other stores may look completely different, but a lot of them- the good ones- get totally excited when team members come in and say, “hi, I’m from this store in this state, and I wanted to stop in and see what your store looks like!” it still feels a little like home, and they want to know about our stores, too.
it’s cool, the way those “cousin stores” work. same vendors setting up for demos, same smiles on the team member faces, same announcements on the PA.
it gave me some new ideas to freshen up some of our current setups, and ideas to help push existing items in different ways.
this is what happens when you really love your job: you never stop working, and you’re actually proud to talk about it and immerse yourself in it!
yes- i am making way less money than this time last year. yes- my schedule changes every week (sometimes daily); I like to think of it as extreme flexibility. It keeps things interesting.
yes- i have a hard time not shopping at my store. it gets expensive, and we have really good, really neat stuff sometimes.
yes- it follows me, everywhere. but i am happy at my job- i like my people, customers and team members alike; i like my store.
it’s lately been portrayed negatively in social media. they goofed; it’s fair and expected for some people to be disappointed in them (team members included), but everyone makes bad decisions. it will blow over.
i’m sorry that it’s been so long; sometimes, life has a way of getting a little hectic and redirected for a while. i’ve missed you.