Friday, October 18, 2013

When am I ever going to have time? Inspired by Fall of 2013

WOW the saying "Time sure does fly" sure has applied to my day to day life after graduation! What a crazy summer!

What went on during this past summer was rapidly fast, everyday just seemed to have collieded together into one big long day. My boyfriend and I bought our 1st house together, rather fast process but a extra long one for me.

Let's just rewind a little:
JAN- MARCH = Was in my 8th quarter of classes. (Getting burnt out a little.) & Yes that is a gin & tonic to help me get through it all.

SPRING BREAK =  ( RE-CHARGE ) ~ * ~ Vegas ~*~ (one last fling before college is over) Look Mom! I am climbing a rock in the Mojave Desert!
I am the little black dot behind the 3 others! SO fun SOOO BEAUTIFUL! 

MARCH - JUNE= My 9th quarter of classes, also the month of graduation.

MID JUNE = Road trip to meet Pat's Parents for the 1st time ( 5 days)

APRIL = Got all the licensing for Pacific Northwest Online Consign Designs. ( Blog for PNOCD )

JULY- AUGUST = House hunting all summer, with the boyfriends parents up from OR. It was a good time spent with his mom, where we celebrated the 4th of July over on Whidbey Island. ( If you have never been and want to go, it's a must! )

SEPT = Paper work for the house, was approved and keys were in possession on SEPT 4th.

3 bedroom, 2 bath, and 3 car garage. 

     For ones that have known me a while know, I have a house with my mom and a storage unit combined with my shop warehouse and let me just say we are still moving out of all of them. While months of packing & unpacking & STILL packing & unpacking. I came across several bins of beads, charms, ribbons, wire, paint, corks, buttons and MUCH more just packed in random containers. When am I ever going to have time?  Am I a hoarder?  ... I am not a hoarder.. I repeat to myself daily, and with an occasional episode of Hoarders to keep myself in check with hoarding, but you know what I AM a HOARDER! O MY GOODNESS the madness of art supplies, beads, buttons, ribbons, jars, bags, clothes O YES I AM A HOARDER!

     But with this new chapter has offered me a chance to adapt to the process of letting go and moving on. I am going to share with you with how I have been getting organized and settling down into this new life after the storm that lasted the entire year.

     This took some time and is one of the reasons why I've been absent from Etsy, which I am truly sorry to the ones I have worked closely with & along the side with for the past few years!

SO grab your coffee... and lets have a chat!

     OK where do I start (which is also a daily question) I now start my day with a list in the morning. Set 5 small goals to get done that day. I make sure I pace myself to get to these 5 goals, but as well not getting down on my self for not reaching them. This is important you have to remain believing you can do anything to reach your goals, so when I do complete those 5 goals on the list the whole mission comes together as reaching that ultimate goal, and that is happiness with in yourself.

     I started with boxes and many of them so, 1st thing on my list was to get rid of these and stop moving in boxes, So you know those millions of grocery bags you have plastic and the re-usable ones, yup might be a little more of a pain but it didn't cost me anything and the disposal was much cheaper!

So time to get that "hoarding mess" organized!

My Day Job

     There are two parts to my online selling life, My eBay world which is my day job serving the community with service in consignment of items. I am now consigning for 21 great residents from the area ( Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles, Washington). I enjoy working with these people whom I consider my clients. It not only provides me food on my table, helps pay my bills  but I also get to help others! Nothing is better! Which is something I have done for many years and love to do! I  support my community and most of all friends in need during tough times. Best thing I have ever been able to tell someone these days is I  love my job! It's my dream job and I have been working on this job for 5 years in the planning!

Keep your eyes peeled for a future blog of the new warehouse design~ In the process being built now.

My Night Job

     Some of you may have noticed I am back on Etsy (slow process), and oh boy does it feel good to be back! There is one thing your lacking when you're online seller, and that is it can get quite around the house, no one to talk to, no one to say good morning to, and bring a cup a coffee to. It can simply just drag on by! Being back on Etsy reminds me of how important that is to have that interaction I thank my network on several social media sites! Best morning messages are " Good morning, you have been featured have a good day!" This you can not get on eBay although I love my job don't get me wrong!

     I have decided to focus working on one shop at a time and deciding which one is best for me at this time. That would have to be the the supply shop Chromaticity Supply, I opened up in 2011 to help pay bills through school. Now I have even more items I just just don't have time for again! I will re-open my hand crafted item shop soon I am hoping at the end of November to have a few new items I have dabbled creating during the beautiful Washington summer evenings.

Lots of random bins filled with bits and pieces. I am slowly getting them into the bins of where they belong.

     I also started a project for myself and have even inspired friends to help me out, and that be getting into recycled materials & offering some gently washed & reusable materials, such as corks, bottle caps, plastic caps etc. Great for all kinds of DIY projects! You can check those out in my RECYCLE RECYCLE section on Etsy.

I am finding all kinds of fun jars, salt and pepper shakers and little trinket boxes
to store my fun shop items. Once they get empty and the collection of empty jars gets bigger I shall part with them as well, for someone else can use them for fun storage. 
      This recycling project is in the prospects of growing, for I am working with my aunt with raising money for her Non Profit Organization Rancho Laguna  Where she works with police departments & shelters in Washington St., saving animals from shelters who need to be nursed to back to health and to help find forever homes. My Vacation is over Time to Work blog features some of her critters on the Ranch. Very soon percentages and proceeds will be donated for feed and animal needs at the Ranch.

      It feels never ending but I find that I am having more time during the work day if I follow my short goal list, I can see the end to the ultimate goal and that would be happiness! Every box unpacked, every jar & bin getting organized, every tweet, every photo that goes by I am reaching my goal.

     AND with that being said one last thing, I thank you all for your support during school, this past summer and the new friendships along the way. I enjoy watching you all growth along the way as well. It is something not ignored, I've watched several of you soar with sales and online media growth. I look forward to new stronger friendships along the way as well as re-kindling a few old.

     Now that I have finally found some time....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Road trip From Washington Down to Southern Oregon and Back


     After graduation I have wanted to do a mini vacation, not so sure what I was able to afford considering that I am freshly out of school and taking on the biggest challenge and that is working for myself. Once I found out I had a chance to go to Oregon to meet the family of my significant other, I decided that would be a great idea! So we packed up the car and headed down to Southern Oregon. 

     We didn't do to many tourist things because where I was the population of where I was staying was about 4,000. Mrytle Creek doesn't have much to offer but the beautiful quiet rolling hills of Oregon. It was actually a great visit a perfect way to relax before hitting the hard working world! 

Here is a few photos from our trip, including a trip to the Winston Oregon Safari! Enjoy! 


What's new in my world? 

      Well most of you that follow me close and are within my amazing networking circle in the online community, know I have been attending college for the past few years. I have finally have reached success in finishing, I went 3 straight years. Let me tell you it was the hardest thing I have ever faced and accomplished!
My mentor and main teacher for the program, very proud moment!

      The challenge begins.... Some have asked what is the next chapter? Well I will tell you what I didn't go to school for business for nothing. I have had dreams and plans to open up a shop here in my local town to consign items but not only do that support my community in helping others, in more ways than one. I have decided to put my knowledge to the best of it's capabilities and I opened a online shop on eBay for community consignments and more!
                                                                  Introducing PNOCD Pacific Northwest Online Consign Designs, this shop is a collection of donations as well as consignment items form the community around me. I have been blessed with great friends that have given me the chance of trusting me with their items and selling them all around the world for a great affordable and fair price. This stimulates house hold incomes and with my online skills this has really been a great tool for my community so far. I am looking forward to working with more people that need some economic relief in their lives.

How this works for those whom live locally and are more curious: You can contact me via email, best way is to follow my facebook fan page where you can find all the newest and most recent items. You can also message me there as well I respond to both. I can arrange to meet you or you can come into town where I live 5 blocks from my warehouse. All things are stored in the warehouse than transported to photo location once finished they get put away in order to your items and put in the warehouse. Than it's just up to me to list and sell your items, checks are sent every three weeks although if I have only sold 1 item that is not much value yet I will hold and contact you to send the next month. You are free to pick up your items at anytime if you change your mind, or have me keep them as long as you want. Keep in mind it takes that special person for certain items and sometimes they will not sell for a while, although I have had great success in doing so, so far.
How the items are stored, recent photos I just added new racks and they are already going to be filled here soon! 

In conclusion I am also still on Etsy and will remain to do so creating is my favorite hobby and I love to share what I can do with the world. I will also continue with the de-stash supply shop as well, where I am still finding & getting rid of things that have been around for years that are not something I will have time to get too. With all this being said, thank you all for the support in my journey and the ones that continue to support me in all aspects, locally and online.