In case you didnt know, I moved from Michigan to Calgary just over a week ago with my husband and well be here for 7ish months for a temporary assignment for his job. I didnt bother applying to practice as a dietitian in Canada because it can take up to 3 months to review my transcripts before Id even be allowed to take the Canadian board exam. I only have 7 months total and no one wants to hire a dietitian for 4 months. I started applying to a million positions about a week before we got here and even landed an interview as an employee wellness coordinator for a huge energy company downtown. I got to share about the worksite wellness initiative I developed at my last job and it seemed like I hit it off with the interviewers besides the HUGE part about me only being here for 7 months. No call back. Back to applications.
My church back home is considering buying space downtown and opening a coffee shop that would give proceeds to an organization we would adopt. I decided to apply to Starbucks because 1. They had an opening at a store just a 10 minute walk away and 2. It would be sweet to learn how to make all the snazzy drinks so I could volunteer at the shop my home church starts up. I got an offer on the spot and am now officially a full time barista at Starbucks. Ill admit one of my first thoughts was Im going from a salaried, bachelor degree-required job to a minimum wage job serving coffee. Dietitians really don’t make that much to begin with, but that thought didnt stick around long because I have a more positive approach to this circumstance.
Derek shared a TED talk last month about inspiring action and creating wealth. I finally got around to watching it and was intrigued. Between this talk and a sermon I heard at a great church in Calgary, it helped me to see the bigger picture of the WHY that will affect these next 7 months will look like. As a follower of Jesus I am considered his ambassador, representing Jesus to others on his behalf. While I cant do this perfectly because Im not Jesus, by Gods grace I get to be a light on a hill to a big city that is like many others- chasing after money, beauty, and status. If you watch the TED talk, my WHY is much greater than Because I want to make money. I wont get rich off of a minimum wage job, but I do get a free pound of coffee every week. Ill at least be rich in coffee.
Since the purpose of my job wont be to make the big bucks, it will be spent building relationships. I was told that there are a lot of regulars who frequent Starbucks. Theyre the folks with big bucks. Everyone wears a really fancy suit here. I even saw a slogan in front of a popular store in the mall Can I really get a nice suit for under $1,000? Over time these regulars will pick up that Im from Michigan, that Im a dietitian, that I have a blog, and that I love Jesus. Its not like I will preface every What can I get for you? with Did you know Im a Christian? or Just a heads up- Im a dietitian, so dont disappoint me with your order. Through building relationships I might draw a crowd to my blog which will help more people learn how to eat healthy with real food. Through building relationships I might have an impact on peoples lives. Sounds like a great 7 months to me.
What is your why for why you do what you do?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.