What I'll Miss Most About Working In Retail This Black Friday

What I'll Miss Most About Working In Retail This Black Friday

I’m thankful to have been apart of the rollercoaster journey that is retail, and I have become a better person because of my experiences.
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Whether you have been one of the shoppers or not, we have all heard the horror stories of what happens on Black Friday in the retail world. The stories that make the news or that surface social media are almost always the ones where something (or someone) went terribly wrong.

As someone who has spent the last three Black Fridays working in retail, I can definitely agree that there are some, let’s call them, dedicated shoppers out there; however, the stories that don’t make the news are the ones about the rare shoppers who are kind and genuine and about the team of retail workers behind the Black Friday chaos.

Having to go to work on Thanksgiving night after spending the day binge-eating and being with family was always a dreaded task. I would spend my entire drive to work thinking about the mayhem I would have to endure into the odd hours of the night.

What I didn’t realize then, was that working on Black Friday would ultimately change my perspective of working in retail and allow me to grow closer to my team.

My team was an irreplaceable set of humans, no doubt about it. Despite the obvious stress that came with being a Target cashier on the biggest shopping night of the year, Black Friday was one of the most fun times to be just that.

Knowing that no matter the challenges I was presented with, my team had my back 100% is what made my job something to enjoy.

This gave me the opportunity to be able to truly appreciate the company of complete strangers. Despite the negative encounters that are inevitable in retail, I was able to meet the rare and occasional shoppers who were genuine with their words.

“Thank you for working tonight, so that we could be here shopping.”

Even if the gesture was small, it was something that I think all retail workers need to hear when working on a holiday.

What I’ll miss most about working in retail this Black Friday is my 2048 team, and the small acts of kindness that I know still exist in this world. I’m thankful to have been apart of the rollercoaster journey that is retail, and I have become a better person because of my experiences.

Please remember to be kind to those who are sacrificing their holiday to work, and happy Black Friday shopping!

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15 Things You Need In Your Bag To Survive Rush In ~Prime~ Southern Heat

With rush applications opening up soon, here is a cheat sheet of the top 15 things you must have in your bag.
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Rush is speed dating, but for a sisterhood. Yes, the rumors are true it gets hot and humid and the bipolar weather is in full swing during August. Allow yourself to enjoy this week as stress-free as possible.

Here are my 15 Top items to put in you rush bag for each day.

1. Water & Snacks

This is the longest and hottest week of summer. You do have lunch breaks, but you will need much more than that to survive without passing out. Bring small snacks with substance, like granola or peanut butter crackers. Bring one or two water bottles.

Pro Tip: Freeze one so by the time you are done with your first water bottle, you will have a nice, cold water once it melts.

2. Mints/Gum

You are jumping from party to party, house to house, non-stop talking. For your sake, and the sorority girl’s sake, bring something to pop in your mouth, in between parties.

Pro Tip: Girls in your rush group are going to see you pull out the gum/mints, and they will ask for one. Get a master pack from Costco or Sams. The more-the-merrier.

3. Deodorant

I think this is pretty self-explanatory. It gets over 90 degrees, plus humidity. You are gonna sweat.

Pro Tip: Get a gel-based deodorant. Normal sticks will melt in the southern sun. You are going to have to reapply throughout the day, so make sure you are prepared with a stick that will not melt while you are in a house.

4. Hairbrush

Even Southern Belles’ hair does not do any well in high humidity. Hair gets stringy, sweaty, frizzy, and gross. A hairbrush helps. Bring one.

5. Hair Spray & Dry Shampoo/Baby Powder

Hairspray to keep flyaways, and frizz down. Dry shampoo to help with grease and sweat, outdoor smells.

Pro Tip: Baby powder is a light alternative to dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is great, but after 3 reapplies to your hair, it starts to get kind of heavy. Baby powder absorbs and helps freshen up.

6. Touch-Up Makeup

You will sweat it all off. No setting spray is strong enough to fix that. Ultimately it is up to each you what kind of touch-up makeup you need to bring. Every woman’s face is different. Here is a small list of ideas: concealer, powder, blush, mascara, & lipstick (lipgloss is a no-go. Wind + Hair + Lipgloss = Disaster)

Pro Tip: See how your face reacts with sweat. Practice your rush makeup while laying out. Figure out what brands work best, and what you will need to reapply.

7. Oil Blotting Sheets

Depending on your skin, you may have a very oily complexion, or maybe not. Either way, oil blotting sheets helps absorb oil, sweat, and gives you a fresher feel.

Pro Tip: Buy these BEFORE moving into college. Every single store will be out of them during rush week.

8. Lotion

You are sweating, you feel gross, and all you want is a shower. Bring your favorite lotion to be your shower on the go. Also, no one deserves ashy knees during rush week.

Pro Tip: Choose a lotion scent that it light. Do not grab the super perfumed blast. If every girl going through rush had a strong sent on, everyone would have a miserable headache.
Pro Tip: Bring Advil or some kind of headache relief. Just in case you do have someone in your group who decides to have the strongest scent.

9. Fan

Bring one. That is all.

Pro Tip: Bring an extra set of batteries if they need them.

10. Comfy Shoes

During your lunch break or voting, the last thing you will want to be in are those horrible, yet adorable, shoes. Bring a pair of shoes that make your feet happy.

Pro Tip: Bring band-aids for those unfortunate events of blisters. I have scars on my feet from blisters. Save yourself. #LoveYourFeet

11. Nike Shorts

No one wants to see your underwear. Yet, we all want to sprawl across the grass. Bring Nike shorts, or Nike Pros to throw on during breaks. Allow yourself the freedom of sitting unladylike in a dress.

12. Rain Jacket

Whether the weather calls for rain or shine, bring a rain jacket. You can sit in it, use it as a pillow if it rains you are dry. There is literally no downfall of having one.

13. Pad & Pen

You will need to make notes on which houses you like, or do not like. Maybe you want to remember who you talked to, or what you talked about. Most schools give you a rush booklet, but bring something just in case.

14. Tampons

Mother Nature is a cure and unpredictable b****. Even if you are not scheduled to have your period during this week, something may change, or you can save another girls life when she is not prepared. #InstantFriendship

15. A Bomb Playlist

Rush can be draining physically, and emotionally. Sometimes all you need is a good pick-me-up song. Create a playlist of your favorite jams.

Pro Tip: Bring headphones. Your jams may not be the girl’s jams sitting next to you.

Thrive on!

Lily

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Life's fast, and we don't typically take the time to make bucket lists anymore. Everyone should have a lifetime bucket list, but in case you didn't here's one for starters.

From the second you step out of high school or college for the summer, or maybe even work — this bucket list starts.

1. Go somewhere you've never been before

First and foremost, you should always go to a new place every summer. Whether it's a town an hour away or a new country. New experiences are everything.

2. Try out new restaurants

Too many people dislike change, meaning people don't try new things... trying a new place to eat could make all the difference to you and to the restaurant! You'll never know until you try it!

3. Lay in the bed of a truck with a blanket and look up at the stars

If you haven't done this yet... git 'er done.

4. Go to a waterpark

At least once.

5. Go hiking

Take some pictures while you're at it.

6. Set and achieve a goal of drinking a gallon of water a day

You can't go hiking if you aren't healthy!

7. Run a 5k

Run it for fun, or for a good cause! No matter what it will be fun; even if you walk it.

8. Try a food that you've always thought you hated

You never know, your taste buds could have changed over time!

9. Go skydiving

Even if you're afraid of heights! You only live once, do it!

10. Change your hair color/hairstyle

It'll grow back! Do something fun. Cut your hair to your shoulders or dye it bleach blonde! The opportunities are endless.

11. Visit all 50 states

Or, as many as you can! Buy a map and find a creative way to mark where you have been!

12. Meet a famous person

Whether its an athlete or an artist, make an effort to meet a famous person! It may be courtside or backstage, but no matter what it would be awesome!

13. Take a cruise

A cruise is a once in a lifetime experience for some, so if you get the chance; take it!

14. Take a biking trip

Around Hawaii, if you can afford it! But it could be around somewhere as simple as your hometown.

15. Go to the beach

You, me and vitamin sea!

You could (and should) lengthen this list. Take this list, expand it and capture all of your memories! Find a couple of friends to complete this list with you, it will help you build lifelong friendships and amazing memories!

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