Hard Work Pays Off

For the last few months, I’ve been working my butt off.  A lot of things have happened recently.

First of all, the wonderful manager of WAR Chest took a well deserved trip.  So for the past 6 weeks, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work in the store on Friday’s.  It was so much fun!  I absolutely love talking to people and doing everything in the store!  I can’t think of one thing I dislike. 

She has also asked me to help plan events for the boutique, which I am so excited about!  Event planning is one of my favorite things to do.  It’s challenging, keeps me busy and I love coming up with creative new ideas! 

Not only that, I’ve been taking some photographs of volunteers as models.  This is something so new to me.  I love photography, but I don’t typically take photos of people so I’m learning the best ways to pose people and how to direct them to create the perfect shot.

Through that work with the boutique, I’ve been contacted by a local fashion blogger to potentially take photos for her blog!!  I should be meeting with her soon and I am so excited!  Also, a volunteer wanted to hire me to take photos of her grandsons.  How exciting is that?  I can maybe start making a little extra money doing something I love and continue to perfect my skills.  With student loans to worry about, any extra income would be wonderful.

I’ve taken over the Instagram account for Feral Fixers, a local cat rescue.  I’ve also been working more of their events and trying to help with marketing as best I can.  They’ve been working so hard to place so many cats and kittens in a home.   If you live in the Chicagoland area (especially Dupage County) check them out!

On top of that, I’m still doing a fundraising walk with my sister, my best friend Kristiii and my sister’s friend for Mutual Ground and I’ve just signed on to run a 5k for Traffick Free.

Finally, my pride and joy.  The last few months I’ve been working on a seminar to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault.  I have been emailing back and forth with Benedictine University and finally scheduled a time and reserved a room.  They have been so immensely helpful, I can’t even put into words!  It’s been really long days and nights, scheduling photo shoots for marketing material, editing those photos, adding our information, writing event details, setting up accounts, sending out press releases hoping to be picked up by someone, creating contact lists and so much more. 

I’ve been working so hard to get everything together and it is finally happening!  So far 9 people have officially registered and we are hoping for many many more.  I am getting to the point where I am almost completely exhausted, but so excited at the same time.

If anyone is interested in coming you can register at www.1is2many.eventbrite.com

I can’t thank the people who have been helping enough and I’m so excited to see the outcome of this event! Keeping my fingers crossed!

♥ Meggie

Going For It

As of late, I’ve been contemplating a second job, just to make a bit more money.  I already make over minimum wage, but with student loans and the fact I’m finished with college and still living at home looming over my head, some extra income would be nice.

Yesterday, one of the places I do some volunteer work for, WAR Chest Boutique, posted on Facebook there as a part time job offering.  I didn’t think about it, I didn’t ask anyone’s opinion, I simply updated my resume and sent it in!  The part time hours would work with my current work schedule and what better place to find a second job than a place I love being doing the work I love to do?

In my life, I’m very impulsive about certain things, I’ll act without thinking a lot of the time.  However, typically with jobs or finances or anything significant to my future, I think them through, ask people’s opinion, never making a quick decision.

Yesterday I just acted and it felt great!  It’s an empowering feeling to just go for something you want and try.  What’s the worst that can happen??  I don’t get the job and nothing changes in my life and I keep volunteering.  The best that could happen would be I get the job, which would be incredible!

Whatever happens I know I didn’t miss an opportunity and I tried.  I went for something and that is an accomplishment in itself.  Getting past those feelings of worry and self doubt.  It’s time I told myself I can do this!  I am so anxious/nervous/excited right now I can barely sit still.  I can’t wait to hear if I got the position! 🙂

I encourage everyone reading this today, try something out of your box.  Go after a dream, do something that will make you feel good even if you’re a bit nervous thinking about it.  Push yourself.  So many times we just go through life on autopilot, just doing our routine as the world flies by.  Take advantage of every opportunity that comes to you, it was put there for a reason.

Send any positive thoughts my way!  Hopefully by June, I’ll have a second job!

♥ Meggie

Humming In The Phone

It’s really funny how someone can impact your life and you have never met them once, the quietly, sung melody of an unknown song hummed over a phone can shape your entire day.

I work at an insurance brokerage, we do both commercial and personal lines so we do have customers die and have to deal with their homeowners or health or something like that.  It actually happens quite a bit and its very sad each time, at least for me, not a sadness like I knew them, most I’ve never even spoken to before but knowing if they have kids or a spouse, that’s what’s sad.

Today I overheard my boss talking about how one woman died.  She managed a school district that we held the insurance for and I felt like crying.  This really upset me and I have never even met this woman in my entire life, ever.  I’ve only talked to her on the phone.

You’d be surprised, or maybe you won’t, at the number of people who call up and scream at the receptionist when something goes wrong, like I have the power to change anything, and if the person they want isn’t available, they get madder and demand I interrupt the phone call or meeting or, I don’t know, teleport them back to the office with my amazing mind powers!  It’s really awful and makes me feel awful after getting yelled at by someone I don’t even know, so never yell at the receptionist if they’re nice because they didn’t do anything but try to help and just remember, especially if you have a business, you just got one bad review, so never burn bridges with anyone, no matter how small they are.

Anyway, tthe woman who passed away, she was wonderful.  She was one of the few customers that I got really excited about when their name popped up on the caller ID.  One of these people who was always happy and cheerful, always asking how you’re doing and seem to actually mean it, not just ask because that’s what you do.  Sometimes I’d have to run back to see if my boss was in his office before I transfered the call and then when I’d get back to the phone, I’d take it off hold I’d hear her humming.  Sometimes I’d just take it off hold and listen to her, she just sounded so happy and had a beautiful voice, it was something you just didn’t want to stop because it was just so simply beautiful.

Just talking to her, you knew she was just full of pure joy and happiness, someone who was almost bursting at the seams and the rays of light just shone through, even over a telephone and it was just contagious!  She must have given so much to everyone around her, and I don’t mean in objects or money, but just being around them with that type of joy and happiness?  That’s a person who was loved and gave more than she could even imagine to the people around her.

She woke up one morning with a pain in her stomach and went to the doctor and found out she had stage 4 liver cancer and passed away shortly after her visit.  She was only 53.  It’s just awful how such a beautiful person could have something like that happen to them while there are awful people everywhere, murders, rapists, vicious, violent people.  She was just so young.

I’m sure her life was full of love of friends and family.  I will always hope that even though she was taken so young, that her life was everything she wanted it to be and she was happy because that’s what she always seemed like.

It’s so funny to me, a single person who I never had the chance to meet impacted my life, brought me so much happiness just by giving kindness.  Whoever thought that a minute or two of humming into the phone could impact anyone?