First let me say this was not an easy decision to make. It was very, VERY hard.
When I first started with Target it became a job to give me something to do. I didn't NEED a paying job. I looked at it more like I GET to work. After we lost our daughter, Baylee, (you can read more about our sorrowful journey here) I really had nothing to do but clean up a new house, cook meals and play in my art studio (all of which are not bad). But...it gets old real fast when you're alone all day. Months went by and I realized I needed someone to talk to...people to be around...something to give my mind a challenge and, although I didn't know it then, a ministry to be a part of. So, I went online and applied here. Within a week I had an interview and was hired on the spot. (Remember THIS post on FB? Thanks for all the comments, BTW. :) )
November 29, 2011
Guess who now works at .....wait for it...... Target! woohoo! Offered it to me on the spot! Can hardly believe it. (pending drug & background tests of course.) Now I HAVE to go shopping for khaki pants and a red polo shirt. Thanks for all your well wishes and good luck posts and prayers. Much appreciated. Xoxo
I can hardlly believe that was *almost* 3 years ago. Time goes by so fast. I've made so many friends and helped so many guests while working at Target and hopefully I have spread a little bit of joy to each of them. I have invested time, energy and VIBE moments (amazing guest experiences) into each of these people. I was recently reminded of my many encounters with guests like Janel (she's deaf and I got to interpret for her several times during her visits to the store), Liz (who's in a wheelchair & is taken care of by her sweet sister, Kiki), Bonnie (who everyone knows and loves at our store), Fransiska (who I just recently got to know during her weekly visits on Tuesdays), the many ladies I've helped in MY cosmetics department, and many, many others. I will never forget them as they have left an impression on me in one way or another. Thank YOU, guests, for shopping at Target and, yes, supporting my paycheck. I have LOVED my job. Just ask of my fellow team members and they will all tell you the same thing...."She loved working here!"
I want to thank all my Team Leads who have been a part of my Target employment but especially my immediate Team Lead, Jeff. He was the BEST, hardest working Team Lead I have ever met in this business. And he protected and treated his team like they were his own family. (Family came first with Jeff!) I will miss working under his wing and direction. And to all my fellow Team Members...I will miss seeing you day in and day out. I'm so glad we can stay connected beyond the Target walls (thanks Facebook and Iphone. :) )
And, let's not forget about all my fun Facebook posts....like Clearance sales, pumpkin spice sightings and, of course, THE CUPS!! Ohhhhh cups...how I hate thee. haha I will always think it's just a fun thing to do and helps make people aware to keep our store CLEAN, or any other store for that matter. (Throw your trash away people! There are trash cans ALL OVER the store in several areas!)
But now it's time for me to move on. It's no secret that I have a love for children....a yearning to help them in an educational setting. I've wanted to be a teacher since I was 12 years old (specifically deaf children) and this opportunity was designed just for me. :) I mean really....who applies for a job one day and interviews the next to be hired right there?? WOW!! Only God could have lined this one up. I'm working at a Christian school with Kindergarteners teaching them sign language (these kids are hearing). How fantastic is that?!! Now, I still have a ways to go to finish my schooling (to reach my BA and a signing certificate for interpreting) but this is a wonderful start. I've had several opportunities to sub for teachers who are out for the day due to illness or appointments which leaves me working a very long day. It's very tiring and wearing on my body. Hey, I'm no 20 year old spring chicken anymore ya know!! ;) So I had to choose...and the obvious choice for me was the kids. :)
So for now, I bid Target farewell. I left on good terms. I did my job. I made VIBE moments with guests. I cleaned. I stocked shelves. I re-merchandised endcaps (clearance..my favorite!). I cashiered. I answered phone calls. I hung and folded clothes. I pushed carts. I think I did it all (except Starbucks and the backroom)...how many people can say they were crosstrained in every department of the store? Not many. That was my goal and I just about reached it. For now, I will be spending my time inside Target as a GUEST and I will be the one hearing "Can I help you find something?"
I love this quote posted by my friend, Barbie....
At the end of the day it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished....It's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better and what you've given back.
Thank you very much, Target! ♥