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!

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Refreshed.

You know those times where you go somewhere, and although you return tired, you are still totally refreshed? Well, that was part of my weekend. I made a fairly last minute trip to Miracle Ranch. I was able to leave work early, and despite traffic, still made it to camp  around 4:30. The camp was busy, with around 75 Junior Campers (grades 4-6). We were a little short-handed so it was all hands on deck, in true camp fashion. I was able to jump right in with my friends and it was great!

It was so great being able to spend time at a place that means so much to me, with people of the same. Friday was a blast, hanging out with campers, playing games, and worshiping together. I spent the night in a cabin with the Zonzelman brothers (the group that usually goes the worship for our Fusion Weekends. They are great guys and so much fun to hangout with!) Then on Saturday I went with Jon to work an event for Camps in Tacoma. I spent the day talking with people about Camps and all the different options there are for kids and campers.

All in all, although I was only there for 24 hours, I came away feeling refreshed. To be able to spend even just a day in such a place was great. Just to back in the camp environment was a great feeling. I always enjoy being around such dedicated and relational people, a few of whom are my closest friends. We are able to work, worship and serve God together…amazing. If you have read any of my previous Camp-related posts, you know how much Camp means to me and just how much I enjoy being there.

My display at the event.