February: Let the Insanity Begin–Part 2

So, I’ve sold off about 90% of my baking stuff and…I didn’t realize how much I had in my kitchen.  Nearly all the cupboards are empty.  Feeling a wee bit strange.

And while we’re talking about selling things, what is it with how weird people get when I try to sell stuff.  I’ve gotten so many messages essentially demanding that I meet these people at x time.  Yeahhhhhhno.  Actually, meeting should be a negotiation.
Taken directly from the chat:
Girl: i wanna by yur pancakes
Me: Hi! Ok great.  When are you available?
Girl: tonight
Me: Friday morning?
Girl: Ok, friday morning

Lawddddd.

Also, this other chick messaged me saying she wanted x items from a for sale photo album from six months ago.  The only one I had posted was my newest one.
I re-sent the link to her in the message and she asked me to send her pictures of each of the items that she had written that she wanted…which were already in the photo album.
Later asking for me to tally up the cost for her for the four items.  Also listed in the album under each picture.

Ugh.

Setting it all on fire would just be so much easier.

February: Let The Insanity Begin!

Well, we’re a day into February here and going by this first week, it’s going to be one heck of a hectic month.

Today’s Monday and I’m already booked with stuff to do through Saturday, starting with as soon as I wake up in the morning.  Most of it is meeting with people who want to buy my stuff, which is good, but also exhausting.  I met with 5 people yesterday–every few hours.

I’m also about 2/3 finished with part 1 of my online CPR course, which I’m hoping to finish tonight if possible.  I’ll review a bit closer to when I get home then take the practical portion of the exam when I get back home.
Other stuff: meeting with my landlord to make sure I’m not forgetting anything for my move-out date, a birthday party, and misc. errands.
I also have to break down my closet organizer thing and find some boxes for it.  Hoping to do that tomorrow…which also means I’ll begin living out of suitcases…hoorah!  haha
Then tomorrow, a co-worker and some people from her church are taking my oven and a ton of my baking stuff, so now my kitchen is nearly bare.  I’ve got like 5 bags of stuff for her, haha.  Adding in some Tupperware and all the flour and sugar I’ve got since she’s buying so much already.

I think the hardest part of selling stuff is actually getting all the pictures taken and uploaded.  I have to take all my stuff off, clean up the surrounding area and then put everything on again.  It’s like having a toddler.  Making a mess then cleaning it up again.  On repeat.

Oh, and I’ve organized my farewell party, which is surreal in itself.  I’ve been to so many of them myself and now it’s my turn.

I’m also not going to have time for the gym at all this week which kind of sucks.

Ah well, anyway…off to work on that CPR course.  I’m already looking forward to that 12-hour flight.  Actual time to rest.  Oh, and we have a 5 day weekend this weekend–hoorah for Lunar New Year! :D Blessss you!!!

Songs for the month:

‘The Final Countdown’–Europe

‘Take Me Home’–Cash Cash (Chainsmokers Remix)

Bliss + Resolutions Follow-Up

Just wanted to toot my own horn a bit in this post.

So, I had mentioned before that I’m not really a resolutions kind of girl.  I like to see what opportunities arise and then go after whatever come up.

However, my NY Resolutions for this year have been something that I had been aiming to achieve for awhile now.  I also knew that to make resolutions happen, they’re supposed to be short and very specific.  Not: “lose weight” or “spend less money”, but rather something you can track and actually make progress toward.  Anyway, that’s what I did with mine and so far so good!

Updates: I’m London-bound in March.  It’s a very short trip and one that I knew I really wanted to do before I got back home and essentially got tied down again.  I’ll be staying with friends the whole time so I’ll be saving massively on accommodation and I’ve already done the touristy stuff, so it’ll just be seeing friends mostly.  AND I found a great deal on a flight.  (It helps when you watch flight prices for months…)  SOOOOO yeah, pretty pumped.
Then back to the work life afterward and I’m 100% okay with that.

Also, this really isn’t anything to write home about, I guess, but one of my resolutions was to be able to do a handstand by the end of the year.  I’m not sure how realistic that is, but it seems do-able.  I actually need to edit that and make it “freestanding” handstand–that is, away from the wall. (Eeeee!!)
I tested it out last week at some point and it’s pretty difficult.  I’ve been using the wall for support, and have been practicing both yesterday and today.  So 2 for 2 then.  :D
I’m doing 3 sets of 30 seconds per day.  My hands are…about a foot and a half from the wall, but I’m able to support myself, so that’s pretty exciting.  Just gotta keep at it.

The reading 20 books resolution is…going…but at a turtle pace.  I’ve recently finished A Christmas Carol and have started on Throne of Glass, which is book 1 of a series.  Maybe I can knock out some more books on this book challenge on these international flights.

AND…I’ve registered and began part 1 of 3 of my Pediatric CPR/First-Aid course (the title is longer, but that’s all I can remember off-hand).  It’s a requirement for most pre-school or teaching jobs back home, plus a nifty life skill, so I’m excited to get that finished.
I’m doing part 1 online and then parts 2 and 3 have to be done with an instructor.  Those are the practical/exam portions.

Let’s see…I’ve got my resume updated and ready and have started selling off possessions.  I still have a lot of furniture though, so it hasn’t really hit yet.  It sort of comes in waves that I’m leaving.  It’s very bittersweet though.  I’m sad to leave the people I’ve met and my students (not looking forward to the last day with them…going to be a waterworks…), but I’m feeling very ready (or, as ready as I’ll ever be) and excited for this next chapter in my life to begin.

It also looks like I have an interview with a preschool back home as well.  I’ve been on their website and I’m so in love with what they’re doing at the school.  It looks like such a fun place for the kiddos, and I’m sure the adults too, ha.

Anyway, I’m just trying to take it a day at a time and to keep focused.  I’ve got all my to-do lists going in full-force and I feel like I’m keeping on schedule with everything, so yeah.  *exhale*

I just feel so…happy and content with where my life is going at the moment.  I was so worried for the longest time about adding in that trip to London honestly.  I kept second-guessing myself and wondering if I should be traveling so soon after returning home (two weeks after, actually), but now that it’s done, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I’m going to be able to see some friends I’ve met while in Korea but during my early years.  So, it’s been about 3 years since I’ve seen some of them, but we’ve kept in contact the whole time.
I was just so nervous that I’d return home, get my car and my job and not be able to save or break out of the routine and make the trip anytime soon.  Now, I just feel relief and excitement.
I’ll be home for Easter and the Fourth of July and just…bliss.

I’ve found peace among the madness that is going on around me.

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Resolutions

I’m not really a New Year’s resolutions girl, but I’ve also heard that it helps to visualize where you’d like to be to help you get there.  So, I’m going to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and get out some solid goals to help make my 2016 as productive as possible.

1. Do my first pull-up

2. Do a handstand (Bonus: a handstand push-up)

3. Get $15,000 in savings by the year’s end–a lofty goal, but if I keep at this saving thing, it could happen.  Plus, if I want to move abroad again, money in the bank is a requirement.  A bit nervous as buying a car will suck up a lot of my savings, but let’s put those excuses aside and see what kind of magic I can work this year.

4. Get back to England to visit friends before year-end–this works against #3, but it’s important to me, and where there’s a will, there’s a way.

5. Read 20 books. (I have a Kindle!  Send recommendations if you’ve got them!  Ideally a series that I can get into.)

I wanted to have something career-related, but I have a lot of things up in the air, so I’ll work on solidifying that goal after I get back state-side.  Right now, I don’t have something solid in mind that I can make into a resolution.

Steps

I just wanted to do a follow-up on that last post.

I’m feeling better than I was when I wrote it, and I’m pretty sure it had to do with the vent-session, but you never can tell.

The problems themselves haven’t gone away obviously, but I feel lighter now than I did before.  I’m a bit of a worrier and I often over-analyze things, and I think I work myself up.  The things I get frustrated and upset about are valid, it’s just that I pick and pick at them and then make a big mess.  (It sounds like a toddler picking at a scab, haha.)

Anyway, worrying less is something that I’m working on.  I just saw a quote which is actually the reason I logged back on.  It hit home with me and I wanted to share it before I forgot.

“I never thought things could change so much in only a year.  I wonder what next December will be like.”

And, goodnight.

Kayak.com is Dangerous Past Midnight

Or rather, I need an automatic disconnect from the internet feature when I browse travel sites past midnight.

Or maybe not…?

So, I was poking around with different flight combinations…just to see…and honestly $500 to go to a country that I really want to visit again before returning home isn’t that bad.  In the grand scheme of things.  (Or maybe all those Asia->North America flights have warped my brain,ha.)

Anyhoo, I have a few friends to see, yummy food to eat then I’d be on my way.

And…might be able to use some miles to discount the flight.  I have to do a bit more research on that but it would be great.

ALSO!…I just found out that with IcelandAir you can get a FREE stopover in Iceland!  Granted you pay for any activities, but you don’t need to buy any extra flights!  How cool is that?!  You can stay up to 7 days thn carry on.

It really is late, so I really need to get to sleep, but I was laying here bursting with excitement that potential detour and had to tell someone.  Lucky you :D