it is over.
at times, i thought it would never come. i for sure thought it would not come soon enough. and the last two hours felt like two whole days i was waiting, repeating my actions, waiting on the results, repeating, waiting. you get the picture.
it is inventory. and i get it, it only happens once a year and i totally understand why…aside from the real reasons. the long hours, those last two in particular.
the preparation. the execution.
it went well, actually…somewhat to my surprise [really not seeing how it could these past few days as i realized even more that i had to do before today could commence], somewhat to preparation and a lot of hard work, somewhat to fabulous trainers who have prepared me for such times, somewhat to sheer luck [maybe beginner’s luck you might call it], somewhat to worry from mulling things over and over and over in my mind.
after all is said and done, i feel a huge sense of accomplishment. it is finished. i have successfully completed my very first inventory as a store manager…no major hiccups, no major setbacks [after all of the inventory horror stories have put an intense fear within]. and funny how proud [and relieved] i feel…almost more than any other time in life, more than graduation from college, from grad school.
but maybe it is more of a sense of relief. relief from things, the last three months that have ended in today’s events. the last three months of firsts for me.
i am done.
I AM DONE!
my first holiday season as a general manager.
my first inventory.
the end of Q4 and fiscal 2010.
what a relief…filled with gratitude that i survived, and anticipate more achievements to come [but not for a few weeks, please].