Come September, I’ll be trading my Tin Can Annie moniker for CamperForce Annie as I’ll be returning to Campbellsville, Kentucky for my second year as a CamperForce Associate.
Last year in June I posted this story about my efforts to train for the job:
Mum-Mum In Training For CamperForce 2012 (#185)
In the story I remarked that I was training for my job by walking 10 miles a week. At the time that seemed like a lot! After a season (September thru December) of walking 10 to 12 miles a day as part of my job requirements at Amazon, I now marvel at my beginner’s training regime.
This year my training started back in March. I now easily walk 30+ miles a week. I owe this invigorating change to my CamperForce job with Amazon. I definitely have lots more endurance and energy. Just read another of my stories where I tell the tale about my “real boss” at Amazon:
Meet My Boss At Amazon: Jillian Michaels (#212)
What made me stay and complete the program? There were so many factors. The most important ones were the people. They made my day. Whether fellow CamperForce members or full-time employees; everyone was caring and kind. And if they weren’t, I knew they wanted to be.
My supervisors, the safety team, my co-workers and especially the Human Resource folks were all angels in disguise. I wasn’t another warm body just there to do a job. I was someone who mattered. It made all the difference.
During the last month of my personal challenge to complete the season, things got even tougher. We went to a mandatory 50 hour work week. That’s when I decided to reward myself for succeeding by booking an oceanview site over Christmas for my tin can cottage in South Carolina.
It worked! I spent those hard days envisioning myself walking sandy beaches, basking in the sunsets, smelling the wonderful ocean air.
This year I’ll hold another carrot out for myself as I keep smiling and enjoying yet another season in Campbellsville with my friends at Amazon.
For those considering the challenge or who are already hired, here are my other stories about my experiences as a CamperForce Associate:
CamperForceAssociate; That’s Me! (#201)
Just Another Beautiful Day For A CamperForce Worker (#203)
Pass The Prayers And The Chocolate Cake (#215)
I Did It! I’m Done! It’s Over! But I’m Too Tired To Celebrate! (#217)
Ever Grateful, Annie