Lemonade Part 1

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By: Shea Harris

In case you were wondering, I’m not going to do a think piece on Lemonade. I feel like the whole blogosphere has done enough of that for me and the next person. Instead I’m going to shift gears and give you another perspective on the visual album. I was looking at the titles of the album and realized a lot of them (and some of the lyrics) can be applied to work. Now just give me a second before you make your way up to the in the top right hand corner, haha!

This post will be broken into two articles, y’all know I’m not a huge fan of extensive posts.

Pray You Catch Me

When applying for jobs we’re always praying that out of the first few jobs we apply to, one will be our employer. Each time I have began applying for jobs I got my hopes up that out of the first batch of applications, one of the positions would be the one! I always envisioned the employer would be running to me with open arms of acceptance. My resume was popping. My experience was lit. For some reason it took several batches of applications for me to get the call for an interview.

Hold Up

I finally got the call for an interview and it felt like I was having heart palpitations.  I’m great at interviews and pretty good at knowing if the employer will really want me to represent their company. The problem occurs when you have multiple interviews though. Don’t be too quick to jump at the first offer on the table because you never know what the next person will offer you. You literally have to chill and pump your breaks before you miss out on your blessing.

Don’t Hurt Yourself

When you have multiple interviews lined up, you also have to be aware of who you are as an individual. Most of the times we’re holding ourselves back from a bomb job and don’t even realize it. During my time in North Carolina I couldn’t figure out why things weren’t going my way. Once I realized I wanted to leave my previous employer, I was so adamant on returning to Charlotte. None of the places I applied to in Charlotte would call me to schedule an interview. I was literally holding myself back by attempting to stay in North Carolina.

Sorry

Once I realized it was time for me to relocate, I began putting myself first. I stopped feeling sorry about leaving my family and friends in North Carolina. I had to finally do what was right for me. I applied to jobs all over the United States and was blessed to be able to move to Miami, FL. Don’t apologize for being selfish and making boss moves on your own. The people who truly support you and your decision to make a better life for yourself will be in your corner no matter what.

6 Inch

The same people I vibed with in North Carolina are still in my corner and encouraging me to continue doing my thing! I began making my own avenue for myself down here and not letting anyone or anything get in my way. When my manager introduced me to my role, I made sure I worked my ass off. No matter what industry you’re in, don’t forget to work hard for your money and work smart for it as well.

Daddy Lessons

Although money is what keeps us fed, clothed, sheltered, etc, keep in my mind…money is not everything. My dad always told me: It’s a whole bunch of people out here with plenty of money that hate their job. Having all the money in the world doesn’t make you happy. I have continued to spread that word to many of my peers because sometimes we can get caught up. We love our material things and cant go hungry, but hate our job. I don’t want to go too much in depth because that leads us into Love Drought.

 

I hope you all enjoyed the post so far and don’t be afraid to let me know what’s on your mind in the comments.

To Be Continued Next Week 🙂

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10 thoughts on “Lemonade Part 1

  1. This was well put and actually hit home for me.. I’m on the job search and have had several interviews. I am continuing to pray that was it for me will be not matter what man says, God always has a plan and I have to just follow!!! Thanks Shea.. Can’t wait for next week blog

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  2. Huge Bey’ fan here. Loved this spin on LEMONADE! I just put up a post yesterday as well that had a bit of the album lyrics laced within, yet it’s not a think-piece on the album at all.

    I really liked what you said in the “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and “Sorry” paragraphs. It can definitely be challenging to step out on faith and leave your comfort zone. But, sometimes that’s exactly what’s needed and you have to be unapologetic when you make those kinds of choices.

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    1. Thanks for checking out the post! I thought I wanted to do a post about the concert but I didn’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t gone yet. So glad you enjoyed the spin. 🙂

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  3. YES! As an unashamed Beyonce fan, I love the spin on this! Pray You Catch Me is so true. I know a few people that have been applying for full time work since graduating almost two years ago. They’re still hoping that the zillionth round of applications will get them the job they need to be able to pay Sally Mae. I need to pass this along so maybe they’ll consider “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” We all love Houston and DFW, but maybe we need to move around to get ahead. Like Nicole said, it can be challenging to step out on faith and leave your comfort zone, but sometimes you just have to and be unapologetic about it.

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    1. Thanks for checking out the post girl! I felt like this information needed to be out into the atmosphere. I know so many people who are scared to leave home but then wonder why they can’t get to the next level in life (I was def one of them).

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  4. I really like this! I was in a tough situation at one point in time that really taught me what applying for jobs was all about. I get so nervous about having to do it. I’m a great worker. I’m awesome at what I do…but I’m terrible at interviewing! I can show you better than I can tell you. Not getting hired, or even callbacks, were hard rejections for me! I definitely learned a lot from the experience though and you’ve really put this into an awesome perspective! I absolutely love it!

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