Post Bar

Hello hello hello!

How did four years just fly by? I feel like it was just yesterday that I applied to law school and somehow thought I would be able to blog and work full time and go to school at night. Who was I kidding??

I am happy to report that the last year has been nothing short of amazing. Starting with the addition of my niece, Peyton Faye. She is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever encountered and love her more than I could have imagined. Just look at her!!

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I literally have hundreds of pictures of her. Then, somehow, Joseph and I got engaged in December!

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Then…married! We tied the knot in May after over 14 years. It was a beautiful day and I’ll always remember how much love I felt.

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Followed by a spectacular honeymoon in Sedona where we hiked, got massages, went to the Grand Canyon, and spent a day on a Razr ATV. We had the most fun and did not want to return to reality.

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But, we had to return so I could graduate!!!

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And then I spent the last 3 months at home, studying full time for the bar, which I took last week. This is what my office looked like the week before the bar.

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Since then, I’ve been doing as little as possible. I have had a hard time relaxing… surprise surprise. I keep wanting to do something creative but really don’t feel like jumping back into my cook book scrapbook just yet. I walked around Hobby Lobby for a long time on Monday but wasn’t really inspired. Then I went to the library and got a book called Letters to a young lawyer by Alan Dershowitz. I have yet to open it. Finally, I was inspired last night to create a new project. So, I got out of bed at 12:45 am to begin. I hope to share it with you soon!

My post bar plan is to take August off to spend time with friends and family and to relax. I can’t work as an attorney until I pass the bar, and results don’t come in until November, so I am hoping to find some law clerk type work in September for a couple of months. With any luck, I’ll find something. I think I’ll start to blog again, I always loved it so much and have so much cooking and crafting to catch up on!

I missed this!!

xoxo

Amanda

The calm before the storm

Well hello there!

I hope everyone is having a happy Friday! (I’m writing this in anticipation of my Friday and it will publish while I’m at work…but don’t worry I’m too busy to do this at work and I never would!!)

It’s been quite a while so here is a recap on me. I’m about to go into my fourth and last year at USF Law as a part-time student. It’s been a long time coming! I’m starting to think about bar prep now but can’t really do anything about it until January because my Fall is going to be a busy one.

I’m currently working as a paralegal at a civil litigation firm, mostly focusing on employment law. I’ve been here for a little under a year and was so fortunate to find it. This is the area of law that I have pictured myself practicing and I am able to be immersed in it every day and to see some of the best attorneys at my firm and learn from them. I’m so happy to report that after being here, this kind of practice is still at the top of my list and it didn’t scare me away! I was afraid that transitioning out of the workers’ comp world would not be everything I hoped it would be, but it is and I’m so glad.

I am also interning this Fall at my local District Attorney’s office, which is a major change for me. I’m so lucky to have taken my summer course, Trial Advocacy and the Ethical Prosecutor because it directly led to this opportunity. My professor is a veteran prosecutor and offered me a position in homicide, I could not turn that down. It’s a position that many people would love to have and I don’t know how I was able to swing it but I did. I’ve only been there one day so far, but it was amazing. Everything about criminal practice is different than civil. Part of me thinks I might really love it but who knows! I’ll try to keep you posted. The prospect of falling in love with another part of the law has rocked my world this summer because I have to start planning my post bar strategies differently should I decide to pursue it. It’s far to early to tell if it is something I’d actually want to do so I’m not going to go too far down that rabbit hole at this point.

Finally, I’m still taking four classes Monday-Thursday after work and my internship. I’ll be in Mediation, California Civil Procedure, Legal Drafting, and Trial Practice. All will be intensive but thank God I only have one final. Classes start on Monday and I have about 8-9 hours worth of homework to do this weekend 🙂 In about 9 months I’ll never have to take a final or worry about homework again. Only the real homework that you get paid to do, not the work you pay to do.

Enough about my professional life, my personal life is great as well. I’m going to be an Auntie this Fall and I’m so excited to meet my niece! She’s supposed to be here at the end of October, so it’s getting close. My sister and the baby girl are both doing well. I was able to feel her kick me two weekends ago when I visited and it was so special. I love that little peanut so much already. I crafted a sign for the baby shower that I’ll have to share with you guys soon.

Joe is doing well also. He has had one of the busiest summers of his life with work and has been working late hours and weekends. I hope he gets some relief soon because he is a little burnt out.

Some notable events this year include my 30th birthday this week, a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood to see Harry Potter, camping, and a trip to Arizona for the Giants spring training. I’ll leave you with a highlight real until next time!

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XOXO,

Amanda

Resolutions

Looking back on last year’s resolution list I am proud to say I did more than I expected! I got a good enough LSAT score to get into law school, I started and finished my first semester and I passed!! I also flew for the first time to LA for work and for New Years 2014 I flew there again, but for fun! Things I did not do: run or get engaged, can’t win them all!

This year I think it will be fun to make a quarterly goal along with some good old fashioned resolutions!

1st Quarter Goal: Buy better clothes- you don’t have to ask me twice!!

Resolutions:

  • Do the majority of my homework on the weekend so I can breathe during the week.
  • Explore SF in ways I have always wanted to do but never made time for.
  • Run the Oakland half marathon in March- we started running already!
  • Read the Hunger Games series.
  • Go on a real vacation this summer, maybe Scotland! Any tips?

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Q: What are your resolutions this year? If you don’t make resolutions, why?

xoxox

Amanda

 

Motivational Monday

I have been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a leader. It is not a title that everyone chooses to have, sometimes it falls into your lap and sometimes it is earned. Still others it is something that you have worked toward.

As a kid I was a natural leader as a big sister and was always the first to volunteer for things.  I am still very similar in that sense. Lately I have been in the presence of someone who has the potential to become a leader but falls short. This person thinks they are destined for the title but I don’t agree. I think being a leader has a lot to do with your attitude and actions. All of this has been a wake up call for me as I have never thought about leadership being a negative thing. It brought me to a bigger dilemma which is default leadership.

I wish we lived in an ideal world where anyone can be a leader or better yet, we wouldn’t need them. Unfortunately we are not in Utopia and that is something we will probably never experience on Earth. It has made me think about volunteering for leadership positions because I would struggle with someone always trying to take my place or simply ignoring my ideas.

I thought further and realized that is the trick to being a good leader. In my opinion, a good leader is someone who can take those things in stride and instead of letting a small annoyance or setback get them down, they keep on going and lead with a good example. There are so many great examples in my life and they are inspirational to me. I would like to be more like them in my life in many ways, but three ways that I would like to improve this year are:

1. Stay away from the gossip- this is a tough one!

2. Keep a positive attitude even if you are a little doubtful at times.

3. Listen to others with the attention you would like to receive.

I think these changes are good for anyone to make, but I know they are personally something I can work on.

Q: What kinds of leadership qualities to do possess and what could you work on?

xoxox

Amanda

Holiday Season Festivities

My promises are not meant to be illusory, but apparently I am full of them.  Boy do I miss blogging and now that I am done with my first semester I am feeling so guilty! I really wanted to blog but my days were so full.  I think next semester will be full as well but now I know what to expect and maybe can plan better. I think after football season my study and blogging habits will both increase.

Have I told you what my schedule was like? Yesterday was my last final and the week prior was dead week so I only went to campus twice, but normally I would leave home before 7:00am and get off work at 4:00pm. 9/10 days I would go straight to school and had class M-Th until either 8:30 or 9:30. Often times if my class ended earlier I would stay and study. On the weekends we have been going to the Raiders games and I have attempted to catch up on anything that I could but a few weekends were homework only.

Today is my first day of FREEDOM for 1 month! We are having a lazy morning watching football and in a couple of hours we are heading to Golden Gate Fields to watch some horse racing on Dollar Day!

I have a few recent pics below to keep you interested!

Our tree that we finally got last night post final:

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It’s about 6 feet but this picture makes it look smaller 🙂 Here is a picture from this morning, Wally is pushing his fate….

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I have not allowed myself to do many Christmasy things so that I don’t distract myself from studying, but I have let myself indulge a few times:

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How could I not when it looks like this outside most days?

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Here is a glimpse into my Sunday when the Raiders are in town:

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Our group makes THE BEST tailgate food, ever. I followed the following recipe one day, OMG it was so good!pullapartbread3 

I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday and if you celebrate holidays, I hope you get into the spirit today if you haven’t already.  We are already full blown Christmas at work, I will post some pics this week. Our office Christmas party is Friday and I still need to find a gift. Other things coming up on my agenda:

  • Saturday at Mom’s house
  • Sunday- Raiders game
  • The following week we have an office pot luck and raffle
  • December 19-21, romantic weekend away in Sonoma
  • Christmas week mayhem
  • New Years in LA
  • Girls Tahoe weekend
  • School starts again :/

Phew! OK, now that you know way too much about my definite plans, I also intend to bake a lot of goodies and if I can, but probably not, I would like to craft a bit. I have a Santa bottle project in my periphery.

Q: What craft projects have you been undertaking this holiday season?

xoxox

Amanda