“Work” is a Four-Letter Word

.  It’s literally a four-letter word, isn’t it?  My first ‘job’ was when I was 12 years old.  You guessed it, as a babysitter.  The family that I babysat for was conveniently located just across the street from our house, so that made life easy for them and my parents with no one having to drive me back and forth whenever they needed me to sit for them.

It was an experience, that’s for sure, particularly since it started as babysitting for their three kids (ages 5, 3 and 1) and morphed into kids ages 6, 4, 2 and newborn.  It did make me realize that I enjoyed taking care of children, and looked forward to years down the road having some of my own.

During High School, when I became the ‘legal age’ to work (16) my introduction to paying taxes on my income was as a for a store called Pay’N’Save (in the – they’ve since shuttered their business).  When I was hired they even sent me to downtown Seattle for a 3-day Customer Service Training program.  That was back when Customer Service meant something – you know, where they emphasize that the customer is always right, even when they’re wrong.

A concept that seems to not be the case anymore, or at least there seems to be no ‘training’ for people in Customer Service to actually serve the customers.

It was an interesting job, especially when some girl rode her horse into the store in protest.  Yeah,

After I graduated from High School, my parents had decided us kids were going to be responsible for our own college education, since they had paid for our private schooling for our .  The only problem was that I knew I wouldn’t make a good (can you say accident-prone?), and I definitely didn’t want to work at a fast-food place.  Many of my friends were doing that, and they were miserable.  was not an option.

Of course the I ran into looking for an office-type job was that you couldn’t get a job without experience, but you couldn’t get experience without a job.  Thankfully my childhood dentist was willing to give me a chance, since he mentioned, while I was in his dentist chair, that he heard I was looking for work and he happened to need a part-time Office Assistant in his office.

Six months later the Office Manager mentioned that the Electronics Distribution company her daughter worked for was looking for a receptionist.  She said she hated to lose me since I was such a great worker, but she knew I needed to find a full-time job in order to pay for school.  I set up the interview and was hired on the spot.  It was there that I was educated on the fact that sometimes titles on business cards mean nothing.  My title on my business cards?  Communications Manager.

Over the many years I worked hard and worked my way up the ladder, so to speak.  Doing everything from Secretarial Assistant, Executive Assistant, Inside Sales, Outside Sales, Branch Manager, Marketing Manager – in various types of industries, which makes for a very diverse background.  I worked while going to school and worked non-stop until the arrival of Princess Nagger.

That’s when a different type of ‘work’ commenced.

While I was on Maternity Leave, the hubby and I talked long and hard about should I stay home or go back to work – at the end of the day, since I was working a lot more than 40 hours per week, staying home seemed to be the saner of the two choices.  Plus I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss all the milestones by not being there for them.  Or these kinds of moments:

Of course me being who I am, I had to add more to my plate by starting a mixed bag business of Web and Graphic Design, Custom Barbies, Custom Gift Baskets, and my all-time favorite, Winemaking.

I thought working 60+ hours a week in the Corporate World was exhausting.  Little did I know leaving that world would be even more so.

Hard work?  Oh yeah.  Worth it?  Definitely. 


This Work was brought to you in part by the lovely Gretchen at Second Blooming, who always has a lot on her plate, too. Check out what the other Spinners are Working on – let’s meet up for drinks after work – I’ll bring wine.


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About Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance and I chose to become a SAHM and WAHM - I love every minute of it. We added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension to our family. We have an eclectic mix of pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. I love to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, I take on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. My favorite, of course, is making my own wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway. I blog about the joys of parenting, family, friends, life, love and anything else that strikes my fancy. I do enjoy doing reviews and giveaways for products I use, believe in and can stand behind.
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14 thoughts on ““Work” is a Four-Letter Word

  1. Well I must say you definitely do not get bored. 🙂
    There is always something that can surprise you and make an ordinary day very memorable but a horse inside a store… Well that really is something.

    I love your writing. Keep up the good work!

  2. Work is a very short word but it has so much meaning to anyone especially to children who go to school. I think that your daughter is very cheerful for playing different kinds of toys at home, but she is quite messy.

  3. Work should have been made to be the longest word ever but there is nothing as rewarding as doing somethings you are happy with.

  4. You are a hard worker. I think that’s a wonderful quality in whatever kind of work there is. And it’s a wonderful example to Princess Nagger!

    You are linked!!

  5. Working hard at things you want and love is such a different creature than working hard on what other people want you to do, is it not? Choice makes all the difference in the world, and it looks like you have been blessed with the clarity of vision to choose your bliss.

    Dare I say, I find myself inspired by your wonderful essay. Bravo! 🙂

  6. omg Look at all of those memorable pictures. I think every child ends up cutting their own hair at one time or another, but the Princess did a ROYAL job didn’t she? ~snicker~ Have a great weekend.

  7. My mom also decided to leave her work so she can attend to all of our needs. And for me that’s the best decision she actually made because I know that the transition of being a working mom to full time mom is a huge adjustment for her. I’m so thankful that she chose us, for sure your husband and kid too.

  8. I too have worn many has as a working person–non of which was ever waitress. I worked a snack bar or too, but was never officially a waitress. Being mom has been the most complicated, rewarding, interesting job yet.

  9. Love this! Just look at all those moments with PN! 😀

    I was a babysitter, a waitress at Pizza Hut, and a legal secretary temp before I graduated from college. All those jobs really taught me a lot about work!