7 more days | Holiday 2017

Guys, we are one week away from Thanksgiving. One week. 

Does anybody love over-stuffing themselves on Thanksgiving as much as I do? Honestly, probably not.

This is one of the meals that I spend 365 days preparing myself for. Mostly, because “Thanksgiving food” is not really eaten in our house except for on Thanksgiving. Also because sitting down to enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal gets me so stoked for Christmas – I know once this meal is over, Christmas is just around the corner.

One thing that I am the most excited about for this upcoming week is the fact that I do not work retail anymore. This will be my first real Thanksgiving in six years, six. I have never, not worked on Thursday night [aka Thanksgiving] for six years. I have always had to rush through my meal, try to cram in a little nap and go off to work an overnight shift in a way-too-busy mall. This year, I will get to sit down, take my time, and cherish it with those that I love and adore the most. I have been excited about this since way back in March when I started at my new job, and there is not one person who will bring me down from this high.

Another thing I am excited for? Black Friday shopping! As previously stated, for the past six years I have always been working, and before that I was always “too young,” so I have never been Black Friday shopping.. ever. I was either still working or too exhausted from the endless hours of work put behind me to be out in the crowd for the entirety of Friday, but this is another Thanksgiving luxury I will be taking advantage of this year. Will I be going Thanksgiving night like all those people I used to curse under my breath? No, absolutely not. I will absolutely save my energy and shop-until-I-drop stamina for Friday. [If you see me out at midnight, that is technically no longer Thanksgiving.. for all those wondering].

One thing I will say, though, is that if you are one of the many that venture out on Thanksgiving night, please, please be kind and courteous to your sales associates. They have to sacrifice their time and their energy on a day in which they should be enjoying time with their loved ones and those they are the most thankful for. Black Friday [aka Thanksgiving night until Saturday morning] is one of the hardest shifts these employees will have to work all year – your two seconds of kindness could make a magnificent difference. This is one thing that always used to drive me absolute bonkers. While it didn’t necessarily bother me that people were out shopping, it did bother me when they did not treat me with respect or even give me the smallest holiday greeting.

I don’t really know where I was going with this post, just mainly going through all the thoughts that have been spiraling in my head for the last chunk of time. Mostly of Thanksgiving, definitely of mashed potatoes.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? xoxo.

 

What I’ve learned working retail..

..[for 4+ years] is that while it seems like the easiest job in the world, it is also extremely frustrating at times. I wouldn’t change the experience I’ve had and the opportunities I’ve been given – working as an employee, being promoted to management, and making connections with many people from all over the world over the last 1,460+ days.

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Here’s some things I’ve learned [and some things I definitely won’t miss]:

  1. If you can refrain from being rude, do it. It won’t get you anywhere. Both as a customer or an employee.
  2. The schedule can suck. Holidays, nights, and weekends are almost always spent at work while your family and friends are galavanting around on multiple adventures and posting pictures of themselves having a great time.
  3. “The customer is always right” is not always true. But even if the customer isn’t right, its all about how you handle the situation at hand. Smile and wave boys, smile and wave.
  4. You won’t know all the prices off the top of your head. Not the ticket price. Not the price after percentages off. Not the price after tax.
  5. But, you will learn about the different sales taxes depending on certain areas in the country.
  6. You will suddenly know all about parenting when there is an unsupervised child running wild all over your store.
  7. You pick up some really good skills like how to succeed at small talk, how to use a computer, how to efficiently organize the littlest things, and how to fold clothes to perfection.
  8. Canadians don’t use pennies anymore. If you had a penny every time a Canadian customer forked over 8,000 pennies to pay for their transaction while saying this, you would be a millionaire.
  9. When a customer says they will “never shop here again,” 100% of the time, they come back. Don’t take it to heart.
  10. Working retail is a great opportunity for personal growth. Don’t treat it as a joke, you might need a good reference letter one day!

xoxo.