The past year and a half I have worked at Applebees, and I am so ready to get out of there. I am a bartender and a server...and I make my money on upselling steaks and topshelf drinks. I feel like this supports animal cruelty and drinking..plus we are super wasteful. No recycling,,,no composting...just a lot of trash and wasted food. My customers(who are almost always overweight) constantly try to tell me how I eat wrong and need some steak blah blah blah. I try to explain how it is healthy, but I'm terrible in a debate. I haven't tried anything on the menu, so I am always lying to people when I am serving. Another issue is the hours I am scheduled...many times almost 50 hours a week with 10+hours a day sometimes no breaks to eat. This does not help me to eat enough, get enough sleep, or sunshine. For months I have been struggling with the fact that my job is completely against everything I believe, and I have been living a high stress life just to make money. Recently I have cut back on being a consumer and most of my money is just going to my rent and fruit. I have money saved and would be able to live comfortably for a while without a job, so I have decided it is time to let it go. I did go to art school for a couple of years, and I do facepainting gigs when I can. Hopefully I can find some festivals and parties to paint at, so that I don't use up all of my savings. 30 bananas a day has made me realize life can be so much better than it is. I have to stop living for the future and live right now. If anyone has any tips on jobs that are more geared towards this lifestyle let me know =] "Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls"
right on! you need to do whats important for you. if your job is causing an unhealthy lifestyle for you..it just doesnt work. last year i did 3 months of night shifts straight.... 7:30 pm - 7:30 am 3.5 days a week. it was hell.. sometimes riding my bike to or from work around 1am.. crazy.. messed up sleep. messed up eating... dinner for breakfast breakfast for dinner! even the day shifts sucked... would get home at 8PM after working a 12 hour day and then eat and pass out and do it again.
currently studying online in prep for studying kinesiology as university...want to be a personal trainer!
that's my work day, 7am-7pm 3-4 days a week
Congrats! I bartend part time, so I feel your pain. Luckily the restaurant I'm at is pretty good at making my special food for me. But yeah, when people ask how the steaks are I don't even bother lying. Hopefully my real job will start getting profitable again and I can get away from schlepping junk to people and focus on selling real estate and taking care of myself and my family.
Congrats on chosing to be more sane in a insane human world.
Your festival Idea sounds like a good one like anything market yourself and you will do well.
Sounds like the only thing that job was good for was a paycheck.
Congratulations, Gabrielle! This sounds like it's definitely a change for the better.. it will improve your sleep, eating habits, fitness, sun, stress levels, plus you won't be contributing to the declining health of others or animal cruelty.. Glad you were able to see the situation for what it was!
You may want to look for a job at a place like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's (if there are any in your area) - I would LOVE to work at a Whole Foods, but the closest one is about an hour away :(
Best of Luck!
Gabrielle, it's been a while since you wrote this, but you've got plenty of folks still excited for you!
Love to know what manifested for you. Still painting? That sounds like a joyful experience :)
Hey =], yes a lot has changed since I quit serving/bartending. I moved to Florida and I work at a raw vegan cafe! I somehow live 3 miles from the only vegan restaurant beachside in this county. Its probably the only job I have ever loved. Its not perfect, but 100 times better than Applebees. I work the front & cashier, make the food, and do a bunch of managerial duties. It has not really helped me stay 80/10/10 because everything is super high fat, gourmet, and delicious so I can't resist. The kale chips and onion bread are truly addicting. One advantage though is I can get my fruit for wholesale if I buy the box, so I ordered myself a 40lb box of bananas for the morning and I will be doing banana island starting tomorrow for a week. And, yes I'm still facepainting...about one gig a week on average. =] Follow your bliss!