Meg's Guide to Moonlighting: Best Temp Job Ever at Altar'd State

This post is one in a (loose) series about my experiences working two jobs: By day, I'm a marketer for a local training company. By night, I'm a jewelry-and-sometimes-other-stuff designer. Here's my story!

Last month, I had the amazing opportunity to work with Christian boutique Altar'd State. They have locations all over the southeastern US, and their headquarters is in Knoxville, TN. They hired me as an assistant to their Visual Merchandising Team, where I helped create displays for their summer store windows.

Our handiwork-in-progress: 

We nailed canoe oars together, painted them, and made distressed signs that said "discover" on them. We also stained & whitewashed fence pieces to create a beachy vibe, cleaned dozens of beautiful vintage glass buoys, and so much more.

I got to work with these awesome interns, who also had the chance to model for Altar'd State's summer campaigns:


These two inspired me with their goals, style, faith, and fun-loving attitudes. One gal from Kentucky had just finished PT school, only to realize she had a creative side she needed to explore. Her paintings are lovely. She's faithfully following God into the unknown world of not working in your field of study. I can relate to that! The other lovely lady is on her way to college with the goal of being a fashion trend forecaster. She just got done with another internship in Italy that allowed her to see firsthand how to analyze the current culture to see what will be in style in the future! How amazing is that? (Pics via Altar'd State)

Another gal (not pictured) just graduated college and is about to get married this summer. She's the kind of person who's always ready to laugh & have fun. My boss & his assistant were kind, creative, hard-working, hilarious individuals that made my two weeks fun.
What a bunch of rad people. So glad I got to meet them.

And here I am, being a total dork as usual near the final displays:

Throughout these two weeks, I did a lot of soul-searching. I loved working there. I found that, even though it was incredibly tiring and didn't pay as well as my regular job, I was excited about the work I was doing. I don't think you can really put a price on that. My day job is full of lovely people doing something they believe in, but I can tell I'm made for something a little different. More hands-on, creative, & spiritually oriented. I definitely learned that in these two weeks.

I also learned that, although I really enjoy merchandising & am glad I learned stuff to apply to my jewelry displays, merchandising is not my calling. It's only part of it. I spent my nights during these two weeks scouring the internet for different creative & humanitarian jobs that fit my interests, like events director at the KARM women's shelter, visual assistant at Anthropologie, sales associate at... any awesome boutique ever, and shopgirl & jewelry designer at the local bead shop. I began to realize that none of these jobs encompassed all I wanted to do with my life. If I were to work any of them (and all of them seem lovely) they'd only be a stepping stone to building New Eve into the community service oriented, creatively beautiful jewelry brand it is & will always be. 

I learned that I'm exactly where I need to be. And that's huge.

Thanks for an amazing two weeks, Altar'd State! I can't wait to work together again. Also, thanks for having an employees-only sample sale the same week I work with you. My closet would have never seen the likes of leather jackets & $150 dresses if not for you!

Thanks also to my regular job, especially my supervisor, for letting me work 15 hrs. a week for a bit to seize this creative opportunity! You rock!