What has IHB taught me the past 2 years?
Wow! Where in the whole world do I begin? I applied for a part-time coffee position, desperate to get out of the house (I was working a sales job from home). Let’s just say I found myself not getting out of my yoga pants and maybe not showering as often as society might recommend (don’t judge me). I needed something to get me up and at ‘em and get the day going.
I starting looking for part-time jobs and stumbled across a barista job. Right after college I was a barista for a cafe in Magnolia and loved every second of it, so I figured why not!? After being invited for an interview, I quickly found out it was a group interview. You might ask yourself, what in the hell is a group interview!? I asked myself the same question. I showed up to find 5 interviewees, 6 potential candidates and found the whole process kind of silly. I loved being able to see how others answered questions that I answered. Some answers, I laughed inside and thought “ what a moron, why did you answer that question like that?” But what in the hell did I know? I wasn’t an expert. Luckily I got a “working interview”. Again, I thought to myself “a working interview? This is a very interesting company!” I guess I did alright though because Suzanne offered me the job. Needless to say, I was stoked! Little did I know what I was about to get myself into.
From day one, I realized this company was different from any company I ever worked for. Fast forward 4 months later, the position for an assistant manager for both the IHB and coffee stand became open. After some thinking and discussing with my husband, I asked to be considered and I got the position.
Over the next couple of months I tried to learn the business side of the pub/coffee stand. With the help from Suzanne, I was able to figure out and understand some of it. Suzanne went and had a wonderful baby boy, Anthony. This led into her current position as HR coordinator for IHB. Which in turn led me into taking over the manager position.
Me, a manager? You have to be kidding me. I knew NOTHING about managing people, let alone managing a pub! Let’s just say, I don’t think Greg had another option but to put his trust in me (someone he barely knew). Thank God he did, because the last 2.5 years I have grown so much. As a manager, as a person and a cousin. ( a cousin, that is what we call each other here at IHB. We aren’t employees, we are dysfunctional cousins.)
Trust me when I say it wasn’t an easy road, there was a lot of downs and some great ups. I learned many lessons; I hate managing people, budgeting sucks, drunk obnoxious people are awful, during very bad situations – I learned something so great usually comes from it (even though at the time, I wanted to give up), the fact that there are good people out there and I happen to get to work with a huge chunk of them, to always face the uncomfortable because in the end it’s worth it. This is just the tip of the iceberg of my 2 years 7 months and 21 days I have been here (but who’s counting).
This company has taught me so much and I am forever grateful. I know this isn’t your typical IHB post. Usually, it’s sarcastic and somewhat comical, but that’s where I come in 🙂 The “always tells how she feels” person, and “doesn’t hold back”, blunt B.
A huge thanks to the pub staff that I get to work alongside on the daily, a cousinhood that I always want to be a part of and a great boss who has given me the support and trust to grow. Here’s to another year of growth, more ups and downs, and many more years to come!