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  1. WINDFALL BLISS!!!!!!! We had a site-wide meeting today and they were giving out HUGE checks to the top performers!!! I was not expecting to get called up to receive a check... but I did!!!! They called me up for being a top performer for my metrics! That check was for an amazing $1,250!!!! While I was standing in front of everyone with this huge check, trying not to cry, they called my name AGAIN for "Best Overall Quality in the Enterprise" WOW!!!!! That check was another $750!!!! So, I'm the only person who got TWO checks!!!! Total: TWO GRAND!!!! What???? The day couldn't possibly get any better, right? WRONG!!!! We had a site-wide competition for Visa gift cards that has been going on for the past 2 weeks. Top prize: $250. Yes, I won that too!!!! I am on cloud nine!!!!! The gift card will take a week to come in, but the regular-sized checks are tucked in my purse and will be deposited tomorrow!!! Soooooo excited!!! http://i1347.photobucket.com/albums/p720/cheriecorazon/B48FB11E-2CD9-4A3F-A48F-F41F0964D701_zpsgj5lx70r.jpg
  2. Sometimes I think my job WANTS to catch you off guard! I had my last interview on Monday. Since then, I've had another casual type of interview with the other boss of the building. That one did go really well. Then, I went to work on Wednesday for overtime before my shift. *Note* I ALWAYS schedule my overtime to end 2 hours before the start of my regular shift so that I can go home, walk Bubbles, and relax a bit before going back. I like to take a nap and pretend that I am waking up for the first time before work tbh. It helps me to not get burned out by the overtime as fast. So, I'm at work and about halfway through my overtime, one of the managers says I have an interview THAT DAY with a Corporate guy! I rush home, walk the dog, pick out a new outfit, touch up my makeup, straighten my hair again, shave my legs, practice my About Me in the mirror, and head back to work. Boss Man's advice to me, "Keep your answers short and concise. Only elaborate when he asks." Sure. No problem Boss! Then, I realize that it's a phone interview.... A PHONE interview! I gave up my Reset-the-day nap to get ready for a phone interview?!? Regional Manager: Have we met in person yet? Me: No. I was really looking forward to that. (To self: Today would've been ideal, don't you think?!) later in the interview.... Him: Tell me about a time when you have failed and what you did about it Me without a moment's hesitation (and slightly offended): I don't fail. There has never been a time that I have failed. To self: Oh crap! He's going to think you're an idiot! Do something.... Me: I may have not reached my goal when I wanted but that isn't "failing." It just takes a little longer to win in that situation. Let me elaborate... To self: So much for short and concise :/ Me: Blah blah... It's all about your definition of failure... blah blah. So, I can tell you about a time where I didn't win the way that I initially wanted to instead... Soooo, I think that interview could have gone better but, it wasn't a total failure. LoL I don't do as well on phone interviews as I do in person. Apparently, I still have another interview with the Director of Sales next I feel like I'm applying for a corporate position! Interviewing with all these important people!! My coach says that she never talked to anyone from corporate when she applied for this position. So, I'm just going to take that and pretend that I am Super Special! In my head, I'm pretending that all of my interviews have gone SOOO well that Corporate people want to get a glimpse of how awesome I am!
  3. I had not posted about Week 4 of FPU because I didn't really get all excited about it. Here's the Updates on FPU Weeks 4 and 5. Today, was Week 6, but Spouse is traveling so it's just me. Week 4: Buyer Beware *small group discussion* Question 2: What was the last ting that caused that Red-faced grocery store kid inside of you to wake up and scream, "I want ONE"? Did you give in? Spouse: I think it was the FIFA game that I bought. Ho5wever, I did wait for the price to go down before getting it. It's not so much that I had to have it as soon as it came out, but I did want it. I waited until it was almost $20 off before buying it. Me: Unlike my wife, I did not really wait for my purchase. I wanted the FPU course with the DVD's because I wasn't sure if Spouse was going to actually do the course with me, so I figured that even if we didn't make it to a class, I would still have the DVD's so we could do it at home. I tried to wait for one of DR's sales.... but only the Online or class membership kits were on sale. I sucked it up and purchased it because "I wanted the DVD's." Spouse: I get more use out of my game than she gets out of the DVD's! Week 5: The Role of Insurance Me: That was really VERY informative! Spouse: Yes, except that I'm not sure DR understands how most HSAs work. At my job, if you don't use the money that you put in there by the end of the year, you lose it. Me: Mine too. People tell me that they buy unnecessary things just to use the money. My friend's dad bought the whole family 3 pairs of glasses each. Spouse: My co-workers go to Walgreens and buy a ton of medicine. Me: Yeah... lets not do that... I could imagine that we'd get to the point where we'd have too much. We would be on the streets going, "I've got Nyquil for $1... get your Nyquil!" Week 6: Retirement and College Planning Spouse is in Houston visiting her mom so I did this one by myself. I really enjoyed learning about the different types of investments. I REALLY enjoyed dreaming of the day I'll reach BS4 and about having a baby to have a reason to do BS5!!! What I still don't understand is HOW do you actually pick out the funds that you want in your 401K? My job gave me a booklet that gave me like 10 different plans. When I picked one, it was kinda based on how long you would be contributing to it before retirement. I have the 50 year plan or whatever they call it. I guess I'll wait until I get there and contact an ELP to figure that one out. Spouse and I will watch the DVD when she comes back (later this week) and do an at-home version of the small group discussion. ---------------------- Work Update: I got really bold last week and marched into the Big Boss' office. He has only been there for a few months and I haven't really worked on making sure he knows who I am.... Nevertheless.... Me: Do you have 3 minutes? Clay: Starting now... Go. Me: I applied for a position at another site. I am still waiting to hear from them, but the truth is, I don't want to leave our location. You don't want me to leave this location either. Every single month, my name or photo is on the wall because I have achieved Platinum status for the month (Being top 10 with overall metrics) and/or I am in the Top 10 for Save Rate (One of the most important metrics). My stats are amazing and they are a small part of the reason that this site is doing so well compared to the others. I "grew up" here and I would like to stay here, but there aren't any positions for Team Lead open and that's the position that I really want. I am more than comfortable going to a new location, but I wanted to give you an opportunity to let me continue to make this site the best that I can. I want the opportunity to apply for Team Lead. Clay: That position actually just opened up today. You can apply. Me to self: *Why didn't I check that before walking in here???* Me: Good. I'll get my application in tonight. Clay: Come back at 3:00 when I have more time. I went back at 3:00 and he kept me for an hour. It wasn't really an interview... It was more casual. He told me to be ready for my first of a series of interviews tomorrow. I feel like our talk went really well though. The next day, I had THE BEST interview with 2 of the managers! It went sooooooo well! They told me that they didn't have a timeline on when I would know if I made it to the next interview and said that it could be 6-8 weeks. Well, It was 2 hours later when Clay came up to me desk and said that I was to interview with him the next day! Well, some people from corporate came in the next day so, he had to cancel my interview. He said that they were going to be there all next week and that he would schedule me after they left the site. He also told me that he got an email from the other site that I had applied to. They were going to extend to job to me on the 27th! Well, that's great...... Now, I'm wondering if I kind of messed up... If I had just waited an extra week, I would be at a better position. My pay would have decreased because the other location doesn't have a commission components to it, but I would've stepped up in the company. This position will be more money, but it's a bigger leap. Most people that are applying for it are Trainers or Global Experts (the position I applied for at the other location). So, I have a LOT of work ahead of me if I'm trying to hop over the next stepping stone to reach Team Lead. One of the "preferred" qualifications is to have been in my current position for at least a year. I've been in it for 8-9 months and I haven't even made my 1-year mark at the company just yet. Although, that's coming up on Aug. 1st. The longer they drag out the interview process, the better it is going to be for my tenure there. One good thing that happened that day is that the people that were there from Corporate were there for "Base Camp." It's a program that my company does where they take the executives from corporate and teach them how to do entry level and other jobs so that they can keep in touch with what's actually going on when we interact with customers instead of just having them make policies based on reports. Well, my department deals with long-term customers. The people from corporate aren't allowed to actually talk to them because if they upset them, or give them wrong information, we could lose the customer. Instead, the just sit with us and listen in on the calls. One lady sat with me and by the time she was ready to leave, she told me, "You are sooooo good on the phones! I'm going to tell Clay to keep you on the phones! We can't afford to lose you." I'm thinking DON'T YOU DARE TELL HIM THAT! I'm trying to get some Minions of my own and not have to be on the phones as much! Instead, I say, "Thank you for that. However, I am applying to be Team Lead so that I can teach more people to be just as great as I am! *Jokingly* Tell Clay how wonderful I am!" Once again, wish me luck!
  4. OMG! I had an unplanned interview today! No makeup, no cute hair, no super professional suit.... NOTHING! I got to work today and was told that I am having my 2nd interview today. It was supposed to be for NEXT WEEK! So, I put down the coffee, scouted out some gum (for the coffee breath), ran to the bathroom, to check my hair, and became VERY thankful that my outfit was more on the business side than business casual. It's funny because I always say, "It's not about the luck associated with being at the right place at the right time. It's about always being ready." I was not feeling particularly ready! Well, the interview seemed to go really well regardless. I know there is at least one more interview left so, I'll be in make up everyday moving forward! I don't normally wear makeup to work, so it's not like I looked crazy different from my usual self. However, I really WAS planning to make a pleasing-to-the-eye good first impression on the lady I had never met before. I do like the speed in which things seem to be progressing. I just wasn't prepared for it to be this fast! #StressfulMonday!
  5. esg

    Quick Notes

    - In January, I basically left my job. The other job did not pan out so I continued working for the local newspaper as a courier. The contracts were changed and I didn't re-sign. They increased the fees they charged, increased rules so that we were treated like employees but paid like independent contractors and increased the number of papers we were to throw while also decreasing our base pay. Left us broke basically. I had money from Christmas set aside for January and February and now with my taxes, I have money for rent and our expenses for March and the majority of my rent for April if I do indeed use it for that. I could just work my butt off and keep that in savings. - In March, I start school for the next year and a half. I'm tempted to listen to my aunt and use student loans to help with expenses while I find a job. Having already calculated my loan amount over the full school time, my debt total would be around $50,000. It would take me longer to finish school though. Two courses a term equals the full loan amount offered. One class plus a refund covers my expenses for the month. - I feel bad saying it but its not false. I don't want to work. Its more than just wanting to stay home with my son and read or write or learn something. I think about getting into a new job and and meeting people and my anxiety level rises. I start to want to stay in my apartment and just not be bothered with anyone. I do like people but I think its the whole work thing that I don't do well with. I did well working on my own at night. I worry that I wont find a job that I can do that doesn't involve working during the day with plenty of people. I'm not a hermit but I'm having a hard time finding a job that can fit me. I always have. The other job was a sales environment that included going out and getting people to come in and sale their jewelry and then we'd lowball them. The job I just left was better but management was horrible. So, work woes. I need to just bite the bullet. I'm having a hard time. - Inspired by a blog post here (I'm sorry I can't remember the name - I'll find it!) I've been working on bringing in at least $10 a day for our emergency fund. Last month brought in a sad $50. This month I'm doing better!
  6. esg

    Asking For What I Want

    My promise to myself the other day was that from now on, I want to take only what I need from my situation and my family stress. This time, like a light just went off, I'm having problems asking for what I want. I mean, I knew that but now I know. It's like I stopped and all I can think is - why wasn't I doing this before? Yesterday I saw a job and asked about it. After sending my newly tailored resume, I got a reply asking about salary preference. I didn't know what to ask for. I know what I want but I didn't know what to ask for. I've gotten many very positive comments here on this site about speaking up for my self, and using my voice for both myself and my son. I know what would help our living situation a bit more and it is obviously to have more money coming yet I didn't hop up and ask for what we want and what I know would help us. The thought makes me sad that I let it pass me by. Instead I gave a range. It's higher than I make now but the starting range is a little less than I researched a job something like this would make. I didn't get the job but it wasn't based on salary. Instead its because I'm not bilingual. That's okay though. I have a job, I will get a better one eventually and my gosh if I'm not learning lessons left and right here. I'll just ask for what I want next time. What we want. That's the only way we're going to get somewhere. I'm also feeling motivated on the bilingual front. I studied ASL for years and ended up letting it slide. I know enough to teach basics to children, which I've done and mentioned in my resume but I'm now feeling motivated to pull out my books and find a way to improve. On top of that, I've wanted to teach my son French or Spanish since he's a sponge and it would be very helpful for the both of us. I think I'll put in more effort and once we're settled we can start learning together. Maybe one day I can update my resume with the word bilingual and then get paid what I want and need to be paid for it.
  7. Whitney

    Asking Really Works!

    Today I mentioned to my boss that I was looking for more hours and I picked up one shift this week, an extra hour on one of my already scheduled shifts, a promise to be trained on the host stand tomorrow, and a shift next week hosting! Apparently, it's pretty common for servers at our restaurant to snub hosting shifts because you only make minimum wage, but an extra shift here and there is an extra shift, and I'd rather work three serving shifts and one hosting each week than having to hunt for another job to either compliment or replace this one. I like this job. I finally know the people and the procedures, and I'm getting better at it. Work today was pretty average, but overcoming my nervousness and doing this made me feel like I'd done something awesome. It's not about the wimpy $7.31 an hour, it's about being braver, and asking for things I deserve. If the hours hadn't been available, I'd look elsewhere, but I'm glad I didn't let a little case of nerves keep me from doing that.
  8. Well, today I went ahead and paid my phone bill and school fees just to get that settled and done with. Both were due the first of August, but I had the money in my account and wanted to cross them off on my cute little "how much do I need to pay before the fifteenth oh my gosh" chart, so I did! Now there's just this beast of a power bill, the student loan, the gym, the fiance's birthday present, and waiting for the church to cash my $100 check. It's actually been a couple weeks on that last one, I should drop them an email and find out whether they've even received it. Work today was pretty disappointing, $18 in tips, but there's always my hourly wage, so it could be worse. This week's schedule is another serious disappointment, 8 hours spread across two lunch shifts and a dinner, none of which are over the weekend. In other words, low low low tips. I'll have to confront my boss about giving me more hours and, if they can't do that, look into either a second or a replacement job. I don't want to do this, since I really enjoy my work and the freedom it affords me to do things, but I've been a bit too free lately.
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