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Entries in balance (9)

Go along with the guilt trip

This past week my family life was very busy.  It doesn’t hold a candle to the activities of most families but I felt the squeeze.

I shaved back my hours in the office to spend more time with my seven-year old.  I took him shopping and out to dinner, I attended an afternoon drama performance and took off the rest of the day, I did an early pick-up so he could spend time with his grandma before his music program and after work on Friday I hosted an impromptu play date.  Saturday morning, his dad took him to get free comics on Free Comic Book Day and then to a 10:00 play date with a friend.  When he was dropped off at home following the play date, he was fit to be tied.  He didn’t want the play date to end and was upset when I sent the other parent and child on their way. 

Then came the guilt.  He didn’t have any fun.  I never let him do anything.  He didn’t have time to do this or that thing. 

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Excessive Entanglement 

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“If I can pass, anyone can pass.”  That statement is not a helpful phrase for a bar exam candidate nor is it helpful for the licensed attorney making the statement.  Our conduct, decisions, accomplishments and challenges are part of who we are as a person.  It is easy to make the statement “It will be ok if I don’t pass the first time.”  In reality, I will be ok; as much as the next person.  But the bar exam is more than one outcome at the end of a very long commitment to the legal profession; the bar exam is excessively entangled with our self-esteem.

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Worst Christmas letter ever

I started a blog yesterday titled “A doctor a day”.  It was a reflection of the comedy of errors that happened this week which convinced me that my daily calls or trips to the doctor are never going to end.  I feel like seeing or calling a healthcare professional has been a part-time job for me ever since I left my paying part-time job in January.  I left my job so I could take care of my back pain; having no idea how time consuming it would be.  I went back through my calendar, and week by week I started to recall all the doctor visits I had, Graham had (because of his tonsils and adenoids) and how many alternative healthcare providers I asked to help me.  I did massage, acupuncture, chiropractor, Reiki.

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Facebook is a necessary part of finals

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I just finished my seventh semester of finals and the first half of my 3L year.  Finals don’t get any easier.  And surprisingly, even if I don’t have a lot of finals, I am still very stressed.  I had two finals this fall, both of which were my entire grade.  I also decided, for the first time during finals, to work at my job for a few hours a week.  Strange enough, just working 1 or 2 days for a few hours was too much – don’t do it.  A good reminder to recent J.D.’s studying for the bar in February – don’t work, just study. 

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A formula for success: law school, parenting, life.

The third week of law school just ended.  I was fortunate to spend time this past week with three 1L law school moms.  Their 1L experience isn’t different than mine; you don’t feel like you are studying enough, you aren’t getting any sleep, you feel like you don’t spend enough time with your kids, and you have no idea if you are doing the right thing. 

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