For a little over nine months I’ve called Dinner’s Ready my home and my coworkers my family. I am saddened to be leaving this supportive, hardworking team but I am excited about my future opportunities. Here are some of my favorite memories over the past nine months, and I’m going to try not to cry while writing this.
Red Nose Day
I kept hearing the commercials on the radio about this Red Nose Day. Everyone was raving about it. When I started to do some research in my free time, I fell in love with the project and I wanted to propose that Dinner’s Ready participate. I had only been the marketing assistant less than a month so I was scared to propose anything with the fear of being turned down. Mary, Serge, and Desiree loved the idea and what the Red Nose Campaign stood for. We went all over Central Arkansas searching for any red noses that were left. We finally got enough for the whole staff and they loved it! I hope this project continues with Dinner’s Ready even after I’m gone.
One of the best things about our business being in Saline County is our community. The love this community has for Dinner’s Ready (or the treats I bring) is enough to melt my heart. I have met so many business professionals and have learned so much about a variety of businesses. Being a part of a small business has helped me see how important it is to support and shop local. I am proud that I got the opportunity to be a part of the business that won Small Business of the Year from the Bryant Chamber.
Photography has always been one of my favorite past times. I get it from my mother who took pictures of everything my brother and I did growing up. When I was told I would be doing event and food photography, I couldn’t remember the last time I actually picked up a camera instead of my smart phone. Starting out was a little tough because there was a lot of learning for me to do to make sure our food looked as good on paper as it is when you eat it. With the help of many articles and my boss, I finally started to get photographs I was proud of. I’m still not use to seeing them on social media or on menus, but I am happy that Dinner’s Ready saw my potential and encouraged me to grow as a photographer.
There is not enough time in the day or room on this page for me to say how much I will miss this team. Coming in, not really experienced in anything but customer service, this team has been patient and kind when teaching me the different aspects it takes to make Dinner’s Ready a success. I have shared so many laughs and memories with this team and I’m going to miss seeing their faces every day. They have been extremely supportive of my new opportunity and I couldn’t ask for anything better.
Whew. I made it through without shedding a tear. I would like to say thank you to everyone out in the community that has made me feel welcome and made being a representative of Dinner’s Ready a breeze. Thank you to all of our loyal customers who made marketing a piece of cake. Thank you to my team members/family at Dinner’s Ready for making me laugh, encouraging me, and picking me up when I’m feeling down. Thank you to Serge and Mary for taking a chance on me and making the work environment a fun one. Most of all, I would like to say thank you to my boss, Desiree, for helping me grow as a marketing professional and as a person. This isn’t goodbye, it’s a see you later.