normal.

I’ve been learning a ton this month. Not just about coffee but about me too. I’ve learned how much preparation it took in my life to be where I am and to be ready for anything that could be thrown at me. You might remember at the end of last week I was feeling pretty frustrated and not quite up to par…

Well, I’ve been working hard this week and it is all coming together, it is getting clearer and I’m getting more excited. I still don’t know all the in’s and out’s of what my job will really be like, but I’m getting little tastes here and there. And they taste sooo good. I’m still absolutely thrilled to get up every day and go to work. Everyday is a bit of an adventure. I spent monday at our Queen Anne location, which opens tomorrow! Tuesday was spent at our currently open Pike Place store, I even made a few drinks for customers, then spent most of the afternoon/evening in the kitchen. Then, today I practiced my baking skills at the roasting studio on Bainbridge, it has been a whirl-wind, but it is becoming my new normal.

I’m loving this normal, it’s hectic, it’s crazy and I don’t know what the next day will bring, which I love. I’m always praying prayers of adventure as I embark on my everyday. What are you asking for? Do you have big prayers? I know that sometimes I’m scared to pray those prayers, but without them, how do we get out of our ruts? I know that I’m challenged to keep praying those big adventure prayers, things that will take me out of my comfort zone. I’m sure that some people think I’m crazy to pray prayers like that right now, but it’s just how I live everyday. Let your normal be open to the shifting winds of the Holy Spirit and how He made lead you.

I’m so happy with where I am right now, I’m dead tired, but I’m so fulfilled with the work that I’m doing. It is such a great place to be and I wouldn’t be where I am today without those prayers. Do what you need to do in order to live to your fullest!

Roar.

i guess this is one of my guilty pleasures. Yeah, Katy Perry. Don’t judge. There is something about this song that just empowers me. I feel like I can conquer the world, I can be my own hero, I don’t have to seek someone else out to shine for me…
Honestly, these last few days have been rough on me, it has been an intense time at work, we’re getting ready to open two new stores in a matter of a week and a couple of days. it’s crazy. I know that. They know that. But we’re doing it anyways! This week I have kinda felt like I’m not sure where I belong, I was hired for one position and have been training at another one all week. I guess I just try and read into things too much. I’m really excited to learn as much as I can about every area so that I can be a well-rounded employee and I have just keep working hard.
Today was just an off day in one of my previously strong areas and that just makes me stop and tell myself that I can do this, even when I feel like I’m being pushed down, I have to get back up and keep going. Keep steaming milk, even if it doesn’t look pretty!
I did find out today that I’ll be working at the Pike Place location, not what I was expecting, but I’m totally down with it, I’m so excited to learn from the people that have been working there for months already and know the in’s and out’s of our coffee, I’m excited to keep learning and who better to learn from than those that already have had so much experience. it is a bit daunting being the rookie, but I’m ready for the challenge and the task ahead of me.
This song just reminds me that I do have a voice, that I do have a lot to offer, that i am a champ and can do anything I put my mind to!
As you think of me this week, say a prayer, lots going on, stress levels will be high and I want to be a light wherever I go. I want people to be drawn to the Jesus that is in me and for Him to receive all of the glory, he is the one that has brought me on this crazy journey, so he deserves it all.
Sorry this was all over the place, i’m really tired and couldn’t fall asleep until I got some of this out of me!

boomerang.

I know that I’ve needed to write this post for a while now, but have just been putting it off. I always find so much clarity in writing and sometimes, there are things in me that i’m just not ready to share with anyone, and of course, there are things that will stay with me.

All that being said it has been a crazy month! As most of my friends and followers know, I was having a really hard time finding a job in California, who knew it would be so difficult?! Well, apparently it wasn’t meant to be…

On December 15 I came home to find out more about a job opportunity up here, back in Seattle. I was introduced to a deeper level of Storyville Coffee Company. I can’t say much about what has drawn me to the company besides the obvious things. They make great coffee and they do everything with such a high level of excellence that I’m automatically drawn into it. The company has a great leadership team and the heart of the company beats in time with my heart and passions.

So, on December 15 I applied to join Storyville, I applied to join a 3-week training process, with each week being contracted separately with no guarantee of being invited back for the next week. So I was invited to join their “ground school” starting January 2. So, I flew back to Cali, packed up all my stuff, talked to my amazing roommates, got out of my lease and drove back up here with most of my stuff (I had to leave all my furniture) in my car. 

As I have embarked on this journey I have found a new depth to who I am, I’m doing things I’ve never thought I would do and meeting some pretty amazing people along the way. I have found this new passion for learning, I want to do well with everything I put my hand to. I study hard every night and memorize tons of information about, coffee, baking, teams, life skills, you name it, we’ve probably touched on it!

I just started my third week of training today, I’ve been invited back twice now, we leave each Monday not knowing which of our friends we’ll see again on Thursday. It’s stressful, fun, exciting, and I’m worn out at the end of each day. Just how I like it! I have found something that I really feel could be a career for me. A beautiful brand that loves its employees and takes care of them. Who does 3 weeks of paid training without ever having to enter a store? This has been an amazing process and I’m so excited to see where I can go in the future, granted, I still haven’t been offered a job, but hopefully that will happen soon enough!

My time in Cali really prepared me for all of this. I don’t believe I would have ever had left Gateway to just go down the street to a job that was a maybe for one-week at a time, but in my desperation, I found God pointing me in this direction. This whole process has been very humbling and I have found my patience has also grown in leaps and bounds. I’ve waited on God and trusted His words, knowing that he sent me to California, He sent me to get me out of my rut, He sent me to open my eyes to the bigger picture. He has been continually showing me my worth and value, not just in a company, but as a person. When I apply myself, I ace every test I’m given. When I believe in something, I apply myself. and when those around me believe that I’m someone to be looked up to, I just continue to be myself. A leader should be the same person in their home as they are in the limelight. That’s what I strive for. That’s where i’m headed.

I know that’s a lot of writing and probably a lot of random thoughts, but I’m really loving life right now. I’m happy, I’m worn out, i’m excited to get up and go to work and I miss my co-workers when I’m not with them! I know we’re in a little bit of a La-la land right now, but still, I’m loving where I’m at in life! For those friends new and old, you’ve each played a role in encouragement in my life. I know that some of these last few months  might look wasted, but none of it was. I’m living without regret. It’s all Worth The Risk!