This year has been great.
Some of things have turned out even better then I could ever have imagined. After almost 9 years together, I still look at Chris and think WOW. He’s the most wonderful person I have ever know.
Turns out, I would work . . . just so I could do Crossfit.
More impressively in spite of getting 21 stitches at the AT & T Spartan Sprint Race I learned I love obstacle races. Not only that, but I plan on doing a longer and harder one next year.
I really Leaned In to my career. I read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In book . . . twice. I joined not one but 2 Lean In groups. I went to a Women’s Leadership Conferences. I worked late, went in on the weekends, I volunteered for projects. I tried to be the best team player possible. Then I got my annual review and let just say it’s pretty clear we were not on the same wave length, at all.
I went home so mad that day I could barely hold (I actually didn’t) my temper. I had been so convinced that if I tried harder, went at it longer or something else, I would just BE successful and happy at my job. But I realized that no amounting of leaning was going to make this job a calling.
BUT and this is the best part of the story. I started to look at other options and outta the blue IT came to my husband and me on the same day! Why don’t I look into Physical Therapy?
So I found out what pre-requisites I needed to take to get into a DPT program. I talked to my Boss about leaving early (at 5, so not really early but at a “normal” time), only to be told he highly doubted it, but he would ask. I even approached out HR “department” and discussed my plan. Low and behold about a week before my class was supposed to start and they called me in and propose that I go down to 30 hours, take over all the case management along with a FANCY new title and a raise!!
Ladies and Gentlemen count me IN !!!
This may not be quite was Sheryl Sandberg was talking about. But the next time I get discouraged by some of the things I see as negative, I need to remember what at first seems like a negative like a trip to the ER or a craptastic review can actually be major INCENTIVE for some pretty cool and necessary changes.
In the end sometimes it’s all in how I approach things.
P.S. Some days I just have to focus on the big picture and not what my next review might be.