Monday, May 2, 2011

Lifetime supply of jeans in one year. Let's hope jean fashion never changes.

Ok. I have a confession. (not only do I write with a lot of parenthetical references, but) A company I used to work for in Utah once got crazy into the Secret. You know, the book where if you think you will make a million dollars, a lot, you will get a million dollars. And if you don't get a million dollars, then you must have let negative energy creep in, and the Universe then taketh away your dream. Our department had a special meeting at my supervisor's house where we were given the book, watched the accompanying video (where I learned you can always get a prime parking space--if you just think it), and made "dream boards" where we made a collage of our future personal goals. I didn't think this was a bad idea--I presented mine which had things I wanted in life like, "an adult tricycle," "a house shaped like a box," and to write a book (all still being visualized! I will get an adult tricycle!). I think our boss just really wanted to boost revenue, and our department was in charge of selling the company's product. Instead of going through all this magic voodoo, what she really should have done was not leave the company's success to the least paid department that had faulty 15 year old computers and had to work on holidays, while everyone else basked in the gentle glow of their new Macs and took off when it was convenient. We did have amazing Christmas parties though (in the magical time before the 2008 economic crash, of course). But I digress.
 
At the time I was convinced my thoughts had magical powers to change the course of the universe. Mostly because I trained all my thoughts on how we were going to live in Portland and Jon would attend dental school. Then suddenly, he got an interview and he got in. Done and done. I knew that his acceptance must not have been due to his grades, interview, or test scores, but singly controlled by my will, and the Universe. Then I found out that Jon always assumed he wouldn't get in as to lessen disappointment. And with time, and repeated mocking jokes on 30 Rock, I have become disillusioned. 

Until, Saturday. We were at the Gap, looking at baby things, when I noticed some kind of promotion where they were giving away an employee discount for a year (50%, which I know is not the exact employee discount as my sister worked there in high school and begrudgingly let me share in her discount at times when I bugged her constantly to let me use it) a day to each store this week. I actually left the store, thought about it, and went back in and entered. It was a tedious process, involving an app download so I could scan some thing and enter in a bunch of information. It took 10-15 minutes, and I was pretty sure most people wouldn't go through the hassle. I felt annoyed by it too, but I figured it would be worth it if I won.

Actually, I thought of the Secret because I not only thought I might win, I knew I would. I really didn't have a doubt. And Jon thought so too. I'm pretty sure I was the only one who entered that day anyway, but I was still excited the next day when I got my email notifying me that I had won.

The Secret The Secret The secret... (whispered in a mysterious voice for best effect)

11 comments:

Marissa said...

You won?!? That is awesome! I almost went in and entered, but didn't. Boo. Well, awesome jeans for you for a year! Cha-ching! you will basically be all GAP all the time.

Tyler and Megan said...

Um what? I totally believe in the parking thing. I have mastered that one. But I am incredibly jealous about your jeans. I have no good jeans. Unles $9 skinny jeans from F21 count?

v a n e s s a said...

you get 50% off everything for a year? or just jeans? either way that's incredible. way to show jon!

kenzie said...

employees do get 50% discounts but only for a few items each month. I do remember hooking you up quite a bit, looks like now you can return the favor! :)

nikkiricks said...

that's incredible!

stacey said...

are you being serious? that is so awesome!! if you ever get sick of buying things and want to share the love let me know :).

Malorie said...

It is 50% off of all regularly priced things, 10% off sale. I have a limit of $5000 in the year, and it can't be online unfortunately. But I would be willing to hook a sister up, you know I would! And I better not go back to all Gap gear. That reminds me too much of being 17. But Theo might be a gap boy all the way!

jennifer hall said...

I am a big Secret Fan all the way! So proud of you and your positive energy.Keep it up and all your dreams will come true---I am still working on mine--will never give up! Love Ya, Jennifer

Broadbent Family said...

I saw that at Gap the other day when I was there and I thought there's no way I will win, so I didn't fill anything out. I should have pulled the Secret and maybe I would have won too. Now I know what not to get you guys for Christmas and birthdays.

Bemily said...

HA HA! I read this post and smiled the entire time! I forgot about that meeting and making dream boards. So awesome you won Malorie!

linds said...

So if you're willing to hook a sister up, does a sister-in-law count too? So happy for you! That is awesome!