I have been working at this store for a month and I have been loving it! I am enjoying getting to know the McDonough community while also talking about my passion for books. I am here to tell you change is good for soul, and if you have been receiving signs to welcome change in your life DON’T IGNORE IT.
My dad served thirty years in the Army so as you guess it I moved around a lot. I went to three different high schools due to my dad’s promotions. It was difficult at times, I remember several times crying and not wanting to leave my friends, but I am forever grateful for the lessons and experiences. People do not realize the extent of the sacrifices that not only those who serve in the military but their family as well.
I received my master’s degree in Health Care Administration in 2013 from Marshall University. I started doing Human Resources for Mental Health Homes- my jobs included recruiting, hiring, auditing employee files, and payroll. I did this for five years. At first it was something I was very passionate about, however the hours I was putting in, the endless reports and audits, I was ready for something different.
I was working part time at Victoria’s Secret throughout grad school and while I was working in the health care field. As I was contemplating a career change, Victoria’s Secret offered me a full time position and I took it because I love the company. However as I continued this line of work I realized again that I was not happy and that this was not my destiny. I made lifelong friendships through the company, but I felt in my heart that this wasn’t what I wanted to do.
I started attending fiction book club this February (I haven’t missed one yet!!) and here I am as a bookseller now. At first glance these experiences may seem that I’m not rooted anywhere and that I have a hard time staying still. If anything, I have learned that if I am no longer happy in any situation, to be open and willing to accept change. Also the constant moving around in my childhood has made me willing to meet new people and try new things, and to appreciate every single day and moment because life is too short.
Finally I want to say that on behalf of the staff at Story on the Square that we can feel the excitement of our new location as everyone visits our temporary location on Keys Ferry. We can already feel a shift in the community and how everyone is ready for something different in the square. We can’t wait to share the new location with you, and will keep you updated with our official moving date.