A Phone Dump is a collection of photos that don’t have a pair, a soulmate. Photos you wanted enough to take your phone out and take a picture of them to keep forever, but not special enough to make your profile picture. Photos that bring you joy, that are fun with context, that don’t often don’t need explanation.
A phone dump is a memory recall for the photographer to recite and remember what they see. Pick a friend or a loved one- the first person that comes to mind when you sit down to write, and describe to them what you see! Today, I am describing my phone dump to my sister, Jessica. Ha. Enjoy, miss you JC Mae ❤
This writing prompt is a lovely way to visit your loved ones that have passed. When I am thinking about my late grandma, I will often describe to her what’s going on and what I see. Super cool- try it out.
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Good morning friends! Today, I am going to share some of the tools you’ll need to be a Poshmark Seller. I have been selling on Poshmark for over 5 years and have a lot of experience! With over 1,000 sales, 64K followers and all sorts of customer service experiences haha, I have put together a few Poshmark Posts for those of you looking for tips.
1. Mobile phone with Poshmark Mobile App downloaded. You can view and manage your Poshmark account on a desktop computer, but you cannot list and upload items. You must upload photos of your items through the App. Here’s a link to my closet!
2. Shipping Materials. I suggest creating a USPS account and ordering your supplies here, especially if you do not have $ to spend on shipping tape. I order shipping materials through USPS once every few months, and it takes anywhere from 5-20 days to arrive. I always order MAILING SLEEVES, MAILERS and BOXES. Click for links to them!
3. Save all shipping materials you receive. Bubble mailers, boxes, envelopes, shoe boxes, puffy bags of air, tissue. Create a designated recycling area (like your spare room, garage or underneath a table) and store all your materials. PRO TIP- ask your neighbors, parents or friends to save their shipping materials for you to use. This depends on what you sell. I sell decorative pillows often and need large boxes that the post office doesn’t provide for free. YOU CAN MAIL YOUR POSHMARK ORDERS in anything and everything. They do not have to be mailed in Priority mail materials. Yes, you can mail your shoes right in their shoe box! Taped up properly, of course.
4. Scissors. Trim all excess strings off of clothes you are selling
5. 1 pant hanger and 1 Shirt Hanger. Preferably, nice and photo-worthy! There are for hanging your items when photographing them.
6. Shipping tape and regular good ole-tape
7. Optional- thank you cards for large $ purchases. When someone buys an item over $35, I like to slip in a thank-you. Often, I reuse an index card or repurpose construction paper (teacher life) and do not spend money on thank you cards
Happy Poshing, friends! Check out my closet and let me know if you have any questions.
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Thank you mum, for my copy of The Great Alone. She knows me so well, and I have found all of my best books from my mama!
For me, there is a direct correlation between reading and sanity. If my mental health is poor, I can guarantee that I haven’t been reading. Or, the book I tried reading was a dud and I am just not SUCKED IN. These days, I have been having a hard time pushing through books that aren’t serving me. Perhaps I am just getting older, not wasting my time, but old-me definitely made myself finish the book, front to back. A half read novel was a horrible waste of time, and I never did so. Until now! Ha. I have half-read about 10 books before THE GREAT ALONE took my breath away. I absolutely loved it, flew through the pages and am adding it to one of my favorite books of all time. Go for it.
The elements that captivated me? The descriptive language for Alaskan landscape, the description of ‘the break-up’ in Spring when all the ice and snow melts, a window into physical abuse, PTSD, alcoholism, and rich 1970’s history. Bonus points for outfit and food descriptions, I live for being a fly on their wall!
Reading powers ACTIVATED! I have been able to read daily ever since, and have picked up some surprising novels to ease my anxieties.
TEOTWAWKI- An acronym for The End of the World as we Know it, was also a really fun read this week. Someone bought this book for Josh many moons ago; I was fiending for a good book and trying to fill the gaping hole in my heart that The Great Alone had created. I was not disappointed!
Very sensical, I started to trust the author when I found out he is an Army Veteran. He is also not using a fear-based pedestal to stand on. The most eerie part of the book? The first page, literally page X in my copy, paints a scene of the exact pandemic that we are in right now. Chills down my spine, I read the first few sentences to Josh and to my mom, totally amazed at his accuracy from a 2009 publication. I created a fun list for us to work with, and it was a fun project to work on as nerd survivalists 🙂 #dreamdate
If you like making lists of lists, and always list your life, then this book will work swimmingly for you. I flew through the pages and am ready to get out of dodge!
You know I love a Phone Dump! Click here to read about one of my favorite Writing Prompts I have deemed, Phone Dump. Select 10-15 random photos in your camera roll, and choose a friend/loved one to ‘write’ to. Describe to them what you see!
You took pictures of these things for a reason- why not breathe some life into them, practice memory, and start writing?! 🙂
Today’s ritual: Describe this phone dump to me mum. Take a scroll through my camera roll, ma, and let the conversations begin!
Thanks for reading! Need some chair yoga? Free content on YOUTUBE for all levels. Young, old, able bodied, foreseen limitations- I am up to the challenge 🙂
Need an activity to curbe your anxiety? PHOTO DUMP is one of my favorite writing prompts and activities that keeps my anxiety at bay. Once a week, not only will you:
-Clean out your camera roll
-Stay organized technologically
But you will also reflect on moments that you deemed photo-worthy. You’ll work on your memory recall, and exercise your writing muscle!
When you write about your ‘PHOTO DUMP, choose 10-15 photos in your camera roll. Then, explain what you see to a person. You must select a specific person.
For example, tell your coworker Sheryll about what she is looking at in the 15 photos! Tell your grandma about what you see! Tell your best friend! You take on different tones, depending on what you are describing and who you are describing it to.
I love this writing prompt and have been using it for years. Enjoy! Today, I am describing what I see to my best friend, Adrianna. See photo captions!
I love reading and know that I have my head screwed on straight if I am able to stop, drop and read. Recently, I’ve been having a hard time getting into a book. I’ll read a few chapters and slowly float away. Trying again today! I love when a book is also available a as a movie. I will try to finish some of the books I have, knowing there is the motivation of a motion picture afterwards. Anyone else?
I prefer paper books, but I have access to a nook and electronic reader. Book suggestions please! 🙂
An avid lover of Into The Wild- both the book and the movie- I begged and convinced my besties to drive out with me to Brawley, CA and visit this freaky site! It had always been on our bucket list, as we are native San Diegans and need to get out more. Hard to do when you live in paradise! Our roadtrip was 2017, during my yoga teacher training. Love you Age and Lyd ❤
Rather than inundating you with words, I leave you with a photo montage of our time together. Watch the movie, read the book, and visualize yourself here on sacred travels. A sight unseen!
– NO BATHROOMS at Salvation Mountain. None at all! It is a very windy site, ladies, so mindful of how you pee in the wind. Godspeed 🙂 pun intended. The safest place we found to pee was 20 miles before Salvation Mtn, at a Starbucks inside of a Vons.
-at least a 2+ hour drive from San Diego, prepare to stop at Border Patrol w/ Dog Search. Bonus points if you get the sassy, mean, blonde haired Border Patrol Agent that doesn’t believe you are all from San Diego, while holding your licenses in hand that state San Diego addresses 😉 She was really confused and…memorable.
For this week’s guided meditation, we will be visiting Ocotillo Wells. Let’s get ready to find peace in the Southern California desert!
Estimated practice time: 15 minutes
Start practice in: Savasana, Sukhasana, or in a supported Chair
As we get started, begin to close your eyes and scan the body. We must scan ourselves head to toe, removing any future distractions. Feet and toes are unclenched as you start to ground down in your comfortable pose. Let your belly relax, and start to tap into the rhythm of your breath, perhaps for the first time today. If you are able, start to breathe in and out through the nose with steady and even inhales, exhales. You are always welcome to breathe in and out through the mouth, especially if the nose is not an option for you today. Strive to breathe in and out through the nose, as you activate ujayii pranayama.
Face is at peace, as you relax your forehead, unfurrow your brow, and open and close the jaw a few times. You are welcome to yawn…
Swish back and forth your spiritual mouthwash as your relax the cheeks…
Imagine wiggling your ears and choosing clear and conscious communication for the rest of the day. We are ready to begin our visualization. As you keep your eyes closed, take note of any colors or sensations that you start to notice through the eyelids. Bright bursts of color and shapes tend to shine through the eyes as we travel to the sunny deserts of eastern San Diego.
A panoramic view of desert colors unfolds in front of you- soft tans and creams, light yellow flowers, dark brown rocks, and bright blue skies. Soft, fluffy white clouds pass freely in front of you, as you feel the desert breeze brush against your face. You take in more of the colors that surround you- hints of subdued green from cactus and ocotillo branches, light purple flowers dance in the wind, and deep dark black ravens fly overhead. At peace, you start to match your breath the ebb and flow of the wind that surrounds you on this warm, sunny day.
The sun shines down on your face as you feel the warmth of the sun give you a bath. Like a lizard baking in the sunshine atop a rock, you continue to feel sun on your shoulders, your arms, and watch as chills and goosebumps run all down your skin. Enjoy your sunbath. As you slip off your flip flops, set the bare soles of your feet on top of the hot sand. Not too hot, not too cold, you feel its radiating warmth underneath your grounded feet. Sparkles and glimmers of gold specks wink and dance in front of you, as you keep looking down to your toes. A bright Orange butterfly gracefully flutters past you, dancing and bobbing with the wind across the sky.
Up ahead, you see a brown, inviting, primitive and quaint desert dwelling. The porch is old and sagging, the roof is discolored and bare, but the heart of the home calls you closer. As you take a closer look at the porch of this desert house, you notice a large wooden rocking chair, available and waiting for you to take a seat. Underneath the shade of the porch, you hear the creak of your footsteps as you walk across the wooden deck, making your way to this noble, knowing chair.
You find a rhythmic rock back and forth, as you slowly sink into the chair and align your breath to movement. As you slowly rock forward, you inhale through the nose. As you rock backwards, you exhale. Find your rhythm, find your prana flow, and guide yourself through 10 rounds of breath as you sit in your rocking chair.
Exhale- roll x5
Still in your rocking chair, still meditating on your desert porch, you feel and hear the wind start to pick up. As you look out over the desert horizon, you see an eagle, a hawk, and a raven surfing with the winds of change. You watch these three massive birds of prey effortlessly float with the wind. Not fighting the wind, not swimming upstream, these birds are one with the earth. The birds continue to dance and caw, teasing with one another in the desert’s playground in the sky.
One of the birds makes its descent, slowly, to your desert dwelling. Knowing he is safe and welcome, he stops and perches on the stoop of your porch, appreciating the divine connection that you are having with one another.Which bird came to visit you? Of the three birds that danced in the sky, one has chosen to visit you and send you blessings. A message of peace and intuition, this magnificent bird reminds you of how truly knowing and wise you are and have always been.
You spend a moment, at one with the bird and the shade of the porch, listening to the gentle creak of your rocking chair. Finally, you find stillness, and close your eyes as you firmly press the soles of your feet down onto the ground. As you lightly bow and tuck your chin in towards the chest, the bird knows that our ritual is complete. Slowly crouching, ready to take flight, the bird lifts off the porch, gives you a gentle CAW, and leaves you in solitude on your desert porch.
You are welcome to stay here, as your desert house is always available to you. At any time, you can close your eyes, settle into the body and mind, and take yourself on a creative vision quest to your dilapidated house out in Ocotillo wells, where the wind whistles gently through your hair and the birds always notice lifeform. As you prepare yourself to leave your house, for now, you thank it and wish it well. Bless your home, and remind yourself how grateful you are to have this house to rely on. To protect you from wind, from prey, from sun, and from dark thoughts. A safe space tucked away in the desert, farewell abode and thank you for your offerings.
Begin to slowly wiggle your fingers and toes, as you start to find consciousness. If you feel naturally guided towards further meditation, I would continue to stay in your restful place. Fall asleep, take savasana, or continue to walk around the inside of your desert home.
If you are feeling invigorated, alive, and reset, it is time to open your eyes and find consciousness. Bring your hands to hearts center, and take a deep breath in. Hold. Take a deep, open mouth exhale.
The light and the teacher in me is honored to guide the teacher and light in you- NAMASTE! -Xo Kelli
What can I say? In times of pandemic, I have a little more time than usual to reflect on what’s most important to me.
I wanted to start off my post by saying that my husband, dog and I are doing well during this trying time. We do not have symptoms of this epidemic, we are fully stocked and prepared, and we have one another to depend on.
Financially, we are certainly taking a hit. My computer changed this to ‘taking a shit’, and I find this timely and true! I am used to teaching 12-15 yoga classes a week, in person, with the community that I serve in San Diego. After my predominant employer had to shut down during Corona Virus mandated shut-downs, we have shifted to uploading our content virtually!
Today, I taught our set-sequenced class, Hot as a Mutha, on Instagram live. I have never done this before! It was thrilling and felt similar to teaching on the mat. I can’t even begin to tell you how much the regular students hold us ‘teachers’ accountable to the practice. Can I sustain a 2 week quarantine without 30 NAMASTES of service and gratitude? Quite frankly, no, and so I will continue to upload content for my friends and family to enjoy.
Really, this is an archive and a diary entry for one of the most trying times that I have survived on this planet so far. In my lifetime, I have endured 911, a Type 1 diabetic diagnosis, the San Diego wildfires, and so far, this pandemic, and they all feel similar. Earth shattering, strangely calm, and luckily, we have the rest of our lifetime to process this trauma that has been inflicted on our people. And also, a great healing has been bestowed upon us. I see the beauty in this wake-up call.
May we see this as a time to heal and to love when we need it post! I have been divinely guided to share this meditative script, of which I have written and shared with the past few yoga classes I have taught.
Read this meditative script slowly to yourself, your friends, and your loved ones. Allow 5 minutes.
Begin in a seated posture. I suggest something with back support, such as a chair. Savasana/aying down is always an option.
May you begin to awaken your sense of creativity and you third eye, as you join me on a journey of the breath.
As you inhale, start to close your eyes and ground down. As you exhale, let your eyes gently roll into the back of the head and take yourself to a simple, unclenched, unfurrowed meditatite state.
Before you lies a bench. First thing that comes to mind…imagine sitting down on a bench of solitude that overlooks an infinite body of water.
Ocean, lake, river…you happily sit on your bench and look over the cascading horizon, feeling grounded and at peace in your seat.
Feel the bench beneath you, as your imagination starts to paint a picture of the horizon.
Blue waters, gentle setting sun, and the salty breeze that sways you further into your meditative state.
At peace, you look down and notice a folded piece of paper. As you bend over, you pick it up, slowly unfolding the message that lies before you.
At the top of the page, you slowly read to yourself:
I am rational
I am level-headed
I choose to lead with compassion for the rest of the day.
This resonates with you. You take a deep inhale, exhale, and read this mantra to yourself once more.
I am rational
I am level-headed
I choose to lead with compassion for the rest of the day.
You take this piece of paper, fold it back into its familiar creases, and tuck it into your pocket. knowing that you have infinite access to this bench for the rest of the day, you slowly stand, leaving your bench.
Mantra in hand, you are able to take your moving meditation with you for the rest of the day.
Namaste, OMies! I truly miss all of you on the mat and am joining you in solidarity as we quarantine and connect on a spiritual level.
Last week, I had the pleasure of installing a classroom Free Little Library to my high school Alma Mater!
As a stewardess of libraries, I have been avidly collecting books from friends and family so that I can stop, drop, and SEVA. I love visiting these libraries, and now I am able to refill them when needed. My high school English teacher knew of my efforts with our own Free Little Library (link to post here), and we concluded that her classroom absolutely needed a full shelf of books!(Picture of the bookshelf BEFORE)(Picture of the bookshelf after!)
Seva is a Sanskrit word that describes the act of selfless service. Its meaning is said to be embodied by the root words saha, meaning “with that,” and eva, meaning “too,” which together mean “together with.” (taken from yogapedia.com)
Meet my favorite high school English teacher! 🙂 In each of her classes, she reserves time, every time, for independent reading! Out of books and looking to enrich the high schoolers, she has been actively encouraging the students to bring their own books from home and keep them on the classroom shelf for sharing and availability.
Meanwhile, I have been collecting books like a banshee! All of my friends, family and coworkers have been so supportive of our Corder Collective efforts to be stewards of access. With two rolling suitcases and a pep in my step, these two teachers had a great time filling shelves with books. As we looked through the pages of the magical books that were donated to this effort, we crooned when we found a book from her own class 15 years ago. Inside of the cover of Great Expectations was scrawled, Mrs. Favela’s 9th Grade English. These universe winks remind us that we are exactly where we need to be!Book cover painted by a student. I am so inspired! Thank you for the ideas that came from seeing such magnificent, one of a kind art.
I am still avidly collecting books and need to refill 3 this week! If you live in the San Diego effort and are moved by our efforts, email me for a book drop-off: firstname.lastname@example.org