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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 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)

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