Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Back in January, I went through training at work to become a Relief Coordinator. Basically, it means that I can pick up shifts to cover the full time Cast Members when they need the day off, and the position itself is kind of the equivalent to middle-management. Today, two months after I began my two weeks of training, I finally picked up a Coordinator shift for the first time.
Let me just start by saying that I was scared out of my mind this morning. I thought that I was going to forget everything from my training since it has been so long since I learned the position. I thought that I was going to screw everything up and things would come crashing down around me. I thought that I was going to do a horrible job and then never be able to pick up a Coordinator shift again.
I was wrong.
Alright, so to be completely honest, I almost screwed something up in the morning, but I caught myself right away and was able to fix the mistake. Since I was the opening Coordinator, I had a lot to take care of in order to ensure that the whole day ran smoothly. Everything basically went off without a hitch! I was so proud of myself for a job well done on my first try.
Don't get me wrong, I had notes on just about everything that I had to do. It wasn't like I was just going off of my memory. Still, my notes weren't the most detailed, so I had to figure out what I was talking about each step of the way. I got through it all, and I actually liked the position once I stopped panicking about everything!
There was a lot of chaos today though. I felt like I was trying so hard to prove myself worthy of having this position, but there was a lot going on today that isn't usually happening. We were short-staffed, there was a lot of training happening, people were all over the place... it was hard to keep track of who was where at any given time. But I kept calm and worked with everyone to make sure that I knew what was happening and I think I handled it all relatively well.
The only real problem I had was that I didn't have access to everything that I needed yet, like files on the computer, so I had to take a few extra steps along the way to get everything done correctly. Still, I was really happy with the way things went today and I hope that I'll be able to pick up another shift like this in the near future so I don't forget how to do everything.
I'm so grateful that my management team saw something in me that they thought would make a good Relief Coordinator. It means a lot to me to have this opportunity. I hope that I made them all proud today!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.