I’ve missed this…

It’s been a whirlwind last few weeks that left me neglecting Life with Red until normalcy was regained and now I come back to you with a fresh outlook, an announcement, and one less gallbladder…

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Let’s start with “golly” as I like to affectionately call my gallbladder. I can’t remember if I have fully written about the issues I was having with my gallbladder, but it all start back in March when I was in Florida visiting my new-to-me friends Erin and David with my friend Nikki (sidenote: I’ll be writing a little bit more about E&D next week, because not only are they two of the nicest people I have ever met and I felt like I had known them forever after just a few hours with them, they also run a charity, High Socks for Hope and I want to share  all about what they are doing and how you can help while you are online shopping!). We’d gone out to The Moon Under Water in St. Petersburg, FL for British/Indian food – yes I know strange combination, but it really did satisfy everyone’s appetite that night- and I woke up in the middle of the night with this SHARP pain under my breastbone that was traveling all the way into my back. I didn’t know what to do, I tried walking around, I tried laying down, I tried drinking a glass of water, and Nikki and I even contemplated going to the ER and then after almost an hour the pain miraculously passed.

This same incident proceeded to happen once or twice a month until July when at my yearly physical I mentioned it to my doctor, direct orders to get an ultrasound and x-ray within the week were given. What did the find? According to the surgeon at least a dozen gallstones with a few of them measuring in size between a penny and quarter. Surgery was needed. On Sept 12 (two weeks ago) I had my first ever surgery and spent the first night I can ever remember in the hospital to remove my entire gallbladder stones included. Well, let me just tell you. Getting your gallbladder removed isn’t fun.  Luckily, they did my surgery laparoscopicly leaving me with only 4 small incisions (that I haven’t even seen yet because the bandages are still on) but oh-my-lanta was my back in pain for almost a week post-surgery, because of your lack of being able to do #2 (I thought that was the most politically correct way to say it without going too TMI). I stayed at my parents for about half the recovery period (I was out of work for a week) and though they said I was moving around with ease your body just aches. Monday is my post-op appointment and fingers are crossed that everything goes well and we can go back to our regularly scheduled programming. Oh, and added bonus I’m down 12 pounds. Maybe removing “golly” was all I needed to jump-start a healthy lifestyle.

Now what makes getting surgery worth it? My announcement. The night before my surgery I found out that as of October 7 I’ll be able to cross #41 off the list. GET A NEW JOB. I accepted a position at an organization in a nearby town as the AVP, Marketing Communications Coordinator and will be handling their public relations, website, and internal and external communications and I’m sure a whole lot more! I received a nice raise that hopefully will allow me to cross off #13 soon! I’m super excited to start this next chapter in my life, all before I turn 30 next month!

This next week will be spent updating you on my #100happydays, recapping some of my completed 101’s, and working on some fresh ideas for Life with Red.

 

 

ThredUp

If you follow Life with Red on Facebook or Twitter (if you’re not, start!) then you know that I received my first “Clean Out” Bag from ThredUp last week! I first read about ThredUp from Tina at Carrots ‘n’ Cake back in June and so when I called a local consignment spot two weeks ago to see if I could get an appointment to come in with my summer clothes and they couldn’t see me until mid-August (kept the appointment, but I’ll be bringing my Fall clothes!) I decided to give the online consigner a try!

Ordering a “clean out” bag is super easy, all you do is log onto ThredUp select the green “Sell” tab in the navigation and hit order bag and ThredUp will send a clean out bag free of charge for those of you worried that you’d have to pay the freight to get it back to the ThredUp offices have no fear the bag includes pre-paid postage, so it can be picked up from your home (via USPS), dropped in a mailbox or brought to the post office! 

Then the fun part begins, cleaning out your drawers and closet! If you’ve been following along with my 101 in 1,001 in one goals, you know that goal #66 is to get rid of 1,001 things over 2.75 year and its not throwing away paper, its legit things (clothes, accessories, kitchen supplies, bedding, etc.) so I was happy I was going to be able to use this opportunity to knock that number down slightly!

I received my clean out bag less than a week after I ordered it and had already set aside my summer clothes to attempt to consign so getting it all packaged up was super easy.

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The envelope your “clean out” bag arrives in also has handy directions with reminders on how the program works.

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The 25 items I included (shirts, pants, jeans, dresses) were from retailers like Gap, New York and Company, J.Crew, London Times, Tahari, Loft, the Limited

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All 25 items fit nicely in the clean out bag, I would estimate there was actually room for another 5 to 10 more items.

ThredUp Clean Out Bag

I used the self adhesive tape provided to close up my bag and left it at reception at work for our FedEx man to pick up!

All and all I think the decision making process of what to keep and what to consign  took 10x’s longer than 5 minutes it took to fold everything up and send it off!

Have you ever used ThredUp to consign clothes? 

Have you ever bought clothes from ThredUp or another consignment store? 

 

You can earn $10 off your first ThredUp purchase!

 

 

Wish Danny a Happy Birthday!

One of my 101 in 1,001 goals is to write and send 1 non-birthday card a month and with month was one coming down to the wire I needed a recipient. Enter Danny Nickerson. Now of course I could have sent my first card to my nephews, a friend, my nana, anyone really in my life but yesterday morning I came across Danny’s story on my newsfeed.

Danny is a five year old boy living just 30 miles from me in Foxboro, MA who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last October. He turns six this Friday and all he wants for his six birthday are cards. I needed to send a card as part of my own personal 101 challenge, I’ve been a supporter of the Boston Brain Tumor Walk ever since my company became involved 3 years and I acted as our fundraising coordinator, and I just so happened to have a blank birthday card sitting on my desk the decision was made,  that though this was a birthday card Danny would be my first recipient, I’ve never met him and I probably never will but the smile I hope he has when he receives my card and the many I’m sure that are on their way makes up for the fact that I’m altering my goal slightly for the month.

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I dropped the card in the mail yesterday afternoon, if you’d like to join me in wishing Danny a Happy 6th Birthday you can mail a card to: Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA, 02035.

You can read more about his story on ABC News.

Out of clutter, find simplicity.

Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#66 on my 101 in 1,001 list is to get rid of 1,001 “things”. I’ll admit I had #31 in mind when I thought of it. At the end of August we’ll be bidding adieu to our beloved 12 Pearl and  it’s time to PURGE. PURGE. PURGE. It is safe to say I am giddy over this, though not a hoarder I find myself holding on to things that I really needn’t and moving is the perfect way to start fresh!

First to go? Selling DVDS via Amazon Trade In and www.SellDVDSOnline.com

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We shipped off 45 DVDS on Tuesday and will net $37.06 if everything is accepted!

45 down, 956 to go! 

 

Summer is two days away, how did your spring cleaning go? Did you purge, purge, purge? (I can only say that word in three’s!) 

101 in 1,001

I love the idea of a good list. Yet I’m not always great about following them and it’s something that as I get older I want to work on so what better way than working my way through a list that will take me the next 2.75 years to complete.  I thought I’d highlight a few of my pending tasks and why they are something I think is important to complete. Check out the full list here!

 

#5. Complete a 52-week money challenge. Are you familiar with the 52 Week money challenge? I was first introduced to it by one of my Community Educators at work who was teaching a budgeting worksheet the second to last week in December and was challenging her attendees to partake in the challenge in the new year, but I more recently started following the challenge on facebook to keep myself in check. On a particularly slow day in the office just before New Years I actually set up the 52 week money challenge, transferring money each week from my brick & mortar bank to my Capital One 360 account.   I am embarrassed to admit that my 30th birthday is just a few months away and aside from my 401K I have piddly in savings, so I thought what better way to jump-start a permanent savings plan than starting with $1 that first week. The way the plan works is that you increase your deposit by what week it is in the year; week 1 = $1, week 2 = $2, week 25 (this week!) = $25.  My current balance should be $325, but I had to rob peter to pay paul a few weeks ago (is my mom the only one that ever says that phrase?!) and I’m sitting on balance of $213 with plans to make a few extra deposits between now and the 4th of July to be back on plan. I’ll keep you all update!

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#18. Take each of my nephews out for a special day. I am the proud aunt to four ADORABLE nephews. My brother and sister in law are the brave parents of T who’s 6, C who’s 5, E who’s 3, and A who is one week shy of 1.  I love spending time with them whether is watching them play sports, seeing them swim way better than me, snuggling watching a show at nana & papas, or taking a day trip with the whole family. Some of my fondest memories though as a child were the whale watch that just my aunt took my brother on (more memorable for my aunt who had to clean up my sea-sickness), the trip to Canobie Lake with my mom’s aunt and cousin, and the many shopping trips with my nana and I want to give my nephews those memories as well. Perhaps it will be an art class with C who loves to color and build things with legos, a baseball game with T who was just selected for the all-start baseball game in his league, it will probably involve food with E, and for A the world is our oyster as he isn’t quite old enough to have real interests yet.

Easter 2014

Easter 2014

 

#31. Say farewell to 12 Pearl. Jenn and I have joked about being buried at our current apartment. A place where at the time we started our first lease we thought we’d be at for a year, two tops. It’s been six. Over the course of those six years, we’ve had 3 roommates, hosted 5 Christmas Parties, Jenn’s fallen at least 6 times, we’ve lost at least $20 in the washing machine, we’ve set off at 36 fire alarms, we were one of the first stop on our friends love story, we lost 2 jobs, we most importantly learned how to make a cookie in a cup, and hosted Van Der Beek and Bacon (explanation at a later date). This September we are saying farewell to place we’ve called home. We decided we needed to shake things up and are moving to a new-to-us apartment with a few friends, we’re hoping that it will jump start some much needed change in our lives (as well as a few dollars into the bank account, as its $200 less a month in rent!).

 

#71. Post 12 DIY projects.  I LOVE DIY projects, yet I never ever do them. That’s going to change with help of this list! This past year I started following some very inspirtational bloggers, Young House Love, I Heart Organizing, and Hi Sugarplum! who have all done some really really cool projects. Like this lacquered box, this IKEA bekvam stool and the Clara Conversations book John put together for Sherry (not the traditional DIY John and Sherry are known for but I think this the sweetest idea ever!)

Young House Love

 

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Over the next few months I’ll highlight additional 101 in 1,001 tasks that I have chosen and explain why I choose them and how I’m progressing!

 

Have you ever completed a money challenge? 

 

What is your favorite DIY project? 

 

Don’t have an online savings account to start your own money challenge? Sign up for Capital One 360 here