I can safely and confidently say that I love my job, it is absolutely my dream job.
And here I am, in Denver drinking all of the beers, well, right now at this moment I’m drinking coffee, but I have been drinking all of the beers … for my job. I was transported out here to go to Great American Beer Fest … for my job. I’m getting paid to drink beers and write on Facebook and Instagram, for my job. I’m currently hung over … for my job. Not really, I mean, I’m pretty hungover, but on my own accord, because I’m a GD adult.
I love my job and I love my boss and I love my coworkers … I’m 26 years old and I’m in my choice career, I’m traveling to awesome places for awesome things and I’m getting paid to do it.
I can have tattoos on my fingers and nose piercings and no one judges me. I am a female working in the beer industry and I’m respected by every person in the industry without sexism. It’s like falling in love and finally realizing that it’s what you’ve been searching for; you fall in to a comfortable feeling knowing that that is exactly where you should be forever.
Let’s go back about four years. I am 22 years old, working for the Department of Energy with a group of sexist men who don’t take me seriously. I’m using my Sociology/Criminal Justice degree and making more money than most people my age but not happy at all. My job is boring and not intellectually challenging. Some days I work up to 20 hours and on weekends, the people I work with and for are rude to me and disrespectful, I’m wearing “nice” clothes every single day and waking up at 5:00 am. I literally cannot wait to go home every single day.
Fast forward four years. I am 26 years old, working for a small craft brewery in the Crossroads with a group of men and women who respect my opinion and want me to be there. I’m kind of using my English degree and making good money. My job is awesome and allows me to be creative and use my brain, my hours are flexible and I work when I want. I wear what I want (a lot of plaid, honestly) and waking up whenever I want/need to. I can’t wait to get to work every single day; I can work from home when I want, but going in to the brewery and smelling the malt, grains, hops … it’s absolutely amazing and casual.
I’m telling you this because if you would have bought a beer for me four years ago and told me that I’d be doing marketing for a brewery in downtown KC, I would have declined the beer and laughed in your face. I’m telling you this because if you aren’t happy with where you are, you have all the power to change it. I’m telling you this because one small chance and one large change can get you to where you want to be. Almost two years ago I completely quit my well-paying job and took a chance in the beer industry and it has completely reshaped my life; professional life, personal life, everything.
Get the hell out of your comfort zone and amazing things can happen; you, too, could end up hungover in Colorado.
That’s why I’m telling you this.