Dear Customers, Not Everyone Gets Holiday Pay

Dear Customers, Not Everyone Gets Holiday Pay

There's no need to be a Grinch this holiday season.

With the holidays just around the corner, I feel as if there’s an elephant that we finally need to acknowledge. If you’re going out on a holiday, there’s a chance that the workers that you come into contact with are not getting paid extra for working on a holiday, despite the fact that they too are giving up time that they could be spending with their families.

Over the years, I’ve worked several minimum wage jobs, most of which did not offer holiday pay. Although I love spending time with my family, I also understand that I have to go to work, so I haven’t really minded working for the same wage as I would any other day.

However, what I cannot wrap my head around is how people have the audacity to go out on a holiday and be rude to workers; haven’t you ever heard of Christmas spirit?

Regardless of where you are, you should always be kind to people. Even though not everyone celebrates Christmas, this time of year is especially important to families.

Whether it be college students returning home or family members coming in from out of town, I think I’m speaking for all of us when I say that there’s nothing more precious than having quality time with those who love you.

That being said, some of us might be spending this holiday season without a loved one for the first time, so you truly never know what someone’s situation might be. Although this is something that should apply every day of our lives, I feel strongly that it is especially important to remember around the holidays.

Just remember, not everyone is getting paid extra to bag your groceries or bring in your shopping carts, so there’s no reason to make anyone’s holiday shift more difficult than it already is.

After all, even the Grinch found it in his heart to believe in the true meaning of Christmas (after stealing it first, but still). Without those who offer to work during the holidays, you wouldn’t have the luxury of going out at the last possible minute to grab the French silk pie you offered to bring to your grandma’s house.

So whether it be the person who greets you when you walk into the grocery store or the waitress who takes your order, recognize that they might not be getting paid extra to work.

This holiday season, why don’t we all take the initiative to be just a little kinder, after all, you never know what someone might be going through.

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-Kaitlyn H. Evans

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Run with passion.

There are so many pressures that we feel as we enter the stages of even thinking about college. All throughout high school, we hear those words. “Get ready for college," “start applying," “start touring." Everywhere you turn you’re encouraged to seek a college education and put in classes that are labeled as “advanced." This is so that by the time we get to college we basically are supposed to know what we are doing for the rest of our lives.

Wrong. Never believe this.

People spend their whole lives searching for their calling and what they are truly meant to do and sometimes don’t find it until way later in life.

And that is okay.

Go to college as undeclared and search for what drives you and pushes you to be passionate. Or, change your major four times because at the end of the day college is about finding the career path that will make your life abundantly happy and go for it. Life isn’t about following a set of rules that society has always said are “right," it’s about the things that make us who we are and that isn’t always what is considered “normal” because we are all unique.

This year I changed my major for the second time, and it took a lot for me to actually go through with it. Changing majors for the second time meant changing career paths completely, and that was scary. Leaving what I had planned to do for the rest of my life (and had interned and apprenticed for, for the past three years) was not easy. It meant taking a leap of faith out of my comfort zone and into a field that I wasn’t as familiar with.

It meant wanting to see my dreams through and come true.

And I did it. I had to. For my sanity and for settling the possibility of a what if in my life, I had to.

Now, I am happy and successfully chasing my dreams. I am nowhere near reaching my goals yet but the passion I have for it will carry me and will keep me from burning out.

All this to say, don’t let anyone tell you that you have to do what society has pinned as “right”. There is no “right time” to finish college or to get engaged/married, or to change careers even. Life is different and exquisitely beautiful for everyone because we are all different. It would be so incredibly boring if we were all the same.

That’s all for now loves.

As Always,



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