What Have I Been Up To?–Life Update

Hello, all! I know I’ve been missing posts for the past few weeks, so I thought I’d give you some insight into what has been going on in my life. Warning: I’m venting in part of this.

Most of what is keeping me way from regularly posting has to do with work. Starbucks…you probably think it’s a fairly easy job, but it’s not. Not when you’re the team lead of 11 female baristas. I average around 40 hours a week, but I swear it feels like a lot more than 40. I’ve been having some problems with a few of the girls causing drama and saying I don’t do anything. 2 things I absolutely HATE: drama and lying. All of us on this team are old enough to know that these two things get no one anywhere and are bad for all people involved. Being in the retail world, there are a lot of things we have to do that we may not want to do. For example, working weekends. This seems to be a source of the problems occurring, but like I said, it’s retail and you most likely have to work. I only get every other weekend off because of my position, otherwise I’d be there every single weekend, too. Part of the problem is that some of the girls are new, and they aren’t comfortable closing or opening. How can I fix it if I don’t get them use to closing without one of the trainers if I don’t schedule them as closers and openers? I can’t. There have been more than enough training shifts for them to learn the routine. The drama comes in when they refuse to say anything to me. How do I try to go about fixing something if they don’t say anything or if they jump over me and go to someone else? I can’t. I do a lot of things, but if they aren’t talking then I can’t help with the situation. I’ve also been hearing that I don’t do anything from them. I don’t do anything?? If I don’t do anything then why is it that I have absolutely no energy when I come home? How is it that I have no time for anything else? I do the schedule, handle emails, pull sales numbers, analyze business trends, order supplies, do the impossible set ups each season, set up and keep track of the communication log, stay on top of my game behind the bar, check for dates that get missed, order pastries and pull them to the front when they come in, build endcaps, haul 40-50 pound boxes to top shelves, etc. I don’t see that as doing nothing. Maybe it’s because they don’t see me doing it; I don’t know. What I DO know is that I try my hardest to make everything as easy on my team as I possibly can even if it means I make it harder on myself. Most of the time I feel like even with all of the stuff I do, that it’s not enough. I have people telling me it’s more than enough. If it is, then why is my team having these issues? Believe me, I’ve talked with them and asked but to no avail.

I want to create things, but I’m so tired when I get home from all of the previously mentioned things, all I want to do is either rest or sleep. My body screams that it’s tired but I keep going. My sleep is quite restless, so that makes it harder. I like my job, but the drama situation is really pulling my energy.

OK. Vent over. On to happier things that have been going on ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

I’ve been doing some house decorating. It’s just curtains but it’s still fun..haha.

We also had a Halloween party that we hosted at our house. I made a lot of the decorations and a majority of the food. (See! I got to create some things and felt great!) Let me show you some pictures!

I didn’t make these but aren’t they stinkin’ cute????

Pumpkins

Pumpkinsย 

I made a wreath that can be used for Halloween or Thanksgiving since the bat is removable! It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to make a wreath, and I’m so proud of this one!! (Nevermind the ugly wallpaper)

Halloween Wreath

Halloween Wreathย 

Here is one side of the table that features a meat head platter (Thank you Pinterest!!) There is also beer bread, too. (You can check that post out here)

Table of Food

Table of Foodย 

This is what you see when you walk into the kitchen. That table skirt, yep, I made it. I really love the colors. I didn’t want to stick with black and orange completely, so I threw in some different ones. I made the trail mix on the table (recipe here)—I have to say it’s awesome in my opinion but I’m biased. And the grand finale–the Jell-O shot syringes (recipe here)

Table

Tableย 

Trail Mix

Trail Mix

 

That’s been about all that’s been going on in my life recently. So mainly, it’s been work related stuff keeping me from posting every week. I’m hoping after Black Friday that I can get back to my regularly scheduled posts. Oops, forgot to mention that I did do some jewelry repairs and redos so keep an eye out on instagram from those!

Until next time,ย 

-M

 

 

Life and Business UPDATE!!

Hello, all!

It’s been an extremely busy week for me in lots and lots of ways. Good ways but nonetheless time-consuming, frustrating, great, etc., ways. So let me fill you in on what’s been going on behind the scenes in my life.

(1) Job: My primary job is at a Starbucks Target. My manager is out of town on vacation. So what could be the good news here? I’m being AST (advanced store training) trained…technically I’d be able to run the Starbucks on my own if I needed to do so. Yes, lots of responsibility involved here, as well as a lot of time. Since my manager is on vacation, I’m her for the next two weeks. Her schedule is usually early mornings, i.e., 7 AM, until later afternoon, i.e. 3:30-ish. This is absolutely killing me, because I’m not use to being at work that early. I’ve mentioned before that my schedule isn’t predictable, so I’m sure it’s obvious how this is working so far. I’ll get into the groove of it though because I like the job.

Sloth

(2) Health: I’m also a little bit of a health nut..I try not to eat too terribly bad and I maintain regular exercise. I do a combination of pilates, yoga, and other workouts each day (usually about an hour). It keeps me feeling good, and relaxes me. I do have rest days, and believe me, I can be super, super lazy. Work has stressed me a little bit, and I store it in my neck/shoulder/back area. Exercise and work have affectedย that area, but my boyfriend doesn’t mind rubbing the lovely, painful knots out. Kudos to him for being a trooper with the shoulder rubbing!! I’ll be doing a post later on at some point about the exercise I like, but if you want to check out my absolute favorites in the meantime check out : ToneItUp, Blogilates, and Yoga With Adriene.

(3) Home: Totally awesome news here, everyone! After a year of trying to get this one particular house and get out of the renting loop, my boyfriend and I have finally closed on the property!!!! Technically, not until next Wednesday but EXCITEMENT abounds!! We both will finally have a normal work area (HIS WORK and MY WORK) instead of sharing a tiny desk or me working on the bed. I can’t say how excited either of us is about this great development.

the development in the housing situation leads me to….

(4) Moving: Lots of stuff to do here. If you’ve ever moved, you know what I mean. If you’ve separated, gone back, finally divorced, moved on with life, ย moved again, and finally are moving one more time, then you truly understand how this is…HAHA. A lot of my stuff is still in my parents’ basement 3 hours away. They don’t know where most of my stuff is since they had a water line explode in the basement. Hmmm, sounds fun, eh? We have basic stuff, but not much other than that. His mom and grandparents have been amazingly good to us and purchased some furniture for the house. The current owners of the house have also given us some furniture as well, so we won’t be sitting on crates exactly. Couple moving with my work schedule and you get one stressed out individual. I’m EXCITED, so most of it isn’t bad stress…the bad stress is me trying to figure out how to do it all and keep my creative side going at the same time.

All of these are reasons you’ve not seen a large amount of my work on here. I’ve not had time to try to create my jewelry, in addition to adding more ideas here. So at least for the next couple of weeks, bear with me as I still post my regulars (Food for Thought Mondays and Weekly Wednesdays) with the occasional life updates. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m terrible with keeping up with blogging, but this time is going to be different!

Before I sign off and continue the day, I will share my latest creation that I’ve listed on Etsy in The Prickly Pear shop…

I’ve got another idea going, so if I get time today, I’ll be working on that as well!

Until next time,ย 

-M

Long Boho Chic Necklace

I made this beauty the other day. It's composed of purple crystals, gemstones, glass pearls, a key charm, and a hand-stamped trinket.

The chain is about 30 inches from one end of the chain to the other, and the cluster pendant is about 3 inches. The hand-stamped feather says “free spirit.”
What is a “free spirit” you ask? A free spirit is all about following his or her dreams, being open, experiencing life, learning from others, expanding the breadth of knowledge, and being at inner peace.
If you like this piece and would like to have it as your own, you can go to my etsy listing below:
Another blog post down…I'm really trying to keep up and make it interesting as well. Enjoy!
Until next time,
-M