What It’s Like Working for Instacart

Hey everybody! When people find out that I worked for Instacart, a company that allows you to order your groceries online and have them delivered in as little as 1 hour, they always ask, “what’s it like?”

Given that I no longer work for them, I think it’s a great time to share what it’s like. ๐Ÿ™‚

Good Things:

1. Nice pay. As a delivery only worker, I got paid $15.50 an hour.

2. I got to pick my own schedule. I was required to set my availability a week in advance or I could just pick up hours.

3. I got paid weekly. Every Wednesday.

4. I met great people. ๐Ÿ™‚ Most people were very friendly and kind.

Bad Things:

1. Not enough sense of structure or order within the company. Technically, I didn’t have a boss because I was an “independent contractor”. But, they still treated us as employees. Instacart expected quite much but gave little.

2. I did not get reimbursed for gas, EVER.  If I was told to be at Whole Foods Market and no order even came for me to deliver, I was out of luck. WASTED TIME AND GAS.

3. If I set my availability from 1 pm -3 pm, I would sometimes receive orders at 2:45 pm. This was not good if I had to be at my other job by 3 pm or 4 pm.

4. All communication is through email. I had specific questions about my pay that had changed without warning. I waited weeks for a response and I still didn’t get one. 

5. Drivers are not tipped. Not even half. I got paid 4 dollars for each delivery. That’s it. I didn’t get paid for all the stairs I had to climb, all the huge orders from Costco I had to load and carry. Lol.

Working for Instacart was not horrible. I enjoyed it. Most of the time I didn’t feel like I was really working. So, that was a plus. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Any questions? Please feel free to comment. Love you guys!

Dom.

Romance, Shmomance

So, I’m sitting here thinking about my boyfriend, my life, and everyone else’s.

I realize that we really romanticize life!
Only to be let down when we discover life is not a fairytale.

Everyone has a life goal to find their “soul mate”, their “other half”… Blah blah.ย 

In our eyes they’re gonna be perfect and made just for us.

😑 What a bunch of bologna.

I believe I have several soul mates.

I’m at a point where I’m not looking for love.
If it happens, it does.
I mean I love my current boyfriend just like the other 2 I’ve had.

But really, what’s the point in romanticizing our relationship? Our boyfriends and girlfriends are far from perfect and always will be.

Not one will be able to live up to half of the impossible expectations you and I have.

So. Why. Waste. Time?

Today I choose not to.
A perfect man, who can read my mind, give me orgasmic sex every night, is loved by every single friend I have, and won’t ever hurt me does not exist. The truth is what’s more likely to happen is that I’ll have an opportunity to experience and build a life with a pretty decent guy. He’ll make me laugh, give me a couple orgasms a month, make me angry a few times a month, do sweet things every once in a while, probably think I’m too emotional, and be a little insensitive. But you know what??

That’s fine by me!

Dom.

Aldi

I am becoming such a smart, frugal, young lady!

Big ups to Aldi. I’m realizing how much money people waste when they don’t shop around when it’s time to grocery shop. It’s really unfortunate. I mean most of the same products that you can buy at Jewel Osco are at Aldi for almost half the price.

I went to Aldi downtown yesterday (I live in Chicago and I usually go to the one in my neighborhood, Englewood). This time, I went to the one up north on Clybourn because I thought they would have more produce,  since I’m starting my cleanse again ๐Ÿ™‚ and they did. I noticed a few other interesting things as well.

They don’t use the “quarter system” which is a system wherein you must have a quarter to use a cart while shopping, that you get back when you’re done and once you return the cart.

The selection is so different there is so much more produce and wine.

Interesting. :/ We need more produce in my neighborhood Aldi.

Organic foods are making their way everywhere I mean, even in Aldis! It’s exciting to know more and more people are becoming aware of what they’re eating.

I’m starting to enjoy grocery shopping. Comparing prices is pretty fun lol.

Dom.

The Love of My Life

The love of my life is a woman with an addictive personality.

When she drinks, she becomes unbearable.

I hate her when she’s this way.
I hate the things she says, her words cut so deeply.

I hate when she hits me, I’m only trying to help.

But I can’t help her.

That’s the sad truth.
I can’t force her to do something she doesn’t want to do.
She’s her own woman. Yes, I’m her child, but I can’t change a person.

I break down daily thinking of her. I pray so hard for her. I trust in a power higher than me and her. God…

Please hear my prayer. Bless my mommy, keep her safe, open her eyes, heal her broken heart and depressed mind.

Amen.

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Dom.

I’m Still Learning

Oh, how beautiful it is to just be yourself without worry or concern of what others are thinking of you! It’s a state of happiness and calmness that I wish I could stay in all day long.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change things I can,  and the wisdom to know the difference.

I spend so much energy on things that I can’t control! I’m always worrying and thinking about how others see me that I can’t be myself comfortably. I’m such a people-pleaser and I hate that about myself.

Countless times I keep my mouth shut when I know I should say something. I lack confidence and it’s gotta change.

I’m beginning to learn that there is beauty in letting things come to me. What’s meant for me, I will receive. My job is to be myself, and worry about ME.

From now on, I’m going to be bold. That’s the word that I’m going to live by for the next couple of months…until it’s embedded in my personality.

I think I want that tatted on me lol. 😜

Dom.

So, I Did This Yesterday!

Along with my bestie, I cut off all my straight ends of my hair.

Some would call them “damaged”, but they were just straight from when I used to perm my hair.

So yeah, sorta damaged lol

Once I started cutting, I couldn’t stop.

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Cus my best friend finna...

I refuse to go to a shop and let them do it because I want a very personal relationship with my own hair.

I want to do what I want to do with my hair.

It was fun though!
There’s still a little more left to cut, but I’ll give that a break for a minute.

Now, I’m a little more closer to my natural hair goals ๐Ÿ™‚

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That’s my best friend, that’s my best friend!

Dom.

I Got A Car!!!!ย 

Aye yo, I don’t mean to toot my own horn but, toot toot!

Pun intended.

Look at my baby!

  Her name is Denise.
I love everything about her, especially the little dent on the right side of her. 
She has 33,000 miles and my boyfriend works at Jiffy Lube so she’ll be kept in tip top shape when it comes to oil changes.

  

Thank God I ain’t too cool for the safe belt.
~Kanye West

I’ve had to get her brakes done once. That ish is expensive ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

My experience buying a car was frightening but it was awesome. 

If you have any questions about buying a car….ask me in the comments. I’ll try my best to help!
Dom.

Failureย 

So, I totally failed the detox. But, I guess I really didn’t. I just didn’t succeed the way I wanted too.

Yay! Positivity! lol ๐Ÿ˜Š

Anyway, I lasted 5 whole days and it was very beneficial. In fact, I’m starting it again soon. I’m thinking I’ll do it once a month.

The hardest part was the no dairy part. Dairy is in EVERYTHING. I totally forgot dairy included mayo, butter, and cream cheese. I did feel lighter though without the dairy.

Another difficult part of the detox was the desire for hot food. I literally ate cold fruits all day and I craved something warm in my belly. 

I went to the movies. I know I totally set myself up to fail and couldn’t resist the buttery popcorn. Haha.

The easiest part was the junk food. It literally starts to become unappetizing after day 3.

On day 4, I itched. Crazy right?? All over my body. It was bananas.

I skipped my morning smoothie one day because I had to work so early and I felt terrible. I needed a fix. I had to eat a bunch of fruits on my break because of it.

The biggest benefit was the energy and the effect on my skin. It was awesome.

Anywho,

I’m gonna do this again and it’s gonna definitely last more than 5 days lol.


Dom.