Bunny Beads

Bunny Beads

Rabbit poo is my current fertilizer.  My landscape is sprinkled with Shiva Shambo bunny beads. They safely add nutrients to the mycology underfoot in the soil.

 

I’ve been unsuccessful over the last few days posting blogs onto WordPress because my work just disappears. My poo post is a test – and a bit of retaliation for ghost work.

 

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What I Learned Selling on EBay

What I Learned Selling on EBay

Recently I reopened sales on my eBay platform. This post is to share my success and failures.

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  1. ORGANIZE:  The first thing to do is make a place to organize and store items you’ve listed or intend to list. Keeping items in one location makes it easy to find it and get it ready when it sells. Sometimes questions come up and you will need to go back to the item to measure it or see if you can answer your buyer question.
  2. PHOTOS: Take many photos of the item with many detailed views. I have two backdrop cloths that I use to make the items I photograph stand out. One fabric is a golden suede remnant piece, and the other is a vibrant blue fabric remnant. When I photograph items I turn off the flash on my camera, and hold a small bright LED light to highlight the item. Having the right lighting and backdrop can really make your item stand out in the photo. EBay allows up to 12 photos per listing for free.  This is nice because when I began selling on that platform in 2003 we were only allowed a few free pictures per listing. We had to buy additional photo space. Times have advanced, so take many photos and add as many as you can with your listing.
  3. PACKAGING:  When you look at each item, you must consider shipping it to its destination.  USPS will provide and deliver priority mail flat rate boxes if you go to their website and order in advance.  I also find having hard white cardstock 4×3 envelopes handy.  My office already had small envelopes on hand because I sell seed packages on my etsy shop.  When I began listing larger textbook size items, I found large padded manilla envelopes at Walmart.  You can find these items individually at the dollar store if you only have a few large envelope size things to ship out.  You’ll also need to have on hand packaging tape.  The post office no longer provides additional taping to secure your packaging.  Some clerk will wrap your box with the postage sticker, but that is all the extra effort I’ve noticed.
  4. SCALE:  Ebay sales will offer the seller a 10% discount if they purchase postage right from their website.  You’ll need to know the weight of the overall package to provide all the details so you have an accurate postage.  I also just like to double-check the weight I got off of my scale with that of the place that I shipped it out of.  We have a Dymo scale because we also have a Dymo label maker.  The software work together and I can make professional looking address labels, print postage, and packaging information on my seed packages.  We use the Dymo scale that can weigh up to 25 lbs., and then a smaller scale that weighs by the gram.  If I have 3 seed packages with ~100 seeds in them, they all will weigh the same amount.
  5. LISTING:  The idea is to make your listing stand out.  There are advanced editing options and you can purchase a bold title or advertising easily if that is your budget.  You’ll want to provide as many details as you can and then remind the viewer to check out the other things that you have listed.  People shop with their senses so make sure to add all of the details.  Look for the ebay deals on listing fees or total sale fee.  The low listing fee is $.30 but you can find up to 100 free listings from time to time which is something to take advantage of. They take about 1% at the end of the sale.  So if your item sold at $20, they would get $2.  Determining how and when your auction will end is important.  I try and make many listings end at the first of the month, and then between the 15/20th of the month.  I also look to end the auction/sale on the weekend – Sunday evening preferably.  They say more buyers are waiting on weekend auction endings.  I haven’t been doing it long enough to see if this strategy pays off.
  6. PRICING: When pricing your item, make sure you remember your cost on packaging and shipping.  This is why having your own scale comes in handy because you can get an idea of the amount of money it will take to ship your item.  Look up your item and compare it to other items already listed.  Your goal is to entice buyers.  I chose to list items that I knew were going to first fetch me views, and then second fetch me profit.  I had to begin selling on a high note right out of the gate.  Ebay will rate your performance as a seller.
  7. RETURNS:  After much thought, I decided to make the auctions that I have for used media material such as a magazine or manual or textbook with NO RETURNS allowed.  Someone bought my magazine, read it, and then returned it.  They paid the return shipping and in the end that is all they paid because the initial purchase was refunded.  This was just a personal decision because I don’t enjoy shipping things so much.
  8. PROMOTIONAL IDEAS:  Make sure that you create listings where the buyer can make an offer.  Being flexible on an item might fetch you two sales instead of one. Send a Thank – You note in with the item you sold.  Remind that buyer to come back for a 10% deal with code BBACK or something if they purchase within a certain frame of time.
  9. FEEDBACK:   Make sure to leave your buyer feedback.  When you engage in leaving feedback, you’ll see feedback return to you.  The same goes for purchases.  If you are engaging in online purchases and shopping, then the universe will engage you in sales from other online shoppers.

 

HARD KNOX LESSONS:

  1. Know your postal center.  If you are not creating your own postage at home, then making friends at USPS is a good idea.  One lady at a UPS center ripped me off because my boxes were wrapped in brown paper.  She told me it was a fire hazard.  So I was shown to the USPS rate via her center.  Before I knew it, my profit dropped to 10% because of all of the money this postal center was leeching out of me – because of wrapped packaging.  That lady didn’t earn my repeat business.
  2. SPEAK UP AT USPS:  Ask to see the rates.  Some clerk don’t even take the time to let you see your options.
  3. Magazines are not media.  Don’t disclose what is inside your package unless you are being pinched.  You can go from a $3 rate to a $12 rate because you indicated the specific material.  MEDIA – is all they need to know.  Stick a cardboard inside your envelope for rigidity.
  4. Ebay has bullies.  You’ll eventually over price something and someone will call you out on your mistake.  You’ll be bullyied by someone who thinks taking personal jabs at the unknown solves problems.  You’ll purchase something with buyer’s remorse so take pictures as you open your purchases so you have a case for return if necessary.

 

In the long run, it all means nothing.  It is just stuff.  Ebay is a place to find stuff, buy stuff, sell stuff, dream about more stuff –

Eventually the things I have to peddle online will dwindle and I will have a pause from using this platform.  Then, time will go by and I will collect enough things to make having ebay sales energy prominent in my life for a period.

For my health and the toll that this energy takes on my physical person and emotional person, I cannot make this full time, all the time.  For me, Ebay is a venue to clean out the closet – so to say.

Great British Baking Show Sequoia

Great British Baking Show Sequoia

The giant Sequoia tree in the park where the Great British Bake Off is filmed was talking to me.

This show is filmed under a tent in Berkshire’s Welford Park. While watching an episode on Netflix, from time to time we see the tree.

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Finding a still photo of the GBBS tent on the Welford property where the tree was visible was a challenge in itself. Actually these photos are stock photos and watching the show is a better way to find the tree.

I did some research and that tree on the Welford Park property was planted there in 1856. Mr. Charles Ross planted the giant Sequoia there to commemorate the end of the Crimean War.

We don’t know the age of the tree when it was planted, but we can safely say the tree is >160 years old.

In a grand perspective, this tree is young!

In season 3 Sue Perkins mentions the California Redwoods. A reference to Sequoia. Was that one of her comedic riff? Was that a serendipitous moment of Sequoia speaking to us thru her?

Or was that spoken reference to far away forest scripted by the network program? For what purpose, praytell?

We enjoy the BBC version of GBBS.  Currently there have been changes to the network for this show.  We enjoy watching Mary Berry, Sue & Mel and of course, Paul Hollywood.

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BIG Balsalmic Moon realization

BIG Balsalmic Moon realization

Aquarius; I know, therefore I am.

The node transit of the moon currently Leo North/Aquarius South has me focused on other things – mainly paying the bills by my own means.

Recently, I’ve been back on Ebay platform.  At this point I’ve posted 8 vintage Playboy Magazine mostly from the 1970’s for sale.

I spent some time with the Playboy energy.  Rest in peace Hugh Hefner.

I appreciate you.

Hugh Hefner passed away September 27, 2017.  That following weekend I dreamt that I was at his funeral.  I hardly sleep nor dream so this stuck.

The other day I realized that I painted a rock over the summer with my kids with a black Playboy bunny on a pink background.  I went back in the photos and noted the date of this photo below:  July 6, 2017

Taking a closer look, this photo is poetry.  My special first born daughter painted the rock, Pray and Dream.  My special second born daughter painted the ghost onto the other rock.

A lot of love and a message all in one.

 

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We would take the painted rocks all over the area and leave them at the park for someone else to find and share.  I could never part with the pink Playboy bunny rock.  No place I thought of screamed out, leave me here.  Except for today.

The rock remains on my front porch.  It is a reminder to all who come that something larger than I works within this home.

Do not think for one second that prayers aren’t powerful.

Every thought is a prayer.  Prayers become things.

 

Hugh Hefner was born April 9.  He was Aries.

 

11/17/2017 UPDATE

The rock  is gone.  Like a ghost it disappeared.

 

Balsalmic Moon

Balsalmic Moon

PUBLIC NOTICE

Anyone who shows up for their massage having any alcohol in their system will be turned away.

Anyone who shows up for their massage beer in hand will be shown the door.

Anyone passing judgement about cannabis use will not be given a second thought.

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“If you haven’t tried it lady, don’t knock it.”

Anyone posting a job in Washington indicating a pre-employment drug screening including Marijuana as one of the drugs not allowed will not be given a second thought.

As a licensed professional in Washington state providing massage – I follow the CHABA.  Cannabis Health and Beauty Act.

I’ve been stoned in every moment of time since 2012. I have an acquired deformity of the neck with permanent ligament instability.

I run my own business.  I am a mother who feeds their children organic non-gmo foods.  I do not vaccinate just because.  The ‘doctor’ presenting reason to vaccinate must stake his career on the need.  I show up to school on time to pick up my kids and volunteer when possible.  I show up early and prepared to my appointment. I donate.  I pay my taxes.  I create things.

I do not take EBT nor receive benefit or compensation for my disability.

I pray for you and you don’t even know it.

Wellness, not intoxication.

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The balsalmic moon is the time when messages arrive from spirit.

 

Daydream of Future

Daydream of Future

Gratitude.  Change the tides.  I’m dreaming a new dream.

As it is, I have to pay to play – I’m tired & I quit.

The daydream of future is BE PAID to play.

Gratitude offers us opportunities to SEE blessings.

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What if someday we were paid to attend events at what we are worth? 

“Gee Mrs. Swanson we are so grateful you came to our space today and shared your energy and time and what you are trained to do with us.  Thank you for coming – here is your paycheck, and then also my gratitude…in the form of more than I anticipated for exchange.” 

Here is ALL of the “normal accepted payment for service”, and then we are grateful so we give you more.

Imagine a group collective seminar.  The group exchange of energy is one of gratitude.  The group attendees are honored and then given payment for their coming.

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In these times, in order to attend a live healing event, we have to pay to play.  You like other healers?  You must pay the money game before you start.  Then you are just a vendor.

Who then, decides who IS a healer?  Whoever takes the pre-event cash vendor payment.

That then would make EVERYONE a healer.

So why even go to a doctor if you ARE ALSO a healer?

If he is, so am I.

I want to make it clear I don’t call myself, healer.  I KNOW how to work with the energies of increasing vibration.  I work in tandem with energies greater than myself.

As a licensed massage practitioner in WA, I could get a job working under a “doctor” or inside a group practice with LAC and DC and other LMT.  They OFFERED me $30/hour for my effort.  They make an agreement with their people that THEY will be paid, and then I will be given a percent for my time and what I was trained to do.  So I touch THEIR person for 50-55 minutes and there is an agreed amount for that time-on service ($65-75 around here).  Then at a later date, I am given my earnings of the percent of the time.  I did all of the work. They pimped out my service and I used their equipment, air, space, and people so I must pay part into the collective.

If I took the offer, I’d honestly fixate on what is not working – which isn’t healthy.

When using insurance, the insurance company decides the reimbursement you receive.

I get ONE(97124) code for medical insurance billing.  ONE.  I cannot give myself a raise $$$ with those terms.  ANY other physician’s clinic can charge for everything, the building , the staff, the equipment, the time AND what the “doctor” was trained to do.

1 simple Emergency room visit used to cost $99.  In 2017 it cost avg. $2000 – $500 before you leave the building.  At earning $30/massage I would have to do 66.6  massages (non-stop hands-on hours) before I could have $2000.  If I worked 4 days/week doing 4 massage each day it would take me 4 weeks to make that amount of money.  For a massage person, that is close to full time.

That is 16 hours a week for a month focused my personal time and energy on serving someones wellness.  That is what my time and energy amounts to – paying off the hospital.

After 10 years of service and college loans I cannot pay back for this choice of career – this information can no longer be swept under the rug.

 

The insurance company decides.

They DO NOT PROVIDE ME WITH MY OWN HEALTHCARE INSURANCE.

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In my daydream, they are all grateful.  They dangle buckets more cash for my service than anyone. They provide ME with healthcare so that I can then turn around and deliver quality care to my people because I AM grateful.  My efforts are living gratitude.

In my daydream I am paid abundantly for my TIME AND WHAT I WAS TRAINED TO DO. 

Above and beyond income = above and beyond energy.

Tune into the things in life that have REAL meaning.

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When you receive a massage from someone earning a paycheck to pay the bills, the healing energy is different.  They bring personal motivation.

When you receive a massage from someone earning income to turn around and spoil you again and again with – the energetic comes from a different place.  The healing then comes forth.  Gratitude begets gratitude.

I have a clear heart and clear vision.

Begin.