I manage a large wholesale plant nursery in Maryland. I am responsible for 10-40 hispanics workers, and around 2-3 other managers…depending on the time of year. I pretty much run the place year round, as the owner only takes part in the ordering/buying process. I speak Spanish, for the most part, all day. I work between 50-70 hours, again depending on the time of year. My job duties range from pencil pushing to extreme physical labor, every day is different. I have a complete arsenal of heavy machinery at my disposal, from large front end loaders, to dozers, to earth movers and dump trucks. Sometimes, I have to drive large relocation trucks from farm to farm, so I have a liscense to drive large trucks as well.
I have always been in this line of work…plants. From managing a large garden center, to managing a landscape company and now managing a large wholesale nursery…I have done it all in this field, besides the science end. I walk roughly 10-12 miles every day, sometimes sprinting, with 10" steel toes on, whenever I can. I lift something here daily, ranging from wood, to boxes of nails, trash, and up to over 200lbs this time of year, picking up boxes of plastic to put in the back of my truck.
Due to the fact that I run this place, I am able to maintain strict meal timing, every 3 hours. I also have everything I need for my meals and snacks, complete clean foods, here at work, so all of my meals are put together and comsumed right here. I am at the gym at least 6 days a week, lifting 3-4 and doing cardio on the others. During the Spring, it gets rough…but i still manage to keep up with my gym time, my “home” time suffers some…but my wife just keeps my daughters up late on those nights, so i still get my time with them…I have twin 2.5 year old daughters.
I wouldn’t change a thing.