Tuesday, May 10, 2016

2016 reflections

Another day, another blog post.

I am in a reflective mood as I graduated from law school five years ago this month. I reviewed some of the early posts on this blog. Man, I was angry back in 2011.

I don't even know that guy anymore. Angry Crux. Bitter Crux. Salty Crux.

It is good to have all of that in my rear view mirror. I guess I just needed to work through it. Time heals all wounds? Something like that.

It is apparent that I do not update this blog regularly. In fact, I hardly know what to do with this thing. I don't have much to share. I went to law school, I passed the bar exam, and I have been employed in a couple of offices doing different kinds of work for different kinds of clients. I am older, my car is older, and my kids are older. I am paying down debt and saving for the future. I am not doing anything different than the rest of you are.

I'll keep moving forward in life. What else can I do, right?

Best of luck to all of you.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Another page in the life of Crux

Hello all.

2016 brought a new opportunity for Crux (that's another way to say I decided to leave the firm I was with). Two years ticked by and it was time to find something new. I felt like I was going nowhere in that office. It was not going to change if I stayed on another year or ten. I'm not one to sit still. I am always hungry.

I have been lucky. I was approached by my new employer out of the blue. In fact, I was also approached by my last employer. Neither had listed an open position or solicited applications. Someone reached out to me in both instances. Apparently I'm building a name for myself.

Or, these guys are totally desperate.

New gig. Same as the old gig. Sort of. A different area of law. Again. Steep learning curve. Again. Seriously lowered my income with the switch. Again. Good times.

This is a familiar pattern for me. Do something for awhile, learn all about it, make a few bucks, find something new that looks like a good fit, put in notice to employer and clients, tie up the loose ends, pack up the books off shelf and move into a new office on a Saturday afternoon.

I've really nothing to add to this blog other than to say I'm still out there hustling. It's the only thing I know how to do.

I speak to a few of my classmates now and again. We graduated five years ago this month. I seem to be doing better than a lot of them.

I don't know what that says about me or about them.

Well, actually, I do. We all do. I'm not on IBR.

I looked over some records I kept regarding finances, debts and budgeting. I've made huge strides in the past five years. Things are actually pretty damn good at the moment, all things considered. It feels very good to look back over the last five years and see something positive.

Am I glad I went to law school and became an attorney? Yes. Most days, yes. Do I regret it? No, not really. I did like a lot of the clients, opposing parties, and counsel I dealt at my last job. Others I did not like so much. I expect this area of law to be, well, at least tolerable if not rewarding. It seems too optimistic, perhaps naive, to believe any area of law is rewarding. We'll see how it goes.

Best of luck to you all.