It was autumn of 2007 and I was separated from my first husband. On a particularly heavy Sunday evening, I needed (yes, needed!) a chai tea latte. My deep thoughts at the Starbucks drive thru were interrupted when the gentleman taking my order asked why such a serious face for a coffee order. “I didn’t realize you could see me,” was my reply. After ordering the tea and pulling around to the window I was greeted by the most handsome and friendly man! You see, I wasn’t one to ever really notice other men, but this guy got my attention! Wow! We chatted briefly about the caffeine content of my beverage and then I drove away, soon to forget him.
Fast-forward eighteen months, post divorce and death of my boys’ father, and I am sitting in the café of that same Starbucks, lamenting with a girlfriend about the online dating scene. At the bar, I notice a handsome barista. Yes, it was the same man who took my order at the drive thru! Immediately, I went into reconnaissance mode with friends to discover he was divorced and not dating. My visits to Starbucks increased dramatically, as did my smiles for the cute barista. It took some time to make a solid connection, but it finally happened. Today, we are joyfully married.
Thomas no longer works for Starbucks, but the impression that company made on him is positively permanent. Because we have spent many hours and dollars there, as a couple, the establishment has an obvious special place in our hearts. After having my hormonal collapse in the summer, I felt a strong need to change my scenery. Working my business from home, while being a mom and wife in the same space, was feeling stale. My thought was to get a part-time job outside of the home. While sipping a mocha and surfing the net (yes, at a Starbucks), I was moved to apply with them. As a relationship coach, I’ve always been attracted to their mission~
To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.
The essence of connection with others lives in that statement. And, their values take it to a even deeper level~
- Creating a culture of warmth and belonging, where everyone is welcome.
- Acting with courage, challenging the status quo and finding new ways to grow our company and each other.
- Being present, connecting with transparency, dignity and respect.
- Delivering our very best in all we do, holding ourselves accountable for results.
We are performance driven, through the lens of humanity.
Through connecting with other partners, with customers and local communities a deep sense of purpose is created at Starbucks. They believe we can all become a part of something bigger and inspire positive change in the world around us. This intention has always been at the heart of my business.
It was no surprise that I electronically submitted my job application at 8:00 in the evening and got called in for an interview at 8:00 the next morning. I was hired and, to date, the experience has been fun! It’s so nice to be working with regular people who have mostly regular lives. We don’t have deep conversations about our spiritual frequencies or our abundance blocks. I stand at the register, with a loving smile, ready for the customers. It’s fun to witness my impact on their faces. Other partners thank me for my contributions in lightening the mood or the workload. The simplicity of it all has been so healing … and I earn a paycheck to boot!