All posts for the month November, 2012

It’s Time To Open My Package

Published November 18, 2012 by Jasmine

Yes, I am gifted, and it is time to open my package…2013 is going to by MY year. I thought this year was going to be MY year, but it turned out to be my year to learn patience, persistence, and resiliency.  I have spent this year learning what I need to stop doing and what I need to start doing to be successful in my career, personal life, and in running! And here all this time I thought I had things figured out!

I’m not saying this to be arrogant, but I have always felt destined to do great things with my life. So it’s time to open that gift, and to start making some changes so that I never miss a chance to be fabulous!

1) I have decided to reluctantly back off my goal of working out 300 out of 365 days. I have completed this before so I know it is possible. When I originally made this goal I wasn’t injured. I have basically been sidelined from cardio since the end of August. For those of you who I am not friends with on social media, I finally did go to the chiropractor to find out why my shins were in so much pain every time I tried running. It turned out my soleus and anterior tibialis were wound up about as tight as they could get in BOTH legs. The muscles were so tight they were starting to pull the fascia away from the bone, and I was on the verge of developing compartment syndrome (this explains why I was so loud and my feet were slamming into the ground when running). I was told to do no cardio, including swimming, as I needed to stay away from anything that worked my calves or included repetitive motion. I could continue with strength training (except calf raises), and yoga as long as there was no pain. So in order to get the workouts in, I have primarily been strength training. The problem with this is I have also been dealing with a right shoulder injury since the end of August.

I feel like by continuing to push myself to get the workouts in I am neglecting the rehab I should be doing to get better, and at the same time probably exacerbating the problems by working out. One of the biggest reasons I have been pressing on is that I am in my sisters wedding in January, and really wanted to lose some weight before then. Finally this morning I realized that I need to have a more long-term approach. This wedding is going to happen, and I will be in it whether I lose weight or not. A more pressing issue is my long-term health and well being. I want to be able to run and race in 2013. I want to get full range of motion back in my shoulder so I can start swimming, and preparing for my first triathlon.

So although I feel like a bit of a failure for walking away from this goal (because there are things like core work I could do everyday) I feel like it is the right thing to do for now. It doesn’t mean I am going to quit working out altogether, I’m just not going to force something for the sake of a number!  More than anything I want to get healthy, injury-free, and come back with a vengeance in 2013!! If any PT’s are reading this I am welcome to any stretching/rehab suggestions!

2) Career-wise it is finally my time! I was offered an associate position at firm last Friday. I am ecstatic, and actually started crying when they made me the offer. My two passions have always been criminal law and estate planning. I always thought I would have to choose one or the other, but I don’t! I will be developing a criminal defense practice for the firm, and I get to do estate planning and probate work. Truly the best of both worlds! I will be living the dream come December 3! When you love what you do, you will never “work” another day in your life.

I graduated from law school, and was sworn in as an attorney in 2006. If someone would have told me back then that it would take me six years to find a permanent job I would have laughed, cried, and quite possibly given up on being a practicing attorney. Luckily, no one told me that. I believe that everything happens for a reason, in its own place and time. I truly believe that this position was meant for me. I have been collecting rejection letters like people collect stamps, and every now and then I would start to doubt and wonder what I was supposed to be doing with my life. In October I had worked on a short project, and got to talking about my interests with another attorney I was working with. She told me that I needed to contact this particular firm because she knew they were looking to build a criminal defense practice, and were also looking for someone to eventually take over an estate planning practice. I honestly thought she was joking because those were the two areas I focused on in law school. I emailed one of the partners to ask if they were still looking. She called me! They were still looking, and she wanted to set up a time for me to come in. I met with them on a Monday, was called that Wednesday to set up a second meeting, and met with them a second time that Friday and was offered the position at the end of the meeting! It was surreal, and still kind of is since I haven’t started yet. God knew what he was doing with this one. It took six years because six years ago this firm wasn’t ready to branch out into criminal defense, and they already had an estate planning attorney.

I am very excited to be taking this next step in my journey! I have my work cut out for me, but because I truly believe that this is where I am meant to be, I know everything will work out. If you or anyone you know is in need of a will, power of attorney, healthcare directive, or need help with a DWI/traffic offense/or any criminal matter please keep me in mind.

3) Now that I no longer have the stress of building my own practice/looking for a job I am going to jump back into selling and accessorizing amazing women with my lia sophia jewelry! I miss getting invited into the homes of some really awesome women, sharing my story, sharing the jewelry, meeting new women, and just having an all around good time! If you want to have a fun girls night in filled with games, drinks, snacks, jewelry, and ME let me know. I would be honored to share my love of jewelry with you!

I have a few other things on my agenda for next year…

  • Running my first 10k
  • Setting a half-marathon PR
  • Running my first marathon
  • Completing my first triathlon

Until then I am going to rest, rehab, and work hard on myself and my career! There will definitely be no looking back!