Oh hai 2012! At the start of every new year, I keep running into changes. Good, bad, I have to roll with them. It’s not easy to have the rug pulled out from under you and then have to quickly adjust to keep stability in my life. As a mother, that’s one of my jobs.
A few months back, I got laid off again and at that point, I had to really make some decisions. Temp work has not been kind to me. The money I was making at my last assignment was awesome and that was the only reason I was hoping they would hire me. If you’re unfamiliar with temp work, there’s usually a certain amount of time that goes by, that you have to put in, before you can be considered for hire. My time there came and went and I was still a temp. Then I got the call that my assignment had ended. Just from one day to the next.
That’s tough. And abrupt. And unstable.
So I had to decide that there would be no more temp work. No more working my ass off only to be cut off. So then what? Jobs are not falling out of the sky, in case you haven’t job hunted lately. I had to really soul search and figure out what was more important to me and my future.
I’ve chosen simplicity. I’ve decided to chase dreams. Part of that is improving not only my quality of life but also my health. While I do love money, I can do without it. Sure it means cutting back and missing out on some things but it won’t be forever.
All will be revealed in time but for now, I’ve gotten a job somewhere that is just about perfect for me: Starbucks. Holy crap, there’s a lot to learn. Making drinks makes me nervous because there are a crap ton of drink recipes and each one is made in a special way and omg I’m never going to remember them all. But I’m happy. And I’m smiling before and after and all throughout my shift. I like greeting people and taking that 30 second interaction and maybe making them smile too. I don’t mind wiping tables and sweeping the floor. I can do without cleaning the bathrooms but even that I can handle.
Oh and I get to drink all the coffee I want.
It’s going to take some time to adjust to the occasional 4AM start time but time sure does fly when you’re making coffee.