What do all retail employees have in common? Besides knowing that the customer is sooooo NOT ” Always right”, we all face the drop in hours. January and February are the quietest retail months. After the long summer full of vacationers, then the rush towards Christmas when every store is bringing in double(or more) their regular numbers, January hits hard with people recovering from the expenses of the holidays, in Canada, heating costs come into factor putting families on tighter budgets, not to mention, shorter days, colder weather, worse roads and not much in terms of holidays. Long story short; if you do not have a secure full time position with a minimum amount of hours, then you could be in trouble. This year, my fellow part time colleague and I are in a bit of a pinch since a full timer who was out on sick leave most of the year( including last winter) is now back and rules have it that she is required to receive her minimum of 28 hours that full timers are guaranteed. Those 28 hours would normally have been divided between my colleague and I, securing us an extra lump of weekly hours.
Long story short, this time of year can be quite stressful, and this year even more so, however, a Negative Nelly, I am not! I have chosen to see this as an opportunity. How? you might wonder?Let me tell you!
Every morning that I do not have to work, I make a point of getting up bright and early, before my husband who most morning has to go to work, I make a nice warm fire, get the coffee going, feed the animals and tidy up around the Kitchen. By establishing a routine in the morning, I know that I will have at least accomplished SOMETHING out of my day, even if I were to sprawl out on the couch and read for the rest of the day-which I don’t. With the rest of the day, I push myself to be creative.
In the need to have a little extra spending money, I have migrated back toward my art room. I have gotten out my paints and brushes and started working on a long ago requested painting for a friend. I have dug out my jar of beach glass and my wire and I have wrapped them into pendants, and earrings and sold them to colleagues and acquaintances. My beads and chains are strewn across the table awaiting the moment where I will turn them into a pretty piece of jewelry to wear or to sell and my sketchbook is waiting for doodles and garden plans!My sewing machine is calling my name, waiting for me to fill the thread bobbins and get to work making my my dogs some new scarves and to turn my old plain sweaters into new stylish ones! My lack of work hours has encouraged me to pursue my creativity, to take long walks in the cold fresh air with my fur babies, to kick back and read the books I’ve been meaning to read and to sit down and write letters to old friends. After all, life is not just about work. As long as I can still manage to pay my bills and get a few groceries in the house, then I need to worry. I can go a few months without buying the fancy deli cheeses and if I reaaaally want some, then I had best get to making some more jewelry and cloths and hit the markets! 🙂