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2/29/2008

My dream came true!

I've been waiting 6 months for this dream. One day it came to me that I should stop settling for less then what I want. I have worked in dead in jobs ever since I started working. It was always disheartening when I tried to apply for something that I really wanted to do only to be told I didn't have any experience. Last year I quit a job I had and decided I would not settle for any other job if it was not what I wanted to be in for years to come. That job to me was working at a nursery or something along the horticulture lines. Sine then I did get another job but it didn't last. It was taking photographs of houses but it was just a dangerous job that I was not comfortable doing.

After applying to anywhere nearby 2-3 times I finally got what seems likes a promising beginning to getting my foot into a horticulture career. I filled out paperwork to work as a plant merchandiser at lowes and thought this would be a great start. My high hopes were soon crushed when 2 months later I still had not started. Communication with the manager was rough. He never called when he said he would and ever week was supposed to be the week I started. With all this stringing around I got the courage to go directly to the wholesale nursery I really wanted to work for. It is the only place around that I can see myself working at for many years and reaching a position I would like to stay at. To my surprise they did have positions open for entry level jobs. I filled out an application 2 weeks ago.

I start working tomorrow or sunday or monday. It depends if they need me now or if they can wait until monday. Of course I'm excited. I'm just starting out doing merchandising, this time for home depot. The merchandising position I will be doing until May. Once I get out of school I will start my internship! The internship will last through the summer. During the internship I will get to experience all the different areas of the wholesale nursery. I'm very very thrilled to do the internship and wish I could start now. After that I'm not sure what will happen. All I can hope for is that they will want me to stay afterwards and have a place for me. It's difficult since I go to school and it is inevitable for me to have a day class. Most of their positions are full time and I wouldn't be able to do that with a day class. Also most of the department managers don't approve of people who start later in the day. I'll have to see when the time comes. Until then I'm happy I have my foot in the door and finally some money coming my way. Plus I get discounts on plants!

7 comments:

Annie in Austin said...

You've been hoping for something like this for a long time, Vanillalotus - what a great start to spring!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Anna--Flowergardengirl said...

I started at the bottom and worked my way up. It's the best way to learn and if you are a hard worker and fast learner--you'll be seeing your dreams soon. I'm excited for you. It's hard and rewarding work. I start back soon too. The schedule for March at these places is always tricky. They have to time it right with the weather and demand. But you got your foot in the door and that is great.

Ki said...

Wonderful to hear that you got the job you were hoping for. Good luck but don't pick up too many plants for your garden. ;)

ladyluz said...

I am so happy for you that you will be starting at a place where you really want to be. As Annie said, a great way to start Spring.

Vanillalotus said...

Thank you all for the kind words. It is a great way to start spring. I am beyond happy that now I can learn, gain experience, and earn money to buy more plants and pots. I've been needing so many things but have had no money to spend. My birthday is in a few days so maybe I can get my husband to buy me all that I have been needing for my balcony garden.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Hooray for you! Welcome to the business. Nurseries can be great experience because they have so much stuff. With working and doing some research (like when you come across something you don't know or looking up a couple of things everyday) you will be well on the way to becoming an expert.

jodi said...

Such good news...I hope you have a great time with this new job, and yes, you'll learn lots! Plus you'll find yourself with more plants that you can't possibly live without...;-)