I worked retail, most notably at The Container Store and Buffalo Exchange, and absolutely loved it. I miss it, and if I could forgo the salary, stability, and benefits that come with my 9-5 administrative assistant job, I would. But I can't. Who can? The difference between the part-time retail associate and the full-time manager is so vast - in terms of compensation, but also respect and connection to bigger company goals. I wish I'd stuck around to make it to the full-time big leagues. It's not a bad place to spend your twenties, and I think I gave up on it too soon.
That picture makes me want to die. It's so scary. Though if I were to ever call a snake cute - WHICH I NEVER WOULD - this would be the moment.
Oh my god, PLEASE do not buy your boss makeup, especially shiny eyeshadow. That is a terrible idea. A nice hand lotion in pretty packaging is probably the only appropriate cosmetic item to give a colleague. What? Makeup? No. Don't do it.
@amyfrances Another fantastic way to get rid of debt is to receive a sizable holiday bonus that exactly matches a credit card balance. My boss just informed me said bonus is coming my way. Once I get that check, I'm DONE with credit card debt. Totally done. Hopefully it lasts this time. Then it's just student loan debt, which is much less shameful. YES YES YES! Part of me is sad - I kind of want to buy a big fancy thin (new coat, new phone) with part of the bonus, but I think I just need to put it all towards the credit cards. Hooray!!!!!!!!!!
@Beaks Nope! I look at it every day.
My trick is to Google corgis. In the past month, Googling dogs (mostly corgis) has become quite the habit. Whenever my boss chastises me, I look at corgi pictures and I instantly feel a calming rush. It's similar to how I feel when I eat something delicious or sink into bed at the end of the day. It's pretty weird, but it really, really works.
I don't normally participate in the monthly check-in, but I have to share a fantastic debt elimination technique. Basically, my boyfriend gave me the money to pay off a credit card, and I paid him back in cash, in installments. I was making $20 minimum monthly payments on the card, so the balance went from over $1,000 to just under $800, but that took forever. The introductory offer on the card ended, meaning my interest rate would be super high. So, my boyfriend wrote me a check, I paid off the card, and I give him $100 in cash whenever I get paid (every two weeks). I struggled to make an abstract monthly payment a priority before, but now that I owe him money, I'm motivated to pay him back ASAP. Otherwise, it's too awkward if he sees me buy new clothes or something when I owe him money. It's weird, but it totally works. I've only got one more $100 payment and that debt is gone. Worth noting that he makes more money than I do, is debt-free (no student loans), and spends less. He has a lot of savings, so the loan wasn't a burden for him. Anyway, it worked for me! Goodbye old debt. Alas, plane ticket home for Christmas....hello new debt.
@endofherleash I am very interested in everything you just said because that is exactly what I want to do - work with dogs, all day, all the time. Haven't cut the cord yet, the cord being a manageable schedule, steady paycheck, benefits, upward mobility, etc. I also haven't petted a dog in a week, so yeah...maybe not making the best decisions. GO YOU!
I think the crying stems from the anxiety of being yelled at for applying type wrong, not from taking boxes to the bookstore. Being micromanaged that intensely is seriously anxiety-inducing. Similar situations arise at my job. I cope by googling corgis every day, but I'm not sure that's a strong enough medicine. Hang in there, little intern. It doesn't really get better!
@LocalGirl Minneapolis, and thank you! Lots of financial groundwork to lay before this is even a remote possibility, but I want to! Maybe I should Kickstarter-it.