Full Life Reflections

Striving for happiness, peace, and fulfillment in a chaotic world

It’s hard to believe this, but it’s been over six months since I last posted about my “20 for 2020” challenge, so it’s high time that I checked in on it again. It’s also rapidly closing in on the end of what has been an extremely difficult year, so I’m going to start doing some “wrap up the year” types of posts on various topics. This particular update will be presented as a two-part series. Today’s portion will focus on the non-wardrobe related goals within my “20 for 2020” (basically, the rest of my life) , while part two will cover my wardrobe, shopping, and style focused objectives. Let’s dive in!

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About the “20 for 2020” Challenge & This Update

As a reminder, the “20 for 2020” challenge is a goal-setting framework introduced by writer and podcaster Gretchen Rubin, who started this novel take on New Year’s resolutions back in 2018. Rubin created this approach because many people have negative associations with the standard yearly “resolutions” and she wanted to make the goal-setting process fresher and more fun. There are various ways to create one’s yearly list (you can see some suggestions here), but I opted to separate my goals into categories to make sure to address the key areas of my life.

Because 2020 is what it is, I revised my initial “20 for 2020” list quite a bit in early May. I needed to remove a few of my goals that focused on travel and socializing (better luck next year, I hope…) and I also chose to pull out some tasks that didn’t really resonate with me any longer. We all have changing lives and shifting priorities, so it makes sense that we may need to shuffle our goals around from time to time. I don’t believe we need to adhere to goals just because they felt right at the time when we set them. It’s good to be flexible and make changes when our lives, motivations, and interests shift – and we all know that 2020 has been a year of unpredictability and change!

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Just over seven months ago, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) was declared a global pandemic. A few days later, the governor of my state (California) issued a “shelter in place” order that still remains in effect today.

People are now getting out and about more often and more businesses are open, but the virus case count, hospitalizations, and death rate remain high and are actually escalating as we move into the cooler months. Any hope of this crisis dissipating in the near term seems to have been dashed at this point. Who knows how long this will last and how devastating it might be?

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Early on in this crisis, I wrote two posts related to what’s going on in the world and how to stay sane:

I also touched on how I was feeling a little bit in another post that was mostly centered on wardrobe issues. Since that time (June), I haven’t written about the pandemic at all.  There have been two reasons for this…

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In my last post, I shared that I had listed thirty wardrobe items for sale on eBay. This was one of my “20 for 2020” goals for the year and I was glad to have finally gotten it done. All of the items that I listed had been shopping mistakes in one way or another and some of them had been quite pricey.

In the post, I highlighted my reasons for selling the pieces in question rather than simply donating them. I also wrote about why the items were purchasing errors and what I learned from my mistakes. I think I’m going to consolidate all of those lessons into a concise document to keep on my computer and phone to remind me of what not to do with future shopping!

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Selling unwanted clothes online can be a good option – but it’s not easy!

Today I’m going to update you on what I’ve sold and what I’ve learned about the process of selling clothing and related items online. I’m also going to share some of the wonderful tips and suggestions I received from readers on how to make the resale process easier and more successful. I’ve already implemented some of these helpful ideas and I think it’s making a difference!

What I’ve Sold Thus Far

I listed the first of my items about a month ago and finished listing all thirty pieces by early September. At the time of this writing, I have sold eleven items, which is just over a third of everything that I listed. I’ve earned over $500 from these sales, which is nothing to sneeze at! Although I’m not going to be able to recoup all of the money that I wasted on ill-advised purchases – and my time spent to create and oversee the listings and manage the shipping process is not insignificant, I do feel good having been able to earn some money through selling my items.

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One of my “20 for 2020” goals is to “sell designated items on eBay or similar.”  This is something I’ve been wanting to do since last fall, but I procrastinated on it for many months. The task felt daunting because of the sheer volume of items that I planned to list, but I finally got around to making it happen during the second half of August. In today’s post, I share why I decided to sell wardrobe items online, what I’m selling and why, and the lessons I learned from my expensive shopping mistakes.

selling clothes on eBay

It’s a lot more work than you might think to sell clothes on eBay!

Why I Listed My Items on eBay

Over the last couple of weeks, I spent a number of hours listing thirty items – clothes, shoes, and accessories – on eBay. The time spent included taking photos of the pieces I planned to sell (or finding stock photos online), writing descriptions, packing things up, and setting prices. As with many tasks in life, this process took a lot longer than I thought it would. I have very little experience with selling items online, as I’ve generally opted to either donate my castoffs or take them to a local consignment store instead. So why did I decide to go the eBay route this time around? There were three main reasons for my decision, as I’ll detail below.

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We’re now over halfway through the year (what just may be the strangest year many of us have experienced!), so I think it’s time for me to check in on my 2020 theme. In my last post of 2019, I announced that my word for this year would be “enough,” and I shared some thoughts about changes I’d like to make in my life related to this theme. Since then, I’ve touched upon “enough” in some of the wardrobe-related posts that I’ve done this year, as well as in the first essay that I published after the coronavirus pandemic took hold this past spring.

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What’s enough? What’s not enough? And what’s too much?

Because of the chaos going on in the world, I haven’t kept my yearly theme “top of mind” as much as I usually do. Of course, that’s understandable, as most of our lives have been turned upside down in various and unforeseen ways over the past five months. However, this theme is still important to me, so I’d like to take some time now to reflect upon the shifts I’ve made thus far related to “enough.”

Today’s post focuses on the more physical and tangible manifestations of enough – or “not enough” – in my life. I’ll address the psychological and self-esteem issues (the “Am I enough?” component that I wrote about in my initial essay) in a follow-on post at a later time, when I’ll also highlight additional changes I’d like to make before we head into 2021 (which will hopefully go much more smoothly than this year has gone!).

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