By about May of this year I had hit a wall and needed a break. What most people don't realize is that even though the store closes at 9, my department was often scheduled until 9:30 or 10:00pm. But really that meant nothing, because we had to stay until all the orders from the day had been processed. Sometimes that meant I was at work until 11:30 at night on busy days. After having been at school since 7:30 in the morning, I usually got a little grouchy by that point! I ended up taking a leave of absence from my job for the month of May. It was the best decision I have ever made! I got to do things and hang out with family, friends, and coworkers that I never had time to do before because I was always working. I got to cook more meals at home instead of reheating leftovers in a work microwave. But the best part was being able to come home from school and not have to rush out the door to go somewhere else. I was home for the night.
While I was off, I got offered two new jobs, both in the music and teaching field. It was like the heavens (or my friends!) knew I needed a change! While these jobs will also keep me busy come the fall, the hours are much more regular and reasonable, and they are in the field that I studied and want to pursue. I went back to IKEA in June and submitted my resignation for the end of July.
While my job was long hours and sometimes back-breaking work, I did enjoy it. My coworkers were great, and I will miss them a lot! They are what made the job bearable sometimes! And sadly no more employee discount #boo. I won't miss the crazy customers and the insanity that is IKEA on a weekend though! Thank you IKEA Ottawa for a great three and a half years :)