Remember my last post about my permanent departure from the legal field?
Well, just as I suspected, I’m back in it. My “late-twenties” crisis (???) lasted all of 2 months. What happened? you ask? Well, I’ll tell you….
The Internet Sales job was not at all what it was cracked up to be. While I worked with great people who were all, save a few, around my age, I just couldn’t get into it as a career. What sounded to me like an exciting adventure quickly dwindled into something slightly more exciting than the world of telemarketing, which, essentially, was the undisclosed part of my job description. Or, perhaps it was disclosed, and I was so frustrated with where I was at, I just didn’t care.
The point is, I thought getting out of law would replenish my sanity, or at least allow me to maintain the little that I had left. I was wrong. So wrong, that I started to rethink my entire life. Was I happy where I was living? No. How could I make more money? Time to relocate. And, so we did.
Within two weeks of submitting my resume to law firms and legal staffing agencies in the Atlanta area, I had interviews scheduled. Interviews with some of the top firms in the city. After a total of four weeks, my fiancé and I had packed up the house and were driving to the house of our very generous and kind-hearted friends who have opened their house up to house while we get on our feet. I am now an insurance defense paralegal for one of the most prestigious law firms in Atlanta.
I get up at 5:30am every day to be at work by 8am. I drive a one-hour commute in the morning, and about a 1.5 hour commute in the evening. My gas bill has tripled, and times are still tough, but we finally can see the light at the end of the tunnel. My bosses and coworkers are fantastic, and I am networking like crazy. They have been incredibly welcoming and supportive while I get acclimated. My office has a door, which, to some of you may sound trivial, but believe me, it’s a perk. My salary has nearly tripled, and the benefits are insane. For the first time in 4 years, I have health insurance! So far, I’m loving where I work. I still get butterflies when I drive into the city in the morning and see all the high-rise buildings reaching up into the clouds. I think to myself, Wow, this is my life now. ATL!!!! Sure, it’s cheesy, but it keeps a smile on my face. The opportunities here seem limitless, and I feel inspired and empowered every day that I am here to go after my dreams.
So, all you Atlanta folks who may be readings this…….contact me, asap! I need to meet new people here! J