Do the Right Thing + Fruity Tea Smoothie
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Do the Right Thing…?
Now that I’m older, I believe it’s more important to pursue your passion over money. When you choose the path that leads to your passion, the money should come. More importantly, you’re getting where you want to go, where you need to go, when choosing this path.
This is my belief, and I’m looking at it more critically due to a recent occurrence.
If you read my blog, you know that I’m currently searching for a job. But not just any job. The ideal job. The job in which I spent six years obtaining a degree in order to fulfill.
Because my degree is in Digital Communications, possible jobs range from Video Journalism to Social Media Marketing. But let’s face it: I love new media and marketing on the digital platform, and I’m also passionate about animal welfare. So any job that has me utilizing my social media skills to educate the public on animal activism is…the…ideal…job.
And take me out of the USA. Perhaps to a country where Spanish is the first language.
A bit specific? I know.
Let’s digress for a moment and talk about what recently occurred.
I got a job.
It was a sales position. (Have you ever heard of canvassing?). My job was to sell bags of cosmetics to people on the street, within shops, dining at restaurants, even lounging on the beach. This company believed strongly in the law of averages: the more people you talk to, the more sales you make.
This theory is simple enough, and quite effective. So I talked to as many people as I could, felt like a solicitor (in some ways, I was), felt like an idiot chasing sales on the beach, and at the end of each day, felt like a loser, because I only made two sales. I could have persevered against my pride and the plethora of rejections I received. When done properly, I saw how profitable this position could be.
But I hated it. I kept asking myself why I was there, canvassing for a product that I didn’t care about.
So after two days, I quit.
Now this is where I get flack from pretty much everyone in my life. Why did I quit after two days? Why didn’t I stick it out longer? Why not stay for the income?
All I could say was, “That job wasn’t for me. I’m not a sales person.”
A partial truth.
The whole truth, I kept to myself: that by quitting, the act showed how well I knew myself. I didn’t explain that every day I went on the streets to sell cosmetics, was another day away from my dream job. I didn’t tell them that, after two months on the job, I would most likely have the exact same feelings.
I didn’t say any of this because, my friends and family would trivialize them as poor excuses. The fact is, we all need to work to make an income. Hating the job is beside the point. The income is what matters. Paying the bills is what matters. This is what society tells us. This is what debt collectors tell us. And this is what we believe.
And I’ll admit that giving up after two days was quitters mentality. I also admit that the regret I felt afterward was crippling.
…To sometime last week when I interviewed for another sales position, where commission is worth more than the base pay. I got the job, but it’s a bit different. Now I’m working with animals. My official title is “Pet Counselor.” My job is to ensure that the animals in the store go home with everything they need to live a happy, healthy life. That means I have to greet customers, get to know them and their pets, and find the best product for their current problem. Educating the customer leads to sales…
Yeah, yeah…My point is that I’m working with animals, and I’m selling products to benefit animals. It’s not the ideal job. It’s not my last sales job. But I feel a bit of purpose. It’s as if the day I realized I wasn’t on the right path-the day I quit my last job after two days-my life’s axis turned in the right direction.
My message to any reader isn’t: “Quit your job if you hate it.” You still have bills to pay. My message is this: “Implement something in your life that will steer you toward your passion.”
Anyway. If you skipped all that, don’t worry. Here’s a delicious Fruity Tea Smoothie recipe that’s sweet, but not too sweet, and refreshing after a work-out.
- 1 cup berry tea* (chilled)
- 1 1/2 cups coconut water
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
- 8 frozen dates
- Splash of vanilla extract
In a pot, add one cup of water to boil. Once it has boiled, remove from heat. Add 2 tea bags (see image below) to water. Let it steep for 4 minutes. Pour the tea in a cup and allow it to refrigerate overnight.
Next morning, add chilled tea, coconut water, mixed berries and dates to blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
I used Celestial’s caffeine-free herbal Fruit Tea Sampler. It comes with five flavors, but I chose the Wild Berry Zinger and the Raspberry Zinger since my frozen fruits were all berries.