Sometimes, You Have to Work Bad Jobs

Sometimes, You Have to Work Bad Jobs

Working a bad job may not be the ideal situation, but you gotta do what you gotta do


Not too long ago I wrote about embracing your inner child in order to escape the day-to-day grind of being an adult. The reality of that is that you need money in order to do that. Are you trying to get into places like the zoo or a baseball game? You need money. Do you want to eat while you are at these places as, more often than not, they don't allow outside food? You need money. Do you need to pay the bills first in order to do all of these things? You get the idea.

Not everybody can be lucky to land a fairly well paying job coming right out of college. I know I wasn't. And looking through everything that I can do to increase my chances of landing a (dream?) job, it is safe to say that I need the money to make it happen. Professional resume. Rides to the city for interviews. It all adds up. So what is there to do?

The answer is simple: get a job, any job. With student loan payments looming around the corner, I need to find a job that, once those payments, the electric bill, the Internet bill, and groceries are taken care of, will allow me to have some fun. My journalism degree hasn't helped me yet, and I need to do something, anything really, to get me on track. If that means working food service or retail, so be it.

I have experience with working jobs that bite. Food service sucks, especially when the customer complains about things that are out of your control. You're asked the same stupid questions over and over again. You're on your feet for hours, and right when you have everything cleaned up and ready to go home, some jackwagon comes in looking for food just as the closed sign gets turned around.

I have heard the horror stories of working retail. My parents always talk about working at a record store back in the 80's and how the worst shopping day of the year is that Saturday right before Christmas. I can only imagine what the crowds would be like. I would hate to have to work Black Friday like my older brother had to.

While I appreciated the opportunity to gain work experience in general, I knew that I would not want to do this for the rest of my life (especially at minimum wage). But in the short term, I need something to build up my bank account, so the fact that I have the experience with doing something that isn't fun makes it an easier pill to swallow.

At least I am not the only one in this boat. According to recent data, roughly four of every nine recent college graduates are considered underemployed, meaning that they are working part-time while looking for full-time work, or are working in fields that do not require a college degree. Graduates with a degree in criminal justice tended to fare the worst in this category, with 75 percent falling into this category. Recent nursing school graduates tend to find work quickly, with 89 percent finding full-time employment shortly after receiving their diplomas.

What's the saying? "Pain is temporary, pride is forever" if I remember correctly? The hours may suck, the pay rate may suck, the fact that you would end up dead on the inside for a company that will replace you with a robot in a minute definitely sucks. But somebody has to do it until their moments to shine appear. So all I can do is grin and bear it. When I am living comfortably in a job I love, it will be worth all of the headaches.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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This Is Not Your Typical Break-Up Survival Kit

just a mixture of two typical cliches that work best together.


Everyone has been through a break up at some point, even if it's a friend break up. We've all been there and the truth of the matter is, it hurts. However, as people say, time will make it better. And it's true, all you have to do is take care of yourself and love yourself and things will eventually work out.

1. Comfortable clothing.

At some point during a relationship, fancy clothing is replaced by comfortable clothing. This does not mean to throw on a tight short dress. Instead, to make the transition easier and smoother, attempt to wear cute and comfortable clothing to slowly remind yourself of your self-worth.

The key item to do this is on the underwear. Ladies out there, doesn't lacy lingerie increase your self-confident? After that, it's all about adding more and more clothing items that boost your confidence and say 'see you later' to those sweatpants!

2. Aromatic candles.

Candles are not necessary for romantic set up. They can be used to meditate, do yoga, to relax and take bubble baths while drinking champagne. It makes the setup for a calm self-pampering night, furthermore reason to add face masks and comfortable clothing in the basket! Make sure to avoid scents that could potentially remind you of your ex. Funny twist: grab the candles with hilarious names!

3. Funny mugs.

Humor is the best medicine, and a cup holds your favorite drinks is the perfect combo to start your day! Drink your favorite drink in your favorite new mug and have a little laugh.

4. Homemade item.

Mirror with a positive quote, a calendar full of empowering reminders, and keep in mind that others love you. Take the time to sit by yourself, or with friends, and work on DIY projects to keep busy, even if it's creating a small calendar.

5. Drinks and snacks

Tea! Coffee! And chocolate to give them the boost when they are feeling down and a bottle of wine because it gets stuff at times. I would prioritize more non-alcoholic drinks since it's not healthy in the long run. Drinking tea also allows you to relax and keep your mind at peace.

For snacks, sometimes comfort food and candy is a must. Just take the time to enjoy yourself, who cares about anything else!

6. Face masks

Nothing can go wrong with face masks, after all taking care of your skin says loving and it's fun! The good thing is that you can do it alone or with your friends, with a drink and watching a movie or on a bubble bath as mentioned above (point 2). The beauty of face masks is that it reboots your skin's health. We all love a natural glow.

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