So I finally received my ten-year plaque a couple of days ago from Starbucks which I should have gotten in January but I will get to that later. I brought it home and temporarily placed it on my coffee table and it keeps staring at me and making me think about my journey with the company and as a person over this past decade. Wow it’s so weird thinking of it in that time frame. So much has changed around me and within me during this time and Starbucks is a big part of that!
So let start from the beginning of this journey… I was living in San Francisco and a store manager for a Subway overworked and so underpaid. I realized how unhappy I was when the owners made such a big deal about me going home to Sacramento for a few days due to my grandma being in the hospital. I couldn’t believe how heartless they were being! All the hours and love I put into that store and they couldn’t allow me a few days for my most important mother figure at the time. So after discussing things with my roommate and good friend at the time I gave my resignation letter and told them why I was leaving and that I would find a company with heart and that knew my worth.
I left that job on faith in myself knowing I would not just find a job but I would find a home with Starbucks. I found an open house event they were having and was one of the last to be interviewed and I clicked so well with that manager that we talked till everyone was gone. It was my most memorable interview still. She knew the perfect store for me and yes it was. My first store will always have a huge piece of my heart. I was trained by an amazing person who I am friends with to this day and I still keep in touch with some of my coworkers I first met at that store. Now I am 6 stores, many states away and ten years and a few months down my amazing journey.
Life before this time was really difficult. I would let my depression and anxiety rule my life to the point it would affect my jobs. I would call in sick or even quit because of just letting the sickness take over me. It wasn’t until I took this job that I finally realized I just needed the right kind of place to be. Starbucks became my family, my home and a reason to get out of bed everyday. I finally felt like I belonged which is rare for me. When I put my apron on I am able to come out of my socially awkward shell that I’m living in and talk to people and connect with the world through something I am passionate about. It’s so freeing to just be me at work. I stopped dreading getting out of bed and my depression became so much easier to manage. I have grown in so many ways this past decade that I can’t even remember completely how I started out.
I have come out of my shell in so many ways. I became a coffee master and had to have a whole coffee seminar in front of my peers which is terrifying! I have met so many higher-ups in the company and led so many sampling events. I am now a shift supervisor at my current store which is so many more new challenges in many ways. Especially learning stress management and trying to not feel bad for needing lots of me time to recover for all the chaos! I would never change any of my journey though.
The most beautiful part about working there has been the friendships I have made over the years. I have met so many amazing people from customers to coworkers that I truly cherish. It’s funny just how many of my friends of my Facebook are Starbucks related one way or another. I have been through good times and bad times and my Sbux family has seen me through it in so many ways that I am so grateful to have so many awesome people in my life that I know will have my back and I would do anything for them! You know who you are!
The last few months have been rough due to a transitional period at my store which is why I got my award late and I started to question everything. Even though the year looked like it was starting good, I had a week off from work, I was nominated Partner of the Quarter and I made it 10 years! Then two days into my week off I got horribly sick and everything went downhill from there. While I was on vacation I found out my manager wasn’t coming back from their leave and resigned and so until just two weeks ago we were without a manager. I was tested in so many ways these past two months and really wondering if my journey should come to and end or if I’m just at the halfway point.
It wasn’t until that plaque kept staring at me and I started remembering the start of it all and the memories that I found my joy and love for this career once again. So for now I’m thinking maybe I’m just really beginning my coffee and life journey.