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Working as a Barista?

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I completed my first week working as a Starbucks Barista. I’m not gonna lie and say that it was a piece of cake because it definitely wasn’t. Given that I start working on Sundays as well makes the rest of the days in the week look like it’s been so chill. Here are a few tips when you think of working in the service industry.

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Skechers Speedster Nottingham Sneakers

First things first. You need to gear up before you start. Otherwise you’ll be in much more pain than you think. I bought myself new work shoes because the ones I had used for when I worked at the restaurant doesn’t match with the tasks of a Batista. It didn’t take long until all the milk splashes and other stuff started to splash both on my shirts and my shoes since from head to toe I’m wearing all black. This is why I have sets of clothes and need to clean my shoes. Here I am thinking that I would be careful enough to keep them clean but it just can’t be helped.

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Black Polo Shirt from H&M (Mens-XS)

Respect for the employees wherever they may be. I still like it though. No, I am not giving up. I especially like working at the bar with the drinks. I still laugh at myself along with everyone whenever I get tongue-tied calling out the name of the drinks for the customers or their names to take from the bar. At least it makes them laugh and smile although at my expense but I can laugh with them. The best service starts with a proper welcome and a smile.

It takes time to get used to the work load, the routines, the hours, and the customers. Always expect the unexpected. Customers can be very demanding or very understanding. You might be asked to do a number of tasks at the same time or one after another and ask yourself, “Do I have time for both aside from the task I’m doing?”. It might surprise you that you can effectively multitask given that you think on your feet. It’s always a mix no matter where you work which means composure is of the utmost importance.

If you’re thinking about working in food and beverage or retail, I suggest you give it a try. There are life-lessons and skills you can learn just from working there. If you’re already working there or have already worked and now left, feel free to share your own experience(s). Positive? Negative? Your choice.

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Destiny is out ladies and gentlemen

Looking forward to playing it and hoping against hope that there won’t be server problems. I’m not waiting for a bunch of reviews to tell me to play it or not. I’m gonna try it and see it for myself. Of course I still looked at the reviews and a few live streams like Eurogamer‘s on Youtube, GUILTY. But even if it received good comments but not great, I’m still keen on trying it out. It’s the same when playing Guild Wars 2 (GW2) and World of Warcraft (WoW). There are gamers who persistently prefer to play WoW but as a casual gamer I’m happy with what GW2 offers. We’re not all the same and we don’t need to have a consensus. Agree or disagree, feel free to let me know what you think, or not.

If anyone has comments or opinions about using a Warlock or a Hunter, hit me up. I’m debating which one to use.

‘Til the next post.

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The Juggling Act of Life

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls…are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.” – James Patterson

At times I feel that in certain aspects of my life I am doing very well until I look back to see the bigger picture only to find out that other aspects have been unmaintained. After compensating for those, again here comes the same picture. It’s like Patterson’s quote wherein I keep on juggling and nearly lose one of these fragile balls. I knew there was something missing and that I was focusing too much on the wrong aspects. Rebalancing the balls is a matter of understanding what to prioritize and here are my top three.

Family

Is it even a question why family is important in my life? They are the people who love and care for me. They support me when I’m feeling low and cheer for me when I’m doing great. I grew up surrounded by family good times and bad times. I also consider my friends who are closest to me as part of my family. Having a strong bond with my friends no matter what part of the world we’re living in now, we still feel as if we’ve never parted since the day we met.

Work

Because I already included friends under family, I decided to include this. If you like or love your work then you’re lucky. Not everyone can have the dream job. To what cost is this decision affecting your life? You can either reap the rewards of your efforts or it can suck the life out of you due to its demands. When someone asks me why I like working in service, it has more to do with how I feel when I interact with customers. Yes, not all of them are in the best of moods and yes I also agree that it takes only one to ruin your day but it doesn’t hurt me as much as it does for others. I don’t really know how I do it but what makes it difficult are the hours and demands of the job itself. You can’t sit down, you need to serve and serve and serve, talk to the customer (engage in conversation) but don’t talk too much otherwise you don’t serve the others, do it faster. Every company has its own rules that you’re given a limited time to remember by heart which gets easier the longer you’re there given that you stay.

Health

Without good health what can you do? Are you able to support your family when you fall ill? Can they rely on you if you are a sole provider? It’s great to spend time with family and friends be it indoors or outdoors. Play with the kids, watch a film with your spouse, walk in the forest or on a hill. To be able to do something that requires mobility or not, there is an exchange. If you want to continue using the internet for longer hours at night, how much time will you have left to sleep to be well-rested the day after? Understand that the body can only be conditioned as much as you let it. Artificial energy boosters don’t allow your mind and body to function properly. I believe that this contributes to Spirit as well which is why it won’t be in a separate category. What does it mean to be in good spirits? Being happy, contented, or satisfied is also a matter of what your physical and emotional states is in your life.

 Paint a picture of your life and see where you stand.