Friday, August 31, 2012

A Brief History of... Me

From a young age, I always knew I wanted to be an attorney.  I worked hard in high school, then college, so I could get into my #1 choice law school.  I worked in law firms and interned with judges.  I succeeded at getting accepted to my #1 choice law school.  I moved to my new city to start school and soon met my now-husband, S.  We were married two years later.  I graduated law school but couldn't find a job.  S started medical school.  I found a job. We bought a house.

Life was good.

Then we decided to have a baby. 

After nearly two years, one miscarriage, and three very early pregnancy losses, we finally welcomed our daughter E in 2011.   With her arrival, my priorities did a complete 180.  No longer did I want to go to work every day, I only wanted to be with her.  At the time, I was working at a government agency with little hope for advancement, high potential for burnout, and not much of a paycheck.  I could not stand the thought of leaving E with a stranger every day, just so I could go off to this meaningless job.

After a few months of financial finagling, S agreed we could afford for me to quit my full-time job to work part-time and spend more time with E.  I was thrilled!  At the same time, I was approached by an acquaintance from law school about starting a law practice with her.  I thought this was finally my chance to "have it all" -- to be my own boss, work from home, and be able to have as much time with E as I wanted.  Unfortunately, for reasons I won't get into here, the partnership didn't work out, and I ended up quitting several months in.

Back to square one.

Now, I'm back to working two days per week at the same government agency, and spending the rest of my days with E and practicing law from home.  It was a long road to get here, but I can finally say that I truly have the best of both worlds, and that there is no where else I'd rather be.

Welcome to my blog.

1 comment:

  1. Way to go! I am in a similar boat - doctor-mom who is cutting back quite a bit on the doctoring to be more of a mom now to my toddler. Who knew these little kids would make us change our paths so much? Good thing they are cute. Look forward to reading your blog!