Keep your head up…

I have busted my butt for many many years. I love the company I work for and live my job. But, sometimes you but your butt for a company and they take advantage or neglect to even notice all the hard work you do for them. I have been with this company for 18 plus years…and I generally just let things slide and roll off my back but recently I was compared to another manager just like myself within the company as we were equals and I stood up for myself saying that we were not equals although we are both part of the same team. And we are…we are all part of a big team. But my knowledge about our industry and abilities within our industry is far greater than that of the other manager and I stated this. 

I am not trying to be arrogant. Although it usually doesn’t go over well when a woman stands up and states that her worth is greater than she is being given credit for. I know my self worth although I do not normally say anything I feel that I should stand up for myself.

I was right! 

The owner is finally taking notice. Confidence is all people need. It took a lot for me to actually say anything. For years I have been told how I was as good as other people and although I knew that I was better than some I was afraid to say anything. I didn’t want to seem arrogant or cocky. I didn’t say anything with attitude or anger. I was confident and matter of fact about what I said. Like he should have known. It has helped and I am even happier at my job than I was before. I didn’t think that could happe. But it has.

You have to stand up for you! If you don’t then know one else will. 

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What is my PURPOSE?

Well I have been trying to figure that out over the past few months. I have listened to several people’s podcasts. Chalene Johnson, Mariah Coz, Dr. McKayla…and more. Passion, purpose, hobby, job, career.  I am still confused. I cannot figure this out…I am not an unintelligent person but this just has me baffled. Let me try to explain.

I manage a dry cleaners. I love what I do. I work too many hours so sometimes I feel burnt out but somehow I get re-energized. Most of my employees are awesome but there are a few that challenge me. And there are some positions that seem to have a revolving door and there is always a new person in the mix. I want to spend less time at work and more time at home and with my grand children. But I feel more needed at work. Now my work kids are always asking my advise about well a lot of things. I am like their mother. They come to me about their personal lives and what to do in all kinds of situations. I always tell them what I truly think no sugar coating it. And they get mad at me sometimes but respect the fact that I am most of the time right on the money. They think I am great. (Their words). Now with my own children I speak my mind with my youngest, mostly speak my mind to the eldest…but my middle child I walk on eggshells. That situation is shall we say not a stable one. 

People come to me for advice on 

Boyfriends, girlfriends, stains on their clothes, where to buy this or that, self esteem issues, anxiety issues, love, hate, parents, children, exes, how thei item was or was not cleaned or pressed correctly or how they requested. How to press this or that, can you print me this or that, how do I log into this or that, how do I operate my phone, where can I find a replacement????

Now I am not saying I have a degree in any of these areas… But people ask me about these things and more. And I answer to the best of my ability and knowledge or I Reccomended them to find another person and how to go about doing that. 

But there is no one or even two things in that for me to focus on to even begin to figure out my purpose or passion. Heck I out together a greenhouse a few weeks ago and loved doing it. Just a few days ago I put in a cement floor in it. Really loved doing that too! I enjoy computer stuff as well. I am so all over the place it is crazy. 

And yes I am a people pleaser. I love making everyone happy and smiling. It really drains me when I let someone down. Even if it really wasn’t me but I didn’t double check that one thing and it didn’t get done right…bugs the heck out of me!!! I know I cannot make everyone happy. I have come to terms with that. “Sorry I really tried everything I could but that spot just isn’t coming out” I don’t like saying it so if I do say it you know I tried everything but literally cutting the stain out to remove it. I am far from perfect and so is everyone on my staff most of us try real hard but mistakes happen. And I try to not make excuses just solutions if there are any to be made. If you are still unhappy then you can be on your merry little way and I hope you can find someone that can make you happy. 

But is all of this there is more. I love being outdoors. I love photography and playing around with the photos I have taken and making something new and wonderful out of them. I really swear there will never be enough hours in a day for me to do everything I truly enjoy doing. But the fact remains I enjoy my career. I enjoy most of the people I am around there. My favorite part is 1) seeing the smiles on my customers faces and 2) after hours when the magic happens that creates those smiles. I do personally work on the specialty items and antique items. I have two people now in training helping we with those items. An employee for a couple of years now and recently (sort of but some over the years) my daughter and now employee. Training my art can only be done in a dry cleaners and that limits me. I do not want my competition to have my knowledge. Other towns and cities I don’t mind but I am a working manager. So I work Monday through Friday 6:30 am until at least closing. Although recently I have been trying to take off early at least one day a week. But that happens almost every other week. The weekends are for my husband. 

So still figuring out what my purpose is and my passion and the difference between them. 48 and still going strong!

Passion

These are a few of the people I work with on a daily basis. We work hard and try to have some fun doing that. I am passionate about making you look great! It is so funny because my kids get frustrated with me. I see them with wrinkled shirts or shorts in desperate need of being pressed and I of course tell them 

“You know I work at a drycleaners and I know some really awesome pressers that can make _____ look so much better.”

They laugh at me and say…these are my raggedy lay around the house _____.  I have no response. Lol

Shirts and blouses should be pressed and collars folded at just that right spot. Golf shirts should have that collar and placket pressed so that you look sharp at that first glance. Sport coats should have those lapels pressed and folded at just the right place for single or double breasted. Ties should be steamed and sides rolling for that nice just bought look. Dresses now those are tricky. The top should be pressed so that it flows gently over you to meet the waistline then flowing down to bring out that femininity. Pants should be pressed with that sharp crease from the pleat to to cuff…and for those that prefer no crease pressed so that the pants run down the leaf and just over the top of the shoe finishing that professional and relaxed business person look.

I just feel that if your clothes look great then you feel great in them. There is that old saying.

“The clothes make the person.”

Well I agree that you feel better when your in some well fitted and well pressed clothes. Unless it is your Saturday vegging out relaxing in your sweatpants day. 

I am also very particular about household items. I like the drape pleats to be pressed and sharp. I like the linen tablecloths and napkins to be bright and crisp. I love those comforters to be fluffy and smooth. 

Wedding Dresses… My favorite and my nemesis… I love wedding dresses and hate them at the same time. I love taking a wedding dress that has been put through the ringer and making it look almost if not new again! But there are those dresses that sometimes make that an impossible task. Silk wedding dresses are the hardest to work on. I am always trying the latest and the greatest for stain removal on silk trying to bring them back to life and sometimes it just cannot be done….not unless you are willing to pay a very high price to have each little inch to me carefully cleaned by methods that take hours to do. And I am talking hundreds to a thousand dollars for the time that would take. Some have paid that price and it took weeks of spare time devoted to a dress to bring it back one inch at a time. I have restored vintage dresses. But to see the smiles on the faces of the owners of those items it just makes me happy to see that joy!!!

When we do alterations on your clothing items I like to make sure that those altered areas are pressed out and lay flat so that it is un-noticeable that any alterations have been done. Better fit better feel. 

Basically I try to ensure that you have the best experience you can with a dry cleaners. 

That being said … We are human and occasionally we can make a mistake. It is how we handle such mistake that makes your experience good or bad. I have made failures in that regard and there is no excuse for me. All I can say is that I learn from those mistakes and hopefully never make the same on twice.

Thank you for reading this and I hope you have an awesome day tomorrow!