Stephanie Sanchez-lara

Stephanie Sanchez-lara

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  • Stephanie Sanchez-lara
    Published 16 days ago
    You Should Always Tip Your Server

    You Should Always Tip Your Server

    I have worked in a restaurant for Seven years as a prep worker in the kitchen, a host, and a server. A Couple years into working as a host I decide to take on serving. I got trained as good as I can with servers who were new, servers that have been there for years. They were all good at teaching me, but no matter how much training one gets, you do not learn how to serve until you are on your own, working busy shifts and learning how to multitask on your own, with that comes mistakes and patients. I was a couple days into serving on my own. I made some little mistakes as you do when you are learning something new. Things were going well until I got this one table who was just rude from the beginning. When it was time to pay. I made a mistake and accidentally swiped the gift card for $50 when the meal was only $38. I brought it back not realizing that I have done that. He realizes and starts yelling at me in front of all my tables he says, “You are trying to steal from me I am going to call the cops.” I say “I am sorry I am still learning I will have the manager fix that for you I’m so sorry.” It was an honest mistake, and an easy one to fix as well, but before I got to leave the table to tell my manager the situation , he made sure to let me know that I was dumb, not good at math, and I should never be a server again. That whole time he was yelling at me I was holding back my tears. Once I got to my manager, I tried to tell him what was going on, tears were running down my face, he fixes it goes to the table and apologizes as well, obviously he does not leave a tip for me. I still had to attend to my other tables, and I remember that they all said sorry to me for having to deal with people like him and left me a good tip. The tips were nice that day, but his words affected me every day and made me believe I was dumb and should not be a server. A Couple days pass after this incident and I decided that I hated serving and it just was not for me and went back to working in the kitchen and as a host. In that short time of serving I learned that the servers must deal with a lot of different personalities and a lot of behind the scenes to make your experience great. I think you should always tip a server at least 15% if it is okay, 18% if its good and 20% if it was great, because regardless if the service was good or bad I’m 100% sure the server tried their best to make your experience good even if mistakes were made. Servers beat themselves up more than you think, when mistakes are made, because of how much it slows them down and impacts everyone’s service. They are humans who have good and bad days just like you. Servers do work for tips they make about $6 an hour plus tips. Some of you will say they should go get a job that makes minimum wage and stop relying on tips, but that is not their reality and serving may be all they know. If you go to a restaurant with the intention of not tipping you should consider the other options like ordering to-go or going to a fast food restaurant. Not tipping your server for the service they gave you can be discouraging, and why would you want to discourage anyone?
  • Stephanie Sanchez-lara
    Published 5 months ago
    Saving Money in the Name of Makeup

    Saving Money in the Name of Makeup

    Makeup is such a great way to show your creativity and help build your confidence but most importantly it is fun with many different colors and products to use for every part of the face. Having this hobby of buying makeup can get very expensive, because high-end and low-end brands are always coming out with new products every day. It is an addiction buying new products every time brands come out with new makeup or skincare products because you are either attracted to the brand, packaging, formula or perhaps you want to support a YouTube influencer that has created a makeup palette. Financially it is not a good idea to always buy that makeup palette, or the under eye cream that just came out. If you are someone who struggles financially, but also want to try different makeup brands, I recommend a $10 makeup subscription box. If you are a beginner, and still learning what works best with your skin, the $10 one would be perfect because it usually comes with small sample sizes of makeup and skincare products and you can learn what works for you without having to spend so much money. If you are a die-hard makeup lover and have a bit of extra spending money, I would suggest the $21 subscription box because, you will get to try about five to six full size makeup and skincare products that you have or have never heard of with a value of over $100, and you can also get points and get some free samples just by leaving a review on a product. The best part about a subscription box is it feels like a gift every time you receive one in the mail. If you are not interested in waiting for the products in the mail, I have a solution for you. It’s the biggest secret of the makeup world. It is going to a store, but not your average Ulta Beauty or Sephora store. It’s going to your local Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Ross or Burlington Coat Factory, they have lots of high-end brands like Too Faced, NARS, and Clinique that are not selling well, or companies that have over stocked. Most of the products there are well-known brands and will save you about 50% of your money shopping at any of these stores. Couple of tips I suggest when buying from these kinds of stores is to always check and see if anyone else used the makeup before, or if it is broken or unsealed. You will be able to tell right away once you open to see, always check before you buy the item to save you some time of having to return it later on. Check the clearance section and the lower shelves, because that’s where the good brands are hiding. Also the best makeup is always by the checkout line depending on which store. Shop around and remember to check the original price online while in the store, because what they have priced on the makeup product can be off by a couple of dollars, and you can see how much money you are really saving. Once you start shopping at Marshals or T.J. Maxx you will never go back to your normal store to buy any makeup product or skin care for full price. Because of this makeup secret not only will you stop spending so much money, you will save so much money, and feel a lot more comfortable buying so much makeup that you already love for such a better price without having to compromise the quality of the makeup product and your hard-earned money.
  • Stephanie Sanchez-lara
    Published 5 months ago
    In the Darkness

    In the Darkness

    My thoughts have became my reality. I am lost but I am right here. Lost in a fantasy that only exist in my brain no one knows I’m there. It’s becoming so dark that only at night there is light. The moon is looking at me telling me that it is day so I’m up all night and I’m ready for the day. Yet I don’t move because my bed is also yelling at me to stay. I’m confused on what should I do ? Start my project or should I lay and think about all of my bad days both sound good but I’m tired so I’m just lay. I’m here only sometimes I really don’t know what to say. I don’t like you and I don’t want you to stay. I exhale because you are in my way where should I put you ? Because I really don’t want you Stay. Some don’t understand what I’m trying to say that’s okay because you are the only one who willing to listen.