Oops I did it again in 2010?

No offense to people who actually like “cute” little rhyming slogans, but one of my biggest pet peeves about each new year is the newest rhyming little saying that people make up as a motto for the new year.  “Make it great in 2008!”  Seriously… uggg.   I’m kind of not a fan of slogans in general.  For example, I haaaate “Every Kiss Begins with Kay.”  No, in fact, every kiss does NOT begin with Kay.  You’re dumb, Kay Jewelers!  But my dislike of slogans is not the topic of this post 😉  I just wanted to throw that out there. 

I feel like the last several years of my life have been a bit of a vaccuum.  I have had some amazing experiences, and some completely awful experiences, but on the whole I kind of felt like my life was “on hold” until I finished law school and then “real life” would begin.   Why I didn’t consider my years while I was in law school to be “real life” I am not entirely sure, and it’s a bit too late to care.   The reasons why may be the topic of another post, but the point for now is that law school is over now, and I suppose it’s time for that thing called Real Life.

I have always had a bit of a problem with Living in the Now.  I’m always looking ahead to the next goal I’m going to accomplish.  The next milestone.  As a result, I tend to miss enjoying much of all these days that fly by in the meantime.  I don’t want to do that again.   I want to enjoy the people and places around me and not just let time fly by as I sleep, eat, work, and repeat. 

With that in mind, there are a lot of things that I have always said I would do “in the future”, and the future is now.  Here are some things I want to accomplish in 2010 (taken from my 30 in 3 list):

1) Pay for at least one clean water well for a village in an impoverished country.  (The church I’ve been going to in L.A. has a program for this where they raise money through donations and sales of bottled water.  If I remember correctly, one well costs about $3,000.  I feel challenged to pay for all of one myself)

2) Sponsor 3 Charities.  (I have always said I would sponsor charities once I had a “real job” and now I have a real job.  I’ve already signed up for one charity (a program through my law school) and will be looking into two more)

3) Bake Vegan Cookies.  (I would like to learn to bake multiple kinds. Yum!)

4) Learn how to cook things with Tofu  (I had a deeeeelicious tofu chopped salad at work the other day.  Tofu is actually really yummy people).

5) Hike at least 6 times this year.  (I love hiking, and I have only been hiking 2 or 3 times in the 3.5 years I’ve lived in Southern California.   There are so many amazing trails here!  I always tell myself I’m too busy, but getting out in nature is one of my favorite things, and one of the easiest ways to “be in the now” so to speak.  I need to make a conscious effort to hike more!)

6) Finally finish my photo book from my months in Europe.  (It’s been over a year now.)

7) Finally publish my blog from my time in Europe (in book form for myself).

8.) Do something thoughtful for someone else every day for 30 days.  (I’m thinking of starting this soon.  If not sooner, probably February 1.  This is a somewhat selfish venture.  I have a problem with being positive and grateful lately, and I did something similar in the past and it really helped bring me out of my crappy attitude, and it was really nice for the other people). 

9) *   I am really tempted to add “Visit a new country” to my goals for 2010 also… but I’m not sure how it will work out timingwise given that I’m a first year attorney and I don’t have much control over my time.  Ideally, if I could make it happen, I would either want to hit Germany and Italy (the two countries I missed while in Europe that I’m upset about the most); or “kill two birds with one stone” and go to Australia so I get a new continent AND a new country in one 🙂

The end, for now 🙂

Here We Go, One Last Week of Freedom!

After being sick for several days, today I finally feel like I’m on the mend.  Thank goodness!  After nearly four months of freedom, this coming week is my last completely free week before I make my grand and permanent entrance into the Grown Up Working World.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had quite a few jobs in the past (including working full time during times I wasn’t in school), but they have always just been jobs to pay the bills while I’ve made my way through school.  This time,  I’m not going to a job just to help make ends meet.  I’m starting my actual career.   And, a lot of luck and hard work means I’m starting my career in one of the best places for a new lawyer: a top law firm in a top legal market.  I’m excited 🙂   (Of course, the fact that this job pays nearly 8 times what my pre-law school job paid is pretty exciting too.  Between Uncle Sam and Uncle Arnold (Schwarzeneggar), I don’t get to keep a lot of it.. but it looks really amazing on paper ;)).

Today, I added a page to my blog:  30 in 3.   It’s a list of 30 goals I would like to accomplish in the next 3 years.  Feel free to check it out.  As I accomplish the goals, I’ll write posts about them and link the posts on that page 🙂

I am still so excited re: the bar results of myself and most of my friends.  I saw an email that said the overall passage rate for July 2009 was around 56% (but that number is a little misleading.  Overall passage rate for first time takers was 79%).  I was genuinely fretting the possibility that I could have failed.  However, at the same time I sort of arrogantly thought, “if I failed, how could so many people pass?”  I worked really hard in law school and did extremely well, graduating Summa Cum Laude.   And I studied really, really hard for the bar.   Way harder than I ever did in law school.  I don’t think there was a single day during the bar where I didn’t touch anything bar related, and only a day or two where I took most of the day off.   And still, I felt a bit of panic in my stomach that maybe I failed.  After all, there was one essay where I read the clock wrong and didn’t even finish half of the subparts.  I had headings, but nothing else for the other parts.  I felt a lot less comfortable with the multiple choice than prior practice tests.  It was possible, I thought, that I could have missed enough between the multiple choice and my lacking Evidence essay that I could have failed.   However, whatever I did was good enough and I passed 🙂   Unfortunately, California does not give scores unless you fail.   It would help me, in terms of giving advice, to know if I barely passed or passed by a significant margin.  Instead, I will just have to tell my friends the only advice I can give: study as hard as you can and practice, practice, practice.. because you don’t want to take that thing again!

Anyway, enough bar talk!  I’m going to go eat dinner and watch The Breakfast Club.   By the way, I was out at a happy hour a few weeks ago and a random guy asked if I was Molly Ringwald.  My hair is currently red, it was dark, and I was sitting down… So I guess it could be a reasonable guess?  The guy was also kind of a creeper so I wouldn’t put too much weight into his guess.  But since I’ve been watching quite a few Molly Ringwald movies lately, I loved it 🙂