The World According to Renee

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Boredom

Last night I realised I’ve been in my current job for a year now. To put this into perspective, let’s take a journey through all the jobs I’ve had in the part 3.5 since I’ve been living in Brisbane.

Chiro Admin: 6 months
Deli Mgr #1: 1 year
Deli Mgr #2: 6 months

Hmm, I’m sensing a pattern here! There are various reasons why I always quit my jobs but in reality, it comes down to one thing: I’m bored. The same thing, day after day, often working on my own doing mundane, repetitive chores with no real gain.

After I finished the Nightmare that was Deli Mgr #2, I wanted far less hours, far less responsibility, far less pressure. I was burned out by the deli; all those long hours of prepping and cooking chickens took their toll. I wanted to be brain dead, at least for a while.

It’s no secret that I’m planning to leave this job too. I spoke to my copywriting coach last week to get some feedback on a media release I had written (I’d never written one before). She said, “Renee, you’re far too good a writer to be stuck in retail.” So why am I seemingly stuck in retail?

For one, retail is incredibly easy to get into. You just need to be nice to people even when you want to rip their heads off. Staying in retail is even easier. Learn to upsell, get the sales, and people will love you. As as aside, who here saw my latest facebook photo uploads? It shows my three awards for excellent customer service by way of successful mystery shoppers. I give good service, I get rewarded with $50 gift vouchers for Coles/Myer. I like incentives! It’s a no-brainer job which gives you a pay cheque each week just for rocking up. But, I’m bored. I think it’s actually quite sad that I have the spare time to write 4000+ words in my novel during a shift… on a Friday night which is one of our busiest times.

I love writing. I love creating a world and the people who live in it. Yesterday, I celebrated 14,000 words of NaNoWriMo by allowing my two main characters to meet for the first time. I was actually very excited by this! I’d created these people with the intention of them meeting and falling in love, but there’s still a thrill when they meet and everything falls into place. I know how the story pans out… but they don’t and they won’t until I decide to let them in on the secret.

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November 13, 2010 - Posted by | Thoughts & Reflections

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