When I first moved to New York I knew I had to find a job. I never imagined myself working in Times Square, but three years later here I am. I manage on of the largest Gap stores in the world for 40-50 hours each week. Working in this store for three years has taught me an uncountable number of lessons, most of which in patience.
Times Square, as all who live in New York know, is a beast and not a place you’d ever want to hang out, but every day I get to be apart of someone’s first New York experience. I get to watch how in awe they are of the city we get to wake up in every day. Don’t get me wrong, as wonderful as all of that is there is still the running of a multi-floor building with dozens of associates that stays in the forefront of my mind throughout my day. Generally my day starts with a quick team meeting to go over goals and expectations for the day, what we’ve done so
far, and what our opportunities are. Throughout the day there are peaks and quiet times, in addition to any struggles or personal issues happening in the lives of my associates that I often have to help work them through. By the end of the night it’s time to recover the floor for the next morning, count the money, and prepare for the following day.
Working retail in Times Square is exciting and fast-paced, but I often forget how lucky I am. My team is beyond amazing an they inspire me every day. I couldn’t imagine any place I’d rather be at this moment in my life.