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 ūüôā

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

Work Weekend in Review

Let me start by saying that the past three days (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) at work were crazy, busy, a little bit insane and all together great! It was definitely the busiest couple of days I have had since I started at the hotel, and showed me that this is the job for me, at least for right now. Let me briefly outline the three days in relation to work and what I was involved in.

  • Friday: Our hotel had the¬†privilege of hosting all Silver Cloud GMs, Assistant GMs and everyone from our Corporate Office, approximently 24 people in total. While some our staff were not entirely thrilled to be hosting this event, I was pretty excited. I am still one of the newest employees in the company and was glad for the chance to show people just what I can do when it comes to events. We had an awesome menu customized for them and I spent a while working to get both the meeting room and room for lunch ready and up to my level. I was so pleased with how everything turned out! I was able to meet everyone for Corporate and several of the GMs…it was great to be with people who have been in the hospitality for as long as they have and still seemed to be impressed with our facility. More than gaining self-gratification, I wanted these individuals to enjoy everything our hotel had to offer. I also spent time prepping for two large groups I had staying in the hotel for the weekend. For protection of my clients, I will not say who the groups were specifically, but I will say that one was a lacrosse team (approx.17 rooms plus parents) and the other a ski team (approx. 30 rooms), lots of¬†athletes!
  • Saturday: I spent the day working on three groups. First, there was the ski group. They were fairly self-sustaining and involved minimal work on my end, just answering any questions that the group leaders had for me. Second, we had lots of work to do for the Lacrosse team. From the athletes all having breakfast in the restaurant at once to putting together 28 boxes to go, they¬†definitely¬†kept myself and the restaurant crew busy. Third, I had booked a last minute event for a small group of dental¬†hygienists that used our boardroom for the day. For them I made sure the room was set how they wanted, served them lunch and helped them out when needed. I was at work for most of the day and barely sat down!
  • Sunday: Again all three groups were in the hotel. The main difference for today was that they were also all leaving at some point during the day. The ski team all left fairly early but stored some of their¬†luggage¬†while they were out skiing for the day. The lacrosse team once again had breakfast and to-go’s. As they prepared to head out to a game, I worked with team coaches to settle the various bills and make sure everything was in order…Needless to say, they left very happy and grateful that we had helped them out so much. The last group, the dental¬†hygienists, were once again in the board room. I must say, they were the nicest group I have had in the past four months. It was a joy to serve them and I really hope they come back (and I bet they will)!
So that is a snapshot of my weekend. Sure I worked all weekend so I will not have a day off for a two week stretch, but it was totally worth it. I loved every minute of it. You see, it did remind me a bit of camp. It was the three busiest days I have had since I started, and I felt at ease and in my element. I welcome the times to come if this weekend is any indication of what may come! Although I am now pretty tired, to see my groups happy made it all worth it!)

Salmon entree for GM meeting

Desserts for GM meeting

28 To-Go Meals for the Lacrosse team.

2011…*Over and Out*

Seems fitting that I’m posting this a year to the day of starting this blog….What. A. Year…Want to know a little more? Take a little read below….

Well, no matter what happened over the course of the past year, I’m at my current place in life because of all of it. One year ago, if you were to¬†tell me everything that was going to happen this year, chances are I would have laughed at you. There’s no way I could have predicted or guessed any of what was going to happen during 2011. I started this blog as a means by which to record parts of my life over the past year, and I hope this has been accomplished-at least in some manner.

What a year it has been indeed. The first half of it, until June 12th, was spent by me finishing my time as an undergraduate student at SPU. It was an awesome two quarters to be sure! I learned a ton, had so much fun, and developed friendships that will last me a life-time. I was able to finish my BA in Business Administration and also concentrate in marketing. I’ve had a couple academic/financial set backs over the past four years and I am so incrediably happy and blessed to have graduated on time. There’s so much more I could say about my time at SPU, and maybe sometime I’ll write all about, and put down on paper most of what happened during my time there. From classes to clubs to internships & jobs, I seemed to always have something going on…and it was great!¬†¬†

The day (more like 12 hours) after graduation I moved back to Island Lake Camp where I spent the next three months working once again as the Recreation Coordinator. It can be hard to adaquately summarize the summer, but I can say that I am overall so thankful for my time there. I was able to further relationships with returning staff from Summer 2010 as well as meet new and amazing people. Some of my closest friends have come from camp and I consider their friendships such a blessing in my life. The summer tried and pushed me in new ways, and as difficult as it was at times, I made it through and would like to think that I am better now because of it. My original plan was to stay at Camp for a year, but I made the decision to leave and take on the next challenge that life was sure to present itself. This was not an easy decision, and came about as the result of many conversations and countless hours of prayer. I love Camp so much, but I felt as though it was time to move on…never know, I could end up going back someday!

So that brings us to the end of the summer and start of a new chapter in my life. I was called by Children’s Hospital and contracted to work for two months in the HR department of the Research¬†Institute. I spent my time processing employee evalutations, on-boarding new non-employees and other similar tasks. It was a good feeling to be working and making money, but I knew it would come to an end and that I would need to find something else. Overall, September and October were wonderful. There were so many new and exciting things happening in my life, I felt truly blessed. It was also during this time I grew tremendously in my faith. I spent time everyday reading and praying¬†, and seeking God’s will for my life. It was difficult to make the move back home, but I worked to find the good in it and use it as a good opportunity. I also started serving with my church and became one of the junior high leaders and small group leader for 8th grade guys.

Then came November. For some of you, you know just how difficult the month was for. It seemed as though so many parts of my life were falling apart and ending in some manner of speaking. I began questioning God hardcore as to why things were happening and spend some days in what was essentially depression. It’s all well and good to say that you are going to trust in God, but doing it gets so much more difficult when nothing seems to be working out. I relied so much on my close group of friends as well as the knowledge and understanding that there was a plan and if I kept at it everyday, I would end up where God wanted me to be. I truly had to humble myself before Him and set aside any feelings of entitlement I had, especially in regards to finding¬†a job. Not to say that the entire month was bad, there were some fun times thrown in, but overall it was difficult…a new experience. But, as I’m sure you know, I pulled through and life went on.

However, God truly does provide just what we need and just when we need it. December began with me starting a new career-oriented job at Silver Cloud. It came about so quickly and out of nowhere that I fully believe the Hand of God was at work in the situation and that this is exactly where I am supposed to be right now. See my blog post for more information about it and what I’m doing…just know that I’m really liking it so far. I’ve also been working part time for a while as a member of the Promotions Team with SPIRIT 105.3. I work with such amazing people and always enjoy it. December has really been a fun month overall. I celebrated my 23rd birthday with some of my best friends, hung out with friends in Seattle and at home, and spent time with my fellow youth group leaders. I’ve definately had some fun¬†times over the past few weeks, it’s just been great.

Well, that’s my year in a very concise nutshell. So much has happened, so many memories along the way. There are times that I wonder what it would be like to go back and change something, but I don’t know that I would. I’m where I am right now because of everything that has happened. Sure, somethings were better and something were worse, but it’s all now woven together in some regards into my personal history and is now part of my life’s story.

So how would I summarize the past year into a few words or phrase? I’m not really sure how I would, or if I would want to try. The year brought about so many different experiences and opportunities, and whether they were good or bad, they happened. I’ve worked¬†to learn from everything, and to be thankful for where I am in life. Is everything exactly where I want it…do I have everything figured out or planned? Of course not! But then, do I really want to ever be at that point…I don’t think so. I look forward to the future and what it may hold, cause I have no idea! God has a plan and it’s up to me to seek it out. Each day is an adventure and I want to live it all to the fullest.

2011, we had our run…thanks for everything, you’ll always be remembered! Let me leave you behind with no regrets over anything that has happened, only the lessons I learned along the way and hope for a future still unknown.

2012, it’s going to be a crazy year and I have no idea what may be in store but I’m ready! Let’s get to it and make the most of the year to come! “I think I’m quite ready for another adventure.”

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