I haven’t written much on this blog since I started my other blog about our sailing trip. I’ve found that everything in my life these days revolves around the boat, and since I’d like to keep this new chapter of my life separate from here, all my thoughts and writing energy have been devoted to WeatherHelmed.
So, I won’t be posting on here anymore (well, at least not for a really really really long time. I’ve learned to never say never 🙂 )
I first started this blog back in 2007 as I was preparing to graduate law school and take the California bar exam. It was mostly to chronicle my own efforts and give me an outlet for “networking” with other bar bloggers. What I didn’t expect was to find a community of people who were so supportive and encouraging and willing to share their notes, their advice, their struggles and their victories with ME – a total stranger. I cannot tell you how many times a comment from a reader or another’s blog post gave me the strength to get through another ten hours of studying or the determination to not let the bar beat me again. When I failed the bar, I was overwhelmed with all the readers who left comments of encouragement and who let me know that I was not alone. Those of us who didn’t pass in round one found comfort in each other’s posts and rallied around each other so we had the courage to face that awful exam a second time.
And, on the day I passed the bar, my blog had over 1,000 views. Somewhere, out there in cyberspace, there were hundreds of people, most of who I will never know, rooting for me.
I cannot express enough my gratitude for all the readers who followed me through my last year of school and as I struggled with the bar and finding a job and being content with who I was becoming. At every step, when so many people in my “real” life couldn’t understand what I was going through, you understood and shared it all and made me feel less alone.
My hope is that others who come across my blog (especially those who are studying for the bar for the first – or second or third – time) will find encouragement and virtual support through my posts and the comments left by others. It made such a huge difference to me to know that I was not alone in the questions and thoughts and anxieties that the law career inspires 🙂 and I hope my blog can do for others what so many other blogs did for me.
I also hope that my new blog can serve as inspiration to others that you don’t have to live the life “everyone else” is living. Take the amazing opportunities for adventure and risk that come your way. People always say “Life is too short…” and it IS.
I’m not independently wealthy – I have a hundred thousand dollars in loans I’m still paying off. When we leave (maybe next week!?!?!?), I won’t even have one year of full-time legal experience under my belt. So many people feel I am taking a huge risk with my future, my career, my finances, etc, by going on this trip, and I probably am! But we are not guaranteed anything in this life and we must not take TIME for granted.
Ok – off my soapbox now!
Thanks to all who read my blog and care about what’s happening/happened in my life even though we wouldn’t know each other if we stood face to face on the street 🙂
It’s time to move on and I hope you continue following our adventures on the boat, but if you’re just passing through, or moving on yourself, my very very best wishes for happiness, JOY and peace in your life however and wherever you may find it.