Category Archives: Work

Christmas Cheer, Delivery Delight, and A Business Update

It feels like Christmas has come early! As I mentioned in an earlier post, I started selling Avon to help fund my Arabic courses and other future adventures. My first order was delivered yesterday, and as I’ve started delivering orders I am convinced Santa Claus must love his job! Let me acknowledge these people paid for these products, so I am not like Santa because I give them away; however, delivering them is 15 kinds of fun. I know some of my customers have had the same reaction I did to receiving what they purchased. To give you an idea, I contemplated taking a shower as soon as I got home and unpacked the box because I bought new shampoo and I wanted to try it out. I settled instead for painting my nails with one of my new polishes. In case you were wondering, my nails are lovely, and my hair feels, smells, and looks pretty good!

When I buy things that have to be delivered, there is a kind of anticipation that builds. I get to think about my new eyeliner while I’m waiting for it, and when it gets here I’m WAY more excited than I would be if I just bought the eyeliner from a store. And that goes for anything. I bought my Christmas presents online last year, and when they got here I couldn’t wait to give them away! It’s possible the joy of receiving deliveries will someday fade, but so far there is no better feeling than a box on my front steps waiting for me to come home and open it!

As a business update, I made roughly $7 profit on my first order. That’s mainly because I bought a lot of things for myself that I would have bought elsewhere (i.e. shampoo) and because I needed to buy a few business supplies to be ready to distribute orders and sell in my next campaign. I’m not quite to the price of an Arabic class, but I’m growing my business and can hopefully only go up from here! Either way, now that I know the joy of delivering Avon orders, I’m excited to keep going.

I wish you all much happiness and many front porch deliveries. Happy almost-Labor Day!

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A New (ad)Venture

As I’ve previously mentioned, I’ve been taking Arabic at the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute. Unfortunately, I’m still paying for those four years of schooling I’ve already had, and taking Arabic gets expensive. Maybe someday I’ll have a job that pays me to learn new languages, but until then I’ve decided to look for a way to pay for these classes that will still allow me to keep up with student loan payments and, more importantly, the grocery bill. That’s why I’ve started selling Avon.

If you are unfamiliar with the Avon brand, it is a company that sells cosmetics, jewelry, accessories, and home products through representatives who use catalogs and online sales to reach their customers. Avon recruits female sales representatives whose passion for the products is a major tool in their sales. The founder was a door-to-door book salesman who saw potential in the women he often encountered in his work to earn money in a way that allowed them to keep up with what was already going on in their lives. That was 125 years ago, and Avon is still going strong.

My expectations in selling Avon are fairly modest. I’d like to earn enough to not have to worry about my next language course every term. If there is a little left over after that goal is met, I’m just one step closer to paying off college debt, and I might get the occasional new pair of shoes. All in all, I like the Avon products, and I really am excited to be a representative.

This is not a sales post (though you are welcome to shop my online store). Instead, I’m curious to see how this venture works out, and it seems important to chronicle it as part of my post-college escapades and attempts to better myself. I’m looking forward to seeing where things go!

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Professional Development: A Reflection

This week at work has been full of professional development events, and it’s got me thinking. In some ways it was like I was back in classes or required seminars and workshops, but it’s been interesting to approach them from an employee rather than a student angle. The topics were broad and varied, and there was something to take away from all of them.

Tuesday I listened to two talks, one on social media and another on gadgets and gizmos. Social media is not a new thing to me, but new facets of social media are important now that I have a full-time “real” job. It was a brief overview of ways my department might use social media, how other departments in the organization are already approaching it, and how they might use it in the future. The gadgets talk was great because I have a love/hate relationship with technology. I don’t own a smart phone, and have yet to convince myself I need one. Or really even want one. In my mind there is a fine line between the usefulness of technology, the necessity, and the possibility for distraction. I don’t want my technology to detract from my real life, and I try to be very careful about controlling my use of it; however, there are some really exciting and highly useful applications and electronics I now need to look into.

The rest of the week has been more academic. I listened yesterday to a talk about the importance of being adaptable and flexible in my work environment and an exploration of authority. Today’s lesson was about higher education law, and I will admit it was much more interesting than I had anticipated.

I have spent significantly less time in my office this week, but overall I think it’s been worthwhile and productive to attend all these sessions. The relevance of the talks was varied, but ultimately there was something to take away from all of them. The things that might not apply to my current job will probably come in handy later, either in my personal or professional life. The biggest thing that struck me was how nice it is to continue learning. Like classes, some of these things I was required to attend even though I have little to no interest in the subject; however, I like having someone force me outside my comfort zone and make me learn things I wouldn’t seek out on my own volition. It diversifies my knowledge, and I’m better for it. I admit this now, but I might deny it in the future because nobody likes to be required to learn.

The best part about all of this: In school I was paying to be required to go to workshops like these. Now they pay me to go! It’s hard to complain about free learning.

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