My Life


Something you may not know about me…I’ve had like 100 jobs.
Okay Okay I’m exaggerating, it’s more like 30 something.
And believe it or not I’ve never even been fired!
Why so many?
Well, for one I’m a 7. (my personality type makes me love variety and I’m a little ADD)
And I’ve always had a few jobs at once.
Aside from it making me seem like a total flake, I have found there are positives to having so dang many jobs. It’s something of an education.

I thought it would just be a terrible thing if I kept all of this fantastic knowledge to myself:) I mean, there’s got to be an easier way than working at 30+ establishments to get it.

Job Number one: Waitress.

Best things:

The money ain’t bad
Usually your co-workers are fun
You meet new people all day
You stay pretty busy so time goes FAST
Usually there’s some type of free or cheap food involved

Worst things:

You work when no one else wants to be working (nights, weekends & Holidays)
Sometimes it makes you hate the general public… a little
You stink when you go home

Fun Facts:

I’m proud to say that I never once did something nasty to anyone’s food NOR did I ever witness that being done by anyone. (and believe you me I didn’t always work in fancy establishments)
I got better tips when I wore pigtail braids. (Sweet and innocent maybe?)
Not counting Europeans (apparently there’s no tipping there?) I’ve only been stiffed once. And I’m not sure it even counts because they actually did leave me a tip – like an actually tip written on the receipt….I can’t remember what it said but I’m thinking it was something like “Be better at your job.” aaand I’m pretty sure I deserved it.
I was more or less terrible at remembering things (i.e. refills, butter), but made up for it as much as I could by being SUPER nice. My sister was awesome at remembering things and only sort of nice.  She ALWAYS made more than I did. Always. (but she’s also a stone cold fox so that might have something to do with it…)

Job number two: Phone Tech Support

Best things:

No weekends, nights or Holidays.
I worked with some of the coolest people ever.
I learned a fair amount about websites and web design.

Worst things:

When you get on the phone with someone and tell them to click on their browser and they say “what’s a browser?” …you know it’s going to be A LONG PHONE CALL.
When your boss cuts you off of your How I Met Your Mother Marathon even though you were TOTALLY still working the WHOLE time.
(every single day)

Fun Facts:

Sometimes people are mean to you on the phone. I always made fun of people who got sad about it too, these people don’t even know you! How could they make you feel bad? And then in my first trimester of pregnancy some dude yelled at me and I started balling. I think that’s called Karma.
I was the dark horse that took second in the office’s Hot Dog eating contest.  Losing only to the guy that ate 7 hot dogs in 5 minutes and then ate another one after the contest was over, just to prove a point. (I only got 5 in)


Job Number Three: Blogger/Makeup Artist.

Best things:

I get to do what I love and talk about what I love for a living.
I have met so many amazing friends through the interwebs
Beauty products. So many.
I can do it and still be a mom full time (with some serious help from the husband!)
I can pretend all kinds of girlie things are “work related”
I love seeing and hearing about women feeling prettier & happier every single day.

Worst things:

Certain people can be pretty harsh and as much as I try not to take it to heart, It bums me out once in a while.
I feel SO guilty when I can’t get to all of my emails/comments

Fun Facts:

I don’t have readers “recognize” me all that often but I swear every single time I do, I happen to be with my father in law. So he’s pretty much convinced I’m famous:)
My weirdest experience so far was early on in blogging I did a youtube video with red lips. I had a comment saying “Could you do that video again but put the lipstick on reaaaaaally slowly?” I felt it was an odd request so I referenced his account and he had only liked videos of red lipstick tutorials. YIKES.


There’s a few…If I wrote about them all I might totally bore you:) But here’s a shortlist of some of the rest:
Snow Shack attendant: First real job (not including babysitting & working construction with my dad) It was a bad location and NO ONE EVER CAME! I got so excited when I actually got to make a snow cone!
Victoria’s Secret Beauty sales girl: I HATED pushing sales one people but loved being able to do some makeup every now and then. “Do you have an Angel Card??”
Tune & Lube attendant: You know, the place you get oil changes? I actually really loved working there. My boss was the nicest.
Nanny: To one 6 month old girl. It was really good preparation for motherhood but I was always paranoid of “The Nanny Cam” haha
Abercrombie: They said in the interview that they only hire good looking people so I was really relieved when they hired me.(VALIDATION! YAY!) I only lasted about two weeks though.
Hotel front desk girl: This was probably my least favorite, even including construction. I just felt like I had the same conversation 1,000 times a day!
Hotel maid: Days went fast cause it’s so busy but people leave some gross surprises in hotel rooms, my friends.
Hike Guide: I got paid to go on hikes. So it was awesome, except when I had hikers in better shape than me who I couldn’t keep up with!
Telephone Survey Solicitor: I tried to convince people to take surveys by calling their home. It was actually pretty awesome because I got to work there with my best friend (even though we got separated a lot – our poor managers were more like babysitters! We were only 15!)

Have any of you guys had any of these same jobs? Or weird jobs? Or wanna fill us in on some fun facts about your job? Cause even after all the jobs I’ve had I’m fascinated to hear the inner-workings of all the ones I haven’t had. Spill. 

Happy Hump Day!


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    September 3, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Just FYI: There are tipps in Europe, but they’re usually not as high as in the US (in Germany it’s 5-10%) since the waiters get paid more to begin with and don’t have to rely on their tipps. It is also not uncommon in Europe to not tipp at all (although I always feel like that’s kind of rude because you’re showing no appreciation to the waiters work at all). However, I think that you would read a guide book or two before going on holidays and they always tell you how much to tipp, so being European is really no excuse for not tipping (or not tipping enough) in other countries.
    Sarah (from Germany)

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    September 3, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I used to work in a photography/camera shop and was in the photofinishing department. Most of the film developing was standard stuff like vacations, family portraits, pets etc. And then there were “those” rolls of film. I don’t think that the owners of those rolls of film realised that the photofinishing machines were operated by a human who would see every image, or maybe they did. Needless to say, there was some “interesting” content in those film negatives and photos. Nothing sinister… just very, very intimate moments with their spouses/partner. Shudder.

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      September 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Bonnie, I had the same job at a camera shop, and yes, we saw the same types of photos. Uff!

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    September 3, 2014 at 3:23 am

    I am pretty sure I have the best jobs ever. I work my 8-5 at a community development corporation with some very awesome people! And part time in the evenings and on the weekends I own my own photography business ( and get to help people feel and look totally gorgeous for the camera. I love working with high school seniors and giving them a very “model” experience with the camera!

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    Diana C
    September 3, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Most fun job was part-time silk floral designer to fill my days because as a realtor, my evenings and weekends were busy. As a silks designer, I did not have to worry about what was in season or it dying in a week. Magnolia blooms were the rage and in silk, came in a myriad of colors. My specialty was wreaths and the big ones could run upwards of $200! A person would bring in a swatch(s) of fabric and I would go to the hundreds of flower bins and begin pulling the flowers, greenery, berries to pull the colors together in a floral design. It was great fun to see their face a few days later when they came in to pick up my “creation”. They were always well received, even at the prices the florist charged for them.

    The highlight came while out with my Mom and a lady stopped me on the street, remembered me a gorgeous wreath for over her living room mantel, and told me that her (wealthy) home was featured on a “better homes” show and my wreath was in TV! Mom didn’t know I had any talent and nearly fell over. (Lol)

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    Diana C
    September 3, 2014 at 3:52 am

    * Do NOT know how a website got in the middle of my story above, but anybody want to go on a diet? (Lol)

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    September 3, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Oh my gosh. Kurt. I can’t even tell you the last time I thought about those guys. But I’m the one who told him to hire you. 🙂 Those were the days!

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    September 3, 2014 at 4:06 am

    My first job was with Walgreens Pharmacy – by 16, I had been called every name in the book – it takes a special kind of person to scream obscenities at an adolescent – but believe me, there are plenty of them out there . We had to put a restraining order against a guy in a wheel chair for becoming violent and he wasn’t allowed within 500 feet of the store. In addition, I also had an 80 year old man ask me which jock strap would fit him better. Let’s not forget the nights, weekends and holidays (yup, that includes Christmas). Let’s just say it helped me develop a thick skin, haha 🙂

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    September 3, 2014 at 4:29 am

    I love this post! I’ve had a few different jobs in my day, and I’m pretty proud of my repertoire (and I’m not counting babysitting, although that can be real work at times!):

    1. Camp Counselor/Program Aide: Technically this was unpaid/volunteer, but something I absolutely loved doing! I was also working at my childhood camp, which felt like a second home. I got to be with kids all day and teach swimming lessons!
    2. Greenhouse worker. I didn’t really have a title here and mostly worked in the retail area, but sometimes I watered flowers/herbs, carried 40 lb. bags of soil around, and was generally ensconced by green things all day long! Loved the job, but did not get along with the management.
    3. Fashion retail. At a very swanky downtown store in my hometown- they sold Diane Von Furstenberg, Seven/True Religion jeans, and lots of indie (hint: expensive!) European brands I had never heard of.
    4. French tutor. As much as I love the French language, this position was low-paying, low-hours, and those two factors were always irritating.
    5. Ski technician. I worked in a ski rental the last 3 winters and may or may not go back for my 4th. The benefits are sweet- cheap-as-dirt lift tickets, cheap rentals/tune-ups/food & drink, fun coworkers. But I’m getting a little burnt out being in the same place for so long!
    6. Receptionist. I currently work the phones at a local marina in the service department. Generally they’re not happy phone calls… when someone’s boat is in disrepair or in need of something new and expensive, they’re generally kind of on edge! But I am very positive and don’t mind at all.
    7. Server. I became a server at a small brewery last winter as a second job, to help pay the bills and have a little extra fun money too. I so agree with all your points about serving!

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    Emerald Earrings
    September 3, 2014 at 5:42 am

    I’ve worked at a bank for five years now. I could write an entire BOOK about it. lol. People and their money…. it’s unbelievable at times. And I do all computer work too!

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    September 3, 2014 at 5:58 am

    I have had a bunch of jobs too. My first job was homegoods, I worked at a resort in the boutique selling REALLY expensive jewelry and clothes, nanny, I made jewelry for lady who owns a kids line, cocktail waitress, free lance makeup artist for Mac, and a CNA/PCT. Most of these I worked at the same time. I also have been a full time college student the whole time too! Busy busy. But I love working! Thanks for sharing this was really funny!

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    September 3, 2014 at 6:03 am

    I have had quite a few jobs too: babysitter, house cleaner, Limited Too, Express, Tutor, vet assistant, …, but my weirdest job was a WORM FARMER! haha I was about 15 and would go to the worm farm and spend hours digging out the boxes of dirt (technically it was ‘bedding’ and castings’!) The worm poop is a good fertilizer. I worked with some friends and every once in a while, we would get in dirt fights! haha Oh man, the memories!

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    catherine crain
    September 3, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I’m a nurse and I love a lot of it! Although like waitressing (which I’ve also done), it makes you kind of not like some of the general public and you see A LOT. This is my first “real job”, but prior to this, I was a hostess (2x), waitress (never again), and a barista at a local coffee place! Loved that coffee job!

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    September 3, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I have had a few retail jobs going through school, but I am now an RN and I love it! It’s so fast paced and thank goodness I know how to multitask because I swear I’m juggling 10 things at once at ALL TIMES. The one thing that I never realized before starting was that you are caring for people at their absolute worst. They are in pain, they’re sick, and as far as most families are concerned you aren’t doing near enough. It can be draining to the point where I walk in the door after work and literally just sit and stare at the wall until I have enough energy to get up! Despite it’s challenges I love my job. It’s amazing to learn something new everyday! I also enjoy when I connect with my patients and they look forward to the times I get to work with them. 🙂

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    September 3, 2014 at 6:49 am

    These sound like so much fun!

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    September 3, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I love this post! I always tell people that I’m not amazing at any one thing, I’m just pretty good at a lot of things. I’ve worked the graveyard shift at a cannery, balloon counter at a party supply store, art acceptor at the state fair, barista, table buser at a conference center (1 night), bank teller, reservation specialist at a resort, marketing for a network marketing company, event planner, 911 operator, and now public relations for a university! It’s crazy because I’ve taken crazy knowledge away from each job and now I know the most random things ever. Worst jobs were definitely the conference center and 911 operator, surprisingly, the conference center was more horrible than 911. It’s the being on your feet for 9 hours straight and treated like a nobody. Even a waitress gets spoken to better than a buser.

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    September 3, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I’ve only worked at two places, but I have done many jobs in those two places. I first worked at a grocery store and I cashiered, stocked, was a customer service rep, worked in the cash office, was a manager for customer service, was in charge of stocking and ordering tobacco (my own department), worked in the liquor store, did payroll for the store, worked in the bakery, did some hr work and scheduled. I quit that job because nothing was fulfilling for me and I tried it all haha. I also was a full time student at college and did get my degree while working there, but I have yet to pursue a job in that field (Diagnostic Medical Songography). I am currently a flight attendant and while I love it, the commute is hard and the pay is low. Like very low. Like I have spent more than I have made in the last year I have worked there. That is kind of a problem haha, but I love it so much that I make it work and stretch my savings. I think I am going to get a part time job as a bartender since I was just offered a job there and they are willing to work around my schedule. That would help things, but I will also never have a life. I also won’t get to take advantage of the free travel that makes my job so worth it. I am trying to get into a major airline so I can make a better wage. It is still low, but actually live-able! It was so interesting hearing about your jobs! Thanks for sharing!

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    Christina J.
    September 3, 2014 at 7:56 am

    1. I worked at a start-up IT business and my job was to type information/inventory/customer info from the books into the computer. I wasn’t very good at it. It was an easy job…too easy. I got bored easily. I was the only person in the office all day aside from my boss who sat across from me and was all business all the time. So, we didn’t really talk because he was always hard at work but I couldn’t slack off either because he was my boss. The days were soooo long!
    2. My favorite job was as a childcare teacher in a daycare to a bunch of 4 year olds. I LOVED it! My daughter was 2 at the time and I got to see her all the time because she was in the room across the hall. My co-workers were all so awesome. I had a house warming party and they all came and were so welcoming.
    3. I also had a job at a Wendy’s restaurant as a cashier. I met the love of my life there. I was 17 in foster care and he was 20. I had SUCH a big crush on him. He had black hair and black eyes and was so tall. His family had came over from Cuba a generation ago and I thought he was so exotic. He was the reason I wanted to go to work everyday! We had an intense, but short relationship. We ended up parting ways after 6 months and he went back to Miami. I thought about him all the time. After 6 years he came back to find me. We got married and had 2 boys. He passed away two years ago and I miss him so much. Even now when I pass that Wendy’s my eyes fill with happy tears and I can see us sitting outside talking and falling in love. I’m sorry I went waaay off topic here, but I just got caught up in my memories!

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    Stephanie Loaiza
    September 3, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Seriously laughing out loud still. These are great! That lipstick creeper, though… ha

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    Manette Gutterman
    September 3, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I was an assistant mgr at VS. No matter how sweet I was I could never get anybody to sign up for a card. My coworker would talk to people like a dog and they’d sign up everytime! I gave up after 3 years!

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    September 3, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Isn’t it technically illegal to only hire “good-looking” people??? Can’t believe they actually said that!
    I haven’t worked too many jobs, but my favorite was bank teller. I actually really enjoyed the interaction with (most) people. Sadly, it does NOT pay enough to support me!

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      September 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      technically not illegal. People can be hired or fired for any reason or no reason. There are some federal laws to protect discrimination based only on race, age and gender.

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    Kathy Crok
    September 3, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I have been a data entry assistant for my dad’s aviation company- that was my first official job. Then Chuck E Cheese, which yes, I was the mouse and I got head lice from the sweaty, nasty, smelly head. LOL! Then I worked at a Take N Bake pizza place and surprisingly enough, I never got sick of eating pizza. I worked at a Christian Bookstore on the outlet side where I had to rearrange the same old stuff that nobody wanted to buy, over and over again. I have also been a youth director at a Methodist church and a daycare worker at a christian school and worked as a hostess at Carrows all at the same time! I was a nanny to two children one summer and worked as a receptionist and loan processor at a Mortgage company for 5 and 1/2 years. Then after being laid off during the recession, I worked as a baker in two different bakeries in which I learned that baking is definitely a hobby- not a career. Having to rush to make everything sucked all the fun out of it! But out of all my jobs, my favorite has been voice acting for video games and radio ads. I also have done some local commercials too which were so much fun! Last but not least, I have always loved doing my friends makeup for proms and weddings and special events throughout the years. Never hired, but sometimes paid, its one of my biggest joys!

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    Jamie Gingerelli
    September 3, 2014 at 8:14 am

    This post is so great! hahaha

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    September 3, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I love this post! How fun this is to read other people’s job history.

    My first job was pizza tosser at Pizza Factory. Then at 16 I started dental assisting. I passed out on the first patient i sat down with. Eek, then stayed in the dental field 16 years.

    I have worked as a waitress at a steak house, dental assisting instructor, college professor, CPR instructor, Dept. of Defense Auditor and now I write grants for non profits. AND I am not 40 yet!

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    September 3, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I have had a million jobs too! I’ve worked in retail, including at a lingerie store, Saks, Chanel, and few small, high-end boutiques; as a waitress (funnest co-workers ever! also the hottest :)); a camp counselor; a model (local fashion shows only, no print work); an intern at a fashion magazine; a paralegal; and now I’m a lawyer! I also worked as a barrista at a major coffee chain right after high school…I’ll never forget the comment one very crotchety old man made to me one morning: that I and my co-workers were stupid, uneducated people who would never amount to anything. Working in the service industry exposes you to some really ugly behavior, but I’m so grateful to have had that experience. It taught me to keep a smile on my face and keep my head high no matter what goes wrong, and laugh to off toxic/disrespectful people (who, unfortunately, seem to pop up in every profession!) I loved something about each of my jobs and feel very lucky to have had them, as well as for the people I met along the way.

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    brandy m
    September 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I worked as a Whitewater Rafting Guide throughout my college years in Northern CA – it was an amazing experience and I was able to travel to Costa Rica & New Zealand to work on rivers there as well.

    One of the funniest stories I came away with was when the mother/wife of a family asked for a male guide – said she would “feel more comfortable with a man guiding her and her family down the river.” Well, the river manager (also a woman) decided that we could definitely accommodate her special request! There were several experienced female guides on the trip that day, and then there was Bob. Bob was a retired gentleman, about 65 years of age who decided to take up rafting in his golden years, and he did not really have a clue what he was doing (1st year guide). *Please know that this family was never in danger or harms way* We all secretly loved that she had the gall to ask for a man, and welllllll…she got one! Note to self: ask for an experienced and safe PERSON – not a man or woman – for the job!

    Now I sell lasers and precision optical components for lasers – my days are a bit different than they used to be! (Also a male dominated field…hmmm, just noticed this pattern!)

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    September 3, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I know the guy eating the hotdog in your picture! He is so nice!

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    September 3, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I was a lifeguard for six years. I still think it was my best job ever. (You know that movie “The Lifeguard” with Kristen Bell? Where she’s supposed to be a loser moving home with her parents and taking a lifeguarding job? I thought it would be awesome.)

    Best things: You’re hot? Jump in the pool! Kids bringing me unlimited, free, cold Diet Coke all day long (and, once some of them were able to drive, they’d bring me Sonic Diet Cokes with tons of ice). Decent money if you taught swim lessons on the side. Kids love you even if (maybe especially if?) you’re mean – they will try to make you love them. This can be easily exploited by making them do all your chores so you can leave on time.

    Worst things: Pool bathrooms. They are gross. I had to clean them. I know. People who go to bathrooms in pools. People who throw their kids in the deep end to “teach them how to swim.” Pro tip: Not how you teach them to swim.

    Fun facts: I can still hold my breath underwater for ages, swim 50 meters without breathing, do a back flip off the diving board, tread water holding a brick over my head.

    I worked in a chain bookstore.

    Best things: Free books, all the time.

    Worst things; Weird hours, if it’s slow it’s torture, the guy who asked me if I could find him the Odyssey then asked for my manager when I said “It’s in poetry.” It’s an epic poem!

    Fun facts: Barnes & Noble’s bathrooms are usually pretty clean if you’re in a big city and need a bathroom fast.

    Now I work for a newspaper, reading and moderating internet comments all day (really).

    Best things: Writing about Cara! Writing, in general, for a variety of different editors – I’ve done sports, books, economics, health, beauty.

    Worst things: People. Are. Crazy. Cara, I feel your pain about your blog/YouTube comments.

    Fun facts: I can only remove your comment from our site if it contains profanity.

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    September 3, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I’m a 4. My favorite job ever was working in a chocolate shop. It was such a happy environment run by a sweet, older couple. I worked with just the coolest people. Customers were always happy to be there, and some of them were well-known, very talented musicians. The shop was on a busy corner in a college town so it was great people-watching, too. The fringe benefits were excellent (hey, free chocolate!) It was a great way to express my artistic side. Valentine’s Day was always a killer…the busiest day of the year.

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    September 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Worst job ever–I was a fit model for a clothing manufacturer. Basically I showed up every morning and waited for a designer to page me to try on clothes. Sadly, these were not cool, fashionable clothes, but “old-lady” clothes (I was 20). When i wasn’t needed for modelling polyester pants, I was expected to stay out of sight. Worst day–i was extremely hung-over, and forgot my heels. The owner of the company, a notorious tyrant, was in town and everyone was bending over backwards to suck up to him. I ended up being paged to model and literally stood, silent, in borrowed, ill-fitting heels, for 8 hours straight while he and the kiss-ups ate and chatted in front of me.

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    September 3, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I worked as an operator in an oil and gas plant looking after oil wells, pump jacks, and gas compressors. It was smelly, dangerous, dirty, unglamourous work, and I loved every minute of it! You had to keep your wits about you because you could literally kill yourself if you screwed up. The days were long, but I went home at the end of the day feeling like I had accomplished something. The wage afforded me a larger wardrobe than I should have had as a university student, and I only worked every second week. That and I was in fantastic shape by the end of it. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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    September 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

    So interesting to read all of these different jobs! I started as a student assistant at my college’s financial aid office. I interviewed for a full-time financial aid counselor position at another school in California right before I was about to graduate and I got the job! They were even kind enough to wait for me to start working until after I graduated (it was about 2 months later that I started). It is so crazy that I am 22 and working full-time, especially when so many college grads have a hard time finding work. I legtimately am passionate about financial aid – not too many people share these feelings though…let me tell you.

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    September 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

    This was a great post. You are a very funny and interesting person, Cara!

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    Jennifer Nieczypor
    September 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Sometimes it makes you hate the general public? Girl when I waitressed I lost faith in the human race and still haven’t gained it back lol.

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    September 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Please don’t take people’s harsh comments seriously. They are lashing out because they feel miserable for some reason and want to make others feel the same, under the protection of anonymity. That’s a pretty sad life but has nothing — NOTHING — to do with you. You’re amazing.

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    September 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Totally worked at psi with Jacob and Kurt! Too funny. I had no idea you worked there! I have been reading since 2011 and I owe anything I know about beauty to you. Thanks!

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    Cathy B. (@fulltimemamom)
    September 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I waited tables through college, then worked as a police dispatcher for over 7 years until I had my first baby. 🙂 In high school I babysat, hostessed at restaurants, did office work, and random jobs like going door-to-door and trying to get people to sign up and get their houses painted. Oh and I started my own dog walking service when I was 12. (That led to more babysitting jobs.)

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    Klara Kamilla
    September 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Love this post and love everyone’s stories! My first job out of high school was at a pie shop, where I happened to meet my husband 🙂 he was a customer, and after I sold him a pie and a coke, he asked if he recognised me from the choir at church – and I discovered we’d been attending the same church for months and I’d never even seen him before! Of course after that I spotted him every single week and we worked ourselves into an amazing friendship which eventually turned hopelessly romantic. I still love thinking back to that day, looking at my husband for the first time and seeing him as a complete stranger – if I could only go back and tell myself who he was 🙂

    I worked at an amusement park in the office as a receptionist and marketing assistant for a couple of years – that had its ups and downs! The customer service side of things could be really lousy at times, and I did not appreciate our very chauvinistic GM but I loved the off-season (we closed over Winter) – walking through the park with all the rides shut down, watching a storm hit the park from the safety of my little office, learning the inner workings of the industry, that was all pretty cool.

    Now I work for my church in the finance department and I love it! It’s not an exciting or glamourous job but it’s fast-paced and our bookkeeper is one of my best friends so we have a lot of fun.

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    September 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    And a “job” so many people forget about…you’re a MOM! : )

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    Becka Thraen
    September 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I’m a 23 year old female and I’ve worked at a smallish hardware store for almost 3 1/2 years. It’s amazing the things I’ve learned about painting, plumbing, electrical, tools, and finding nuts and bolts :P. The one thing I really love is impressing the old guys who come in with my acquired knowledge. It’s very satisfying, as a young female, to prove to these old-timers that I know what I’m doing in a hardware store and can actually be helpful to them.

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    Lauren H
    September 3, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I was a server for 8 years. The hours were flexible and I got to meet a lot of different people and work with a lot of people my age. I got an adrenaline rush every time I had to take the whole restaurant that filled up after everyone else went home. I’ve had people who were really rude and didn’t understand that I had 10 other tables (40 other people all asking for things) and I’ve had people who have given me $100 bills to pay for their lunch and told me to keep the change. Serving is cool because of the flexible hours and the ability to make some good cash but you never know going into the shift if you’ll make any money that day. It definitely gives you an understanding of how to treat people kindly, EVERYONE would benefit from waiting tables to learn respect for those who work really hard and under a lot of pressure from strangers and still keep a smile on their face and remember your side of lemons and that the dressing is on the side and you’re allergic to nuts and can tell you the ingredients to that sauce and oh here’s a refill before you ask :).
    Now I work for an amazing web marketing company and am glad to have a stable income and benefits but I still miss serving sometimes (I still get those stupid server nightmares but they’re not as detailed as before- 20 tables and I forgot how to enter orders in the computer and it somehow took me an hour to get a drink order??? Stressed out thinking about them)

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    Diana in LAS
    September 3, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve had a few jobs in my 50 years. I was 12 when I got my first job loading skeet at a gun club. Being the oldest child and a major tom boy, I loved it. I was a baby sitter, worked in retail (women are the biggest SLOBS!), several waitress & bar tending jobs, wife & mom of 4, worked sales & marketing and a couple of high-end hotels, executive vice-president of a chamber of commerce, candidate for state senate, and my current job for the past 16 years – flight attendant for the largest domestic air carrier in the US (by FAR my most favorite job). AND, I’m still not quite sure what I want to be when I grow up…

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    September 3, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Maybe we can start a support group, ha! 😉

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    September 4, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Hi Cara! I am French. People don’t actually tip often here because waiters/waitresses get paid by the hour. Therefore tipping is most commonly used to show your appreciation if you really enjoyed someone’s work. It is actually called a “pourboire” which means “to drink”. You are basically giving enough to buy a drink, generally more a beer than a fancy cocktail, unless you are really happy ^^

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    September 4, 2014 at 4:06 am

    This was a fun post to read! I’ve worked in retail and restaurant. I agree about the Europeans/foreigners not tipping or not tipping well. My favorite job so far has been as a retail manager which I’ve been doing for the past year. Yes , it sucks to work on weekends, some holidays, and nights but it’s never a dull moment. I enjoy tasking and interacting/educating our customers. My ultimate goal is to be a business owner one day.

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    September 4, 2014 at 8:32 am

    One of my first jobs was at the age of 18 as a hostess. I had to clean the bathrooms, including the men’s (and the urinals…..oh yeah) so I always had to knock first and hope no men were in there when I entered. That job definitely grounded me. I’ve also waitressed in the past and you’re so right…….that food/cleaner/bleach smell at the end of the long night is the worst!

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    Autumn H
    September 4, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Ha, but during those two weeks at Abercrombie you got me some sweet deals! Totally worth it;)

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    September 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Medical billing was my worst job EVER. Nobody understand why they owe money and always made it seem like it was my fault. And my boss was the worst. Somehow I lasted 3.5 years until literally the day my son was born. I was in labor at work and my water broke within 30 minutes of getting home from my last day. I can never do customer service again. It’s too hard for me not to get mad.

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    September 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Love love love you. I look forward to opening my email just to see what you have posted. I have also been a waitress and received one “tip” similar to what you described. Was also a bartender for like five years. Loved it. Was even halfway decent at tossing bottles, pyrotechnics, and relieving a drunk of my tip jar. Personal assistant to the CEO of a produce company. Pipeline, grape picker at a vineyard, hosts and general manager of a restaurant, home health aide. I am now a Certified Pharmacy Tech at an independently owned and operated retail pharmacy. I work very closely with some pretty amazing people, co-workers, boss, and customers. I love what I do and I love the people I do it with and for. I always say, ” I am a Jack of all trades and master of none. Never fired, and only walked out on one job, Wal-Mart. I left so mad with that company that I avoid that store at ALL costs. I cannot support a company making millions off of poorly paid and horribly mistreated employees.

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    Jen Rose
    September 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    After being a celebrity makeup artist for over 15 years….I was asked to come and do makeup for the mortuary!! I couldn’t say no, because the family was grieving and I felt terrible. So, I had to suck it up, call my mom and make her come with me and just do it. It was the only way the family could have an open casket. I hope I get some sort of blessings from that!!

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    September 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

    First job ever babysitting. Best thing: Watching other people’s tv while the kids were sleeping. Worst: Kid was a brat and threw terrible temper tantrums.

    First official job was working in a small town BBQ restaurant. Best: had a close relationship with many of the frequent customers (some brought me cards when I left to go to college) and the owner was absolutely the best person to work for. Worst: smelling like smoked pork, large amounts of raw meat, and cleaning up spilled bbq sauce.

    Also worked in retail at Old Navy. Loved my coworkers and the atmosphere. Hated rude customers and working on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Black Friday. I actually had a lady tell me I counted her change back incorrectly. I have a math minor. I think I can count to 10.

    Worked an engineering intership at a large automotive company. Loved using my brain to perform tasks and seeing stuff that I helped design/improve. Hate corporate America. Still do.

    I currently work as a design engineer at an electric bus company. Love making a difference, seeing parts I designed, and hearing how much people adore our product. Definitely one of the most gratifying jobs I’ve had.

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    September 7, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I’m a DIY blogger and a full time Homicide Detective. Night and day right?! DIY is my creative outlet. Maybe one day I’ll share that on my blog. Luckily for me I love both of them.

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      September 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

      WHAT?!?!? That’s awesome. What’s the name of your blog?

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    September 8, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I work at a big industrial bakery and people are like “aah, a baker!” And I’m like, it’s noisy and we just work with huge machines and there’s flour everywhere and summers are super hot… And I live in Finland and we don’t tip here at all and even though I read about tipping about the the place I’m travelling to, it can be confusing because it’s a culture of it’s own to understand…so sorry! 🙂

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    September 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

    These are fun to read! Everyone has done some pretty awesome things in their lives.

    I’ve had some fun jobs and some not-so-fun jobs:

    First job ever was working at a dry cleaning company…..I quit on Day 3. LOL Not-so-fun!

    Next was working front desk at a popular gym in Northern CA– my takeaways from that was the free membership and also it’s where I met my husband!

    Retail was next– working as a sale associate for Express in the mall. I only lasted for 3 months. The being “on call” on my days off is what killed the whole experience. I couldn’t make any social plans knowing at the drop of the hat I’d be called to work. It sucked.

    Receptionist at a Tile Company was awesome. My only task was to answer the phone and transfer calls. The owner often told me to bring a good book to work. Since I was in college during this time, I basically did all my homework assignments at work. Takeaways for this was getting paid to do my homework and I aced all my classes.

    I got on board with a temp agency, landed a gig that required some data entry for 3 days and 10 years later I am still here! I’m currently a graphic designer, event planner, and project manager for the federal and state government. Have been able to travel the US and make a great living so that my husband can stay home with our 2 kids. 🙂

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    September 9, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I worked in a close maximum security prison teaching graphic design to inmates. I was only 23 at the time and am only 5′ tall and tiny. I had a guard that sat at my crash gate but otherwise I was completely alone with a bunch of murderers and rapists.

    Needless to say my parents were NOT happy with me but it was the only job I could find and I had bills to pay! Being from a tiny farm town it was fascinating to see the way things worked in there and taught me a lot about the real world.

    I stayed for a year before I got a call one day from an accounting firm saying they wanted to interview me for a marketing coordinator position. After the interview the director laughed and said that she really just wanted to meet the loon that would have taken that prison job. I got the marketing coordinator job and am still great friends with the person that hired me. I’m now a marketing director at one of the largest global consulting firms in the world.

    It still makes for a great story during interviews! Crazy, right?

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    September 9, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Btw, you couldn’t be any cuter and down to Earth if you tried. I love your blog! Keep up the great work!

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    Whitney @ EHFAR
    September 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I used to do tech support, but the call center would be open on all holidays (except like Christmas and Thanksgiving) open until midnight and on weekends. How your shift was determined was based on your attendance, performance, and CSAT (survey) score. That job sucked. When I left, I was doing computer support and would always work 12-9, because computer support was only open between 9-9. Now, that same call center is open 24/7. I wish it had been only a 9-5. Sadly, nope… not call centers here. I worked for Apple

    I used to be a therapist/social worker/case manager and worked in people’s home that were referred to by the State. Those families were in jeopardy of losing their children. I did NOT have the power to take the children out of the home. I was a separate program that helped them fixed their “issues” before their state worker made the decision. That job was the worst. I was on call 24/7. I would work sometimes 55 hours week. Such a long story why I hated that job.

    Other jobs: cashier at grocery store, retail, hostess, warehouse associate, car salesman, etc. There’s tons more I am sure, but I can’ remember hahaha

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    Gabriela Astrid
    September 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    It’s so fun to hear about your life. I have a total cyber crush on you, girl! 😉

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    Valerie Cingel
    October 19, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Omg… I’m so glad you asked. .. its not glamorous, nor does it pay very well, relatively speaking. … but I love it!!! I’m an American Greetings Merchandiser. ..straitening, stocking, ordering, & displaying cards & gift wrap galore! When ilook backeveryday at my completed department, the sense of accomplishment fulfills me…I too had at least 20 jobs, but by far I love this one the most. ..I’m able to work from home, heading to stores when an order arrives or the day after a holiday, allowing me to be available to my hubby & sons every whim ( & trust me, they seem a little needy) hehe & I go home coveted in glitter in a house full of boys! ! How bad cam it be!! Hehe

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    November 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I loved reading everyone else’s posts here. Fascinating stories. I have had many jobs, mostly working with children. I’ve been a nanny; a personal care attendant for a little boy with special needs; hosted birthday parties at the YMCA and worked in childcare. My current job is my favorite job. (I work in a Christian store called the Mustard Seed (the name comes from Matt 17:20 in the Bible: If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move a mountain”). They sell music, books, gifts, and church supplies. I’ve met some really interesting people. One time a man came in and asked for a certain necklace with a special magnifier inside it and Lord’s prayer written in it, so you can read it. But you have to hold the necklace a certain way. My aunt, who happens to work there with me, was trying to show him how to use the little magnifier inside it. But he was having trouble following her directions. He yelled, “God damn it. How in the Hell am I supposed to read this?!” I had to run to the back room so he wouldn’t see me laughing. It was one of the most hilarious things that has ever happened at work.

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