It is ok to say you want it….

The last couple of years I have really found my confidence and my voice in so many different situations. I have learned that it is ok to go after the things that I want and it is ok to say what you want. I have always thought that it wasn’t ok to say what I wanted and where I wanted to go. But boy has that changed…….

I have worked too hard to get to where I am today to sit back and hope things happen for me. And why should I? The answer is I shouldn’t and neither should you. When you stand up and say what you want it does not mean you are pushy or entitled. It means that you have dreams, aspirations and goals and you are not afraid to do what it takes to achieve them.

I have been working full time and have made it known where I want to go within the organization and I have been doing everything I can to make that happen. When someone asks me “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” I have the answer ready for them and I tell them with confidence.

I am taking a degree that will get me where I want to go and show that I want it and show that I am willing to work for it. And boy am I having to work…. doing a degree and working full time with three kids was probably a bad idea. But it is a good thing I usually just say “Yes” to almost anything.

Saying “Yes” is my other way to get to where I want to go; when an opportunity knocks on my door I say “yes”. There are times when I have thought why on earth did I say yes to that, but in the end it has gotten me one step closer to my goal.

In most cases things do not just happen to people for no reason, they happen because you worked your butt off for them and had the balls to stand up and say to your boss, “my goal for the next five years is to have your job.” If I had someone working for me and they told me they wanted my job and that was their goal I would give them a high five and say “go get it.”

I know my worth and I know I deserve everything that has happened to me and that does not make me stuck up or a golden child it makes me strong, independent and it says I have goals that I am going to achieve.

When we grow up with a disability sometimes we can think that we are not worth what someone who is “normal” is worth. But your disability gives you skills and knowledge that no one else can offer and makes you stand out, and gives your the drive to do what needs to be done. I think it is a bonus that should be used.

Until Next Time

Ashley

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