Checking Back In!

Just over a year ago, I wrote a post regarding leaving my job as the Sales Coordinator at Silver Cloud Hotel. The year since then has been a little crazy. I have been working since early in the spring as the Banquet Captain at a golf course near where I live, a place I have worked on and off since high school.

Then, a couple weeks ago, I met with the F&B Supervisor and General Manager at the hotel. Fast forward to last Tuesday when I clocked back in for the first time in a year! Yes, I am back working full time at one of the best places I have ever worked.

Now this time, however, is a little different. I am now working as the Day Supervisor of our restaurant, Nine-0, and Banquet Lead. Essentially I am overseeing day operations within the restaurant, breakfast and lunch services, while also doing work with any meeting/banquets that are in house.

I am so excited for the opportunity to be back at the hotel, I have missed it and have often said that leaving my job there is one of my biggest regrets. Now I do not have to worry about it ­čÖé

This new job is an answer to prayer and I look forward to seeing where it leads me in the time to come.

Full Circle

In March 2007, during my senior year of high school, I was interviewed at school by a manager of a local country club. Several of my friends also applied and we were all interviewed for a variety of open positions, ranging from maintenance to golf attendants to banquet work. Truth is, we all thought it sounded fun and we all needed summer jobs. So when the opportunity came, we could not pass it up.

I had a great conversation with the manager and felt pretty good about it afterwards. Fast forward to immediately after school that day (like an hour after I interviewed) when I got a phone call letting me know I was being offered a job within the banquets staff and should come by that day to fill out my paperwork. It was an opportunity I could not say no to, and I started working.

This job ended up being one of the best jobs I have ever had, I absolutely loved getting to work a variety of events for people and working along side amazing people. I worked at the country club until december 2010, and left due only because I was getting more involved in college and could not get home to work.

Working at the country club was the start of what appears to be a career of hospitality-related work. I learned so much from this job, from F&B skills to customer service and critical thinking and problem solving. Two of the best bosses I have worked for were here too, along with several other banquet staff.

Now, six years after being initially hired, I am once again returning to work at the country club. I will still be working on banquets, but this time I will be leading events. I have worked in a variety of roles over the years, roles that I now know have been preparing me for this position and potentially more. I am excited to return to a place I love, doing work I enjoy and am good at too. I start again this week, and am excited to see where this leads.

So there’s a little update on where I am right now in life. I’ll be sure to post more in the future, but for now know I am happy to be returning to the place where my professional career and personal development truly began, many years ago. I know this is where I am supposed to be, we will have to see what happens!

Just Some Advice

Hey everyone!

I was just perusing through various websites and came across the below picture. I know it is a bit out of focus but there are some great bits of advice on it! It is mainly for guys but it works for nearly anyone. Check it out and feel feel free to comment with any pieces of advice you may have too.

Advice

I’m Back!

Wow, it sure has been a long time, hasn’t it?! It is crazy to think that I have not posted since the end of December!

Well, it is now well into 2013 and I am returning to the blogging world! I have definitely missed the creative freedom of blogging and will be once again fully utilizing it.

You may ask what has been going on since I last posted, and I will tell you…life has been going on. I moved back to Woodinville and am currently seeking out what life chapter I am now in. While I figure it out, I have time to help at home which feels amazing and spend time every day looking for new career opportunities. I know there will be something great next!

I will post more later and more frequently, but wanted to let you know (yes, you!) that I am still around and am back ­čÖé

Hope you have been doing well!

Checking Out!

Well, today was my last day at Silver Cloud Hotel. I have known it was coming for a few weeks, but it does feel a bit surreal to have this day finally arrive. I end on great terms, nearly 11 months to the day of starting as the Sales and Catering Coordinator.┬áToday has been a day of “lasts” which mirrors my first day…my last commute to Bellevue, my last morning hotel coffee, my last clock in/out, etc…

I am so thankful and blessed by the opportunity to work here and gain real world experience in the areas of sales, catering, hospitality and other related fields. I have made friends with my coworkers and together we have been through a lot in the past (nearly) year. Working everyday with these people has been a true experience and each of them has taught me something new. I pray God continues to bless them in way even they could never imagine. I have learned a good amount about myself during this time too, both personally and professionally…and I am excited to take what I have learned and apply it in a new way at a place I love.

I end my employment here excited for the next chapter of my life.

This!

I must say, whenever I hear this song, I get so excited for the day that I look back and see how the pieces of my life have fallen together. I may not see it all now, but God has a plan and is using every aspect of my life and each circumstance/experience to build me toward a future He has planned. I know the day will come when I look back and see how it all lead my to….this.

Refuse!…Life Song

This song is one of my daily inspirations and anthems to my life. I absolutely love it and desire to live on out what the words say:

I refuse to stay unchanged
To wait another day, to die to myself
I refuse to make one more excuse

‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care
I don’t want to say another empty prayer
Oh, I refuse

To sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself
Oh, I could choose Not to move but

I refuse

After listening to this, I want you to just sit and think about it what it may mean to you. You have been called for a purpose and meaning in this life, are you fulfulling this calling or are you just sitting by until others are called to fill in for you?

Personally, I do not want God to have to use others to do what He has called me to do. I am done waiting on the sidelines, I finished making excuses and I will not say another empty prayer. Sure, it would be easier to do these things-to just live simply, not do much and just sit ideally by…but that is not what I, or anyone, am called to do! Seek out the plan in place for you and pursue it…move!

What have you been called to do?