Profiles in Lifestyles

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Getting Off the Superhighway And Onto A Country LaneLynn WBU Warwick
By Lynn F.

The early morning light was just starting to stream through my bedroom window. I could hear the chirp of a cardinal in my backyard and, a few minutes later, a mourning dove was cooing to his mate. I started to think about the day ahead. What will it bring? Did I have anything planned? Yes! I get to go to work today. I smiled and got ready for today’s adventures.

A “Superhighway” of a Job

A little more than a year ago I was not so eager to go to work. Each Monday I would wake up, hear the birds outside and think “Ugh, I have to go to work today”. I was working for a large corporation in a high-pressured position. My days were long, filed with conference calls that started at 7:00 am and all too often continued into the evening. Too many weekends included catching up with emails, finishing reports for Monday morning and fitting in household chores where I could. I was burned out. A job I once was passionate about had become a chore. When I was given the opportunity to retire, I jumped on it. I went from that “superhighway” of a rat race to having all the time in the world. It was glorious. But, after a couple of months I needed a reason to jump out of bed each morning, and so I started to consider some type of volunteer work or part time employment. I didn’t want to work just anywhere. I wanted a job that I could be as passionate about as I had once been with my old job.

A “Country Lane” Opportunity

Several years ago, I started watching the birds in my backyard as a way to unwind from the day’s stress, and I continued this hobby into retirement. Now that I had extra time I was enjoying it even more. I was thinking about this hobby plus all my other interests one morning as I did my weekly shopping, which included a stop at Wild Birds Unlimited for more seed. As I approached the store, I noticed the “We Are Hiring” sign in the window. Serendipity! I applied and a couple weeks later, there I was, starting over with a new company, helping people enjoy backyard birding – something I knew I could get passionate about.

Working for WBU means I enjoy coming to work once again. There are so many reasons I am loving it. Here are the key ones for me.

  • People: This includes both staff and customers. Every day there are wonderful conversations and folks sharing their backyard bird stories. This is my growing network of friends and extended family.
  • Atmosphere: We are serenaded by bird songs and the gurgle of the fishpond’s waterfall. Who needs meditation after listening to the “dee dee” of a chick-a-dee.
  • Teamwork: Everyone pitches in and helps with the daily tasks. I never hear anyone gripe “it’s not my turn” or “I did it last time”.
  • Variety: Teamwork also means that no one is stuck doing the same chore hour after mind-numbing hour.
  • Flexibility: While working part time, I am technically retired with other hobbies to pique my interest, grandkids to play with, and books to read. My schedule at WBU fits around what I desire in hours per week and days off.
  • Always Learning: I have learned a lot over these months and am so glad that every day is an opportunity to learn another interesting fact about nature. I hope to never stop learning.

Learning On The “Country Lane” Job

When I first saw the “We Are Hiring” sign I hesitated. Not because I did not want to work for WBU, but because I was sure I didn’t know enough to be one of the experts WBU customers have come to expect at this store. I had only dabbled in backyard bird watching. I had a couple feeders, but everything I knew was learned “on-the-fly” as problems arose. Turns out there was no need to worry. The training program is a great mix of online courses and hands-on in the store. The entire staff is eager to share their expertise. Before I knew it, I was becoming familiar with all WBU offers, from the wide variety of seed to the many types of feeders. I have the confidence to help customers, whether it is dealing with squirrels or helping someone new to backyard birding select the right feeder for their yard.

I also learned that the chirp I hear outside my window every morning is a cardinal. He is telling me that today will be another great day.


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