From June of 2014 until this past September, my life was ruled by the brew, Coffee that is. Coffee ruled my life, night and day it got to the point where I quite literally needed coffee to be able to sleep. Waking up was hard until I got coffee and the middle of the day was rough unless I had coffee. I loved it though, I always talked about my job to family and friends. I had customers that would come in daily and ask about my life, what I had been working on, how my family was. They had basically become a part of my family at times, and I loved every second of it. Now the money was not great, but I made it through. Sometimes I would need to sit tight until Tuesday when tips would be made available for gas or groceries, but I loved it. You can ask anyone that was around me for that period of time, small talk revolved around coffee.
So when I was given the opportunity to interview for a job that would completely change my life, I was skeptical. I was comfortable, not exactly where I wanted to be but I was comfortable. To completely remove the coffee aspect of my life was ludicrous at the time. I had spent a good three months of my life just learning more about the coffee I served every day. I was a vital part of peoples mornings and the store I was at seemed to not want to lessen its grip on me. But in August I took a leap of faith and put in my two weeks for a company I loved to join a company on a completely different medium, technology. At the same time, I was working at one of the most respected restaurants in Indianapolis and loving that as well. It had its ups and downs like everywhere else, but once again was not exactly where I wanted to be. I was an assistant to the servers rather than being a server myself, which was where I wanted to be. I constantly found myself being talked down to and felt like I was just there to be the pack mule for them rather than assisting much.
So within the same week that I put in my two weeks at one job, I was also offered a job to move to a different restaurant but still have a brew be the focal point. In this form the brew was beer. For the last 7 months my life has been technology weekdays and beer on the weekends, I don't really have much free time but I love it just the same. I can use the same skillset I learned at a coffee company and translate that into my job at the brewery restaurant. The tastings for coffee at five in the morning have been changed to beer flights at eight at night, and once again I love it. I no longer have to wake up at 3:30 in the morning to get to work, I can "sleep in" all the way until 8 to get to work, which has to be the best feeling in the world. My situation has dramatically changed, but the one thing that has stayed the same, whenever I see anyone that has been a regular in my store before is still family to me even 7 months removed from their daily lives. I have seen a number of them in my new workplace and I still greet everyone the same. So if you are reading this and miss me from my previous workplaces, let me know! Come visit me, I will try and come visit you as well, you are all a part of my family and you can always come enjoy the brew in my new workplace (for those over 21).
Thanks for reading guys, I am going to try (like I say with every post.....) to write on here more often!