Happy November everyone!
Today I’m so excited to say that I’m guest posting at the fabulous Ingrid Schaffenburg’s Blog today!
Ingrid blogs about creativity and mindfulness, and going after your dreams. She is a spiritual globetrotter who knows it’s never too late to learn a lesson.
Ingrid asked me to share my story about how I made the bold decision to quit my job in retail management with NO BACKUP PLAN!
This time of year, with holidays looming ahead, can be so stressful. (I know that better than most.) I think this post is timely for all of us to remember to take risks, stay positive, and believe in ourselves.
I hope you’ll hang out with us today! CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE POST PLEASE. 🙂
TEASER ~ Living Without a Backup Plan
“For six years I worked in retail for a large department store. It’s identity shall not be named in order to protect the damned. I started working there in college, and after graduation, I freaked about becoming an “adult.” So I took a full time position at the store and bragged to my dad that I finally had health insurance.
I was good at my job. I just wasn’t happy.”
See you at Ingrid’s place!
Tell us about your dreams and big plans.
It’s the holiday season
And Santa Claus is coming back
The Christmas snow is white on the ground
When old Santa gets into town
He’ll be coming down the chimney, down
Coming down the chimney, down
While the merry bells keep bringing
Happy Holidays to you
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but I work at a mall. I am a sales manager at a well known department store, and though I like the people I work with, things are a little stressful right now. The Ho Ho Horrors of the Holidays are upon us and I seem to be spending my days answering phone calls and questions that sound like this:
“The coupon for this sweater isn’t scanning and I can’t find the brand on the back of it, but the coupon was printed online and I can’t type it in cause the ink like splotched over two of the numbers and I keep trying to type in like a ‘7’ or a ‘9’ but it isn’t working and this lady has been really patient, but what should I do?”
“Can she return the ring if she has it sized?”
“Was I suppose to take a break? Well, can I just leave early then?”
“So and So keeps taking my sales, but I don’t want to talk to her. Can you tell her to stop stepping in with my customers?”
“Can I get a hanger pick up in kids, juniors, mens, and Fine Jewelry?”
“A customer just called and said we better take a look in the bathroom. It sounds bad, you should get gloves.”
*bangs head on cash register*
To push past the easily stressed out answers I could provide, such as “No Lisa, I’m not giving you the stink eye, I just have a tension headache and it’s making my eye twitch!” I’ve been answering my team with statements like this:
“You’re phone extension keeps clicking, naaaah, that’s just the reindeer on the rooftop!” 😉
“You’ve emptied the fitting rooms 50 times and they’re still full? That means you can skip weight training at the gym tomorrow!”
“It’s cold in the store? Good thing sweaters are half off today!”
“A whole shelf of boots fell on the floor?! Tell the Shelf Elf to knock off the shenanigans! We’ve got a business to run!”
And when the
coffee cheerfulness has worn off, I read for Excedrin. NEW: For Retail Tension Headaches! Courtesy and Inspiration from Queen Latifah.
How’s the month going for you?