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.

Guide for Buying for Coworkers

We spend a tremendous amount of time with our coworkers and finding them a unique and meaningful gift is just as important. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to think of the perfect gift. That is where my guide comes in! You can check out my gift guide here to see some great (if I do say so myself) gifts for your family away from family – your coworkers!

A few weeks ago I had a gift guide posted on aftcra.com an amazing website that features exclusively American-made, hand-made items.

Since today is Small Business Saturday, it is the perfect day for you to check out aftcra.com and support small businesses! I am sure that you can find something wonderful for everyone on your list here.


September Recap

Your attention please! This is a post NOT about the CP Exam!! Yes, that is correct – you are welcome. Here is a list of things I did in September, that had NOTHING to do with testing…

  1. No-Spentember! That is right! We tried to not spend money on any unnecessary, unessential things. This included eating out, going to the movies, buying costumes, etc.
  2. Planned crafts/projects for October.
  3. Started using the UP band/app by Jawbone.
  4. Helped at an IORG event.
    On my way back from an IORG installation!
    On my way back from an IORG installation!
  5. Started dedicating time each evening to have personal conversations with my big boy.
  6. Dreamed about Starbucks’ espresso frappuccino. And I bought a few. And I am aware that I was supposed to not spend money… I did my best. That is all.
  7.  Debated on how soon after I pass the CP exam I want to start the ACP exam. Okay, so this was about testing, but not exactly about the CP exam I took.
  8. SLEPT

Now I bet you are wondering how successful we were with our No-Spentember (no spend September). We did aight. Money for us does not grow on trees, it surely is not hiding in our mattresses, nor is it carried over in our bank accounts from one month to the next. How do we manage? Grace, patience, and optimism. Oh yeah, and sales, coupons, smart shopping choices, etc. For the most part, we were able to keep our spending to all time minimums. I had Starbucks ten a few times, we ate out twice, I purchased items for my blogger swap, and the husband purchased alcohol once for a dinner party we hosted. All birthday presents, school supplies, and household necessities were purchased in August or we went without – i.e. when we ran out of paper plates at said dinner party. We did not have an absolute no-spend month like we tried, but we came close. It definitely made us think twice about making purchases, or not. I know that we will try again – I just have not decided which month to do next. Maybe January…

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

Study? Please, I Ain’t Got Time for That!

I sincerely hope that everyone had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend! This weekend I networked, had a “mom vacation” (you know – where you lock yourself in the bathroom and look at Pinterest), worked on the blog, worked just a little, did the usual chores, dealt with a leak in the air conditioner, made memories with the family, and studied.

Brotherly Love
Brotherly Love

Yes, for the first time in forever, I won’t be alone I studied. I am not quite sure where June went (or May for that matter); but I do know I did not do a darn thing to prepare for the CP Exam … dun, dun, dun. I was listening to a podcast while ironing this weekend. They kept doing this sound effect and now it is stuck in my head.

Not only did I take the Ethics practice exam online, which I passed by the by, but I also reviewed chapter 4 of the Review Manual (analytical thinking). While I absolutely will not disclose the questions on the practice exam, I will say, I do not always agree with the answer. I find this to be true of the Communications and Ethics portions that I took. More specifically with regards to handling conversations between paralegals and other staff members.

I am not one for excuses, so I cannot say I did worse today on the chapter 4 test than the first time I took it because of my boys. Actual reasons are completely acceptable – like I could not check the emails because the internet was down. Potty training, watching Super Mario Bros., and general cuddling and question asking from my boys, all while I was studying was avoidable. I could have gone to a secure location (AKA my bedroom with the door locked), or waited for them to fall asleep like I did for the Ethics test, but they are only young for a short while.

I am working on re-committing myself to study for the exam. I only have until September and would like to actually pass (at least one of the five parts). My new study plan includes actually getting out of bed when my alarm goes off at 5:10 am. If Mary Kay could do it – so can I! I figure that this will allow me a few uninterrupted moments to study before beginning my day. Fingers crossed!

Share your weekend activities and study plans in the comments!