20+ yrs. in Retail Mgmt. Leadership, kindness, food, travel, dogs, & Gen.X. Subscribe to my newsletter: https://kitcampoy.substack.com

Snowboarding, the 90’s, and a valuable lesson.

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My legs dangled off the chairlift. The cold air bit my ears and I readjusted my goggles. I rested the back of my snowboard on my free foot. As we climbed higher I became more and more nervous. I knew that once we reached the top I would have to hurl myself off the chair and roll out of the way so other patrons of Mammoth Mountain would not mow me over as they glided down the small hill that dropped you out of the chair lift area.

My shoulders inched up to my ears and my face scrunched up…


Working in retail for two decades has shown me that less is more.

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For as long as I can remember I have been a consumer.

My mom and I loved to stroll through the local mall. We would walk around the big department stores eyeing all the goods. I was enamored by the organization of it all — everything in uniform rows. Shiny and glossy. Perfume hung in the air as my mom shopped the makeup counters. I knew my department…GIRLS 4–6X. I would run through before my mom could even get there so I could get a head start on what I wanted. I was five years old. Five.

Even at five…


Show your team how amazing they are.

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Have you ever questioned your entire career? I used to. I have been given the worst advice from some of my leaders over the years. I was told that I cared too much about making sure that my team has fun at work. I have been told that everyone needs to be top sellers (not possible). I have been left to fend for myself and rifle through resources when my bosses were nowhere to be seen. I once asked my District Manager about the company’s filing procedures for the end of the month. I was new to the company. She…


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Spires reach high into the night sky as stars emerge and light slips away.

Heavy air settles around him as he roams Wat Pho.

He paces and he guards. He sits on high to watch below.

His blue eyes — sharp. His black ears — rigid. His tail — crooked.

In his heart he makes room for the spirit of others.

He bows his head as we stack our wishes upon his shoulders.

Our wishes he carries. Our hopes he carries. Our dreams he carries.

Our hopes and dreams and wishes weigh down his neck.

He tries to communicate his…


Dogs. We don’t deserve them.

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We walked up to the giant glass window inside the Humane Society and peered in. There he was. A skinny, eleven-pound puppy with white, messy fur. Terrier Mix — the card outside the room read. An attendant walked through his room and dropped snacks for him that he happily licked up. We decided to meet him.

We walked in his room and he cruised around playfully. He had a ball and so I sat on the floor with him and picked it up. I tossed it to the other side of the room and he ran after it, picked it…


Why I put honey in my coffee everyday

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Being from the desert, honey was a big deal. People would sell it at local farmer’s markets touting the different varieties: mesquite, cat claw, wildflower, desert blend. I never really gave it much thought. Cool…honey, who cares? I thought. Little did I know.

I travel every year and spend about two weeks in new places. Travel is disrupting to your immune system and hard on your body. New climates, new people, new food. Your circadian rhythm gets thrown off as well. Eight years ago we rented a cabin in Lake Tahoe and picked up a jar of local honey. My…


Top sales are not the only thing that matters

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Back in October we had twenty seasonal sales associate spots to fill. We worked our way through the applicants and re-hires and we filled every spot. We had one very eager, very good, very aggressive seller. He could talk to anyone and customers knew his name. He landed the top sales spot for December. We didn’t keep him on as part of our core staff…here’s why.

He was too much/too soon.

He acted like he knew everything straight away. Confidence is one thing, this was something else. He was quick to question the management team, which I don’t even mind to be honest. I have…


I tested positive for COVID-19 as the open ICU bed rate hit 0%.

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I walked to the car as my husband stood on the sidewalk. The sun has just set and all the lights began to glow brightly around us. “I’m positive,” he said staring at his phone. “You are not”! I exclaimed. I demanded to see the results. I glanced down at his phone. He was not joking. We had just come back from a rapid test site where you get your results in an hour.

I ran around to the driver’s side, dodging the traffic, and jumped in. Wiggling my phone free from my pocket I checked my email results. …


You can too

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I sat on the small office couch trying to look comfortable. My doctor sat at her desk in front of me, sideways so we could both see her computer screen. She was combing through my most recent blood test results with a furrowed brow.

“Do you smoke”? She finally asked me, trying to make sense of my high cholesterol and inflammation.

Um, no” I responded. I was so embarrassed that she had just asked me that. My eyes fell toward my lap.

“Do you eat a lot of processed food”?

I sighed and and looked down at my hands. “It’s…


A year in my favorite city.

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I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.

Tucson is 60 miles north of the Mexican border and smack in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. The Sonoran Desert is gorgeous. It’s the only place on earth that the saguaro cactus grows. (pronounced SA-WAR-O…yes, I’m sure).

The saguaro cactus is majestic and a pillar of the Sonoran Desert. Their lifespan often exceeds 150 years and they can grow over 40 feet tall (12 meters). Harming or vandalizing a saguaro is against the law in Arizona…no joke.

Every morning and every evening the desert sky puts on a show like no…

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