I Worked An Honest Day Of Blue-Collar Work, And It Feels Great

I Worked An Honest Day Of Blue-Collar Work, And It Feels Great

Nothing wrong with working blue-collar.


After going from crappy job to crappy job and only spending a couple of weeks to a month there over the past year with big gaps in between, I finally hit blue-collar. Having a wife and a 10-month-old to provide for, I'd been searching for a little more work like that.

Today I started at a job a buddy owns and runs and does a lot of the work himself. It's kind of an all-around gig with landscaping, construction, building wood furniture, remodeling, etc. With different things to do, it'll be interesting every week and not a repetitive desk job.

Today was landscaping. We had to trim bushes, clear pine straw, and brush, flatten dirt out in prep for weed guard, lay weed guard.

Sounds easy enough right? Yeah, no.

With large flowerbeds full of decent size brush it was challenging to get maybe two thirds of the total project done. Tomorrow does it all at one location including laying rocks then return to the original site to lay more weed guard, edging, and rocks.

Now, I've worked some rough jobs but mainly got paid in food. I grew up on a farm with farms around me so summers were spent helping the neighbors with hay and other tasks. Well, that's been five years ago and I'm not in shape like that.

The hardest parts of today were the Alabama heat and I'm out of shape. When I say there wasn't any shade, there was none. To cool off, you'd need drinking water to pour on your head — but as it went in I'd sweat it out immediately or as I poured it, it would evaporate immediately. As far as being out of shape, I've never been in shape — but I've been in a way better shape then I am now. As I work more, that part will change.

So most of this has been me complaining right? Well, yeah, because I'm dead and the work sucked.

So why do I feel great?

I feel accomplished, simple as that. I proved myself to my employer. Yes, there were times I'd take a couple of too many water breaks but he didn't want me to die so if I needed water it was there. Yes, I slowed down a couple of times but I didn't stop. I kept going and there's a difference — and he noticed and was glad that I didn't stop.

I'm a new employee getting over a bad cold while working in the heat a job I have no experience in so for me to pick up on things and learn quickly and keep pushing past mental blocks was great.

So for me, it was a hard day but no blue-collar job is going to be great.

With a family to provide for you must give it you're all. I wanted to quit multiple times today but you have to break down those walls and keep going to make it through life and I'm damn proud of myself.

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Yes, I'm A Woman Who Will Work In The Sports Industry, No I Don't Care About Gender Stereotypes

I know sports and love them and want to live my life in sports as long as I can. What does it matter if I am a woman?


As a sports leadership and management (SLAM) major at my university, I am surrounded by mostly men in my major. In a SLAM course this past semester, I was one of six women in a classroom with 35 seats. When looking at current front office directors, board members, and vice presidents of major league sports teams, the majority of them are male.

There is no direct problem with this; if they are doing their job well, then that is perfectly fine. The problem I have is that when I tell people that I want to work in the front office of a major league sports team, about half the time I get a funny look and a comment something along the lines of, "Really? But you're a girl, don't you want to do something else?" My first response always mentions the fact that I have been an athlete for 15 years and working in the sporting industry has been a passion of mine forever. If they still don't understand, I'll bluntly point out that it should not be a problem where I intend to work based on my gender. Major League Baseball recently announced that they are trying to bring more women into their front offices. The MLB is on board with more women joining the sporting industry, so why is my passion for working in sports so surprising to people?

The sporting industry has fascinated me as long as I remember. I grew up in a diehard Chicago Cubs fan family and lived through the infamous billy goat curse of the Cubs. I discovered the world of hockey and Chicago Blackhawks at a young age and lived through the great business turnaround of the Blackhawks. I recently gained interest in the sport of soccer when Team France won the World Cup. I have been a figure skater since I was 5 years old. I know sports and love them and want to live my life in sports as long as I can. What does it matter if I am a woman?

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Humans Of Orlando: Home Decor Master Ashlee Rosemeyer

An interview with a home decor businesswoman


There wouldn't be enough adjectives to describe Ashlee Rosemeyer but inventive is just a start. I first met Ashlee through work and got to experience her ambitious work ethic, generous personality and care through her passions. She mentioned she had a passion of starting a home decor business and then in weeks this passion became a reality. This businesswoman and friend sits down with me to discuss her creativity, advice on owning your own business, and her future plans.

AshsToAshs Mission Statement: Mosaic pots for people who love plants. Handcrafted and made-to-order using unique, colorful glass to bring light into daily life. Let love grow with a free packet of seeds accompanied with each pot.

Q: About Me: (Age, Hometown, If you're in school or major or whatever hobbies, aspirations)

I'm 22 years old. I was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I graduated from UCF in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice. My hobbies include crafting, specifically things that involve ceramics and mosaics. I love putting a unique twist on everyday objects. I aspire to continue to challenge myself and grow both personally and professionally.

Q: What profession are you in and whats your dream profession?

I currently have worked as a retail manager for the past four years. I do love expressing myself through style. However, my dream profession would be something related to my criminal justice degree.

Q: What got you passionate to become a business owner and create home decor?

I have a home of my own and absolutely fell in love with decorating it. The more I added in details, the more I thought of how cool it would be if I could add those special details into someone else's home and bring them that same joy.

I look up to Dazey LA. She's a female entrepreneur who specializes in ethically made products. I love how her brand is so personal to her and its bright, real and uplifting. Her clothing makes you feel empowered.

Q: What's the importance of creating a good environment for your home and does art help with that?

I believe that a good environment is vital in encoring a good mood and providing you with a space to grow. Art helps bring inspiration to everyday life. It inspires me to be my most creative self.

Q: What are your goals in 2019?

The main goal of 2019 is to grow AshsToAshs.

Q: What can you say to someone that wants to start their own business?

Just go for it.

Q: How has the social media platform change the way you're able to produce and be creative and reach people?

It helps you reach people that you wouldn't normally get to reach. It helps reinforce your brand and spread your message.

You can discover more of her beautiful handmade pots on her Instagram @_ashstoash_

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