7 Reasons Why Most Retail Worker's Hate Their Job

Working retail can be one of the most trying jobs ever. I honestly think people under estimate that. 

Obviously, it's alot of relationship building, looking at beautiful linen's and patterns. But - based off of experience I thought I would point out 7 reasons why retail workers hate their job. 

... And don't worry, I am not wanting to sound like a debbie downer here, I will be following up this post with 7 reasons why most retail workers LOVE their job tomorrow ! 

So, let's jump right into it. 

1. There is no consistent work schedule. 
I am a firm believer in - if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. And I am a planner to the max... Like seriously, my life is fairly planned almost to the end of summer. So having a retail job where you don't know what hours you are going to be working, really doesn't help that area of life when you are trying to plan. 

2. Rude Customers. 
I feel like this one is a no brainer. But, no one likes being yelled at. And I do feel like we have created a bit of a monster with society these days, we want to offer the best customer service. But in turn, we have created a problem where people often feel like the more poorly they behave get's them what they want. And in turn, they treat people however they please. 

3. Feeling Invisible. 
It's amazing how people don't look up from their phones. I cannot tell you the countless times when I have seen people walk into a window, for the mere fact that they are looking down at their phones and not watching where they are going. Never mind the fact, that when customers come to pay for their items, they often don't even acknowledge your existence when they walk up to the till. They place their items on the counter, put in their debit card, grab their bag, and leave... All without even glancing your way. It's truly amazing. And not amazing in a good way. 

4. Long hours on your feet. 
I feel like this one goes without saying, and is just part and parcel of the job - you gotta be on your feet. Alot. So, hello blisters ! 

5. Working with people who may not be as committed to their job
Let me get into this one. Do you remember, in the karate kid, where Daniel son is having to wax on, and wax off ? And how he didn't see how that was possibly teaching him karate ? 

I think sometimes people can under value their job, because they just see it as a job that is paying the bills while they are in school, and therefore, don't take their jobs seriously. They call in 'sick', they give away all their shifts, or purely aren't committed to the task at hand or the team vision. That sometimes in retail working with attitudes like this can be the most challenging. 

6. High Turn Over.
I've found, working retail jobs has some of the highest turn over in employee's ever. So you are constantly fluctuating between having not enough hours, to too many hours. 

7. Catty Women. 
Let's be real, sometimes when you get a group of women together.. Thing's can get fiesty, fast. 

I listed to a great podcast from the gals from Stuff Mom Never Told You back around Christmas time, and i feel they hit most things on the BUTTON when it comes to retail jobs. You'll have to check it out

Have you ever had a retail job before, what was your most loathed aspect of it ? And remember, i've got a more up beat and positive post about retail coming up soon too ! 

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49K Club

Well, Well, Well, since there is now over 49 THOUSAND of you following me on Instagram, I thought it would be the right time to do a little Q&A. If you haven't noticed, every milestone I hit, i like to hit you with some random facts about me, and this time I am going to do somewhat that... But during one of the podcasts i listen to, I heard of this app called, StoryCorps

Basically, it's an app that helps you put interview questions together. They come with questions that are categorized by the type of relationship you have with the person being interviewed ( be it your parents, grandparents, significant other, friend, etc. And then they also have the capabilities within the app to record the interview ! 

My mom is headed into town this weekend, and I think it would be pretty cool to ask her some of these questions. You never know how short, or how long life may be, and i know from experience that there are still some questions I would love to ask some of my grandparents, but unfortunately they aren't around anymore. This desire especially emerged out of me this week, because one of my auntie's messaged me saying my uncle did one of those DNA test's where they tell you what origin's you have in your blood / where your descendants are from. 

Which, get this... LOL I'm 17 % Irish on my dad's side, then the rest is split between Spanish and Portuguese. Bizarre, eh ! Now I totally want to find out what my mom's side is concocted with ! Wink Wink - holla at your girl Ancestory.com !

Anyways - I put together a list of 12 Questions that I thought were pretty intriguing, and am gonna have a go and sharing them / answering them for you all. 

Here we go ! 

Q : Can you tell me about one or two people who have been the biggest influences on your life ? 
A : Probably my little brother, and my grandmother on my dad's side. Once my little brother came along ( he is 7 at the time of writing this ). I really wanted to become more mature, and be able to help him if there ever came a time when he needed it.  Especially since there is such a huge age gap between us. And my grandmother was always kind and loving, even when i didn't deserve it. That she has influenced me to love with all my heart, even to those who don't seem to be deserving of it.

Q : What advice would you give to your teenage self ? 
A : I would probably give myself the advice of, embracing my individuality, and embracing my, bossiness lol. You were a born leader, and you will be valued for that when you are older. 

Q : Are there any positive moments or memories from your life that you think shaped who you are today ? Are there any negative events or memories that you think shaped who you are today ? 
A : I unfortunately think that there are more negative moments that have shaped me than positive ones. But that's what's so amazing to see when you look back at your life. A friend shared this quote with me, " we live life forward, but we understand it backwards ". If it wasn't for those trials, I wouldn't be where i am at now. And i am actually really happy with where I am at now, of course there are a few minor things i would change, but, overall, i am happy. 

Q : Of the people you've lost in your life, who do you miss the most ? What is it about them that you miss ? 
A : I hope this one doesn't come across as ungrateful, or that I haven't had that many influential people in my life. But I miss my dog the most. He's one of the only things that has truly chosen ME, and loved me unconditionally. 

Q : What are you the most grateful for ? 
A : I'm most grateful for my opportunity to create.

Q : Can you tell me about the dumbest thing you ever did in your life ? 
A : Not have car insurance, enough said on that one. 

Maybe at a later date i'll dive more into these questions... And I also think this may be fun to film with some friends / family. What do you think ? Would you be interested in seeing that ?! Let me know. 

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The Uncomfortable Necessity Of Vulnerability.

In the past seven days I have had two particular conversation's with people, with two very similar outcomes. 

The outcome of me left there in the conversation, with that uncomfortable pang of vulnerability. I know that allowing yourself to be vulnerable is a difficult task for many of people. But i think I have found myself typically on the other end of the table - and have been the one asking or requiring people to put themself into a place of vulnerability with me. but not necessarily vice versa. 

However, although so uncomfortable, vulnerability is so key. 

It's a journey, it's a battle.

You have to figure out what work's and what doesn't work. 
But i do truly think that there is such power in allowing yourself to be vulnerable, and when you allow yourself the space, that's where you can truly feel freedom and ease. 

It's interesting to see how so many tasks in life can revolve around a space of being vulnerable. God sure know's this is especially true in the online influencer space. Nevermind, your relationships, friend or foe, romantic or plutonic - vulnerability is so key, but its such an uncomfortable place to dwell in. 

I've really learned this past week, that vulnerability is what creates more trust and more community. 

So talk about the things that scares you. Let yourself open up in ways you've never allowed yourself before. 

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A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

Cinderella is pretty much my all time favourite Disney movie, like legit, can my first dance be to, So This Is Love ? 

So not joking... 

But anyways, a few weeks ago, I was able to catch up with my friend Claire, and we hit up the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald for breakfast. And as bougie as it may have seemed to go for a casual breakfast there on a Friday morning... Honestly, I don't think either of us spent more than $20 each, and we both were stuffed. It was one of the first super hot days here in Edmonton. We were able to over look the rivervalley ( although still quite brown, we will defo have to take a trip back there soon now that its more green and lush out ). 

... and honestly, just kinda felt like a real Disney princess- esque moment. 
I actually found myself humming, a dream is a wish your heart makes. 

... but then that got me thinking about dreams, and how they aren't really something you should just sit around wishing for, they're something that you should totally put in the work to make them happen. 

I have been working myself absolutely ragged ( which i am not saying is a good thing ), but I am starting to get SO excited with things that are upon the horizon, the dreams of mine that are starting to finally come to life. But the last thing I did was WISH for them to happen, I made them happen. 

... Now don't worry, i'll stop before I completely wreck the Disney dream, and facade for you - and my rant is over. But seriously, if you want something, go out there, and work for it. I promise you won't regret it. 

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It Pretty Much Takes A Small Village

Hello My Loves !

I hope you all are having a fan-freakin-tastic Fri-Yay. I personally just got in, did some gardening, and am trying to do as much cleaning around the house, as you can do... When it's a massive construction zone. But, there has been some progress today, and it is absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait for it to be done to show you guys !

That being said, i am just trying to wind down and gear up for a day mixed of some fun, and some adulting, and as i sit back and take note of all of the things that I need to get maintained at the moment, it's actually blowing my mind how appreciate I am, and how much it actually takes to keep me looking on point. It pretty much takes a small village. 

If you didn't know, I am a beautician by trade, and that being said... I take care of my waxing myself, but they're something that needs to be maintained once a week, in order to keep my brows looking fresh and crisp. 

My hair on the other hand, is quite the hot mess. As you will know I have been transitioning to going lighter this year, and my dear friend Jenny takes care of me in the hair department. Thank goodness, i am seeing her next week, because i've lost quite a few of my tape in's and i'm looking like the black version of Cynthia from the Rugrats.

My nails... Now, i am not one to go wild with my nails, but I have been obsessing over Lydia Elise Millen's signature nail's lately ! It's like a nudey-rose goldy- champagney- chrome colour, and although my nails do grow out long, I have used a bit of shellac / gel to keep them strong whilst I grow them out. Thankfully my girl Roberta hooks me up in the nail department. I also go for a monthly pedicure these day's, because nothing will make you cringe more, than when you see those ratchet looking toes in your outfit photos. * you only make that mistake once lol. 

I've already gone into the clothing aspect of thing's in a previous post - so i am not going to dive back into that one, but seriously - brand partnerships, are such a blessing when you are in this industry ! 

All in all... Not to say woe is me... But, alot of work goes into this blogging thing. I am not too sure if I thought that it would be this much upkeep if I am honest. 

What is one thing that has surprised you in your career, good, or bad ? 

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