Introspection on a Friday

Has it been two weeks since I last posted? Work has been keeping me very busy. It’s chilly days that make me more thoughtful… so here are some thoughts. 

In late July I went from a schedule of 15-25 hours a week at work, to (suddenly) a solid 40 hours a week. 40 hours a week sounds like “the dream” to many who (like myself recently) are underemployed, but 40 hours a week in a retail environment is very taxing. I have to be just as upbeat, informative, and charming to a customer who walks through the door fifteen minutes into my shift, as I am to the very last person I help when my feet are aching eight hours later. I can’t close my office door to catch up on work or get a jump start on projects at home….

Here’s the thing though: I like my job.

A year ago, I sought a retail job because we had just moved into town and needed money to pay rent. Retail jobs aren’t hard to find as long as you have open availability. They’re willing to train on the job. I was coming from an office job that seemed more “grown up” and appropriate for a college grad, but really didn’t make me happy at all. My current job is at an up-scale shopping mall, which makes me put more effort into (gasp) actually wearing makeup to work and generally presenting myself to the public in a put-together manner. I get to talk to all kinds of interesting people all day long (even the weird or upset ones). I’ve learned so much about cookware and cooking tips from coworkers and customers. And I love my coworkers! I have fun joking with them even on hard and stressful days. 

I don’t see this job as a long-term plan, but the weird thing is that the year I’ve spent is longer than the time spent at my last two jobs. I got a promotion and I feel like I’m good at what I do! I hate that when I talk to my friends I’m so self-deprecating about my work. “It’s just retail.” Why do I feel the need to say that? Because I went to college? Because I’ve been out of college almost four years (say it isn’t so). I am keeping my mind open to new opportunities and now that I’m closer to 30 than I am to 20 I am thinking hard about a long-term plan. It’s just that I want to do so many things I can’t decide. Use this retail experience to open a business of my own? Try networking and join a smaller up and coming company? Or something more traditional…

I really miss blogging. I miss interacting with other bloggers, working on projects, and coming up with new and exciting content. I’d like to write freelance for other San Diego blogs — food or travel writing perhaps? I want to do so much more, but I’m so tired on a daily basis. 

I think I’ll get the balance figured out; after Christmas my hours should lessen. I am taking this opportunity to sock away money– so I am working towards one of my goals–buying a house/condo/whatever in maybe a year. Once my hours die down I’ll have more time to think about what I really want to do. 


New Job

As you read this, I am beginning training at my new job. Gone are the days of food preparation, doing hours’ worth of dishes, and up-selling lunch items… and here are the days of clerical work, newsletter-creating, and interacting with church members. I’m going to be our church’s office manager!! I have two weeks of training beginning today. Taking on this job is intimidating but I’m excited! I’m also jumping from 28 hours a week to 40, so I don’t know how this will impact my blog. Hopefully it’ll be a positive impact–financially, I’ll be more able to tackle ambitious projects. Yes, DIY saves money, but there is some initial investing as far as tools and supplies go, and I could still manage to get some new stuff. I’ll try to focus on writing a post the evening before, then scheduling for it to post mid-morning (I’ve noticed that’s when I get the most views). I’ve done the whole writing-the-night-before thing and it seems to work nicely, in fact those posts are usually better because I’m not trying to squeeze them in before I run to work in the morning.

Just thought I’d give you a little heads-up and let you know what’s going on in my life these days!