Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

It’s been been two weeks since my last post, and a lot has gone on that has kept me from blogging. In my last post I mentioned I had been stressed out over something, and I was planning on sharing the reason behind that in the near future. That stressful situation has come to a close, but with an outcome I had not planned on. Rarely do I like to talk about the downer moments in my life, but I feel like this is one I need to touch on.

When I began my career at the Disneyland Resort my end goal was to become a Tour Guide for the guided tours Guests are able to take. I knew it was a multi-step process, and just starting out anywhere within the Resort was the first step toward that goal. The next step was moving into the Guest Relations Department of the Resort. After several interviews I received the call formally offering me a role with Guest Relations, and soon began training. Throughout my training process I began to have doubts about the role. Not only is being a Guest Relations Hostess a role that covers way more than I thought, it also includes mastering multiple computer systems and applications, which is not my strong suit, especially in a short period of time. I also learned that every person in Guest Relations is expected to train to become a Guide. However the number of guided tours some Cast Members perform can be as few as two a year at times due to the limited number of guided tours and the large number of Guest Relations Cast Members. Near the closure of my training I was having concerns about my ability to do this role successfully, and the level of satisfaction and happiness I would receive from the role. Thankfully, if you transfer, and are unhappy, or the department does not believe you a good fit at this time, you have the ability to go back to your previous role. In a meeting with superiors in the department they informed me that, at this time, I was not a good fit for the role. While I had already come to those terms myself, and contemplated opting to return to my previous role, it still stung that I was informed I would not be continuing with Guest Relations.

The last few days have been an emotional rollercoaster as I sorted out how I felt about the whole thing. It’s a complex group of emotions that I have been feeling, but I still am thrilled to be a part of the magic that is the Disneyland Resort, and look forward to returning to my role later this week. Thank you to those who commented on my Facebook status update a few days ago, your support means the world to me.

Thanks again for your patience. It’s time for me to continue making dreams come true for those who come through our gates by spreading some of Tink’s finest pixie dust! Along with continuing to explore and sharing my adventures with you.

10 thoughts on “Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

  1. Honey, I’m sorry it didn’t work out the way you had hoped. You are lucky these feelings were realized now rather than later. I’m glad to hear you decided to return to your previous role, instead of leaving the park. I love hearing about all your adventures as a cast member! Look forward to possibly seeing you in a few weeks at Tiki day! XOXO

  2. I’m really sorry that something that was a dream of yours didn’t come to pass the way you expected it to. I think that can be the harsh reality about dreams… you always have a vision for what it’ll be like, but that vision doesn’t necessarily jive with the reality. I’m so happy to hear that they’re flexible enough that you were able to go back to the position that you had prior. And now you know, and while the situation didn’t leave you feeling the best, at least it wasn’t something you were absolutely adoring and felt was perfect, and they didn’t agree. So now you can set your dreams on other things… there’s always more out there. 🙂

  3. I’ve been following your blog for quite some time and know how much Disney means to you!! Sorry to hear that your quest to become a guide didn’t work out, but now you are on to bigger and better things. I agree with Tasha – at least you and the higher-ups were on the same page. Hang in there…what’s meant to be will happen!

  4. I understand that. You idealize something and when you finally get it, it is not what you expected. At least you know now that it isn’t what you were looking for. Time to re-calibrate. You work at Disneyland! That is a dream that is always in the back of my mind.

  5. It takes a very wise person to realize that when a dream finally comes true and it’s not a good fit, it’s OK to step back, and then forward, to another dream. I love reading your blog and hope to meet you when my husband and I bring our little boy to Disneyland for the first time. Blessings to you!

  6. Hugs! Hey – but isn’t it a good thing that you realized yourself that this isn’t the goal you actually like to go for … Maybe you wil find your way back there later and for sure you will find find other goals .and options there …
    I went to Universety for years, worked long hard hours, spent months with not payed internships … to get a set and costume designer. And I made my Diploma with an A – but after I finished Universety, I suddenly felt, that I didn’t want to do this anymore … (long story short) … Sometimes we have to find out, that our dreams aren’t really what we dreamed of. 😉

  7. On to other things. You will surely find out what makes you happy and it will be in a different direction and will be unexpected!

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