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Dial down the intensity


I have been told by my husband that I like to fill my free time with events. He is right. I impulsively schedule meet-ups and play dates when I have any shred of energy or desire to do so. I enjoy it, but I rarely take time to recharge with my unscheduled time.

I have learned the last 15 months that I have to dial down the intensity of my enthusiasm. January 2012 is when the pain from my back kicked in. For most of my life I have dealt with back pain, but I know it's not just the physical structure of my spine that creates problems; I add my own level of trauma by wanting to go go go.

I didn't dial down the intensity until after graduation. If I had, I would have graduated late. Truth be told, taking the bar exam 2 months after a spinal decompression may not be turning it down either. I felt like I did; I put myself and family before studying but I probably put myself second.

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Throwing darts at the bar exam.

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I have stopped keeping track of how far behind I am in my BarBri course.  I fell behind right out of the gate because I had back surgery four days before the class started.[1]  The schedule looked manageable on paper.  Three and a half hours of online lecture a day for five days and some practice questions.  Seemed reasonable so I told my in-laws they did not need to watch Graham the week after my surgery.  After all, he went to daycare during the day so I could still get a nap in after listening to the lecture.

Five days after I let that ship sail, I took my first practice test.  Torts.  Ick. 

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Living the dream doesn’t come for free, anyway you look at it.

I know I wrote in my last blog that I was going to post a finals wrap-up, but contents of this blog topic have surfaced off and on the last year and I wanted to seize the moment to write about it.

I look at having a JD as a key to opening doors of a wide variety of job opportunities.  There is the traditional litigation option, as well as in-house counsel, government agencies, FBI, judicial clerkships,
working as a lobbyist, and much more.

Earning a JD has a big price tag.  And I’m not just talking about a dollar value (with several zeros behind it).  There is the price of your physical health; ba-bye regular work out, hello desk. 

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