My current workplace is right outside Saks, the most stuck up store in here if you ask me, but then the shoppers prove me wrong. My job right now is great, our company slogan is literally "don't say cheap say inexpensive." I mean, this store could not be more fitting for me if it tried. It's 929 square feet of looks for less, bargain buys and cheaper alternatives to staying chic. Well, we get about 10% of the Saks shoppers come in here time to time. Sometimes I think they're lost. They can't possibly go from buying Loubitons to getting our $4 earrings could they? Well, the Saks farts as I call them, ya know? what's left over after they've exhausted their life's earnings in that store, are actually really nice most of the time, unlike a lot of their sales associates. I'm not saying they're mean, cold hearted people... I'm just saying, the only time I was acknowledged after walking into that store was the time I wore the nicest clothing items I owned all in one outfit and walked in with my credit card rearing to go. It's quite sad really, they don't even try to cover up the blatant discrimination. Anyways, back to the mall, Monday mornings are my favorite, it's so calm, and peaceful. Nobody in the mall, except a couple old women with their Walkmans Through our store doors, we all stare at each other with blatantly bored looks on our faces, it's become an unspoken competition to see who gets the first customer, it's usually the department stores. Sometimes I put theme music to the lone shoppers, as they walk through the hallway. Everything is pretty much in slow motion.
There's a pet store down the way, they have a certified therapy cat and a dog that take turns with "shifts" at the store. I never told my boss this, because she might get upset with me, but sometimes I leave the music off in the morning so I can just listen. Everyone needs to do that every once and a while, just listen. Turn off the electronics for an hour, sit back, close your eyes, and listen. Nature is the most beautiful music in my opinion and although the mall is far from mother nature, actually it's probably the most polar opposite you can find, it's still fun to just listen to the noises.
So if ever you are stressed, overworked or overwhelmed on a Monday, go to the mall. It's like a tropical forest full of colors, smells, and creatures ....but for city girls. Leave the credit cards at home, just bring your drivers's license to get there, grab a coffee, find a couch, and sit down. Watch the people, take it all in, listen to the noises, and enjoy.
|Just me and Mr. Starbucks to keep me company in the morning. Empty store, clear mind.|
Thanks for reading! xoxo -Viktoria