The Grocery Fiasco: Christmas Edition

The Grocery Fiasco: Christmas Edition

Stores are swamped for the holidays, but it doesn't mean we can't access joy.

I'm not going to lie, being an employee during the busiest time of the year is, by far, one of the most challenging experiences I have had in my twenty years. I mean, it's CHRISTMAS. Everyone is supposed to be excited, right? Wrong.

Too often, I have encountered people (sometimes even myself) who are too stressed out to remember what the season is really about. Things are busy. The shopping never seems finished. Holiday arrangements are being made. People are everywhere. But at what cost? Why does "the most wonderful time of the year" seem a little low on cheer?

As a person who has worked in a grocery store during the Christmas holidays, I see this negative side to Christmas more often than I would like to admit. Even in simple ways such as these:

Customers aren't always nice.

Man, some customers are absolutely a pain. News flash: the grocery store isn't always fully in stock of everything you need, especially if you're waiting the day before Christmas to pick up all your holiday groceries. Despite this, it is important to be kind. It's easy to get upset when things don't work out the way you plan. And it's just as easy to take out that anger on somebody else, but it happens all the time at my work. I get it, the last place people want to be on Christmas Eve is the grocery store, working or shopping. Don't compromise kindness. In fact, go out of your way to show them that you care because the attitude you have towards people makes a difference. Go out of your way to find the simple joy in other things even if the store was sold out of the Christmas ham. If you search hard enough, kindness isn't hard to come by, and a smile isn't hard to muster up.

Coworkers aren't always nice.

Coworkers are either a blessing or a curse in the grocery business and during Christmas, I can personally say, coworkers are stressed out. Trying to keep all the customers content is a task that is hard to handle. Remember to be patient with the people around you. Try to help if you are able. Understand that the season is stressful. You'll be fine, I promise.

One day while I was working during the holiday season, I asked a customer, "Are you excited for Christmas?" The response absolutely made me stop in my tracks and take a few steps back: "I'm excited for Christmas to be over." I was at a loss for words. I love Christmas. It was time off from work that I got to spend around the people who I love most, but most importantly, it was a time to reflect on the best gift that I could've ever received: a savior.

So while the momentum of the Christmas season seems to pick up, I encourage you guys (and myself) to take a look around at the people who are surrounding you, strangers and friends, and really dig deep to be compassionate during the season of business and beauty. The greatest gifts are those that are priceless.

Merry Christmas!

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15 Thoughts Every Girl Has In A Tanning Bed

"Haha, imagine if I got stuck."

If you have ever been in a tanning bed, you know it is easily the most boring 10 minutes of your life, and some beds are even longer than that! Unless you have a really good playlist of songs or you can take a quick nap, you usually just lay there, staring at the lights while the bed whirs and colors your skin. Here's just a few thoughts every girl has while in a tanning bed:

1) I hope I put enough lotion on... maybe I should get out and put on more...

No matter how much you think you used, you should always use more. Somehow it's better and you get more tan.

2) Maybe if I keep the fan on I'll sweat more and burn more calories….Okay nope can't do it with the fan on.

It gets way too hot in these beds to have that fan off, no matter how many calories you could burn.

3) Maybe if I put the towel under my head, I can make a little pillow!

And when there are no towels? Well, that is just a disaster and you have to make do with your hair or shirt.

4) Haha, imagine if I got stuck.

Whenever this thought crosses my mind, I have to lift the bed a little bit to make sure it'll still open and will let me out.

5) Do you think I'm tan yet?

No, 10 minutes is not enough time to become a new shade.

6) Do you think they cleaned this bed? They have to, right?

Although it is on their list of things they have to do, you always wipe it down right before you get in anyway. Just to be sure...

7) Let me put this in my Snapchat story! Cute little emoji... perfect!

Every girl has done this picture at least once.

8) Do you think they can hear me singing? Oh well...

The employees will be getting their own personal rock show today!

9) Is it illegal to tan twice in one day?

Yes, yes it is,...though it doesn't stop you from thinking you can get away with it though.

10) If I don't move, I can't get weird tan lines.

I speak from experience that this is not a true fact though it doesn't stop me from testing it out.

11) I hope my goggles don't give me a raccoon tan.

One can only pray...

12) I've only been in here for five minutes, are you serious?

Beauty and perfection take time!

13) $80 lotion are they serious? Oh my gosh, it smells like pina coladas! Okay, yes, I'm buying a bottle.

Lotions are ridiculously overpriced, but that will not stop you from having the nicest smelling one, like Snooki's brand... because of Snooki.

14) Am I even getting tan? Is this doing anything?

Despite popular belief, it is doing something.

15) Ugh, finally I'm done. And I burnt my butt….

Always. Never fails.

A special thanks to my friend Liza who helped me think of these!

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

As well as this article by a fellow creator…

What You Learn Losing A Parent So Young

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