The Pharmacy Chick

Flying the coup in retail

Reinventing Myself

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 7:42 pm on Thursday, July 11, 2019

PharmacyChick is first and foremost a pharmacist.  It is what I do for a living and it pays the bills.  It is not however what I want to be eternally defined as.  I do not what to go down in history as only a pharmacist.  I work hard when I work, but I rarely feel appreciated by the people I serve nor the company I work for.    I know that if I died tomorrow the likely response from my customers would be ” Oh, PharmacyChick Died?  Oh how awful…Is my prescription ready?”  My company’s response would be to post my position. Thats the reality of  what I do and this job in retail.  Its all give give give….all day long until there isn’t much left in the tank to give.

I don’t want that to be all there is.  It depresses me actually to think that my entire career is basically “wash” “rinse” “repeat”, day in and day out. Hundreds of thousands of prescriptions on file in buff california file folders with my initials on them.

On my vacation last summer I took the hobby that I love ( golf) and the desire to create something and (accidentally) started on a path to make a business. I started to sew. Headcovers.  No, not for a persons head…for a club head.  If you aren’t into golf it won’t make much sense but if you DO golf you would know that certain clubs require a cover to keep them from getting chipped.  They are often personalized and reflect the personality of the golfer.  They can be from the manufacturer of the club itself but frequently the golfer will dump those in favor of a cover that they like better.

I started to cut and sew for those people….and for myself. One year later, I have to admit its done ok for someone who has $0 advertising budget and Zero marketing skills.   Ive put them on ebay, facebook and instagram and what do you know?  they sell!   My house is substantially messier.. there’s sewing machines and fabric and leather and thread and partially made headcovers sitting everywhere.  But, it brings me joy to see something like this come to life. Its also a huge thrill to see one of them on somebody’s golf bag…it means they bought it!

Maybe its not a big deal to most people… so what..another small enterprise. But its mine. I own it, and I make every decision about it. If i want to sew, I sew. If I dont, I dont. If I want to make X i make X, there is not one single person who tells me what I have to do. There is no BOSS but me.  And, that is nice frankly.

I decide what to sell and at what price. If I want to give it away its my prerogative. If somebody doesn’t like something, I have every right to deal with it how I choose without asking permission from anybody else. Am I getting rich?  no.  But I enjoy it, something I cannot say about pharmacy….

Its mine. I own it. And, Im a tiny bit proud of that… 🙂