Where Have You Been?

I know!! Months have passed (almost a year!!) and you have received no new updates from me. I am sure you are wondering, “where have you been?” Well, busy.

I took a break after passing the test to be quite honest. I do not believe that I read or gave a second thought to anything legal (outside of the office of course) for a couple of months after. Rather, I focused instead on sewing (I made ties and a vest – kinda, more on that later), Husband’s end of year concerts, and planning our summer. It was the first summer in a few years that the Husband did not take summer classes so I packed in as much as I reasonably could. Then, mid-summer, our oldest son was in a car accident and we had to alter our plans a bit to accommodate his month-long concussion. He has a rad new scar but has not come around to being Harry Potter for Halloween.

Out of the multiple options available, I narrowed down the ACP classes I want to take to six. Considering there are like 24 options, six is a good compromise. I am hopeful to start this March but we will see how life goes. 🙂 I am interested in the following:

  1. Discovery
  2. C.A.S. Discovery
  3. Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation
  4. Division of Property and Spousal Support
  5. Dissolution Case Management
  6. Adoption and Assisted Reproduction

I did not completely slack off though. In September I attended the Beyond the Basics Family Law Bootcamp at Disneyland! It was a great experience and something that I would recommend to anyone, especially those new to family law.

During the summer I also took on another job, because who needs sleep?! So, not only am I a wife and mother, paralegal, crafter, blogger, and IORG advisory board member, I also sell LuLaRoe! (FYI – LuLaRoe is a clothing company that is sold by direct sales like Mary Kay/Pampered Chef/etc. but without catalogs. Search for me on Facebook and Instagram for more info! LuLaRoe Samantha Armijo) I love it and have tried ever since to find a good balance between it all. It is a work in progress and I am diligently working on finding balance. Some days I fail miserably and others are great. Mostly, I have been just getting by.

As you can see, I have been around, and sometimes spread a little too thin. Years in the legal field have prepared me well though and I am making an effort to be more present here.

I hope that all of you are well and have achieved the goals you set for yourself.

New Year, New Something

Happy New Year! It is that time again, the holidays have come and gone and resolutions abound. Fitness equipment, workout clothes and athletic shoes are on sale; and everyone is pledging to be a better them. We are not immune from the excitement of the new year in our house either. I would be remiss if I did not admit to purchasing a treadmill and some new workout clothes. But I am not only about a new fitness routine. I have spent the last month (or so) studying for the Communications section of the Certified Paralegal exam as well as working on some side hustles.  Read more

Calendar Addiction

So we all know that I have a bit of a calendar/planner addiction as mentioned here. Fortunately, I know that I am not the only one as there is a hashtag for planner addicts on twitter 😉 This year, as calendar purchasing time approaches, I’m wrestling with the want to purchase another. Although I am happy enough with the calendar I have, I am mostly happy with the price – $1.00 for a 2 year calendar! HELLO good deal! Read more

To The Moon!

“But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? …We choose to go to the Moon! … We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win …”
(“Address at Rice University on the Nation’s Space Effort” 9/12/62)

– President John F. Kennedy –

This year, I am going to the moon. Not literally, of course, though maybe in my lifetime. Rather, I heard this excerpt in an episode of  Cosmos and it really resonated with me. In making my decision to take the Certified Paralegal exam, and throughout the studying process, I have been asked time and again – why? What do I stand to gain by taking this voluntary exam? My response is not simple. I often find that I am at a loss as to how to adequately describe to others (whether in the legal field or not) my desire to take an exam.

These words, spoken 53 years ago, say it all. I am doing it because it is hard. Because I want to measure my skills and energies. Because I need a challenge and am not willing to postpone it any longer. I intend to pass. 

We did make it to the moon and back before the end of the decade. And we have been to space many times since. There have been set backs. We have experienced awe and devastation. We have continued to move forward.

I implore you now, to go to the moon; and wheresoever your moon journey takes you, I hope you reach your goal. May you not allow discouragement to persuade you to cut your journey short. May you, like me, continue onward and upward.

Welcome!

This year is the year I would like to refer to as my “Year of Beyonce/Mary Kay/Oprah.” This is the year that I get the most from every moment. There is a saying going around recently about having the same amount of hours per day as Beyonce. If these ladies can make it big in their industries, so can anyone else. Stay tuned for more on how I manage my household, how I work full-time as a Family Law paralegal, and how I complete my DIY projects.