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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Work It Wednesday: Legal Edition

Top: Loft, Skirt: Loft, Shoes: Zara, Bracelet: Lokai

So if you've been following me on Instagram then you probably already know about this awesome bracelet that my sister, Vanessa, sent me.  It's a Lokai bracelet and I just love the concept behind it.  The white bead in the bracelet contains water from Mount Everest, formerly known as the highest point on earth. The black bead contains mud from the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth.  It signifies that throughout life, we will be faced with highs and lows. We cannot let these moments define us, however.  So when you hit a high in life, stay humble. When you hit a low in life, stay hopeful.  It's an awesome message and one that I should definitely keep in mind as I trek through this law school journey!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Life Lately: working and interviewing


I have about two weeks left of my summer job at the District Attorney's office and then it is back to being a student.  I have truly enjoyed working there and I gained so much experience.  I wrote my first real motion, ran background checks, and helped prep for jury trials among so many other things.  Today I visited the men's jail (yes, the very one where Chris Brown was held).  Soon I will even have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with the Sheriff's Department.  But now that August is around the corner, my main focus is interviewing.   Interviews for next summer's jobs are beginning and it can be a very stressful time.

In law school, your second summer is generally the most important.  The job you receive after your 2L year is usually the job where you hope to receive a full-time offer of employment for after graduation.  These interviews can be intense and naturally, they can make people go a little cray cray. As intense as they are, what bothers me most is how cynical other people can be.  I am not generally a stressed person.  Even when other people are freaking out around me, I tend to keep it pretty cool.  That said, I still don't care to be surrounded by stress.  I don't care to be around people that are completely pessimistic about the law school process.  I am a firm believer that you have to speak great things and opportunities into existence.  It doesn't mean that you can't be realistic, it just means that you shouldn't let opportunities pass you by, as you sit on your couch and mope about how hard life is.

So far, I have received a good number of interviews from employers.  A few of those are actually really good firms (and really competitive too).  Statistically it's true, the chances of landing those jobs are very slim and I'm going to have to work really hard.  But like I said, you need to believe that good things will happen in your life before good things actually start happening in your life.  I was selected for those interviews for a reason.  Maybe it is because I am meant to work at those places, or maybe it's because those interviews are meant to help me prepare for other positions that I'm better suited for.  Whatever the case, I am going to give it my all and treat these opportunities as though they are absolutely meant for me!  Any time you quit at something, all you're doing is leaving room for somebody else to make it.  So I guess I should be grateful for all of the cynical, Debbie-Downers out there ... make room!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Belle


When I'm not working, I like to spend a good portion of my time reading.  Recently I finished reading  Belle by Paula Byrne.  I was aware of the movie when it came out, however I always like to read a book before watching the movie.  I must say, I'm definitely glad that I read this!  I haven't seen the movie yet, but from what I gather, this book is not that much like the movie.  From the previews, it seemed that the movie was focusing on Belle's love story and her struggles in England.  Seeing as not that much information was really available about her love life, it really seems as though they took a lot of artistic liberties with the movie; not that it's a bad thing. 

This book was definitely a more historical account on what occurred during the slave abolitionist movement in England.  It was so informative and I honestly learned so much about all the different players in the movement.  Although there was a lot of information about Belle's great uncle, the Lord Chief Justice, there wasn't as much information available about Belle herself.  Most of the story surrounding Belle was written by making deductions, based off of everything else that we know was happening around her.  I'm normally not into historical accounts or stories, but this one really drew me in and it was honestly such an amazing book.  Even though I don't think the movie will be as fact based, I still really look forward to seeing it.  

Let me know if you've seen the movie or read this book and what your thoughts were.  I would seriously love to hear.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy Belated Canada Day ('Merica)


Yes, I am well aware that the two are completely different countries.  I was not in Canada for July 1 and so I could not celebrate Canada Day, but I also could not justify celebrating the Fourth of July without paying Canada its respects as well!  So Happy Canada Day to all my Canadians and of course, Happy Fourth of July to my American friends :)

Moving on, I didn't have any concrete plans for the Fourth.  I woke up early to drop one of my friends off at LAX and I wasn't sure how the rest of my day would go.  Thankfully, a friend of mine invited me to spend the afternoon with him and his friends on their yacht.  It was an absolutely perfect afternoon with good food, great company, and margaritas!  I wish that I'd taken more photos in the moment, but literally the photo above is the only one I took (when we were initially walking into the marina).  We had so much fun just conversing with new people and playing dominos.  The yacht stayed docked the whole time, but the owners took us around on their dinghy boat.  I'm new to boating so I didn't realize that when you're on the marina, you literally don't need to get back into your car for anything.  Whenever we had to make a store run etc. we were able to just take the dinghy and hop out since everything was built right around the water.

It was honestly just amazing to spend the afternoon with successful people of color and made me want to work that much harder.  It really is an incredible and inspiring sight.  So one day when I'm a big successful lawyer, you'll all be invited to come celebrate Belated Canada Day on my yacht.