Tuesday, January 28, 2014

History of my (lack of) career up to yesterday's interview

Well, I did it. Just like I said I would. I waited, I thought, I lived, I pondered, I let something come to me naturally, instead of forcing it upon me because I had to. And yesterday, I began the steps to making it a reality.

Remember long ago (of course you don't) when I went to The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with Lauren Conrad? Okay, so I didn't actually see her, but we were attending school at the same time. Anyway, after I graduated High School, I moved to L.A. in hopes of learning how to own my own boutique one day. I never wanted to be a part of the design aspect, just the business, customer interaction side. I wanted a cute little high-end boutique where I could run it myself, interact with all of the customers, and go to all of the L.A. marts to buy the next beautiful designs for my store.

But then life took me down a different path. Or, I guess, I took me down a different path.

Instead, I worked in the fashion corporate world because it just seemed "easier to do" and to be honest, I was too chicken shit to ever have my own business anyway. What if it failed? What if I had to close it down within a year? How would I get a loan to pay for it? Where do I even begin? Hey, let's just get a job at corporate with a steady paycheck instead!

So I became a Merchandise Analyst for Tilly's. But then, a year and half later, I realized something was missing. But at 20 years old, I just didn't know what.

So I went back to school.

Then I became a personal banker at Wells Fargo.

Personal banker turned back into a corporate job in San Diego working in their E-commerce department. (Though, is it really called a department when there were only two of us?)

After a few years there, staring at the computer day in and day out, I realized again, something was missing. At 25 years old, I think I was sort of  starting to figure it out.

So I sold everything I owned and gallivanted around the world for 6 months with my boyfriend. Partly for fun, partly to try and figure out what my life calling was.

After those 6 months, we moved to San Francisco and yet again, I found myself at a corporate office, working at a desk, staring at a computer. This time, I only lasted about 3 months before I was like, oh hell no, get me the eff out of here. I refuse. I refuse!

I had a few fleeting moments of possibly becoming a flight attendant, but as we know, that didn't work out. And at the time, I was very confused and angry with the Universe because why would I even get that job if I was only going to be let go a few weeks later?! But as time went on, I began to have some clarity. I accepted that the lifestyle of a waitress in the sky was not the lifestyle best fit for me. Not when I enjoy having my nights at home with my love and having my clothes in my closet as opposed to a suitcase every week. Though the perks would have been great, the actual job itself began to lose its appeal.

I've had a lot of time to think over these last few months, being unemployed and all, and well, I had to think way back to the beginning. What have I always been interested in doing? What was the common theme with all of those corporate jobs? What are my strengths? Where do I thrive?

PEOPLE! HUMAN interaction! NOT staring at a computer all day with no one to talk to!

And ah yes, that boutique thing! Throughout the years, I've always thought about it. But, just like I was back at 18 years old, I was still too chicken shit to do anything about it.

But THEN I thought, Michelle! For godsakes if you can sell everything you own and go travel to new countries with no agenda, then I THINK you can at least look into this whole boutique thing!

So I stripped it down to the basics.

If I'm ever going to OWN a boutique, then I should probably start by WORKING in a boutique, right? I'll never know if it's even a right fit or not unless I actually get out there, in that environment, and see for myself!


There is this cute little boutique called Heritage Row only 2 blocks from my little San Francisco studio, on Chestnut Street. Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting with the owner to talk about a part-time position there.

And I was very honest with her.

I said I wanted to learn everything I could. I wanted to be in the boutique environment, interact with the customers, learn the ins and outs. (Plus a nice discount wouldn't hurt either).

It would only be about 2 days a week, which, to be honest with you, is sort of all I'm looking for right now. They have an online store, plus a BLOG. My eyes lit up at that, especially when she basically said I could "have at it" as she was NOT a blogger.

Anyway, this Friday, I'm going to go in for about an hour to do a working interview and see how I like being there and so she can see that I'm not a psycho around customers I suppose.

We'll see what happens! I am not attached to any outcome. If it works out, great! If not, great! But I am very open to learning more and seeing if this is something that could be a great fit for me.

So there you have it friends. If you've read this entire post, I'm impressed.

I'm all about making 2014 just as interesting and fulfilling as my 2013 was, if not more! I will not be tied down by a job that doesn't make me happy. I am excited to fill this year with amazing memories. Between my half marathon training, my new book club, two Vegas trips plus a week trip in Cabo planned, I think I'm on to something. And if not, at least I'll have a lot of fun trying. :)


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  1. That's awesome, it sounds like a great fit for you

  2. Oh YAY! I hope this works out for you!!!!
    I too am missing the interacting with people part. Corporate is cool in its own way, and its paying the bills...but I'm getting 'quit my job and run away' antsy.

  3. I'm all about following any and every dream! Congrats lady!!

  4. I am so excited for you! This sounds like the perfect job for you! My fingers are crossed that everything works out perfectly :D

  5. Yesssss!!! You are a fashionista AND great at dealing with people/customers. Follow your intuition and go with your gut. We'll never be tied down in front of a computer again (hint, hint)!

  6. No matter what the outcome is, i'm so excited for you! Knowing what you want is the hardest part, so at least you've got that out of the way! Wherever that takes you is where you're supposed to be! ;)

  7. Congratulations! That's such a great idea. Test the waters, make sure it is STILL something you love and want to do. I think you'll be amazing at it. Oh and their blog?! I'm sure you'll have that thing whipped into shape in no time. Good luck on the new job! I hope it's amazing.

    xo Denise

  8. I am excited to hear how things go for you. Sounds like a great opportunity.

  9. Congratulations on following what your heart wants! Cheers to new adventures!

  10. I went to school for Fashion Design and now I do the whole fashion world corporate thing. I kinda love it....don't love my current company but I like the actual things I do, which helps. And I do get a lot of human interaction, which I also have to have! I'm so happy you're going for this and hope your working interview goes great! "Be so good they can't ignore you" - Steve Martin

  11. Sounds like a pretty sweet job! Hope you like it and I know they will love you :) Hope it works out girl!

  12. How exciting!!! Congrats! I love that little store, though I can rarely actually afford the stuff I'd want from there. Friend discount? J/K. I love you even without the discount. :)

  13. Congrats!!!! That's way awesome to have an amazing job!

  14. I'm excited to hear about it! Have fun!

  15. congratulations girl!!! sounds like you're on a great path I just quit my full-time job to start my own business and i'm scared shitless but you've got to start somewhere! And you know what you've been living life, trying different things as you figure it out as opposed to people who stay miserable in jobs they hate always wishing of a different life. best of luck to you!

  16. Congratulations! Hopefully it's something you really enjoy! I always wanted to own a little boutique, as well! Not really sure how to even go about that though, so maybe I can learn from you! ;) I hope your first day goes amazingly!

  17. Congratulations on making the move! It sounds great. I completely know how you feel -- I've finished uni, and know that I wasn't made for the corporate lifestyle... however, I'm currently broke and unemployed, trying to find a job that's a good 'fit'... so it's definitely not going according to any kind of plan!

  18. That is super exciting! Good luck, I hope that it all works out. There is nothing worse being stuck in a job you don't love. Good for you, for getting out! It's hard for people to do that. I recently just left my job that was stable and took a risk doing something new and truth is IM MUCH HAPPIER!

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