I’m switching over to self-hosted wordpress.org and what that means for you

Hi, friends! Just wanted to give you a quick heads up that I am in the process of switching my blog over from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. This means that current followers will have to refollow if you want to continue receiving notifications of new posts. I’m working on trying to migrate followers over to the new site, but the function seems to be down at this moment, so I’m not too sure if I’ll be able to do so. I would really appreciate it so much if you followed me over on my new blog as I’ve had the best time connecting with all my readers. Additionally, I’m switching my domain and blog name from loriboriii.com to tsukibori.com. This is because I’ve found a lot of people having trouble spelling my blog name, so I figured this might make things easier moving forward. With that said, I’ll be posting on my new blog from now on. I can’t wait to share all the exciting beauty products and travel plans I have, and I hope to reconnect with you all in my first post on my self-hosted blog!

Thanks for sticking around!

XOXO,
Bori

Link to new blog: tsukibori.com

Why I’m Never Using Poshmark Ever Again

OK, I’ll be upfront about it. This is going to be a rant. I’m super frustrated right now because I spent the whole day yesterday taking photos, listing items, and communicating with potential buyers. I also spent today printing shipping labels, making handwritten thank you cards, adding free items to orders, and packaging them. I literally did all this work to find out Poshmark potentially suspended my account. I say potentially because I didn’t receive an email that my account was being suspended; Poshmark just removed all 71 of my listings off my store page. I can’t access the bundles potential buyers have made because it just shows up as no items. I also can’t post new listings. I’m so frustrated because I spend wasted so much time, energy, and resources preparing these packages only for my account to be suspended for literally no reason.

I’m also upset thinking about how the customers who did place an order won’t be receiving their packages. I’m sure they were looking forward to receiving new makeup goodies, but now, they will be expecting a package and become angry when they don’t receive it. I’m thinking about selling elsewhere, but now I’ve lost the trust of customers who purchased from me on Poshmark. They’re going to think I’m scamming people when that’s not the case at all. I have no way of communicating with my customers since Poshmark won’t let me post or see any comments.

And to be 100% real with you, the Poshmark selling fees are kind of wack. Shipping is already over $7 USD, so sellers need to price their items low enough for potential customers to be interested. However, sellers don’t make any profit until they sell at the $4 mark, which gives you a profit of $0.05 after deducting the Poshmark’s seller’s fees. This fee only increases as you sell at a higher price because the company takes 20% of the revenue. I mean, I understand that this is how Poshmark makes money, but let me put it this way: Let’s just say shipping is $7 even though it’s a few cents more. You have a product that retails for $60. You can’t sell it at $60 because, obviously, then the potential customers would buy through actual retailers. You need to price it at least $7 less than the retail price because of the shipping, and, again, customers would just buy it through retailers if it comes out to the same price including shipping fees. You need to subtract that $7 plus offer a substantial discount on the product for customers to even consider it. Then, you need to subtract Poshmark’s fees. Let’s say you sell this item at $40. The 20% seller’s fee equals $8, giving you a profit of only $32. OK, that sucks compared to the $60 you spent on the item but it’s expected that you are reselling at cost. $32 sucks but it’s not horrible. However, if you’re trying to sell an item that has a retail value of less than $15, big oof. Good luck because seller’s fees are going to come out to more than 20%, my friend.

Honestly, I just wanted to sell a large chunk of my makeup collection since I’m leaving for Japan soon. I buy products to review but don’t end up reaching for them after reviewing. I also have a lot of brand new items that I just never got around to using, and, now I don’t care to try them anymore. I can’t take all of it with me overseas, and it wouldn’t do anyone any good for it to just sit there back home. I love collecting makeup, but I also need to save up for my first month in Japan since I won’t be getting paid until the end of the month. I figured this would be a good way to collect some savings while minimizing the amount of things I need to pack away. The whole Poshmark situation just has me really frustrated, and I’ve kind of lost motivation to start all of this over again. I’m just sort of glad I hadn’t shipped any packages out before Poshmark suspended my account or else I would have lost both the products and income. Just upset that I wasted lots of time and resources packaging all the orders.

Well, there you have it. My gripes with Poshmark and why I’m never using its services ever again. Sorry about the negativity; I just needed to vent out my emotions and thought this might be helpful if any of you were also thinking about selling on Poshmark. I’m curious to know if anyone else here has experienced this kind of thing with either Poshmark or other selling platforms. I guess I’m also looking to sell elsewhere if anyone has any recommendations on where to sell.

Thanks for letting me rant, and again, I apologize for the negativity! I’m just super confused as to why my account was suspended without warning since I haven’t done anything to warrant a suspension. Hoping someone who has experience selling on Poshmark can share their thoughts!

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your evening!
Bori

JET Program: I’M MOVING TO JAPAN!!!

JET Program: I’M MOVING TO JAPAN!!!

AHH!!!! I cannot believe it! I made the shortlist for the JET Program!!!! I’m so happy that I cannot process my emotions right now. OMG. AH. EEP. I can’t believe it’s already been like a year and half since I’ve started preparing for this job (not including the many years building teaching experience), and now I made it. Wow.

It’s so funny how just a while ago, I was such a nervous wreck, constantly checking Reddit forums and refreshing my email inbox every five minutes (I kid you not when I say every five minutes) and now I’m so elated and relieved knowing that I was worried for nothing. I’m in! My dad’s pretty sad about it though. I’m sure he is happy that I’m living my dream right now, but he’s bittersweet about it because he doesn’t want me to be apart from him. I keep telling him I’ll send him an airplane ticket to visit me, but he keeps sulking and pouting haha.

I met a really nice girl in San Francisco during the interviews, and I was just informed that she wasn’t accepted into the program but that she was accepted into a master’s program so she would have gone that route regardless of the JET Program outcome. I’m glad things worked out well for the both of us. I was really looking forward to having a fellow JET Program friend, but I’m so happy for her!

On that note, if you are also going to Japan as part of the JET Program (or will be living in Japan for other reasons such as study abroad), I’d love to be friends! Feel free to reach out to me on my blog or through Instagram (@Loriboriii). Congrats, by the way, if you were also accepted into the program, a different job, or a study abroad program!

AHHHH. OK, I’m going to continue to try and process my emotions now. EEP. OK. There’s just so much to do now. I really need to amp up my Japanese language abilities now. AH. OK, I’ll stop spewing my crazy emotions out on the keyboard now. Thanks so much for joining me on this journey, and I look forward to talking to you all again soon (I’ve been trying to use up my skincare collection in anticipation of hopefully moving to Japan, so expect a lot of fun skincare and face mask posts!).

Love you all so so much! I’m going to go cry tears of joy now. Bye!

XOXO,

Canceled Walt Disney World Vacation

Canceled Walt Disney World Vacation

Hi, friends! I just got off my final work shift before departing for my much anticipated friends reunion trip. Woohoo! I’m meeting a group of my study abroad friends whom I haven’t seen in over two years. I’m so excited to see all my wonderful friends after such a long time, and we had all these vacation plans for Florida and California including a trip to Walt Disney World. I’ve never been to Walt Disney World, so I was really looking forward to it, but we were just informed that it would be closed only a few days before our trip. What was months of planning suddenly became all for naught. We all centered our arrival airports and hotels around Walt Disney World and booked everything already other than the actual theme park tickets, so now we have to figure out what our vacation plans are still centered in Orlando in only a few days with many other attractions also closed due to the coronavirus. I wanted to see some really pretty Florida beaches and other nature-esque sights, but we’re kind of stuck in Orlando due to flights and having already booked the hotel. I was looking forward to Walt Disney World too, and that’s what motivated me to keep hustling and working hard these past few weeks because let’s be honest, the Rat out here collecting all our coints. I guess the bright side is that I get to save money. Well, if anyone is familiar with Florida, any suggestions on what we could do there would be very much appreciated! For the most part, it looks like we’ll be stuck in our hotel due to COVID-19, but here’s to making the most of our situation!

Stay safe my friends!

XOXO,

JET Program Interview Completed!

JET Program Interview Completed!

Hello, friends! About a week ago, I finally had my JET Program interview in San Francisco. It was definitely very nerve-wracking but exciting at the same time; I was so nervous because I really wanted the job but also excited because it meant being one step closer to getting accepted into the program. My mom said she wanted to go with me, so we both took Caltrain to San Francisco early in the morning and stayed at a nearby coffee shop while I prepped for the interview. About 45 minutes before my interview start time, I walked over to Hotel Nikko, which was where the interviews were held. While I waited for my name to be called, I befriended a really nice girl who was also there for her interview. We just chatted about our majors, placement requests, and just how nervous we both were. Time passed by really quickly because before I knew it, my name was called for the interview. My interviewers were three women: one lady from the Consulate, a JET alum, and a Japanese professor from the University of Nevada. They were all very welcoming and friendly. I really enjoyed my interview and thought it went quite well, but I guess we will find out in about a month! The San Francisco JET Program coordinator informed us that results will likely be released around late March, so I’ll keep you all updated around then! In the meantime, I’ll just be here studying Japanese and preparing for life abroad again. I’m staying hopeful!

Looking forward to sharing some good news with you all in about a month’s time!

JET Program: I Got an Interview!!!

JET Program: I Got an Interview!!!

Hello, friends! As you can see from the title, I got an interview for the JET Program! This is literally a dream. I haven’t even been accepted into the program yet, but I feel like this is just such an incredible gift. I cannot believe it!

My interview is set for Monday, February 3, which means I only have two weeks to prepare. I really want this job, so I’m both nervous and excited! I’ve been studying Japanese in preparation for life and work in Japan, which is why I haven’t been posting much lately. I hope you all understand! I’ll be catching up with everything as soon as my interview is over. Until then, please pray for my acceptance into the program! Thank you, and I love you all!

XOXO,

Changes for the New Year

Changes for the New Year

Hello, my lovely friends! Happy New Year! It’s crazy how we’re already in 2020, the start of a new decade. Have you decided on your resolutions?

I wanted to share some changes to the blog I hope to implement in the new year with you all. For the past few years, my posts have had pretty much the same template and outro. I want to try something new and just write as I feel. I’ve been using the same structure for consistency, but I’m hoping that by getting rid of that, I’ll be able to better connect with you all.

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Merry Christmas at Tahoe!

Merry Christmas at Tahoe!

Hi, friends! Merry Christmas! I spent the day today having fun in the snow with my family at Tahoe. For the final blogmas post of the year, I thought I would share some photos I took during our trip today. My dog, Maeumi, makes her appearance in several of these photos, so check out the slideshow if you’d like to see some cute doggo photos!

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What I Got from my Secret Santa This Year

What I Got from my Secret Santa This Year

Hi, friends! Can you believe there are only two days left until Christmas? That is so insane to me. I’ve been waiting for this day all month and it’s almost here, but at the same time, it doesn’t really feel like it yet. I just want to see everyone’s reactions to the gifts I got them, and I’m sure a lot of people feel the same way as me. My friend actually texted me last night to check my mailbox, and when I went to check this morning, I was greeted with a beautiful ColourPop package waiting for me.

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Meet My Dog, Maeumi!

Meet My Dog, Maeumi!

Hi, friends! Today’s post is going to be really short, but don’t worry! I’ll be posting double tomorrow to make up for this short post. I had a Christmas work party I just came back home from, and I meant to share that for today’s post, but I just had so much fun with my coworkers that I forgot to take any photos! Instead, I hope you enjoy these cute photos of my dog, Maeumi!

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