What It's Really Like Being A Server In 2019

What It's Really Like Being A Server In 2019

The highs and the lows

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I started my job as server a few months ago, and it was definitely a wake up to say the least. I was in need of a part-time job where I could make a lot more money, quickly, and serving allowed me to do that with the potential to make tips. I knew going into it that it wasn't going to be easy, but I quickly realized how little I actually knew about the job. My only other work experience was in retail, so the switch was a big change.

Serving requires a lot more multitasking, and this was probably the hardest thing for me to adjust to, because my previous job didn't require me to do that at all. It can be hard to manage multiple tables at once, especially when it gets busy and it's a job that requires you to be on your feet the entire time. After a five to six hour shift consisting of walking back and forth between the dining room and kitchen, and having to do my share cleaning, I'm totally exhausted.

One of the major perks of the job is being able to make tips. After every shift, I'm always able to leave with some cash, and you do have the potential to make a lot if it's busy or if you get large parties. However, the amount that you make can be totally inconsistent at times. You can have days where you make $200 in one shift, and then make $15 the next day. I was already aware that servers were paid less than minimum wage before taking the job, but one thing that I didn't know was that servers are actually taxed at a higher rate depending on how much you make in tips for the pay period, so we are simultaneously being paid less than minimum wage, while paying more in taxes, which basically makes tips our main source of income.

Honestly, on a busy day, not being tipped well or not being tipped at all doesn't usually make a huge difference if you've got a lot of tables, but when it happens on a slow day it can have a significant effect. Due to the job being totally based on people interactions, some days can be particularly hard when you've got other things going on in your life, and you have to deal with the stress of managing multiple tables or dealing with rude customers.

Despite the stresses of the job, I feel like I've learned some valuable lessons about how to multitask, and customer service skills and these can be applicable to other jobs outside of the service industry, because in many jobs, you essentially are serving people.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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4 Things I Wish High School Me Knew

Every day has a purpose.

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People don't give high school enough credit for having the ability to shape your life. It can build you or it can break you and often times there is no in between. As I enter into my senior year of college I have reflected a lot on my college career and how it really has been the best years of my life up to this point, but I know that without a doubt my life would have been so different in I would have known these things as a high schooler.

1. Your life is valuable

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:4-7

2. You aren't defined by your singleness. 

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. - Song of Solomon 2:7

4. You aren't going to fit in

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2

4. Your clothes aren't going to fit forever, don't spend all of your money on them 

Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." - Luke 12:15

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