How To Be A Good Starbucks Customer

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 I know we've all seen those articles about why Starbucks baristas get your name wrong. Revenge and them being bored are usually what that whole thing gets chalked up to, but as a Starbucks barista myself, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. 

Promise not to tell, right? 

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Ready? 

Here we go. 

It's because it's loud. 

Yup. There it is. That's the reason we get your name wrong sometimes. Also, it's kind of your fault as well, but.... hey!

For anyone who has ever worked retail, we know that the saying "The customer is always right" is total bull. Yes there are times when they're right, but there are also times when they're so terribly wrong.  So I'm here today to tell you how to be a good Starbucks customer because being a good Starbucks customer can come with a few perks. 

  1. Use Your Big Boy/ Girl Voice.
    So a majority of the time we end up writing the wrong name on your cup simply because we can't hear. There are so many noises going on behind the counter that you don't even realize. A couple off the top of my head are: Blenders blending, steam wands steaming milk for lattes, the espresso machine grinding espresso for shots, the safe beeping letting you know that it's ready to be open, the ovens beeping letting us know your pastry is ready, the coffee timer beeping letting us know it's time to brew more, the Ditting machine grinding beans for fresh coffee, the two hour timer beeping letting us know we need to change the sanitizer water, people having conversations in store, people having conversations on their phone, music playing, and depending on the store, the air curtain that starts up every time the door is opened. There is A LOT of noise.

    And these are all usually going off at the same time. 

    Here's how it might be your fault: You're speaking as loud as a shy 5 year old. Have you ever wondered why it seemed like we were always yelling at you? It's because we can't hear. When we say, "I can't hear you" and lean forward, that doesn't mean speak more quietly because yes, I'm trying to read your lips as well. 

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  2. Assert Yourself
    This is for most of the people who use mobile order. If I'm on bar, yes I see you standing there, and unless you're a regular who I know by name or face, I have no idea whether you used mobile order, or if you stood in line. Don't just stand there on your phone or stare at me while I make drinks expecting me to know who you are, because I've learned to ignore the people standing around waiting.  I'm focused on these 20 drinks that are in front of me that need to get made. The only way I'm going to notice you is if you're standing there and I don't have cups queued and let's be honest, if it's the morning time, who knows how long that's going to be. 

    You are an adult. You just paid $4 for a drink. Assert yourself. Ask for what you paid for. 
    "Hi, do you have a mobile order for Josh?" 
    "I sure do! Here you go!" Proceeds to hand Josh said drink . 
    And that's when other people who have been standing around waiting for *their* mobile order come forward. We've been trained to call out mobile orders when they're done. If you're not in the store when it's finished, you might not hear that, so don't get mad at me when you've been waiting for 15 minutes and still don't have your drink. Come ask for it. 

    Like I just mentioned. We've been trained to call out mobile orders when they're done. If you ARE in the store when we call out your drink, again if I don't know your name or face, don't assume that we know who you are. I don't know whether you paid in store or through the app . 
    "I have a mobile order for Stephanie."
    If you don't let me know that you're there, then I'm just going to assume that you're still on your way to the store, and I'm going to continue to make drinks. A simple, "That's me!" or "Right here" will reduce your wait time. 

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    3. Picture Us As Your Bartender
    With all those "Don't talk to me before I've had my coffee" or "But first, coffee" people out there, your morning brew is what you NEED in order to function for the day, right? Tips are pretty important to us. We notice them...and the people who give them to us. Just like being at a bar, you know you get better service or small perks from your bartender when you tip well. They're more attentive to you, they'll give you a shot on the house, etc. Now without incriminating myself, if you're a good tipper, more likely than not, you'll get little perks here and there from your local barista too. We're just trying to make the experience right for you. 

                

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I know I'll get the inevitable comment of, "Well if you don't like your job maybe you should get a different job" or something along the lines of those who work at Starbucks not being the smartest. This isn't a rant post about how shitty *YOU* think *I *feel my job is. I actually love my job but this is more of a guide to help people get the best experience that we're trying to offer customers. What I've written are my own thoughts on how to get a better Starbucks experience and no way reflect the company. :) 

 

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Amanda ❤

52 Quotes For Your 2017 Bullet Journal

The new year has just started and maybe you're starting to organize  your new bullet journal. OR you're like me and have been getting your bullet journal ready for a few weeks now. Either way. I like to have quotes in my BuJo to look at every week and so I've compiled 52 of them so you could put into your own BuJo if that's something that you also like to do. Let's go! 

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  1. Happiness itself is a kind of gratitude. -Joseph Wood Krutch
  2. Some pursue happiness - others create it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you have. -Dale Carnegie
  4. Happiness is a vine that takes root and grows within the heart, never outside of it. -Paulo Coelho
  5. Remember that happiness is a way of travel-not a destination. -Roy M. Goodman
  6. In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. -Anne Frank
  7. When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree. -Vietnamese Saying
  8. No wind favors he who has no destined port. -Michel de Montaigne
  9. True goodness springs from a man's own heart. All mean are born good. -Confucius
  10. A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -Mark Twain
  11. Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. -Buddha
  12. Be patient and calm for no one can catch fish in anger. -Herbert Hoover
  13. Action is the foundational key to all success. -Pablo Picasso
  14. I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies. -Aristotle
  15. Manifest plainness; Embrace simplicity; Reduce selfishness; Have few desires. -Lao Tzu
  16. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; Then success is sure. -Mark Twain
  17. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy. -Norman Vincent Peale
  18. If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  19. Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. -Samuel Johnson
  20. I am not a has-been. I am a will-be. -Lauren Bacall
  21. Put your future in good hands- your own. -Unknown
  22. Energy and persistence conquer all things. -Benjamin Franklin
  23. Remember that the man at the top of a mountain didn't just fall there. -Unknown
  24. Never let your head hang down. Never give up or sit down and grieve. Find another way. -Satchel Paige
  25. You just can't beat the person who won't give up. -Babe Ruth
  26. Winners never quit; Quitters never win. -Vince Lombardi
  27. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. -Sir Winston Churchill
  28. It's not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; It is how you handle what happens to  you. -Zig Ziglar
  29. It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you, always. -Oprah Winfrey
  30. I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. -Thomas Jefferson
  31. Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. -Aristotle
  32. You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy. -Bob Ross
  33. Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do. -Von Goethe
  34. The man who has no imagination has no wings. -Muhammad Ali
  35. You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. -Henry Ford
  36. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. -Tony Robbins
  37. If you can dream it, you can do it. -Walt Disney
  38. One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals. -Michael Korda
  39. Honesty is not a policy, it is a state of mind. -Eugene L. Hote
  40. It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  41. I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. -Arthur Rubenstein
  42. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks about changing himself. -Leo Tolstoy
  43. Character is what you are in the dark. -Unknown
  44. One minute of patience can result in ten years of peace. -Italian Proverb
  45. You are responsible for you. -English Proverb
  46. Love all, trust few, do wrong to none. -William Shakespeare
  47. It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself. -Eleanor Roosevelt
  48. A bad workman blames his tools. -Chinese Proverb
  49. We learn by watching and listening. -Japanese Proverb
  50. Win or lose, do it fairly. -Knute Rockne
  51. The time is always right to do what is right. -Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  52. Imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are not, and a sense of humor was provided to console us for what we are. -Francis Bacon

And there you have it! Go ahead and write them down in your bullet journal or stick them in a place to give yourself some motivation/inspiration! 

 

Amanda ❤

Peach Colada Shakeology Recipe

Hey guys! 

For December I have a goal of working out at least twice a week. It doesn't matter the workout, just as long as I'm getting in some physical activity. So far, I'm still on track. I'm still doing my Beachbody workouts, but admittedly, I don't really drink the shakeology which is something that I feel I could do better on. 

I get bored pretty easily so it probably comes as no surprise that I just can't drink the same thing everyday without getting tired of it. I thought I could share some of the shakeology recipes that I come up with. 

Peach-Colada-Shakeology

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What you need: 

-1 scoop of Vanilla Shakeology

-1/2 cup of coconut milk

-1 cup pineapple juice

-1 cup of frozen peaches

and

BLEND! 

 

Let me know what you think! 

Amanda ❤

The Story of Max

If you follow me on Instagram, which you totally SHOULD be doing, you'd know that I'm just a teensy-tiny bit obsessed, and in love with my cat Max. So I wanted to share the story of how he came about. But first, you need to know the story of Gin. Go ahead and click the link to read that first. 

So after having Gin for a few months and coparenting him, yes we did that. But since I picked him up initially for Bub, that meant that he was always at Bub's house. Soon I started getting sad when I would have to come home. I wanted a baby to cuddle with me at night and who just wanted ALL of the cuddles. At first, the idea of getting a second cat (for myself) was just a joke. We're not allowed pets in my building but a girl can dream, right?

But even in my joking, I was very specific about what I wanted. I wanted an orange and white girl tabby. Girl mostly because at the time we still didn't know whether or not we wanted Gin to father a litter, and I had had an orange and white tabby when I was younger named Garfield. Logic, amirite? Anyway, in my head I made up an elaborate tale of Gin and my imaginary tabby being boyfriend and girlfriend and having beautiful babies and we'd all be a big ol' family. Hahahahaha. 

Well soon the joke started to become real. I REALLY wanted a baby of my own to cuddle with. 

Well, one night Bub told me that there was a cat at his cousin's church who had just had a litter of kittens, and one of them was an orange and white tabby. He wanted to know if I wanted one. YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! You don't have to ask me twice, YES! 

Well, the cat had just had the kittens and so the owners of the cat wanted to wait a few weeks  so that the mother could take care of them. Well, a couple of weeks pass and I'm at Bub's house. His cousin asked him to come help her fix something at her church. I waited for him to come back by doing homework and watching Netflix. A couple of hours later he called to tell me he was on his way back home. 

The sun had set and I'm incredibly lazy so I was watching Netflix in the dark when he got back home. He told me to close my eyes as he turned on the light, so I obliged. When he told me to open them, he was standing in front of me with TWO new babies. The one I had been waiting for, and a new one for him.  Baby-Max-April

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After a few days of trying to figure out a name for him, I was listening to Bub playing a video game when I heard, "MAX AMMO!" It was settled, my new baby's name was Max Ammo. His sister was named Liona. 

He stayed with Bub for the first few months as I tried to see if I could bring him home with me. Plus, he was still so attached to Liona and we kind of didn't want to break that up so early. It was adorable. They had each other meanwhile Gin wanted nothing to do with either of them. Gin eventually got used to them and soon became protective of them. During that time we thought we had figured out his personality. He was aloof. Shy. He was picky. He wanted affection but only on his terms. He didn't want you to touch him, but if you held out your hand he would rub himself against it. 

Max-Sleeping-August

Finally, I was able to bring him home with me in late September, and what we thought we knew about him completely changed. Back at Bub's house we would have never been able to pick him up since he would always run. At my house, he wanted all the affection. Even now when I get home he does nothing but cry and rub himself against me because he's so happy that I'm home. I got what I wanted. I got my baby who would sleep with me at night and loved all the cuddles and kisses.

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Now at this point, everyone tells me he's the most spoiled cat alive, which I doubt, but I do love him so much. Especially when he looks at me so adoringly like the apple of his eye. He gets new toys about every month and even though he hates it, I buy him sweet little clothes and costumes. But I really just love it when I'm laying down in bed and he comes and curls right up on my right shoulder and starts purring. It's the BEST feeling ever. I always joke that if I feel like this for a cat, I can only imagine how I'm going to feel if and once I finally have an actual child. 

And now you know the story of Max Ammo. ☺️

Amanda ❤