Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Working Girl

Tumble outta bed And stumble to the kitchen Pour myself a cup of ambition Yawnin, stretchin, try to come to life Jump in the shower And the blood starts pumpin Out on the streets The traffic starts jumpin And folks like me on the job from 9 to 5
I was raised by a hard working mother of four. She taught me how to have a good work ethic and to support myself. My mother taught my sisters and me to never depend on a man for support.
I started working back in the summer of 1997, I was 16 and excited to start my new job at Taco Bell down in Mesa, AZ. I went to visit my friend Charlyne whom was staying at her dad and step mom’s in Chandler for the summer. Her step mom hooked us both up with jobs at one of her stores in Mesa. I was only visiting for 3 weeks and I still managed to put in 120 hours. It was nice coming back home to WA with money in my bank. As you know at 16 I considered myself rich.
My 2nd job was working at McDonalds when I was 17, which had to be the worse job I ever had. I stayed at that job until I was 18. Since my mom was a single mother of four, and didn’t receive a single bit of support from my dad, I took the responsibility to support myself more than most at age 17. I never asked my mother for a single dime my junior and senior years of high school. I bought my own school clothes, supplies and my whole graduation along with my senior trip. There were many times I helped pay bills at the house to help my stressed out mom, whom worked one full time and one part time jobs as a medical Transcriptionist. My mother went to school fulltime in the evenings while I was in 6th and 7th grade to become a transcriptionist. Before that she was a stay home mother of four, but that is a whole other story/post.
My senior year after my 18th birthday I found a job at a mortgage company doing telemarketing, yuck! I was horrible at that job; it had to be worse then McDonalds. I hated calling people at their homes in the evenings. I lasted about 3 weeks there before they had to let me go. I was so relieved!
I then got a great opportunity to work at Little Doves Learning Center, a daycare where I became a teacher’s aid working with kids ages 3-12. It was near the end of my senior year (1999) and the job was perfect for me. I eventfully became a fulltime employee there and proceeded to get married and start my family. While I was pregnant with my son I accepted the position as Preschool teacher for the 3 year olds. After Ryder was born I put in another year at Little Doves until I was offered an office job. My older sister was moving to Texas and I was offered her job at Cardiac Study Center in the Medical Records dept. I took it since it was better pay and benefits, plus I was really getting burnt out at the daycare after 4 years. So in 2002 I left the daycare and started my new career in the medical field. In the 5 years at Cardiac Study Center, I conquered a lot; I went from Medical Records to Patient Services Rep, to appointment scheduler to running a satellite office in the Harbor. I felt like I accomplished a lot working for C.S.C. Then I moved on to a bigger company in 2007… MultiCare Health System, I have been working for this company for almost 4 years now and I really enjoy it. I am a Medical Receptionist with 9 years of medical office experience on my belt.
I day dream about moving on to other things and going to school to learn a new trade, but I can never set my mind at what it is I really want to do when I grow
I am very fortunate to have a mother whom raised us girls to be strong and not depend on a man to take care of everything. I am lucky that I do have other support in my life, and I see it as a bonus and I am thankful for a back up plan. My mom raised me to be a planner and to only depend on myself.
At the end of the day I may complain about my busy job and busy life, but deep down I am thankful and feel very blessed to come this far and to say I did it all on my own.
There are so many things the working world has to offer besides stability. I have met amazing friends, and have learned so many life lessons and I have had the joy of meeting so many interesting people of all ages and walks of life. I am fortunate to afford a great lifestyle and provide for my family. Plus I always have stories to share thanks to my job and all those “interesting” people I meet along the way. *Wink*

*Thank you Denise Jackson for being a great mother and role model and for helping me be an independent woman, mother and hard worker*

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