As the old adage suggests, there are only two sides to the coin of work and (hopefully) success. You can either put your all into something, working as hard as you can to reap the benefits of your labor; or you can sit still and fail. Though many of you may believe that I am currently sitting on the later end of the saying (especially due to my now three-day late post), I can assure you that the truth is quite the opposite.
As of recently, I have required my first actual employment. Though I have done odd-jobs in the past, including everything from yard work to babysitting, I had never actually been hired by a business until now (which is especially ironic because I had tried multiple times before but failed, most likely due to my age). I have now been employed by Starbucks (yay, how exciting…) and as sarcastic as my tone may seem I am actually really enjoying it. Though there is a lot which I need to learn, covering everything from the making of drinks and food to the operation of the different machines, I have learned a lot already. I also really like my coworkers (who are all really, really nice) and have had a great time getting to know them. Though I have only had one, four-hour shift so far, I have another five hour one tomorrow and I am really looking forward to it.
Outside of now having a job as a Starbucks “Barista”, I have also been putting a lot of time into school recently. The first quarter just came to a close, and I am happy to say that I am really happy with my grades. My GPA has gone up (which I think is astounding seeing as though I am now taking AP courses), so I now have even more reasons to be happy.
As a final side note, I have finally gotten my braces off after having them for two years (no you don’t get a picture; not yet at least) and I am happy with the way I look now. Journal updates from my trip to China will continue next Tuesday picking up where I had left off, as I hope that you all have enjoyed the content from them so far (because it takes a very, very long time to type them up). Until then, I will end by saying thank you all for the great wishes which you have sent my way as I continue my journey through life post-China.