Making It In High Heels

Inspiring Stories by Women for Women of All Ages

Francesca Ortepi is one of those women who appears to have everything going for her.  A good relationship, a supportive family, solid friendships, and a great career.

Making It In High Heels is a book of struggles and life altering moments and decisions that shape us into who we are today.  With that being said, Francesca’s story reveals how looks can be deceiving, and she too has had hurdles to overcome in order to be where she is today.

Francesca recalls her troubles really beginning in high school, as do so many of the other stories shared in this book.  Abusing drugs and alcohol, skipping school and misbehaving were all part of Francesca’s journey.

By the end of her high school years, she had straightened out enough to realize the importance of an education, and ended up loving her chosen field of study.  Francesca writes of love, hurt, and loss and what she has learned about people she refers to as “feeders”.

~ The people who know me can attest to the fact that I’m a very giving and nurturing person.  I’m the type of person who would give away the shirt off my back and the last five bucks in my pocket.  But for some, give them an inch and they want a mile.  Nothing is ever good enough and kindness is mistaken for weakness. I call these people “feeders”. Feeders steal your positive energy and if you’re not careful, they’ll suck the life out of you.~

As life continues, we are constantly on a journey. Francesca refers to this journey as the steps in her staircase to life. To read more about Francesca pre-order Making It In High Heels.  For more inspiration, leave a comment or message for Francesca and start climbing the stairs!!!

For a  young girl with a lot of friends, Sapna will tell you that things were once very different for her.  Making It In High Heels gave young women the opportunity to discuss how they came to be who they are today.  Sapna Jain does just that as she candidly tells of her struggle as a teen aged girl to learn and understand what having friends and being a true friend is all about.

~ I can remember a time when I didn’t have a single friend. It was one of the most difficult periods of my life.  It was a long time ago, but whenever I think about it, the pain is so vivid it’s like I’ve been transported back in time to grade nine, at the tender age of 14.~

Sapna undured cruelty to the extreme from girls she thought were her “friends”.  She was called names, embarrassed, and the harder she tried to fit in, the worse the treatment became.  Lonliness, depression dealing with being ignored were a way of life for Sapa in her early high-school years.

This bullying taught Sapna lessons, and within no time she channelled that negative energy into positive, and began to fight.  She started to make new friends and gained confidence.  People started to see Sapna for who she was instead of listening to the girls who tried to make life hell for her.  Her popularity grew and she has never looked back.

Sapna’s message is clear.  We are all presented with struggles in order to break out of our cocoon as stronger people.  She inspires by suggesting that we should embrace our troubles.  Tackle them.  That is how growth happens!

There are many stories in Making It In High Heels which have now made their way into my daughters hands.  She is 14, just starting high school and dealing with a whole new world.  Sapna’s story was shared with my daughter to remind her to be true to herself, to remain confident, and to value true friends as well as strive to be a great friend and always treat people as you yourself want to be treated.  I thank Sapna for sharing this story, and for inspiring my teen-aged daughter!