A One Year Journey

A One Year Journey

July 18, 2016, the day I resigned from my position with a prestigious law firm.  August 12, 2016 will be my last day working as the Director of Operations for this firm. The end of a 28 year career in the legal field that started in May 1988.  Scary? Yes.  I have worked in one capacity or another since I was 10 years old tossing newspapers.  To not have a job, a way of identifying myself with a title will be a very strange experience for me.  I have been a Litigation Paralegal, Legal Applications Specialist, Paralegal Manager, Director of Knowledge Management (a great title that nobody understood) and a Director of Operations.  My career in the legal field has allowed me to provide for my family, has supported me through the good times and bad; it has always been there for me.  Leaving was not an easy choice but I am at peace with the decision.  Soon someone will ask me what I do.  How will I answer that question?  I do not know right now. What I do know is I have one year…365ish days.  I want to make every single one of them count.  I want to go to bed each night having accomplished something that I would otherwise not have been able to do if I was still working.  I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to take a year off to focus on getting my MBA and working on my personal goals.  None of this would have been possible without the love and support of my husband, who could have said no to this crazy notion and I would have just kept on working.  He did not say no; he was supportive.  He helped me clarify and process all of the things that would be affected by this choice.  I want to make him proud of me and what will be accomplished in this most amazing gift that he has given to me. To say that I am grateful is an understatement.  Thank you to my most wonderful husband, SJM, thank you very much!  I LOVE You with all of my heart.

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