I have the best job ever.
It’s nothing extraordinary to the common bystander; I sell chocolate at a Christmas Market. I found it on Indeed.com while searching for seasonal jobs. Duties include talking about the product, helping customers, and standing in a booth at an outdoor market for several hours every shift.
Yet on my days off I find myself wishing to be back at the market. I yearn to talk to people about why we don’t roast our cacao beans.
This time last year I was still working in customer service, but in a hotel. And I was absolutely miserable. I had constant anxiety attacks about messing up at work to the point where I was waking up in the middle of the night asking “What’s your reservation number?”
I was so worried about my future. Would I ever find happiness working a 9-5 job? Would I always be a nervous wreck around money and customer service? How would I be able to live between acting gigs?
Thank god for Raaka Chocolate.
So what is this magical mystery of a survival job that makes this struggling actor feel happy, motivated, and fulfilled every day?
- An Open and Positive Management Team: I’ve worked some jobs where I’ve never even met my manager. Having a management team that listens to its workers and responds in an excited and positive manner is so important. They make me excited to sell their chocolate and give our customers the best experience possible. Because of their positive management skills, I am a happier and more motivated worker.
- Involved Training: Newsflash! Spending the time to teach your workers what to do will pay off. I’ve worked so many jobs, and the ones I’ve enjoyed the most have some sort of “Orientation” or “Training Session”. Raaka really went above and beyond. We spent 3 hours at the Raaka Chocolate Factory learning about the chocolate making and production process, meeting the chocolate makers and founders, tasting the chocolate and discussing the differences between each bar. On top of that, my manager worked with each Holiday Market employee on their first shift opening and closing so we were comfortable doing it on our own. We did not learn through a handout, a video, or by figuring it out on our own. There was real human interaction. As a result I am a more efficient worker, and I’m not constantly worrying about messing up…in fact I don’t actually mess up at all because I’m confident in what I’m doing! And the fact they put all of this effort in for their Holiday Market Team that only works for about 4-6 weeks really says something wonderful about the company.
- A Product you’re Excited About: I get to sell Chocolate. Vegan, Organic, Nut Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free Chocolate. Direct Trade, Kosher, Handcrafted, Local Chocolate. Mindfully Sweetened Unroasted Chocolate. Delicious Happy Chocolate. I Could talk about how much I love this product all day. I could talk about why you should buy this chocolate all day. And I wouldn’t even need to be at my Holiday Market booth to do it. I talk about it at parties, I talk about it to my roommates, I talk about it to my parents in Boston, and to people on the train. I truly believe that this product is a part of making the world a better place, and I feel so good about being on the team that gets to promote it. In the past, I’ve been yelled at by bosses so many times for being a bad salesman….But now I know, it’s not that I’m bad at sales, it’s that I never had a good product to sell (I’m looking at you Fudgery.)
- Atmosphere: I work at a Christmas Market. On one hand it’s filled with frantic shoppers, protesters are constantly rallying right outside my booth, and I’m standing in a 5 foot box barely able to move without knocking something over in the freezing cold. But on the other hand the market is filled with other local businesses and artists, Christmas decorations are everywhere, and I can play whatever music I want so I can dance my day away to the “Get Up and Go 80s” Playlist. And because everything else about the job is so awesome, it’s very easy to focus on the good parts of the Christmas Market. So when an obviously stressed out shopper comes back and steals all my samples I can laugh about it, turn up the temperature on the space heater, and continue singing along to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.
- The People: Co-Workers and Customers alike. Because Raaka is an awesome product it attracts awesome people. Every day I’m excited to spend time with my co-workers and meet new people ranging from passionate Vegan bloggers to little old grannies who can’t handle chocolate above 50% cacao (and are very apologetic, because I seem like such a “lovely girl”). Every shift at the Raaka booth I work with interesting and fun people who are unconditionally supportive. I’m never stressed out, I’m never annoyed, and I never feel like one person is doing all the work. It’s a dream. Everyone is so happy! It is chocolate after all.
So yes, I’ve hit the jackpot. Now if you’re in a position like I was last year and seething with jealous as you read this post…you might be wondering how I came upon this gold mine.
Trial and error. I quit a lot of jobs until I found the right one. Why? Because we spend most of our time at work. And being broke is stressful enough…trying to make money shouldn’t be equally as stressful. So whenever a red flag went up I said “no”. Because I know I deserve to be happy. My happiness and peace of mind is a priority. And yours should be too.
I understand some people don’t have that freedom. They have families to support, they’re working their way up in a company that will eventually lead to their dream job. But if you’re not in a situation where you must stay…I implore you to put your happiness first and seek out other options. Because your perfect fit is waiting for you. Your happiness is out there, and you may be surprised to discover it in a tent outside the park.
Do something scary. Follow your interests. Change your life.