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In October, I was thinking about the upcoming holidays and my retail sales career. It seemed dismal. I was dreading the extended hours and I really was not happy with the new general manager that had recently come on board. One day, after reflecting, I decided to go looking for a new position. I drove to a local flower shop close by. I parked my car and walked inside. I asked if they were hiring? The answer was when can you start? I said in two days, that I would need to give my current employer at least two days notice. That afternoon, I composed my resignation letter and drove to the store. I walked in and met with the GM and the ladies manager, whom I had become close friends during my over two years in this store. It had nothing to do with her. I just needed a change.

The next week, I began my new full time position at the flower shop. It felt so good to be back in my element. I was so happy. So I worked there for two weeks during October through a huge amount of weddings and events. On the Monday following, I received a telephone call from the owner saying that my services were not needed. She could have left it at that but decided to add that “she questioned whether I really knew anything about flowers?” A stab in the back. Some how that made her able to justify her actions.

So, for the last four months, I have been working part time positions. I realized a huge lesson, first, never ever quit a job without the “two week” notice. If you give a notice of two weeks, that enables you to be able to return again. So my journey began to rewrite my resume and venture out to find a new employer. First, I worked at Target. After two weeks there, they just did not put me on the schedule and so I panicked and began looking more. I began to realize more. Full time retail positions have gone by the way side. Nobody wants to have to pay any benefits. I worked at Dillard’s for a short time to be yelled at by the department manager on the floor. I would not be able to take this. I left and went to work for Hallmark. On Hallmark’s bags, their logo is “Life is a Celebration”. Ha. The environment in this store was so toxic that it was dreadful everyday to go to work. Forging on, I wrote and rewrote my resume. I interviewed with head hunters. I interviewed with many people. Finally, I have a new job that I will begin in a week to work in an office for a Property Management company. No benefits. But, a job that pays decently and is a 40 hour per week job.

During this four months, emotions ran strong through me. Was I worthy? On top of all of this, a potential opportunity opened up and I used my former manager, who I thought had become my friend as a reference, only to find out that when she was called and asked if I was “re-hirable”, she told them No. Only because I had not given my two week notice. Of course, there are many lessons to be learned from this last four months. My emotions have been high and low. Anxiety has been extreme. I look forward to this new opportunity.

Last night I went out to listen to Jazz, alone.  I get lost in my thoughts when I listen to music but I find myself, of sorts. I was seated at a cozy bar and before long, I was deeply enchanted in the life of a darling young woman who was out on a date with her husband. As the music played, she leaned over and introduced herself to me and shared bits about herself. I shared a little about myself.  She shared that she had two young children, had been married for 14 years, and was a home-schooling mother.  She told me that almost apologetically.  I enjoyed thinking of my days of being a young mother and how much I loved that time in my life. She danced with her husband and made me reminisce and reflect on my younger days.  I wrapped my very own life up in the wishes and desires of everyone around me and did not recognize my own worth until it was gone. I was a 1950’s woman.  I grew up trained to be a 1950’s woman.   Now, I love my job.  I absolutely love what I do.  I love the schedule that it provides in my life.  I love the people that I meet.  I love the days off.  I am proud of the company I work for.  If you had ever asked me if I would be doing what I am doing, say, 30 years ago, I would never, ever, dreamed that I would be working full time in a career in Luxury Retail.  I however just love the fact that the paycheck that I receive every two weeks, is something that I truly earned without any help.  I get to spend it exactly as I want.  I get to plan ahead for my travels.  I feel free.  Could I be a woman who lunches these days?  Definitely not,  there would be too much free time.  How much shopping can a woman do? How many “things” do we need?Image  While I do hope that I meet that special someone to share my life with in the future, I believe that Mae West had it right when she said “Every woman deserves her own purse.” 

Turbulence is life force.  It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change.  Ramsay Clark

When you get there, there isn’t any there there.  Gertrude Stein

Tonight, I went to a retirement party for two fellow employees.  We work for a large Luxury Retail Company and love the brand that we sell.  Our standards are high and the people who work for the company carry high standards and goals.  We each, are hard on ourselves as much as our managers are hard on us.  Everyone seems to be a high achiever and somewhat of a disciplined person or you probably don’t belong.  We all work together and are kind and friendly within the work environment.  We rarely get to see each other let down and be relaxed.  Tonight, we all did.  It was wonderful.  We realized what it is that makes our company great.  We also realized our human-ness and fragility.  We toasted and tears were shed.  One person was leaving the company after many years to go on to other career goals.  The other person, had accomplished everything that he wished in his career and was moving to a warm climate to retire.  It was a bittersweet atmosphere.  We took a large group photo and it was quite an ordeal.  The turbulence in the air of life can take your breath away.  If the cabin pressure drops in your life, put on your oxygen mask and breath normally!

Please let me introduce myself.  My name is Elizabeth.  I live in Denver, Colorado.  Passions?  I have many.  Henceforth, the desire to blog.  I love all things creative.  A floral designer in my past and currently I work luxury retail.  When I am not working, I am traveling, painting, reading, dating, eating cooking, antiquing,  entertaining, interior designing, and just living and loving life.

I plan to write about my many passions.  I will write about Flowers, Interior designing, Relationships, Places that I have traveled, Places that I want to travel, Style, DIY Ideas, Music and Personal Experiences.  Life is a wonderful journey. Won’t you join me?