Life Experience

Retail Experience

I have a fairly diverse range of experience on my CV but I’ve always been lacking in retail experience. Until now.

I’ve started working at a small boutique store in the centre of York, on one of its most popular and oldy-worldy streets (not The Shambles) and that means the shop reflects the bricks on which it stands.

I seem to be doing alright. It’s pretty much exactly what I expected it to be except that working in a small shop is *kinda boring*. Even though the street it’s on is a reasonably busy street, full of tourists, crammed with shoppers – it’s a difficult one to navigate if you’re on a mission – the shop can be pretty quiet for long periods of time. And when that happens, time stands still and I suddenly feel under an awful lot of pressure to look like the best shop assistantย evar. No. I don’t want to bad mouth, I don’t want to complain. I’m still in the phase of comparing it to my last job at the school and that’s a no-no. The jobs are 100% completely different to each other. I just….

I don’t feel challenged.

I don’t feel like my brain is being pushed, I don’t feel like my creativity is reaching its limit and I’m scared that I’m going to lose my drive. I’m not stimulated, I’m not motivated. You’ll notice I’ve started lacking in writing on my blog and I’m often finding myself sitting at home and staring into space when I’ve finished work or even on a day off.

I’m grateful for the extra dosh it’s giving me. And I’m grateful for the experience that I didn’t have before that I can now place on my CV. I just know more than ever now that I need to move on and kickstart my career. It’s time.

Current feeling
Life Experience, World

Christmas spirit, or lack thereof

York, England, lunch time. Two days before Christmas. Going into town is possibly one of the worst decisions a girl can make but yours truly did it anyway. Pandemonium is the only word for what I experienced I think. And there were two categories of people: those who knew that they were shopping for and those who didn’t. The latter were the most difficult to work with, constantly stopping and starting, turning around and being surprised when they found you standing behind them, stunned that the movement of the packed path had been stopped by someone away with the fairies.

I understand that Christmas is the most stressful time of year for a high street in a city centre and I have had my fair share of stress so far but what got me most today was how rude people are…like, really rude. So much that I had one person growl at me in the ear and swear when he came running out of a shop and almost crashed into me. Look where you’re going, hello? We don’t have traffic lights for pedestrians, you have to do the looking yourself, idiot.

The Christmas spirit just isn’t there when people are shopping. I resorted to doing most of mine on the Internet a few weeks ago because it’s incredibly challenging to try to face the crowds in the town centre, everyone either dashing somewhere or looking gaumless at all the shops. Where has my Christmas spirit gone? I’m not entirely sure. It’ll be back come the 25th though…


Life Experience, Misc.

Christmas Shopping Saturday (for EVERYbody)


The world and his dog was in Leeds City centre today it seemed. Me and mum had decided to meet up for a ladies day of Christmas shopping and lunch and it was really, really nice….except for everyone else in Leeds. I know it’s prime time for Christmas shoppers and I know it was a Saturday afternoon but COME ON PEOPLE. Groups of elderly peeps were everywhere, exiting the shops and stopping right outside to decide where they were heading next. Then there were the grumpy husbands who didn’t even want to be out and would rather be watching football at home who did nothing but growl and swear if somebody got in their way.

And let’s not even get started in the children wandering around without parents. I’m sorry but how do you have a child and not want to keep an eye on them in Leeds City centre? It’s a sodding big place and for a lonely child can’t be the safest.

The shops were hot and crowded and it was difficult to even move but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Being in York, I miss the mainstream high street shops that you get in every city. Don’t get me wrong, I love the little quirky shops in York but for the love of god I just want to go to Primark every once in a while!

But anyway, I’m doing more Christmas shopping tomorrow in York which I’m looking forward to and then on Monday its back to work after a glorious three day weekend. Sad times ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Life Experience, Misc.

Happy Bunny

It’s Friday and I haven’t been at work. The whole school has had a well-earned day off and I have relished in it. I woke up in Stockport after going to the Manchester Christmas Markets last night (which were amazing btw and the hot chocolate and Baileys was omg amazing) at a reasonable hour and enjoyed a wonderful morning of catching up on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and omelettes. Then we caught the train back to York and are planning on pigging out on a takeaway tonight. I can’t say enough how much this day means to me, just to chill out and relax, to not be that stressed or tired and to enjoy myself. Full time work has hit me hard and I’m struggling more than I thought I would, particularly with how much energy I have. After living a care free life at uni, the world of work has shocked me and I don’t like it.

But that’s why today has been so amazing. I don’t remember the last time I enjoyed a Friday so much. And that’s the thing. You don’t enjoy or appreciate each day if you’re doing nothing in between lectures or don’t have a job but when you do have a day off, it’s the most wonderful thing you can experience ever.

And that’s why I’m so happy, sitting here in my wooly poncho, watching How I Met Your Mother feeling the happiest girl in the world. And tomorrow? Tomorrow I’m going to Leeds to meet my mum to do some Christmas shopping and I am so, so, so excited. Christmastime is here and I adore it.



12th December, 2009

Hi there,

I’m gonna put it straight: going to York 13 days before Christmas is not a good idea in the slightest. I think half of the population of England were there and the ignorance of some people is actually unbelievable! Some people seemed to think that I was invisible, I can assure you that I am not and I’m not the smallest person there. One girl decided to shove me so hard I nearly fell into a shelf! I can tell you, I was fuming after that.

I did enjoy myself though, we went to Jumbo for lunch, the Chinese buffet restaurant. It’s amazing, I totally recommend it, but you must get spring rolls when you go! They are the best bit! And it’s not a bad price there either.

I managed to get most of my Christmas shopping done as York is a wonderful place for gift buying, I love it there so much. And it’s so picturesque and lovely. There were lots of ice sculptures there today when we went…although they were surrounded by a load of people all snapping away at them. Haha there was also fake snow! It was lovely, except when it got in my eye which hurt.

York is my favourite city ever I love it so much. If you do plan to go, use the park and ride systems – it’s free to park and a small fare for the bus. But it saves on paying loads for parking in York, never mind trying to find a space.

Talk to you later ๐Ÿ™‚