Well, here we are again. What started out as a temporary job to pay the bills, earn some extra money and put a ring on the finger of one Stephanie Leann Campbell has now culminated into a 7+ year process that has taken me from barista to shift supervisor to assistant manager to manager to barista to shift supervisor... and now, back, better than ever, some may say, back to assistant manager.
Its always said with curiosity, never asked with any malcontent or harm, but its always assumed that I can just say, "I wanna be a manager!' and boom! its done. However, its not that easy... not only is it hard to get back to that position after stepping down and being away from it for two years, it wasn't something I was sure I even wanted.
I had a conversation with one of the Bean Kings (aka, the Starbucks Higher Ups) and they asked me if I would consider a return to management one day. I told him yes, if--and only if--the situation was right. I managed a store before... I loved it. I loved leading the team, but it was hard for a number of reasons, some of which were beyond my own control. I don't mean the work was hard, though it was, I mean the situation was tough.
So, if the situation was right, perhaps a store that I had always wanted, then sure, I'd be willing to go back. Until then? Don't need the stress, really.
And what about this is bad? I love the company, I love the work, I love the team. We have a great team at that store, and so after thinking about it, praying about it, and discussing it, I kinda decided that yes, this was the right situation. The Lovely Steph Leann is so wonderful about everything too... she always says, "Do what makes you happy. We're fine either way. I'll support you." Can't ask for more than that...
I wasn't assuming anything, but the job was finally offered to me recently. It was a great offer, my questions were answered favorably, my fears were put to rest and... well, here I am. Assistant manager once again. Something's always brewing, but it keeps me grounded.
By the way, the foot is fine. A little scarring on the ankle, but it will eventually go away.