Saturday, May 27, 2017

Tips To Help Anxiety


With our go,go, go lifestyle and, working ourselves to the bone the number of people with anxiety is high. I don't care who you are there is a little bit of anxiety built up that may be stressing you out. Here are a few tips to help you cope with the anxiety and, help you ease through your day.
                                                                                                                        
  • Give Yourself Time In The Morning- First instinct in the morning is to hit your snooze alarm which, you know with give you a few more extra minutes in your cozy bed. Give yourself an extra hour to wake up instead of hitting your snooze alarm. I wake up usually two hours before I have to get out of bed. This may seem a bit excessive but, it allows me to watch a show, relax and, check emails. I do not like to feel rushed in the morning.
  • Go To Bed Early- Your body needs 6-8 hours of sleep depending upon your age. If you are in your 20s-30s you need to get 8 hours of sleep. Your brain needs time to rest and, you are depriving yourself of a proactive day if you think you can skimp on your sleep. With all the apps out there try to find on the monitors your sleep and, see how many hours your body actually needs. I haven't needed my normal 9 hours of sleep lately and, I have only needed about 6. That is all according to how you feel when you wake up. If you feel like you haven't slept when you wake up try monitoring your sleep for two-three weeks and, see what it tells you.
  • Get Rid Of The Coffee- Your body becomes super dependent upon the coffee and, then it doesn't help wake you up anymore. If you get enough sleep you won't need the coffee. Swap your coffee for water to hydrate yourself or, smoothie for a nice vitamin kick.
  • Yoga- I do not know if yoga is your thing but, I recommend it anyone I know. Not only does yoga help to wake you up it also, keeps you calm. I recommend it before bed as well to get you ready to sleep. Bonus you get a workout before work and, it keeps your muscles active. You can also, try meditation or, Qigong.
  • Pre- Before you go to bed pick out what you are going to wear for the next day. Get all your bags ready/food. Being prepared before you go to work will help ease your anxiety and, you can go to bed without any worries.
  • Playdough- Playdough isn't just for children it is also, a great to relax. Something about concentrating on molding the playdough is calming. You can also, try mini rake in sand or, the coloring books for adults.
If there is an active that you know is going to cause you any anxiety try these methods. Take a few deep breaths and, ask why this certain activity etc. is causing anxiety and, how you can help relieve yourself of the anxiety.
 Have an enlightening and adventurous day,
 allie

The Age Of The "20" Somethings

Lately, I have been questioning my life choices as, I think all "20" something year olds' do. Simple thoughts like, " Am I on the right path?"  " Did I make the right career choice?" " Would I have been better in a corporate environment?" Makes me wonder about the "20" something mentality of YOLO or, original Latin phrase Carpe Diem. Are we so revolutionized that our future is not as important as, seizing the day or, that exact moment. Or, are we so worried about thinking past the present that we use those phrases as a crutch. I have been stressing out a little more lately than usual with the financial element of going to Hawaii, saving for a car, apartment and, all of my business expenses. As many jobs as I do have, the income can tend to be flaky and, I invest most of it back into my Amazon business. Money, seems to be a main stress among-st most people but, I don't see people of "20" something generation stressing out about it as much. Is this because it will ruin the "carpe diem" idea or, because we'd rather not dwell on something that doesn't hold as much of importance to us. Money comes and, goes but, the memories will last forever and, that seems to be where our focus is. Of course, you have the heavy party-ers, 5-9 workers, entrepreneurs and, some that are in-between.  Is it just me worrying about the unknown or, is everyone else just internalizing their fears? The fear of completely striking out doesn't bother me but, the fear of not being semi-financially secure and, able to solely take care of myself is a number one concern. I am going to be applying to a few waitress jobs and, I'm kind of excited/nervous. I do not have a background in waitress-ing but, I am hoping that they will give me a chance to tackle the job and, do it well. Once, I am working somewhere that allots me a steady income my insides will be a bit more at ease. When I pass people on the street just walking I wonder about their life story. Did they have a dream they never pursued? Have they traveled? Do they live with any burdens? Do they have any advice for me about life? What are they thinking about? Are they wondering the same thing when I pass them by? We really have no idea where we are going to be five minutes from now let alone five years from now. I read an article that said would you rather own a $1,000,000 house with debt and no money in the bank or, own a smaller house with $5,000 in the bank and, no debt. My question I ask myself is, "would I rather be rich in experience or, have a rich bank account." No, it's not a trick question and, I have the answer for myself, I'd rather be rich in experience; I'd rather be rich in friendships, relationships and, in love with living life to the fullest. I am wondering, " Is that a "20" somethings mindset or, are we just in-tune with how we plan to live our lives?"
 Have an enlightening and, adventurous day, allie  

Screened- The Handmaid's Tale

I am back, screening some new T.V. series' I am a little late with The Handmaid's Tale but, I wanted to make sure I had a good grasp on the series before I posted about it. First Thoughts: I was a little confused at the beginning because of all of the advertisements I had seen I thought this was taking place in a different time periods. Then, I quickly recognized what was happening and, was in a bit of shock. Although, it is unlikely that our society would ever go to this extreme I have to say it was a bit eerie. It was like taking a complete step back in time especially for women. The thought that this could happen kind of leaves you with an unsettling after taste from the first episode. Characters: Developed quite well I understand each character and, their development in the story line. The main actress Elisabeth Moss known as Offred in the show is terrific. They have her doing voice overs and, it is completely fitting with Offred's character. I am interested to learn more of the story behind the eye and, the couple Offred is supposed to have a baby for. Music: Leaves you with a smile on your face when the outro music is defiant. Movie: Did not realize that this series' is based off of a 1990 movie.  I would be interested in watching the movie to do a comparison but, I do not want to spoil the series' for myself. Unraveling Story Line: I like that we have no idea what has happened to Offred to start off with. The slow unraveling of how she got to where she starts is perfect. It leaves you wanting more and, gives her character a creative edge. Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Recommendation: I highly recommend this series' but, you are forewarned it's a bit eerie.
 Have an enlightening and adventurous day,
 allie  

Tips From The Brain Of An Amazon FBA Seller



I would say being an Amazon FBA Seller is anything but, basic.  The perks of owning your own business also, comes with lots of headaches as well as, investing a fair share of your money. This is not said to discourage you but, you may be putting in forty hour weeks plus and, getting pennies if anything. Most sellers have a full time job while they are building up their Amazon business. Not having a full time job while building my Amazon business was a huge mistake on my part. Unless you have $50,000 you can invest right away and, not be hurt financially by investing this money you have some serious things to consider. If you are living on your own I strongly recommend staying at your job and, keep Amazon as a side hustle. Unfortunately, we all need money to survive and, this becomes a problem when you are starting a business that you will not make profit off of quickly. This is said for most businesses, it takes five years to actually see a profit. I am on my third year and, oh boy, is that accurate. I need many side hustles like Freelancing to make money and, most of my money gets invested back in Amazon. Frustration does not even describe how you feel when you watch all your money go back into your business and, you are silently crying on the inside. On one hand you know you are feeding your business to help you in the future and, on the other hand it's like where did all my money go. You will 100% question yourself and, don't expect friends and, family to be supportive at first they will think you're literally sitting around doing nothing all day. Especially, as an FBA seller when you ship out your boxes to Amazon they won't see your hustle all the time and, you're working mainly from home so, defiantly keep that in mind. The mental questioning really gets to you at some points but, that's when you realize you are building a business and, it's not easy. If building a business was easy everyone would be doing it instead, of working for other people. You will need mental clarity so, I suggest going to the gym, local coffee shop, moving outside to work on your porch , lots of music, watching a show while working and, walks. I try to get out of the house daily because you will go stir crazy.. The re-seller community is amazing on instagram and, they are a constant score of encouragement and, tips. The amount of gold they drop everyday on instagram is amazing! Okay, onto the actual Amazon business. You need to get approved to sell on Amazon and, you will automatically be approved to sell books but, you must look up categories in the help and, ask for approval. They are cracking down on Amazon sometimes you have to pay to be approved for a certain category and, you most likely will not be able to sell brands like Nike which,  you would have to have gotten grandfathered into. Yes, this is a pain in the ass and, can really mess with you especially if you have clothing or, shoes you are trying to sell of a really popular name brand. Clothes & Shoes must be new if, you want to sell use clothing head over to ebay or, Poshmark because Amazon would probably kick you off and, you'd need to wait six months to get back on. Amazon will not hesitate to ban you if, you try to sell a restricted item etc. so, you need to make sure you are unrestricted before you even try to sell in a category other than books. Oh, and you are restricted from selling collectible books you have to get unrestricted in this category or, you books will be sitting collecting dust. You have to get unrestricted in DVDs, VHS, etc.. yup, they restrict you in basically everything. And, for most of these items you must have wholesale invoice they don't except store receipts so yea, you may be restricted for awhile until you have a solid wholesaler that you purchase from.  Being an FBA seller is challenging but, can be worth it especially with ROI for books! Things I forgot to consider when pricing my items are the fees that I will be taking on when selling this specific item. You have the fee for Amazon about $49.95/mo. Scanpower $69.95/mo. if you use it regularly every month I have been having to pay $0 which, means I need to get more books haha ( Insert monkey with hands over the eyes), $228 for AsellerTool/6months, the shipping fee for the items and, the percentage Amazon takes plus, the cost of the item. Yeah, it is a bit much and, can be a bit frustrating to have all these fees you are paying for. You also, need the scanners to actually figure how much the cost of the item is; see this link for a detailed explanation ( http://thatsabang.com/?p=511    ). This is why it has taken me three years to kind of catch up with my business because in equipment I've spent over $1,044 in equipment. To some people that is not a lot of money to me that took awhile to pay off plus, ink, paper, printer ( I recently got a new one a laser printer) and, the labels for the dymo label printer ( thank goodness this does not need ink!). Now take the fees that you pay for the year $599.4 (Amazon), $839.40 ( ScanPower), ASellertool ( $456) = $1,894.8 a year in just fees. This does not include the whammy of the storage fee that you get hit with if you items are over 365 days old I think this happens twice a year. You really have to keep up with this because you could spend even more money keeping your inventory at Amazon instead of sending it back to you. Unfortunately, this hit me kind of hard this year and, everytime UPS came with boxes and, boxes of books my heart sank and, I had mini panic attacks ( I still live with my parents for the time being and, they were not pleased to have the boxes in their house but, I don't think they realized how displeased I was to have to pay to ship books/items sent back to me haha). This is why I emphasize knowing what categories you can sell in because sometimes they just hit you with sorry, you are now restricted in that category, ( learn from my mistakes!).  I will also, go into how important rank is in a minute so, hold on. You need to keep all these fees in mind when you're pricing your item but, you also have to keep your pricing competitive. Some FBA Sellers will make you very, very angry because the book could be worth $40 and, they'll have it for $10. This happens so much it's incredible how annoying some of the sellers are and, I don't understand because they are barely making any money if any. Price wisely as, you don't want to piss off other sellers but, you also, don't want to price too high. Here is what I would normally do for very good or, good the new price would get slashed in half and, that's how much I would price it at. If it's ex-library or, acceptable condition I divide the price by 3. I will give you an example below because it sounds more complicated than it is. Okay, so here is an example of a book that I have and, this is where you wil get 100% frustrated. This ranking is extremely good at over 800,000. That means for every 800,00 books purchased this book sells. The lower the rank the better! Now, you see that new the price is around $74 and, normally I would price my book used good or used very good at about $35. But, instead we have sellers who don't understand the value of the book and, they priced it in the $9-$11 range. I don't know who they think they are helping but, it's not themselves... Right now, to make any money off of a book the lowest you can have it at is $10 becuase the fees went up as they do every year. Here is a prime example of how you should not price your books as a FBA Seller. FBA Seller's are paying a fee for a reason; there are storage fees but, it's also, to have Amazon Prime ( Two Day free shipping), available to your sellers. You can also, look at camel,camel,camel to see how often the item or book sells and, the range of prices they sell for. Okay, now into rank.. Oh my, rank can be a big problem because you want the lowest rank possible for a quick turnover. But, on the other hand you can luck out and, get a high ranking book that sells in a couple of months.. Ranking gives me a headache because I do gamble sometimes for books that I will make a large profit on and, the ranking is very high. In my experience it is not worth it look for low ranks because you want the fastest turn over as possible especially, when you are just starting out. Do not ignore the rank! Yes, when you are at a book sale you have to be able to look at the rank and, calculation of how much you will make off of the book in a matter of seconds. Most sellers know what their criteria is and, have their scanners set to beep if the book meets these standards. I personally don't do this because I may miss a book that I can make a quick buck off of. It's really up to the seller as, it is their preference. I hope this helps you kind of get an idea what is like to be an FBA Seller and, I will be posting more so, stay tuned for those posts. Have an enlightening and adventurous day,
 allie

Zero Waste Items Tested



Hello Loves, So, it has been a couple of months since I have ordered a few zero waste products and, I am loving them! I wanted to really test them out to see how much use I get out of all of them and, I use everything everyday. I use a bag that is supposed to be for wet bathing suits to toss all the towels in. I fill the bag and, I wash them all about one to two times a week depending upon how much I am actually home. I have been looking for washcloths, facial rounds, napkins and, flannel cloth wipes. The napkins, I use like paper towels or, to clean my hands/face. The washcloths I usually use for the shower or, to put on oil. The flannel cloths I use to clean my face. They have all been extremely useful and, I had no idea I would use them everyday. The flannel cloth wipes are suppose to replace toilet paper but, I've been on the fence about that. I may use them as like wipes or, something like that but, I'm gun shy when it comes to using them as toilet paper. Facial rounds are used to remove makeup for the most part or, I have used them to take off my nail polish. All in all, I am finding that I use less disposable products and, I am using natural things such as, coconut oil to clean my face. Now, I don't need makeup wipes or, paper towels for the bathroom. I also, use some of the towels to clean the bathroom which works really well. The more natural and, zero waste I lean toward the more i am enjoying it. Finding use out of everything I eat etc.. is my ultimate goal but, for right now I am enjoying the journey. I plan on bringing all of these towels to Hawaii with me and, I think I am going to purchase two really good beach/shower towels to bring with me. I want to talk about the quality of the products as well. Each towel is strong, soft an, well-made. I have had them for a few months now and, they wash and, dry very well. I usually toss them in the wash on hot or warm quick wash and, then hang dry them. I did accidentally toss them in the dryer a few times and, they were fine. I like that they are gentle against my skin and, do not cause irritation. I am looking forward to using the towels for many years to come!
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 Have an enlightening and, adventurous day, allie

6 Places To Buy Ethical Clothing



Recently, I haven't been shopping as much... You may be thinking, " Then, what is up with the 6 places to buy ethical clothing?" Well, when you stop evaluate what you have and, then understand what you need it makes it much easier to find 6 places where you buy your ethical clothing. Now, I still shop at non-ethical stores maybe one-three times a year which, I am trying to eliminate. In my efforts to eliminate non-ethical places to shop I have complied a list of my five favorite places to get ethical or, used clothing.
ebay: I recently bought Prana clothing from ebay because it is a great way to get clothing used or, ethical clothing for a less expensive price. If you don't mind used clothing this is the spot for you! You may even be able to score a new piece of clothing for a fraction of the price.
Poshmark: This is where 90% of my wardrobe comes from. Unfortunately, they just raised their shipping prices however, if you bundle your clothing together it is worth it. They have ethical brands and, lots of second hand clothing, shoes and, accessories. I also, like shopping from here to support the sellers and, the idea of small businesses.
Les Sublimes:
They have an amazing story and, just launched their first ethical clothing line. Their clothes are clean cut and, simple which, is perfect for a capsule wardrobe.

Bead And Reel:
A trendy ethical clothing store with great values and, fashionable clothing. This is one of the stores on my list to shop at.
Prana: One of my favorite stores when it comes to athletic wear. They have fashionable clothing for hiking, yoga and, much more. They also, have dresses as well as, accessories. I have really enjoyed the value I received from the clothing; they are comfortable and, there has been no ripping/wearing after having the clothing for about four to five months. This is why I prefer ethical clothing (besides the obvious ethical side) it should last for years. Unlike fast fashion, the clothing isn't cheaply made which, makes it sustainable.
Hanky Panky: I wrote a whole review of this site so, if you are interested I will leave the link below. Hanky Panky is a great place for ethical underwear. I got two g-strings and, two V-kini lace underwear. The site has so many options so, browse away! They are extremely soft and, comfortable I highly recommend them.


Hanky Panky Post: http://thatsabang.com/?p=359
Have an enlightening and adventurous day,
allie