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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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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Prioritizing Reading Over The Summer Made Me Love Reading More During The Semester

"Maybe I just learned to truly love reading again over the summer, maybe I recovered this piece of myself that I didn't even know I had lost"

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During most of my college breaks, I've been so sick of looking at books that I only manage to get through one or two easy reads. However, this summer I decided that I was going to prioritize reading and read like I used to do when I was in middle and high school (which basically means read two or three books a week at least). At first, I didn't really want to. I had picked out a pretty hefty and deep fantasy novel ("Name of the Wind," anyone?) and I was struggling to get through it. However, one nice rainy day was all it took to kickstart me getting through about 75% of the book in a day and after that, I just kind of slipped back into a habit of reading.

I ended up finishing 20 books this summer, which isn't nearly as many as I used to be able to do, but also a lot more than I've gotten to read in a long while. Not only was it a lovely way to feel like I had recovered this piece of childhood me, but also it was a lot of fun. As a compulsive book buyer with not a lot of time for extracurricular reading, it was really fun to be able to knock out so many of the books that had just been chilling on my shelf. I was genuinely sad about not being able to read for pleasure anymore when the summer ended, but what I didn't realize then is that prioritizing reading over the summer actually really changed the way my semester has gone so far.

Yes, I'm in one less class than I usually am, so I have more free time than I usually do during the semester, but I've found myself reading more. Not only am I managing to get through all of my school reading almost every week (hey, you can't win them all), but I'm also finding time to read for pleasure. As an English and History double major who reads roughly two novels each week and several chapters of history books, this is kind of a big deal. I'm shocked that I'm not burnt out yet, but I'm also not complaining.

Now, don't go getting crazy ideas. We're about a month and a half into the semester and I've only finished one and a half fun books, but considering that I sometimes don't even get through one fun book in a semester, I'm definitely happy with this change. And not only am I able to get more pleasure reading done, but I'm genuinely enjoying the books I'm reading for class, something that doesn't always happen when I have to be thinking interpretively and trying to string together a paper as I go through each one of them. I don't know exactly how my summer reading habits have influenced this, but I can tell a big difference in the way that I read the novels my English classes assign and even my history readings. Maybe I just learned to truly love reading again over the summer, maybe I recovered this piece of myself that I didn't even know I had lost. Whatever the case, doing all of that reading over the summer has completely changed my reading experience during the semester and I'm thrilled about it.

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