The stay at home wife meets Kohls!!!

Back in "I'm a stay at home wife", I talked about, well, being a stay at home wife. :) I had finished my job with TNA in November 2013 and while my visa was being processed I was unable to work. Fortunately, I was lucky enough that my husband was able to support us, a long with my savings! During this venture, I found that I absolutely adored being at home, I loved doing the washing, keeping the house clean and tidy and being able to have dinner ready and on the table for when my husband came home. I woke up every morning with my husband and very rarely got back into bed, nope, the day started at 6:30 and I would be ready to make the most of it. Whether it be scrapbooking, some D.I.Y, paying bills, writing, scrubbing the toilet, writing letters or perfecting recipes in the kitchen, I simply felt content. Each day I felt I had a purpose and I would feel accomplished.

Once my visa arrived, 5 months later, I felt ready to take a step into the big wide world and get a 'real' job, it wasn't a necessity as my husband is awesome and we had grown comfortable with our routine, but after paying the bills it's nice to have a little extra money for a treat, that Jaclyn Hill lip-gloss isn't going to buy itself :p, and I enjoy being independent and earning my money. So began my next adventure...Kohls. Now for the past 9 years I have been a Nursery Nurse, Wrestler and Teaching Assistant and upon day one at Kohls I suddenly realized why my stint at British Home Stores, prior to those 9 years, was short lived! :p I admit, it was a bit of a shock to the system at first and I really struggled. For 8 hours a day the creative side of my brain was going crazy. Picking up clothes and putting them back out on to the racks was incredibly tedious, in addition to my OCD (I'm certain I have just a little bit :p ) running wild, due to the fact that when you tidy you can't step back and admire your work, within minutes everything would be a mess again. I stressed about not having enough time to hoover and I didn't like my routine being turned on it's head, which caused my mood to really change. The reality of being an adult hit a few times and I guess it made me think about how blessed I was for those 9 years to have been able to do jobs that didn't feel like jobs. I missed the kids and having that creative outlet. Two months later and I have to say that I got used to it and it wasn't so bad. I know, who ever would have thought? :p The people there were amazing, fun and very cool to be around. Furthermore, I got to work with a girl called Paige who, through giving me tasks and jobs to do, made me feel like I was accomplishing more and learning something new everyday. I had a blast working a long side her and was inspired by her work ethic each day.

The reason I am writing in past tense about Kohls is that yesterday was my last day. It's time for some new projects as well as putting plans in motion for the future, which I am very excited about. I enjoyed my time there and have so much admiration for those who work in that line of work. I think it was really good for me to experience something out of my comfort zone for a little while, if I'm honest I am aware that it is not always possible to do the thing that you love for a living and more often than not, at times, you just need to do what you can to put money on the table. It took me a second to get into the swing of it but once I was able get in to a routine there, it was ok. Moreover, I learnt a few things over the past two months that I thought I would share with you, these are mixed in with some 'To Do's'! :)

1, It is important to stop and take deep breathes whenever you feel yourself starting to get overwhelmed. It really does help!! Two rails of clothes to put away may seem like a lot at first glance, but if you organize it and think positive, you will have it put away in no time at all! :)

2, You are ALWAYS more capable than you think!! Don't doubt yourself, you can do it!

3, The customer is NOT always right! :p

4, Some people are just plain rude!! Now I don't mean to dwell on a negative here but this was something that truly shocked me. It's a different story when you have people online criticize a match or a picture, but when you have to deal with someone face to face and they are being ill mannered and mean, it is the worst. Never is it acceptable to look down on others, especially when they are working hard to make sure you have a pleasant shop and that you have everything you need. Don't be that rude person!

5, Please, if you don't already, next time you use a fitting room, respect the person that is working at keeping it tidy. Do not leave your clothes in a heap on the floor or inside out and on the wrong hangers, take them out to the person or put them on the rail provided.

6, There's always time to hoover!!! :p

7, Always take pride in what you are doing and do it to the best of your ability!! Kohls may not have been my most favourite type of work but by gum if my job is to make sure all the clothes are off the floor, out of the fitting rooms and in the right place, then they will be off the floor, out of the fitting rooms and in their rightful place. I'm not one for being lazy and I don't do anything half hearted. If you have a job to do then you get it done, simple as!! :)

8, Lauren Conrad has the prettiest clothing line in all of life!! <3

9, Sometimes you have to not be so hard on yourself and be proud of yourself for what you tried and accomplished. If something's not for you, there's no point in complaining, just make the necessary changes and move on!

10,  Always dream big and strive to live each day the way you want to live it! Take risks and make stuff happen. I believe you can have any job you want if you just believe in yourself. Whether it be a rocket scientist, author, wrestler, musician, Mum, Dad or housewife, do what makes you happy! :) <3

11, This is a big one, mostly for me, but if you are like me then maybe you will understand! :) Don't allow yourself to become so overwhelmed with having to achieve something right this second that doing something that isn't exactly what you want to be doing, while you are working on the things you want to be doing, become a negative thing. You are still making progress and that's still something to smile about. Life is all about the journey and not the destination, enjoy it and again don't be so hard on yourself! :)

Love Lulu xx


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