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My new job!

September 24, 2017

I’ve officially been working for Deseret Book for 2 weeks now! Feels like much longer than that!

I work in the Distribution in the store. We sell temple ceremonial clothing, garments, temple dresses, shoes, pants, suit jackets, baby blessing outfits, socks, and Church materials! Some people don’t even know that our location has a distribution inside. But there is, so come see me! :)

I went in knowing 0% about temple clothing and garments but I’m starting to feel like I’ve finally got some knowledge going on in my brain. I’ve spent a lot of my time there restocking shelves. It’s incredible to see how fast we (well, customers) go through garments! There’s a lot of work that goes into making, selling, keeping up with the visual presentation of the store… so much work!

I’m also learning how to suggest different fabrics, different lengths, different style necklines, and so forth. I’m trying my best to remember before the holiday season picks up so that I don’t have to rely so much on my supervisors. I’ll get there one day! I love it though. Here’s why:

1. I get to listen to Mormon Tabernacle Choir, ALL DAY LONG!
2. I looooooooove going to the temple, and I work with temple clothing so, I already love it!
3. I get to learn more about the temple garment, and the clothing worn inside.
4. I’m learning just how sacred and important these items are that we deal with every day.
5. I occasionally get to help someone find something in the book store, so, yay!
6. The reverence maintained in the distribution is basically feeling the Spirit all day, every day.
7. I also get to sell Church magazines which, hello! #ldsconf is coming up!
8. I also learned that there are specific garments/clothing for those who are on hospice or just really sick. — I’m only pointing this out because I had no idea that such a thing even existed! I don’t think my dad had any of this type of clothing but, I never knew!
9. I get to work at Deseret Book.
10. I get to work in a very spiritual atmosphere.
11. I get to help others find their special, sacred and wonderful garments and temple clothing.
12. Did I mention that I love all things temple?
13. I forget that I work in Draper so when individuals come in for temple clothing, because they have been called as an ordinance worker, I always ask which temple. Some people look at my cross-eyed! Haha, sorry y’all. I come from Jordan River, Salt Lake or Oquirrh Mountain!
14. I loooooove my supervisor. She’s such a great friend already!
15. We have prayer after every meeting.
16. I just really really really love my job.

It sounds so cheesy, and stupid, and inauthentic but I literally cannot describe in words how much I love Deseret Book. I’m pretty sure I have wanted to work here since I was in high school. If I spend my money anywhere the most, it’s at Deseret Book. I get lost in Deseret Book MORE than I ever would or have in Barnes n’ Noble. I love my Church. I love being a member. I love being surrounded by uplifting, happy and important things. I love getting lost in there for hours, just browsing all the different products they sell. I just cannot get enough of it. I’m super super blessed to have this job. The timing was PERFECT and I cannot thank my Heavenly Father enough.

I haven’t worked retail in like 5.5 years, so it’s been a minute since I’ve had to work through the holidays but apparently it’s crazy but so much fun!! I’m so excited… bring on the celebration!!

9/19/2017 — © Ashley Ziegler

Living a Dream

September 1, 2017

Today is my last day as an employee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I first started working here in July of 2014 and today I say goodbye!

My dad was working for the Church at the time that I was hired. He helped me get a job and I’m so grateful!! I was actually looking for a job when my dad offered to send my resume to a few managers to see if any were hiring. I found out on my first wedding anniversary that I got the job! One I will never forget. The team I worked on specifically, we are called the Media Library team. We publish, maintain, create and add metadata, download options and more, the images and videos, and audio on LDS.org’s Media Library. It is the center for all of Church media. My team also helped launch the LDS Media Library app this year. They have BIG plans for the app, and more, and I cannot wait to see it come to life! So much has been in the works since before I was even hired.

Fun fact: My dad started the creation of the LDS Media Library app and my team finished it. It was originally supposed to be only for the Brethren but it changed :)

It’s been a very long, trying, exciting and fun 3 years. I’m going to miss being on Temple Square everyday. I’m going to miss going to the temple right after work, and only needing to cross the street. I’m going to miss the crappy vending machines with the stupid snack options. The ice machine has been heaven and has saved us all. I’ll miss being able to business casual, sandals/open-toed shoes… I’ll miss all of the fun birthday parties that my team throws for one another. I’m going to miss the personalized birthday cards, too!

I remember my dad most with this job. He and I worked in the same building for the three weeks that he went back to work. I miss stopping by his desk on the other side of the wall. I miss getting rides home from him. I miss the one time we rode the trax to work together, in the winter, and never rode it together again. I miss him stopping by my desk, snagging candy from the bowl and asking me how my day was going. I miss him asking me about the creepy Clown, Clownsie, and why he was sitting on the desk next to mine. Or the time when he brought my team donuts… I remember exactly where he used to park his truck too… I miss seeing it in the parking lot.

Today, I’ll turn in my badge, my parking pass and hug my friends goodbye. This job has been a dream. I have never in my life, imagined ever working for the Church, but that dream came true. Leaving on good terms, and knowing this is apart of God’s plan for me makes this departure easier. My heart aches for my dad. The building we used to work in together, seeing him at work, him helping me get the job… the love and support from my team and the many, many, friends of my dad when he passed away. I know that God put this job in my life for a purpose. It truly helped me get through some of the hardest days of before and after my dad passed away. Being able to stay connected to my dad’s friends has been fun and really helpful.

I’m going to miss my work bestie Shaylee so much. This girl is amazing!! I sent her resume to my boss only a few months after I was hired, and then she joined the team! We have had adventure upon adventure here. The getting stuck together in the revolving doors… the one time that I got my selfie-stick button stuck and it took 120 photos of us laughing trying to fix it. How about that time (well, every time), we had a meeting and when either one of us was missing, it was pure torture. Haha, we have basically only survived because of each other. She has listened to my endless conversations about life, missing dad, marriage joys and so much more. (What are we going to do without Skype!?) We’ve become such good friends over the year and I’m really going to miss her.

I’m so sad. It hasn’t really hit me until Tuesday and it’s just kind of been a bit sad since. I know that what’s coming next is falling into place perfectly and an answer to many impatient prayers. It’s been a good run and I’m proud of myself, what I’ve learned and who I’ve become because of it.


What’s next?


Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!!

That Entrepreneur Life – Multipotentialite

June 16, 2017

According to Wikipedia (the most untrusted website) a Multipotentialite is:

An educational and psychological term referring to a pattern found among intellectually gifted individuals. [Multipotentialites] generally have diverse interests across numerous domains and may be capable of success in many endeavors or professions, they are confronted with unique decisions as a result of these choices.

AKA we never know what she is doing because she always changes her mind.


The first thing that came to my mind was, is this really a thing? I laughed about it for a bit the other day, seriously and laughing at the idea of it. Someone must have made this word up. It totally sounds like a made up word. And maybe it is, I’ll never know. But after doing more research, and watching this awesome TED talk, I’m starting to finally feel understood.

I can’t even begin to tell you/express how embarrassing it is to constantly be jumping from the next adventure to the next and hearing from others how it all just looks crazy and they just never know what I’m up to. Clients won’t want to book me because they’re afraid I’ll just cancel or change my mind on them. Nobody will want to buy my cute stickers that I make, in my Etsy shop, because there are soooo many people who already do. And my newest adventure, nail school? Yeah, I won’t be able to make enough to pay back what I spent on schooling… it’s depressing and extremely frustrating.

It’s a daily, consistent battle with myself. Do I really need to do anything at all? Do I really need to just find one thing? Can I really just enjoy having a job and nothing else? Can I handle just coming home and not having anything to do and be content with that? Do I really have the courage to give up my photography business, throw the nail school idea out the window, and believe that my designs for Etsy aren’t going to interest anyone?

Nobody is at fault here, and nobody has made these decisions or caused these questions. It’s how I’m wired. It’s just who I am. Entrepreneur? Probably, I can definitely be that. Creative? It’s my favorite outlet for ALL of my emotions. Each time I was in the hospital, my favorite therapy session was art therapy. I always felt most calm, most “in my element,” and most content. It’s the real deal for me.


I’m just ready to accept that I’m always going to be changing interests. I don’t have a “calling.” If I do, there’s definitely more than one. I’m happiest knowing that I can do and be whatever I want to be. I don’t have to be a doctor just because I’m really smart. I don’t have to be a wedding photographer just because I know how to use a camera. I can make all the flippin’ stickers I want because if no one else uses them, I know I will. I guess the price I pay for following many of my interests is the frustration that comes with road blocks. I’m sure it’ll always be that way. But I know, hope, believe and have faith in myself, and that I can do anything I put my mind and heart into.

 

Are you a multipotentialite? Let’s be friends!

xoxo

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One Little Word — April 2017

April 3, 2017

Please feel free to link your blogs and share with us each month your ‘One Little Word.’ We’re so excited for this!!

One Little Word 2017 — January by A Life She Loved: Piece by Piece Through Love and Faith

Mama Motivates | Aubrey Zaruba | A Life She Loved | The Morrell Tale | The Banks Blog

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Let’s see how I did in March!

  • Finish reading Quitter by Jon Acuff
  • Start reading Blackberry Crumble by Josi S. Kilpack
  • Study Psalms and pray each night
  • Attend the temple every week, bring a friend if I can
  • Get my virtual assistant website set up as well as social media accounts
  • Plan out my mom’s real estate business posts
  • Spend time on the brand new treadmills in the apartment club house
  • Visit my academic adviser to get my hold removed from my account and go over my future college career!
  • Read at least 10 verses in the Book of Mormon
  • Read 1 chapter in the Book of Mormon with Brady each day
  • Create book presentation for work (this week!)

Not too shabby. March was a crazy busy month for me. One that just did its own thing and I didn’t like it very much. I’m so happy that April is here. Not for any reason other than I love the rain and Spring weather. I anticipate this month to be different from any other month, ever. My dads 1 year passing is this month and I really want to stay focused on my goals this month and do my best to remain positive each day!
My word(s) for April is: PRIORITIES FIRST!

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What do I want to accomplish this month?

  • Edit 2 weddings
  • Pack up our apartment (more on that later!)
    • 1 room-ish per week!
  • Finish reading ‘Worth the Wait’ and hopefully finish ‘The Burnout Cure’
  • Read whatever you want in the Standard Works of scripture
  • Go to the temple each week
  • Go to the temple with Brady
  • Create monthly Budget for April & May
  • Move emergency savings to a different account
  • Work all hours each week – 24hrs/wk
  • Attend all 3 hours of church each week
  • Go to gym M-F
  • Work on something creative

Happy April!

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