My blog's overall intent is to encourage living your life without self-imposed limits. Applying and working as a sales associate (shopgirl) at an lingerie mall shop was just such a challenge. However, why set limits on doing something that services two goals - Being out "Escapes" and making sure that the world see those of us that are transgender day-to-day. We are their barista, software engineer, lawyer, car mechanic, pilot and retail shop associate; head held high!
I must admit that my inspiration for this "Escape" adventure started many years ago; Steve Martin's 2005 book "Shopgirl". It was later made into a rom-com-drama movie by the same name. The book was not a fluff piece that highlighter Martin's writing ability. I read the book in 2005 and it stuck with me. Amazon describes it this way:
Filled with the kind of witty, discerning observations that have brought Steve Martin incredible critical success, 'Shopgirl' is a work of disarming tenderness."
When I applied in early November after a good shopping experience at my mall store, the worst outcome would be they would say "no". Now that I have worked part on November, all of December (the holidays), and January, I have truly enjoyed the experience. I am taking February off to catch up on other responsibilities. I will likely fill-in going forward on an as-needed basis. My store manager told me " the customers love you and we are fortunate to have you".
Is there something you would like to do as an escape challenge? It does not have to be a big challenge like working at an intimate shop. Make it a dinner out at an elegant restaurant, taking a cruise/vacation or just a walk in the mall to shop. Each is an "Escape". Step out, live your life.