9.18.2012

The Fortune Teller

I've had a lot of time on my hands, which means lots of time to blog! This outfit was from a couple days ago when I went out with some friends. I'm already enjoying layering my clothing. My scarf collection has extended to include all sorts of paisley print, and I'm sticking to my colour theme so far (golds, oranges, browns,etc).

 The combination of pattern and metallic (see the shawl here) really reminded me of some kind of fortune teller. Possible career? 

shawl c/o sway, scarf thrifted, shorts c/o romwe, necklace c/o club couture.
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And why, you might ask, do I have a lot of time on my hands and why am I considering a career in Divination?

Well, it's about time to talk about my current situation! I kinda wanted to wait until there was a resolution but I suppose you can come along on the journey.

Never, since I was 16, have I been unemployed! My first job was at A&W (fast food. The BEST fast food, I might add!) as a cook. Yeah, I was greasy EVERY TIME I worked! No one can say that working in fast food is easy. Ours was one of the busiest in the province/western Canada and we had to work fast. I learned a lot of skills working there like how to manage my time and just general work ethic. I stayed for over two years.

My next job was at Montana's, which is a steak/rib type of restaurant. I was hired as a hostess. I decided to only stay there for a couple of months for a few different reasons. First, they only gave me 3 hour shifts and I was often sent home early. I live quite far so gas was a big issue. Second, it was slower work than what I was used to. I loved to bus tables on busy nights rather than just stand at the front. 

Instead I got a job in a supermarket as a deli clerk. It was the perfect job to get through school with, as it was unionised so I could pretty much pick and choose when and how often I wanted to work. The hours were great, and I didn't have to drive far to get there. I worked there for almost 3.5 years! Even though I didn't exactly love the work itself, it was hard to quit because it comfortable. However, I kept telling myself that now that I was graduated, I needed to find a full time job that was meaningful and could possibly help towards my future! My train of thought was basically this: I'm interested in one day working in the fashion industry. I'm not sure what, but maybe owning a shop in Winnipeg? 

So I decided I would try to get a job in a small boutique and see if I could learn anything valuable. It was definitely within reach, compared to other fashion routes I could have attempted to find in Winnipeg.

I was hired on at a boutique and had a lot of high hopes, most of which were probably very unrealistic. I'm not sure if it was bad luck or bad circumstances, but I disliked it after the second shift. I never realized how much boredom could get to me, but being told to stand and do nothing for 8 hours made me crazy. I wanted to feel productive at my new full-time job...I would ask for things to do, but was told there was nothing to do! I couldn't believe it. Was this really how working in a boutique was? 

Things got slightly better after a few shifts, though not by much. I still felt unfulfilled by the work that I decided I would rather spend my time looking for a new job. 

During the time I was disliking the job, I applied for new jobs. I got a interview for a job that seemed...absolutely perfect. It was a Mon-Fri full time (9-5) job and was close to my house. It was a BLOGGING position, and a copywriter for some kind of retail site. It seemed perfect. Until it wasn't. I'm proud of the decision I made not to take the position. I fought with myself over it...What was the problem, you ask? Well, it was a company that sold real fur products. Not just one or two products within a store...ALL FUR! And rugs made of polar bears! I guess I hadn't really thought about where I stood on the industry until it came up in my face. I tried to research it and tried to justify that the fur industry isn't so bad. There were some compelling debates and arguments I came across, but none that were great enough to convince me to do it. I know me not taking the job isn't going to change the fact that someone else will, but I couldn't have it be me. It would eat at my conscious to promote real fur for a living.

So now I am unemployed. I feel a bit out of my element, but I am actively trying to find a job that I will enjoy. It's a bit scary, not knowing when that will happen. I've come to terms with the fact that eventually if it doesn't happen, I will have to take something I don't exactly like to make money for the time being. People living in Winnipeg will understand when I say that there aren't many creative opportunities here. I've opened myself up to things slightly outside of fashion - anything to do with marketing, advertising, etc. These sectors interest me because they involve things I love - graphics, writing and creativity. 

For now all I can do is stay positive and keep looking :) You never know what type of job or opportunity could pop up or present itself!

 I'm trying to identify the things that matter most to me in a job. I'd like to have it be something I feel is meaningful work and keeps me busy and engaged. 

Wish me luck. Feel free to share your stories in the job world or offer words of wisdom!
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21 comments:

  1. Breanne!
    I'm really digging the changes you made to your layout!
    The brown and gold color scheme is so gorgeous and exactly what I picture when I think of fall. That reindeer head silhouette with the flowers inside of it is so cool! I wish I was that skilled with artsy and technological stuff :)

    Wow.
    It seems like you've really got amazing work ethic and aren't afraid to stand by your decisions.
    Kudos for you to working so hard and deciding not to compromise your own beliefs. Since you are relatively young, I'm quite astonished by all that you've managed to accomplish so far in your life. Four different jobs already? I haven't even had one!
    In short, I just want you to know that you are amazing and wonderful and everything will work out for you in the end!
    I'll be sending lots of positive vibes and good luck thoughts your way in the weeks to come! <3

    Hey, if nothing else works out, I suppose you really could resort to being a fortune teller :)
    This outfit is too perfect!
    Your shawl and scarf are just the right amount of glitzy glamour to dress up the rest of your very fall-ready outfit!
    Those golds and browns and oranges are just getting to me right now. I must get myself some in addition to finding some way to pretend like it's fall int eh crazy 80 degree weather I've been living through! :)

    Good luck in your job searching endeavors!
    Have a wonderful week darling <3


    ~Alice
    Ainfinitaire

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    1. Your comment made me smile ear to ear.
      Thanks so much for the words of encouragement!
      <333

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  2. You're on the right track, too bad the boutique gig didn't pan out, but you're so far ahead of anyone else that it'll work out. You got the momentum going and that's hugely important, not to mention a supreme blog that is one hell of a resume. You should keep looking at possible blogging or magazine options, especially since the luxury and fashion markets around the world are, and will continue to be, booming. Everyone wants (or wants to copy) your natural sense of style, so just keep your head down and push on.
    I once asked a friend of mine who wanted to be a cop how many possible options there were if he exploited them all. He told me maybe 300, and then I asked how many he tried to chase down - 3. Chase them all! Also we're in a such a chaotic time that no one knows what to do, meaning there's no limits. I've followed this blog for a long time, we've even chatted by email, you've got it in you to make your own path, this may just be a gut check for you to make a name for yourself. Your talents are of great value, and worth fighting to have them seen...blah, blah, blah...Yawn. Sorry. Kai

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    1. That's a very good point, I should be trying every possible option.
      Thanks so much for your comment! Not 'blah blah blah yawn', I enjoyed it and it helped, trust me! :)
      xx

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  3. you do look great.. you combined all the stuff perfectly.. love it <3

    visit mine whenever you had a chance :D

    warmest regards,
    Miss Aa
    http://miss-aa.blogspot.com/

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  4. Amazing outfit! Love the mix of prints and texture! Gorgeous color combiantion x

    http://rosalindatj.blogspot.com

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  5. Good luck! Something will come along, just be persistent and don't give up hope!

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  6. Great look and I'm sure something will come your way in the very near future. You just have to keep being positive and well everything happens for a reason. So when you find it, you'll value it more after what you had to go through. :)

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  7. You look amazing,
    like you're straight from a fairytale!

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  8. Ok, firstly I love the metallic shawl. As usual your outfits have that kind of autumnal twilight magic feel. Also - wow your hair is so long! It's beautiful, but I hadn't fully noticed how long it was till this post. Gorgeous.

    On the job thing, I think it is really impressive that you made a decision based on principle. You are totally right to do it, and if you had taken it with doubts it might have made working there uncomfortable having underlying different morals from your employer. I think your blog is great and if you sell it with the right words it will really help get you into fashion. Plus you have tons of work experience! I wish you the best of luck.

    :)

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  9. Maybe what this girl did will give you some ideas www.saucyglossie.com/

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  10. You seem like a very talented, creative and bright girl. Those are hard traits to come by these days! Seriously. You're going to be just fine. I know the right thing will come along for you, just don't be afraid to go after it!

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  11. Aww that's too bad. You were right to turn it down. It's really hard to write about something if you're not passionate about it. I'm sure something will pop up soon! xx

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  12. Finding a job anywhere, to me, seems really hard. I have never worked in my life, and I terrified at this point thinking that I will never find something in the fashion world..at least in my country. I hope you do find a great opportunity, I wish you all the best! :D

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  13. I understand how hard it is to find a job, especially one that you feel like you belong in. I'm soon moving to Toronto for more opportunities but the idea of being unemployed in Toronto is terrifying. Anyway, good luck with your search, I'm sure something will come along eventually that you will love. Keep your head up!

    xx

    just-another-day1.blogspot.ca

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  14. If this is really what you want to do in life, then it might be time to leave the 'peg! there are great creative opporutnities there if you want to work in film etc, but it's not necessarily the fashion mecca of canada. You are young, you won't ever be in a position again in your life where it will be so simple to pick up and move. Time for an adventure i think!

    Sincerely, former winnipeger.

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  15. I've been a longtime reader, but I have never really commented all that much. First off, I think it shows a lot of character for you to turn down a job because of your values. Maybe this one didn't work out, but with the way most clothing companies are operating these days, I think you have a great leg up to work in the fashion industry; you can clearly show that you can blog, connect though social media (a big plus in today's market!), have great work ethic, etc etc.

    I don't have much advice for how to land a job in fashion as I work in a totally different industry, but the best piece of advice I can give you is to not settle for a job. It sounds like you already know that, but it's so important not to sell yourself short. You are capable of so much and any company would be lucky to have you. Chin up! Things will all work out. :)

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  16. Wow I can totally relate! I just graduated and I am from Winnipeg but decided to move to Edmonton to try something new and be independent. I feel like I should already be doing a more substantial job but I just go hired at forever 21 and I'm trying to start teaching zumba classes. Finding a job that you like and that you enjoy can be hard but I'm sure you'll find your 'thing'. Good luck and press forward! And I hope to find my thing too. I want to open a fashion business one day too but we'll see how things go. Just dream big girl!

    xo sherri

    sherriamour.blogspot.com

    ps. Why weren't we friends when I was in Winnipeg? lol. maybe one day :)

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    1. Good luck in Edmonton! It sounds like you're off to a good start :))
      Thanks for your encouragement.
      We should have been friends!! Yes, maybe one day :D

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  17. I completely relate to your situation. I didn't find myself and felt lost for a while until I decided to leave the country. I didn't have much confidence in my skills and didn't understand what my place is in the world. I went to Japan, taught english which was totally out of my element. The job was boring and I had a lot of time on my hands. I hated my job eventually but I took the free time and the new setting to help find myself and improve my skills.

    Now, I am doing work I love and it my life is more stable (career, family and everything). It's always a struggle and a challenge but it's what makes life interesting.

    Anyway, I think you have good taste, a great site and a very keen eye for fashion. You know what's best for you but if you can, I recommend changing your environment around and get out of your comfort zone and it may help you find your niche in the world. Keep on doing what you're doing!

    BTW, have you ever thought of making your own clothes? Good luck!

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