Dreams DO Come True: “The Penelope Shoe”

Excitement after getting my promotion!

Excitement after getting my promotion!

It’s 1am and I can’t sleep. I’m tossing and turning in bed with a million thoughts running through my mind…I’m so stressed out. This job is killing me! I’m not being myself…it’s affecting my self esteem, my marriage, my health…I should get out right??

“Babe?” My husband lays his hand on my shoulder. “Are you ok?”

“Sorry, babe. I can’t sleep,” I respond.

“You need to get your rest. You have to be up early for work tomorrow.” As soon as he utters those words, I begin to cry uncontrollably. This isn’t the first time I have a crying tantrum and they are happening more frequently now. He gets up and wraps his arms around me. He already knows how hard it’s been for me the past 2 years.  “Shhh...I’m here. I’m here,” he whispers.

The next morning, I get up determined to find a new job. I refuse to be bullied, mistreated, and subordinated any longer. So, let the job hunt begin…

Two weeks later, I’m sitting in a room with other new hires, waiting for our trainer to come in. I am terrified and excited all at the same time. Terrified that I have absolutely no experience in this new field, but excited to prove myself and to others that I can do anything I set my mind to. I refuse to let anyone tell me I can’t do this – including myself. This is a fresh start for me, just what I need…

The trainer walks in. “Hey everyone! Are you all ready to get started?” The butterflies have begun!

This week, I celebrated my third promotion!  Of course, I did cartwheels and jumped for joy! But moreover, this promotion reminded me that hard work, focus, and patience do pay off. There is nothing in your life right now that you cannot accomplish with hard work, focus, and patience.

What do you mean, Franchesca? I’m so glad you asked! Let me break it down for you:

  1. Hard work – Are you doing everything you can do within your power/control right now? Are you creating opportunities when none seem to be popping up? Are you going after your goals consistently? Or are you wavering, slacking, and easily giving up when things get tough? Hard work is just that. It’s hard and it’s work. We here it all the time: Nothing good comes easy. And it’s true! Those that work hard for the things they want appreciate those things much more than those who are handed something on a platter. It’s the hard workers that are more fulfilled and are able to hold on longer to the things they’ve achieved.
  2. Focus – Can you envision what you want? What does it look like and is it realistic for you? Do you have it written down? When you talk about your vision, is it consistent? Can close ones around you clearly and plainly say what you’re striving for? It’s so important to stay focused! Decide what you want and go after it. People who want one thing today and another thing tomorrow either accomplish nothing or do things half way. These are the "Jack of all trades, and Master of none." Don’t let your focus waver. Make up your mind and keep it set on your goal! Whenever things seem to get tough, and you stumble along the journey to success, your vision will help you get realigned and back on track.
  3. Patience – This is the hardest of them all, but oh, so necessary! Whatever you are striving for isn’t just going to fall into your lap. You’re not going to wake up tomorrow and have it right in front of you. So, it’s important to be patient while on your journey to success. I know it gets hard to go after something for weeks, months, even years, and feel like you’re not getting closer. But if you’re doing all of the above, you ARE getting there! If you’re like me – I NEED tangible evidence that I’m reaching the finish line – set realistic mile markers. Each time you accomplish one, celebrate! You’re one step closer to achieving your goals and dreams!
Taking a walk/dance break around GW Parkway in Washington, DC after my promotion

Taking a walk/dance break around GW Parkway in Washington, DC after my promotion

Note:  I know what is to experience work place bullying, subordination, and maltreatment. This should never be tolerated in any work environment! If you’re currently someone experiencing this, please find someone you trust to share your concerns. Also, report the issue to Human Resources and find someone who can testify with you. If that is not an option (no one is on your side or the person bullying you has the power to also fire you), start job hunting. Your emotional health is not worth putting on the line for a workplace.  

Each post is named after a pair of "fictitious" (for now) shoes. For this post, I chose the name "Penelope," which means “weaver of dreams.”