A New Adventure

So – I have started a new adventure.  I am taking on a new career. 33 years old you would think I would know what I want to be when I grow up..

I went back to banking. I am starting as a teller again but have high hopes on moving up in the business. I was in banking about 9 years ago as a teller at Compass Bank. I thought when I left there I would not be coming back. Well, I was wrong.

Working at Cracker Barrel was something I needed to do for myself over a year ago. I had been a stay at home mom for years. I found myself going stir crazy as a stay at home mom. The kids were in school all day – I found that there isn’t much to do around the house. There is a whole bunch of nothing you can do everyday. Also, I knew I needed to get back in the public. I found myself lost in my own world. I had forgotten how it was to be a person interacting with another person. I had lost myself.

When I started working at Cracker Barrel in the retail shop.. I found myself blossoming into something I have never been before. I fell in love with people. I don’t know if it was because I have been held captive with the walls around me in my home. I found myself jumping around talking to people – not giving a care in the world if I was too friendly. What I found myself in the months that went by – was that I was a leader. I was approached just months after opening the store – to apply for the shift leader. I was not coming into this job expecting to advance to a management postition. I also applied to be the team lead trainer of the retail store. Just 6 months into my new job – I had advance into something that was fun and people actually looked up too.

Than life changed. I seperated from my husband of 10 years. I found myself needing to support myself and provide for my kids part time. This was not working out to well with only 25 hrs a week. I started looking for a new job.

This was a hard process for me. I loved my job. I loved going to work. Who says that? But I needed more. This was a huge step for me. Friends told me that I needed to look for a full time job. I was set in my ways. I knew it would be hard but I was set on working with my part time job.

BUT – I was not making it. I had to move in with my friends house. I am in a relationship with a man and we need to get somewhere in life. I felt like it was time for me to move on. I have goals I want to make – and I finally realized working part time I was not going to reach them.

It was hard just looking for something. How do you look for a job that you know won’t full fill you like what I had now. I used not only my people skills at Cracker Barrel – but my creative skills with the displays. I was the number one visual person when they needed me to move displays. I took pride in my job.

So, I decided to go back to something I had done before.. I had been familiar with it. And that choice was banking.

I applied again and again with banks trying to get a teller position. I knew I needed a full time job with good pay. I was looking for 10 dollars an hour. Months went by and I had no bites.

Before Christmas – I received a phone interview with Wells Fargo as a teller. I was hopeful. A couple of weeks later – I was called into a group interview. I went in with confidence. I did my group intereview making my personality shine through. I left hopeful. I did not get a reject email in the 24 hrs they said they would send. Christmas came and went – no call backs.

Than just 2 weeks ago – I was called in for a branch manager interview. I went to a location that is looked as the .. well.. ghetto. I was scared because well – it is not my ideal branch location. But, I went in with my positive attitude .. and sure enough – I was called back for a second interview with the branch manager. She said she would call me that day to let me know if I was hired. I actually didn’t leave the branch without them letting me know they would like me on their team. I was in shock.

A couple of hours later – HR called me and offered me 11 dollars .. I didn’t think I would of been offered that much. And even better, it was a full time position. I knew I could not pass it up.

Why? Because this would provide me everything I need right now. The hours are long – but it won’t take away time with the kids – the pay is good – so I can provide the kids with more – and I have half of Sat’s off and Sundays off – to spend with the kids.

God knew what He was doing.

Again, this is not my idea branch. Being a white girl – the only white girl in this location – it can be intimating. The first day I was terrified that I would not fit in. ( This location in in North Houston where there is a 15% white population)

The second day – I know this is where I need to be. It is a very busy branch – you have to be outgoing and be able to multi- task. I have to be able to handle loud personalities both from the customers and the co workers. Today I learned to just keep my mouth shut and do what I am told. I noticed a lot by people watching that this will be my best tool on advancing in the job. I know it will be difficult working there. It is no easy task. I will have to learn how to use my back bone. How to not to take things personal. And to be that outspoken person I know I have hidden in me.

However, on the way home – this thought came to mind


Psalm 22, where it says “Give you burden to the Lord and He will hold you up”

This is going to be a learning experience for me. I will grow from it.

I have to keep my chipper personality up. I can not let this job grind me down.  I am no longer scared of failure.

Cracker Barrel was a stepping stool. As hard as it was to let go –  I had to .. deep inside me something moved me.

I know I will advance in this industry.

It isn’t about working long hours or how much I get paid. It is the fulfillment of a job that is satisfying.


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