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Asking for the Universe's Opinion

So. I committed to stay at Starbucks at least through the holidays; I have reached that threshold and I'm having difficulty deciding what to do next. The Starbucks job, although physically punishing, had some cool and fun moments at first, but those have seemed to wander off, leaving me with just work I have to endure, for money which isn't great, but it about five times what I make by Patreon alone.

So here are my options:

  1. Keep going as I am now. This is the least attractive option, as I'm seeing a recurring pattern of "Saturday and Sunday morning" shifts (the worst possible) and finding myself grinding my teeth about it. Working afternoon/evening shifts is less fun that being at home, but still allows me to get things done in the morning. Working morning shifts just kills my whole day. Having a schedule that's all over the map also makes it very difficult to plan for things like, say, heart doctor appointments. :P

  2. Take a hatchet to my schedule. Currently my only restriction is "no Saturday nights" because I blocked that off for gaming (although gaming has been light-to-nil for way too long regardless). I'm thinking of changing it to "No Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, period." This would kill the weekend morning shifts, give me at least one solid weekday always off for doctors etc., and make it relatively easy to schedule for cons (as they tend to be Thursday-Monday affairs, I'd have off three of those days normally anyhow).

  3. Just plain quit. The nuclear option, so to speak. This would return me to being a full time writer/artist, giving me more time to shop that novel around and start the next one, as well as keeping Suburban Jungle up and running. The downside is that in the short term at least it would be a precipitous drop in our income until laurie_robey find her new job. She's got 2/3 of her new IT/security certifications and is talking about looking for a minimum salary of $100k, so, y'know, that'll be good when it comes! But it's not here yet. Do I bet the rest of our savings on that and go back to trying to get my own career into paying mode, or do I stick with the (coffee) grind until it's a done deal?

Blugh. It's a tough choice. I'm going to ponder it today, and meditate on it some tonight, but in the meantime, I'd like the universe (and LiveJournal ;) ) to give me some guidance on the topic.

Thanks! :)

-The Gneech


Dec. 28th, 2015 12:49 pm (UTC)
Have to agree with both galadrion and mooncat here. I also lack barista experience, but from working 5-some years in retail, I can tell you that not working weekends is basically a death sentence to your schedule.

If you're concerned about doctor's appointments (which is a *way* more important concern than conventions), I'd talk to your manager about it so they know that it's an issue for you.

Also I'd hope you've asked laurie_robey about this! These days especially, it's a lot of pressure to be the only one earning the income in the house, and both of you being jobless would probably put a LOT of stress on the both of you. What if she gets that 100K a year job and hates it? You having quit would not look good for a return to Starbucks.
Dec. 28th, 2015 02:12 pm (UTC)
Actually, Laurie prefers the nuclear option. She wants me to be going full time on the writing/art and to be around on nights and weekends. ^.^' It's been my desire to staunch the bleeding out of our savings that led me to take the Starbucks job in the first place.

As for doctor appointments, the manager has made it very clear that the doctors must see me at her pleasure and not the other way around. :P I've only been at the job three months and I've already had to juggle appointments.

Dec. 28th, 2015 07:10 pm (UTC)
Given that additional information, I'd modify my recommendation slightly. Go on a job hunt to replace Starbucks, but don't worry particularly about what you replace it with. We're talking a McJob, here. Land a replacement job before you quit, though. Be upfront with the new place that your looking to replace an employer who won't work with you regarding medical appointments. And when you quit Starbucks, do so formally - written resignation letter, with a copy forwarded to corporate Human Resources. That sort of nonsense needs to be stopped, hard, and that manager needs to called in and talked at by HR. That sort of behavior opens the corporation to lawsuits, and HR is going to be definitively not amused.

Actually, if I had to make a recommendation for a McJob, I'd point you towards one of the TriCom Foods restaurant franchises - Burger King, Taco Bell, Long John Silver's. I had good experiences with them working my way through school.

Edited to add:
Kestrelcat reminded me that this sort of nonsense (an employer being abusive about medical situations) is why she no longer works for a corporate employer. After the last situation became intolerable, we discussed things and she became a full-time, stay-at-home mother, with the option to pursue her art and take the occasional teaching gig.

Edited at 2015-12-28 07:16 pm (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I'd go with #2 or the nuclear option, then. If Laurie thinks it's worth the risk, I am inclined to trust her. :)

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