This little clerk has a snow day!

 

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This is me. I’m playing in the snow.

This little clerk has a day off from work! Woohoooooo! Unfortunately, because being an adult means that adult responsibilities are always present, here’s a list of all the things I have to do today:

  1. Finish the work that I brought home yesterday.
  2. Find three firms that I’m interested in applying to.
  3. Apply to those three firms.
  4. Save photos of flowers for my bouquet.
  5. Save photos of cake for cakespiration.
  6. Make some homemade meatballs and homemade tomato sauce.
  7. Take a nap.
  8. Do some laundry.
  9. Netflix it up.

Anybody else have a snow day today? How are you handling this blizzardy weather?

So, good news and bad news

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Wow, I haven’t written in a really long time. I’m sorry about that.

Let me start by saying that my life has slowly settled into a routine. I really like it. I think I’m made out to be a suburban mom who wears yoga pants, meets her friends at the local wine bar, drives an SUV, and takes her kids to Little Gym. Unfortunately, that time is not now because I’m too busy working my ass off to ensure that I can actually afford to upgrade to an SUV and retire my sedan.

Here’s the good news: I really like my job. I’m writing better, learning more, and getting a lot of one-on-one time with my Judge. He’s awesome. My position is only for one year, but I wish it was for two. After this year, sadly, I’m forced to move on.

More good news: I passed one bar exam. I will be sworn in on December 12, 2016 and at that time will be a licensed attorney. Keep watch for the disclaimers that state that nothing on this site constitutes an attorney/client relationship, it’s for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice.

Even more good news: M and I set our wedding date, picked our venue, picked our wedding party, and have decided on our food/alcohol menus. We also decided our first dance song, who will give speeches, completed our registries, picked our wedding colors, and decided (but haven’t asked) our officiant. We’re getting married on October 7, 2017 and I am so excited to be his wife.

Bad news: I failed one bar exam. I failed one of the bar exams I took by 5 points. I allowed myself to have a meltdown and now I’m picking myself up by the bootstraps to try again. I’m taking the same bar exam again in February. Fortunately, as I wrote above, my Judge is amazing and has given me so much support and encouragement while I begin studying.

I don’t have much else to update you guys on. So, even though I thought this blog would turn into more of a life blog, it’ll continue to be a bar prep blog for a while longer. Don’t worry, some wedding stuff will be sprinkled in occasionally, as well, so don’t think it’ll be all doom and gloom.

UPDATE: Three weeks later

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Hi guys,

It’s been nearly three weeks since I took the bar exams and so much as happened! Here are a few updates.

Bar exams:
They were incredibly tough. Each day that goes by I’m convinced more than ever that I failed both of them. My Barbri books still haven’t been returned because I can’t bring myself to even look at them. I’m half tempted to keep them just in case but there is a $250 book refund and that money is looking awfully good right now.

I can’t offer any tips about the bar since I’m not sure if I passed, so look for a later update if you want advice. What I can say is that I’m so glad that they are done.

Moving:
I moved less than one week after the bar exams and in with M. It felt, and still feels, like the natural next step in our relationship. I’ve had a lot of fun decorating and unpacking and turning this apartment into a home. I still have about 2% of items that need to be put away, but on the whole the apartment is pretty much done. Pretty soon after moving in, we both had to leave because we took our first vacation!

Vacation:
M and I took a vacation three days after I moved in to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. This was an amazing vacation! The beaches were beautiful, the people SO friendly, the seafood was delicious, and the sunsets were amazing! We stayed in a little guest cottage that we found on a website similar to AirBnB. We saw dolphins while taking a sunset cruise, heard a horse while walking on a nature trail, both received pretty gnarly sunburns, learned about the Wright Brothers and saw where the first flight took place, cooked a clam pot, ate delicious fudge, and relaxed on the beach. It was a perfect vacation with a perfect person and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I’ve provided myself the perfect segway into my next section . . .

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A cute little dock that we saw while meandering around Duck

Engagement:
M proposed while we were in the Outer Banks! It was a beautiful and private proposal and I immediately said yes. We haven’t planned any details yet, we both just want to enjoy being engaged for a little bit, but we’ll start that soon enough.

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So there are my latest updates! I start my new job in about ten days, so I’m sure there will be another entry about that, too.

I want to thank all of the readers on here and my twitter followers for giving me such support during the bar exam. I read each and every tweet and comment, even if I didn’t respond, and was incredibly touched. Thank you all!

And I’m done!

I’ll post a longer update after I move and come back from vacation, but I wanted to let all of you know that I survived the bar exams!

I’ve never been so tired in my entire life. I’m going to spend today in my bed, watching Netflix, and possibly eating chipotle. Although I do have a vacation to go on, so probably not.

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I think I’ll take a nap right here!

Graduation is TOMORROW!

My graduation dress is hanging up (because I don’t care how old I am ironing clothes is beyond annoying), my cap and gown are hanging up, my room has been cleaned, dinner plans have been made, and family is close to arriving.

When am I supposed to panic?

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The feeling I have right now is the same one before exams. “Oh shit, did I do everything I needed to do?” Then I think to myself, it’s too late to do anything else besides drink and eat everything in sight.

It’s bizarre to think that I began this blog in August 2013 before I even set foot in the law school and now my time there has already finished. Don’t worry, I’m continuing this blog through bar prep and probably the first year of work. I’m not going anywhere anytime soon!

On that note, I’m off to celebrate being done with law school!

Anybody else feel like they accidentally became an adult?

I’ve been following Accidentally Adulting for awhile now and absolutely love her posts. They reach me at a personal level because who else has wondered how to be an adult when you’re scared of the dark, eat ice cream for dinner, and/or orders takeout more often than cooking at home?

This post is especially helpful for law school graduates. I highly recommend everybody read this post to help calm their minds, figure out a plan, and get excited about moving forward.

While you’re on TA’s page, give it a follow!

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Happy birthday to me!

I can’t wait to have a day full of adult responsibilities like getting my watch fixed and meeting with my very first client! Don’t worry, I’m definitely going to take the time to treat myself a little bit. Barrister’s is coming up soon so I’m going to do a little pampering so I look my absolute best (even if I’m still dealing with my sprained ankle).

Thanks to winter storm Jonas Sunday brunch with my friends has now turned into Thursday happy hour. It’ll be really fun to see everybody and not just when we pass in the hallway.

Fun website: In case anybody wants to know everything possible about your date of birth, click here! Besides telling me my birthstone and my astrological sign, I found out that my Native American Zodiac Sign is an otter! How fun is that!

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Maybe I’ll eat eat all of these today, too! 

My 2016 resolution? Be more awesome!

 

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Beginning the day after Christmas, everybody spews on and on about their New Year’s Resolutions. Usually they include: working out, eating healthy, saving money, paying off debt, eliminating bad habits, blah blah blah. Not surprisingly, most of these resolutions don’t work out. Most of mine haven’t worked out, either.

But this shit ends now.

Here are my resolutions for 2016:
1. No more internet during class. The internet is only a distraction from what I’m trying to learn, so no more distractions. Time to end law school (eek!) on the best foot possible!
2. Pay off anything due (barbri/credit card) before I graduate. Studying for the bar is incredibly stressful, I don’t need to worry about paying off my credit card. All of my focus should be on the bar.
3. Get into some type of three time a week workout routine. Graduating law school, studying and taking the bar are incredibly stressful and finding a way to deal with that stress is necessary.
4. Reduce my online shopping to once a season. I don’t online shop all that often, but I know that I do it just for fun, not because I actually need the clothes. Shopping should be because I need something new, not because I solely want it.
5. Eliminate clutter! I live in a decent sized apartment, but I’ll be moving at the end of my lease. I need to go through all of my stuff and categorize it into one of three piles: keep, donate, and throw away. I also need to do this with clothes, especially the “one in one out” method, which for those of you who don’t know, is when for every one item of clothing you bring it, you have to get rid of one piece. I also need to keep it this way by periodically purging items I no longer need or use.

These a five easy resolutions that will put me in a better place and won’t require a complete lifestyle overhaul. This keeps it likely that I’ll stick to these resolutions.

2016 will easily be the most challenging year for me without a doubt. I turn 25, M and I will celebrate two years together, I’ll graduate from law school, study and take the bar, start a big girl job, and move out of my apartment that I’ve lived in for two years. I’ll also be on the hook to start paying back all of my student loans. Talk about scary!

Looks like I’ll be taking 2016 as I took 2015. . . just one day at a time.

What are your resolutions? Do you have any tips for ensuring that you complete them?

 

The importance of a thank you

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A few weeks ago, I had gotten an e-mail about a job fair that was being hosted at a nearby law school. I glanced through the firms, decided what the hell, and bid for about 9 out of 15 spots. I pushed the fair out of my head and focused on work for a few weeks. See, I go into something with low, if not non-existent, expectations about what will happen. I always assume that my bids won’t be accepted, my email won’t get answered, I won’t hear back from the interview, etc, etc, etc. Fortunately, I was notified that three firms accepted my bids and that I had interviews with them. That was yesterday.

My mom raised my sister and I to always say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’; if we went to a friend’s birthday party as we were getting out of the car my mom would say, “make sure to say thank you before you leave!” I’m pretty sure she still says that when I go out. But, I digress. My interviews seemed to go well, at least two of them. None of them went horrible, but I felt as if I didn’t do as well with one of them. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the interviews are only 20 minutes long, just long enough to sell yourself and catch the employer’s interest for a callback interview.

The second after I left each interview, I sent a thank you email to each interviewer, thanking them for their time and if they needed anything else to let me know. I know it’s not much, but here’s to hoping that my good manners will help me stand out a little bit and get a call back interview. I heard back from two of the interviewers thanking me for my thank you email and assuring me that if they need anything else that they will ask for it.

Fingers crossed I hear back!

 

Update: You guys must have had your fingers crossed for me, because I heard back today! I got rejected from one firm. I’m really not surprised at all. It was my last interview of the day and when I left, I knew it didn’t go very well. Oh well. At least this rejection was quick and (relatively!) painless. If you will excuse me, I’m going to eat my feelings and take a nap underneath my desk.