including the extra two cartridges you’re missing out on with your starter kit.

Waste: The cool thing about the Billie razors is that you keep the handle and only replace the razor cartridges, so you’re not throwing away the entire plastic razor. If you’re not shocked by this environmentally friendly option, it’s probably because it already exists. You can purchase a pack of razor cartridge refills at the store, too. After looking at the prices, it’s also more cost effective to buy the replacements from the store. You’re also saving packaging by not getting razors singly shipped to you when you need them. Although I purchase beauty and household items online, I wait to order until I have at least several products in my cart before doing so, not just shipping myself a single package of razors. You can also bring reusable grocery bags to the store to save on bags when shopping. Magical.

The Hook: They’re actually stating that us ladies have been over-paying for our razors! Say what? They call it the “Pink Tax” Rebate. I was instantly curious how much I have been overpaying, only to realize this was their way to get us to advertise for them for free. What a creative name, Pink Tax. If you use their referral program, get everyone you know to sign-up for their services, you get money off your next order. Let’s get this straight…the more you work for them, getting people to give them their money, they’ll lower their prices for us. How sweet, right? So, if you feel like working for free and you’re great at advertising, you can lower your quarterly disposable razor budget from $6 to $0! But the number of people you can convince to sign-up for this is limited, especially since they’ll start trying to get everyone they know to sign-up so they can start thriving off that possible discount.

 

So, like I was wondering from the second I discovered this new subscription service, what is the point of this? Who was subscribing to this service?

I quickly returned to the well-known fact that people love new and shiny things. We’re only human. New and innovative ideas are exciting. These companies also provide a more unique, modern, and aesthetically pleasing appearance to their product. Instagrammable things!

Instagrammable is right. This is exactly where I first saw this product. TONS of women posting photos of their cool, new razors as they try to get others to sign-up. After all, this is how most things work these days. Referral programs are everywhere. I am all about utilizing referral benefits, but ultimately, this one appears slightly far-fetched to me.

Would you subscribe to a disposable razor subscription? Is it truly worth it or have the subscription services gone too far?

People are often quick to believe this wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t going to benefit them, that it must be better than purchasing these items in-store ourselves. Remember to take a few minutes to break it all down before committing to that new subscription service the next time one catches your eye. Your bank account may thank you.

 

 

 

 

How Millennials Save Money

My full-time job is in the field of Personal Finance. I handle over 60 individual’s finances daily. I have been doing this for almost five years which would lead one to believe I have my own finances in tiptop condition, but one would, in fact, be wrong.

The infamous “they” say that us millennials are less about saving than most others. They find this to be true due to our “one life” mentality that prefers to spend our money on experiences and traveling. Because we could work every day, contributing to our 401K and retirement funds but what if we die tomorrow and never get to enjoy that money?

Well, I’d like to not live with the idea that I’ll be leaving this Earth tomorrow which entices me to want to improve my saving habits.

If you have a car, who is to say the transmission isn’t going to go out tomorrow. Or maybe you’ll take your car to the dealership to get new brake pads put on and walk out having spent $500 more than you ever would have imagined. This sounds familiar because this was me a month ago. I’m still drying my tears.

If you have a pet, who is to say that some accident doesn’t occur next week where you have to spend a couple hundred or even thousands in order to keep them alive. I have a friend that actually saves to make sure they have enough money set aside to cover any unexpected medical expenses for their dog because they’re responsible and that’s how much they love their dog. People run into this sad dilemma every day. I started to feel awful that I didn’t have money saved in case of this kind of emergency and so I’m now on my way to being a better dog-mom.

Now, I don’t have so much money that I just don’t know what to do with and just decided to start saving. I actually classify myself as the broke college graduate that often laughs when current college students refer to themselves as broke college kids because I feel poorer now than I did in college. Cue school loan payments kicking in.

My point is that even if you’re only saving a few dollars here and there, you’re still saving. It adds up.

I create budgets daily at my job. And yet, I am still awful at budgeting my own money.

So, I started using apps that save for me. I first tried Digit. I loved the idea of saving without noticing, except after the first so many days of using it, they charge you a monthly fee. That seemed like an oxymoron to me. Even if it was just $2.99/month. Their features were alright, but I found something better.

Cue Qapital.

I’ve been a dedicated user for a couple months now. Long enough to feel confident in sharing about how well it has worked for me, without any problems or complaints.

 

  • Easily link it to your bank account
  • Your funds are FDIC assured
  • You can have as many savings accounts/goals as you want (ok, I have at least 4 and they haven’t stopped me yet)
  • They stop withdrawing money from your bank account the moment the balance is less than $100 to avoid overdrafts
  • Pause your savings at any time
  • It’s an app on your phone you can access at any time
  • You can create several different “rules” for your goals (this is how it saves for you)
    • My favourite rules to use:
      • a “round-up” rule saves the change every time you make a purchase (not noticeable)
      • the “set & forget” rule saves just $1 (or however much you want) every day, week, or month ($1/day adds up!)
  • There is an option to get a Qapital VISA debit card where you’ll earn interest on all your savings (I didn’t opt into this yet, it’s not necessary but a good way to earn more money)
  • Easily withdraw and transfer your savings to your bank account at any time (only taking 2 business days to arrive)

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Thus far, this has been the best discovery of 2018 for me. I mostly enjoy that I can separate my savings goals, instead of just having $2,000 in one savings account. That makes me think, “Oh, I have savings!” but when you break it down, would that cover a pet emergency, a medical emergency for myself, and a car breakdown expense? I’m a visual person, so seeing my goals and savings separately makes me feel a lot better. I even started a Christmas 2018 savings goal, because if I save just $2 per day, I’ll have enough to buy all my presents by the time Christmas comes. Cool, right?

You can get $5 toward your first goal just by signing up through my link. Because that’s already like a free cup of coffee and you’re maybe just insane if you turn that down.

If you’ve found any better savings apps or have any tips on ways to save, please share!

Go with your first choice, always

I had a friend remind me of something very important the other day as I found myself trying to make a tough decision. He said, “trust your gut” and I remembered just how important doing that can be.

I am superstitious. I am a strong believer in the power of intuition. I think trusting your gut is incredibly important and not something to be ignored.

Have you ever found yourself staying in one night because you didn’t feel like going out for whatever reason? You changed your plans and stayed home only to wake up to a story on the news about an accident that happened on the route you would have taken on the way to your friend’s place or wherever you had planned on going that night and thought, wow, that could have been me. I strongly believe everything and everyone has its own time and place.

Your intuition exists for you to pay attention to it. Feel it.

Go with your first choice, always.

This brings up a memory from grade school when I had been told to always go with my first choice when taking multiple choice quizzes. They said that in a lot of cases, people second-guess themselves, changing their answer when their first answer had actually been the correct one. How crazy is that? Do we possibly not tune-in to what our mind and body is telling us enough?

Stop over-analyzing things. Don’t try to over-correct things.

Things don’t work out for a reason. You are where you are because you’re supposed to be.

One thing leads to another and it’s beautiful.

A few other things I’ve learned as of late:

  1. Maturity does not come with age. This was a disappointing one to discover.
  2. Call your friends, your family, and don’t miss that birthday party. It means more to them than you realize.
  3. There is a time for travel and adventure and there is a time to sit still for a while to get your ducks in a row.
  4. Read more. Watch more documentaries. Listen to more podcasts.
  5. Listen to people without judgement. This is difficult but important.

 

 

The Secrets to Selling Your Stuff

As a Poshmark Ambassador, I have had many questions about this online website/app where you can sell your used clothing, jewelry, handbags, shoes, etc.

Some might wonder why I’m giving away my best-kept secrets that have earned me over $2K and my answer would be that reducing waste, recycling and reusing items is more important to me than earning extra cash for my old items that I no longer use.

I wanted to address all of your questions here instead of answering everyone individually, to save us all some time. I had my doubts at first that this was just another website that promised you you’d make money and probably wouldn’t. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. Feel free to comment any other questions you may have, as I am more than happy to answer. And best of luck!

 

  • Follow as many people as you can at first. Sure, their stuff will show up on your “feed” but you are here to sell, not buy (most likely). I rarely ever pay attention to my feed. It’s not like Instagram. It won’t even matter. I promise.
  • Add “FREE-with-a-purchase” items to your closet. Things you no longer want that will help people justify buying from you and positively add to their shopping experience. That whole “one man’s trash is another’s man’s treasure” thing is right more often than not.
  • The more listings you have, the better.
  • Don’t start out with too low of a price. Consider that you’ll probably lower the price over time if it does not sell at first. Each person that “likes” this listing will be notified any time you drop the price. Therefore, list it at $1-2 more than what you are wanting for the item. They will see the price drop and will be inclined to buy it before someone else does.
  • Re-post other people’s listings and they’ll re-post yours. This is key.
  • This isn’t like other social media sites where it matters how many people you follow or that follow you. It’s like a community where everyone is supporting and helping out everyone else. Keep that mindset.
  • I think some people ask WAY too much for their used items at times, but somehow, they still sell occasionally. Remember you are selling used stuff. Don’t ask too much in price unless it’s truly worth that much.
  • If you sell an item that is not as described, they can file a claim and get their money back usually. So, list ANY and ALL flaws about your products. Be honest. It goes a long way.
  • Reply to ALL comments on your listings. If I see someone hasn’t responded to multiple comments and questions on their listing, it gives me a reason to not trust this seller. People will think the same of you. It’s also considered customer service, which we all know is important and influences our buying decisions.
  • Don’t put too much time into this. Set aside an hour per weekend to take photos of your items you have to sell. Modeling your items WILL help you sell them. You do not have to be a photographer, just photograph things in natural light, it helps.
  • People will ask for measurements on EVERYTHING, so have a ruler nearby at all times. Or just list the measurements in the product description in the first place and save everyone some time.
  • I keep all of my items for sale in one specific closet in my home, so everything is in one place. This will help when someone buys something you posted forever ago and then have to take an hour to go find it.
  • DO shop on Poshmark. I have found some of my favourite items on this site. Just don’t shop TOO much or this may be slightly counterproductive for you.
  • Ship what you sell ASAP. People are excited to get their purchases as soon as possible, just like you are whenever you order something online. People can also see how long it takes you to ship by looking at your profile. It is important.
  • Save any and all shipping boxes, envelopes, etc. that you get whenever you shop online to ship the things you sell on Poshmark. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy a box/envelope at the Post Office and that also seems counterproductive to me.
  • Include special little thank-you’s when shipping your items to your buyers. Appreciate them and they’ll appreciate you, and then they may even leave you a good review. Other buyers can see these reviews. Good or bad. This may determine whether or not a potential customer may buy from you in the future.
  • If you are new to Poshmark and sign-up using my code karamdaniels you and I both get $5. You’ll also get one of these codes after you get started to invite your own friends.

 

 

You can check out my Poshmark closet here.

 

 

Much, Much Later…

I‘m baaaaack. Thanks for waiting more than a year on me and for still being interested in my blubbering thoughts. Let’s get down to it.

Do you remember growing up and being so irritated if someone copied you?

Maybe this mostly applies to girls, but I distinctly remember thinking it was SO annoying when someone copied me, or when I thought they had gotten an idea from me. If I had a super cute shirt on and some other girl asked me where I got it from, I’d reply with “oh, I don’t remember” just so they wouldn’t go buy the same shirt as me. What a laugh it gives me now.

Of course I was much, much younger and we all think in an ignorant, childish way at that age, so I accept my younger ways. But I think it is safe to say I have grown up, I hope. Especially because I can laugh about it now. Side note: it can still be frustrating when someone blatantly copies an idea of yours, even when you’re older, but that mostly applies to art. I still struggle with that. But all ideas come from somewhere.

Nowadays, I love sharing new things I discover. It feels like some small life purpose or something. When I find something I love, I now want to share it with EVERYONE.

I take pleasure in discovering and testing out new things. Things that will make life easier. Things that make me more productive. Things that are good for the body and soul. Things that make me happy.

Life is short and can actually be pretty tough most days. And if I can help someone along their journey and make it a little easier for them, I do. I add to my own happiness by making others happy or helping wherever I can.

Maturity is a beautiful thing. Especially when you realize you’ve hit that stage in life where you become a little more selfless.

Whether it’s an app that truly helps me learn a new language or save money, or a face mask that took years to find that I think every human needs in their life, these are the things I like to share. I realize this is what bloggers and influencers do, which I never considered myself to be. But after a few different people approached me recently asking about different types of advice, I wanted to share that advice with everyone that may be searching for it, too.

So, as before, I’d like to continue sharing my new finds (that actually work) or personal pieces that might help others know they are not alone when it comes to certain topics.

Stay tuned, xx.

Living in the Present

It’s one thing to have a dream, but it’s another thing to actually fulfill it. Not everyone follows through with their dreams. Life always seems to get in the way, that is for certain.

After following my own dream, I soon realized something. I began to almost envy those that have a dream but never chase it. Half of the dream is the expectation we create in our mind. We think of how it could be, how much better life would be if that dream were to come true. But have you ever followed your dream only to find yourself not as fulfilled as you had always expected to be once obtaining it?

Half of the fun of having a dream is just having it in mind. Something to work toward, something to wake up for in the morning, something that keeps you going even on your worst day. Still in our mind, having yet come to life, there are no disappointments.

Our dreams make us who we are. If you didn’t have something you were working toward, you appear pretty lazy and unmotivated, right? We must have something to tell everyone around us that shows that we are working toward success in life. But what if we stopped worrying about what everyone around us thought? Not what they think of our hair or our clothes, but of what we do and why it is we do what we do. Because there is no better feeling than doing exactly what you want to do and not having to explain why to anyone but yourself.

I quit both of my jobs, cancelled my car insurance, froze my cell phone account, packed two suitcases and left my car, home, and family behind to move to an island. It took about two weeks to realize that I did have a pretty great life that I just up and left. I suddenly felt terrible that I took my wonderful job(s), nice car, and beautiful family for granted. At least that was what it felt like. You can call it homesickness, culture shock, or a mental breakdown, but it made me rethink life pretty quickly. There I was surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the nicest mega yachts, and infinity pools overlooking the entire island and it all felt…wrong.

The grass certainly does always look greener on the other side.

I had always heard that it takes about two to three weeks for something to become a routine, to become a pattern. Although there has been much debate about how long it actually takes to get used to something, by the third week I found my mind in a much better place. This came after my slight meltdown, where I decided a trip back home was what I had needed. The best way to realize your love for something is to let it go. Just be mindful of how many times you let something go, because you may not always be able to get it back.

They say every road you take will always lead you back home. However true that may be, who says you can’t go home? Home is always a ticket away. I finally began to understand that you have to appreciate things in the moment, while they are directly in front of you. Unfortunately, I had already booked my flight to return home after I became comfortable with my new life. A couple hundred dollars later, I found myself back in the heart of America, surrounded by corn fields and old familiar places.

Home will always be there, but adventures will always be waiting. To live in the present, you must live slowly and savor your life. Enjoy what is right in front of you at this very moment. Stop worrying about the future and focus on the present. You could work 40+ hours a week in an office to build up your retirement fund and die before you get to use it, or you could be doing exactly what makes you happy right now and say that you lived your life to the fullest. Clichés have proven true more often than not, right?