Archive | December, 2014

advent 2014

15 Dec

It is true that I have dropped off the radar screen for the last six weeks. I had planned to take a little time to regroup and prioritize and get my ducks in a row, but as the old saying goes: “Mom plans, God laughs, Then Mom cries because it’s all just too much.”

In the last month, I have made the decision to move my office downtown and focus on building a practice that accentuates the positive – in my case: criminal defense. Eliminating the negative refers to the commute that ensued when my office-mate moved fourteen miles west of my neighborhood, which is already west of the courthouse. Unfortunately for me, the courthouse is where I am supposed to be. It’s what makes me smile and puts a spring in my step. It is my metier and the place where I can represent clients to the fullest of my abilities. After forty-plus years of soul-searching, I finally know where my strengths lie, and it’s in the county courthouse. Or the federal courthouse should the need arise.

As I have adapted to this new-new reality (because I feel like I’m always moving somewhere lately), my children have taken it upon themselves to accelerate their growing-up process. Wade has gotten two jobs from the flier he made and posted at the coffee shop and the elementary school. He is raking leaves for an elderly lady and tutoring a kindergartener in reading and writing. Anna has made herself a whole passel of girlfriends and has a social life and a fashion sense that keep me always taking somebody somewhere and being invited to go shopping. She is as tall as I am and we share shoes. He is eating me out of house and home and costing over $100/month in lunch money at school.

I have visited half a dozen available office spaces and decided on one equidistant from the capital to the courthouse. I will move in next month. In December I am actively making the mistake of officing from home. This means that I am available to my children, my clients, and the dog at all times and have no sanctuary or refuge whatsoever. Also it is Christmas and there are presents to purchase and wrap. It’s all working out about like you would expect.

There are business cards, office supplies, printers and scanners to purchase. Parking spaces, overhead, utilities, accessibility to consider. Every now and then I stop to wonder “what makes me think I can do all this?” And then I realize that I have to be in court or meeting a client to sign a document or respond to an email or file a motion, so I suppose the answer is “because I already am doing it – just without the luxury of an office.”

So things can only get better from here.