I have worked for the majority of my life. Since I was 18 I had held a full-time job here and there, but I never was unemployed. There was a point where I was working a full-time job, a part-time job, and going to night-school all at the same time for almost two years. That is when I received my AA degree in paralegal sciences. All this struggle was made in an attempt to better my life and build a future career for myself. In this attempt I had to pick up another job in order to be able to pay my student loans since I did not qualify for financial aid at the time. I didn’t qualify at the time for being under 24 years of age, therefore my parents income had to be submitted even though I was financially independent. The whole reason for this back story is so that you are aware that even if you have everything planned out to a “t” life just doesn’t work that way.
After receiving my degree I decided to take a break from school since I had felt overworked and I wanted to raise some money for any future affairs. I decided to quit my full-time job and worked in the field of my degree, since that was the main reason I had worked so hard to obtain. Although I was working the job I had worked so hard to achieve I was not getting paid enough to cover my living expenses. Thankfully, my fiancé of 4 years had helped me throughout that struggle. Because of the circumstances, I had to take on a waitressing job on top of the my legal profession to cover the bills. I can say that during this time of financial hardship I wasn’t depressed, but I was not happy. I had planned to only work for a couple of months then go back to school, but that didn’t work out the way I wanted it to.
I’m so grateful for my best friend (whose name will remain anonymous for privacy) who saw that I was struggling and encouraged me to join her company. The company she worked for, which she no longer works for and has moved on to bigger things for her life and career, offered me the opportunity to work in property management. At the time I was very excited since I dealt with leasing contracts, which is something we touched on in my pre-law schooling. I worked for that company for a year and then worked for a larger property management company located in Valencia, CA. I can say that I really enjoyed working for both companies and they really provided me with the tools and skills to move on to my dream. During the transition to the second property management job I found out I was pregnant and was concerned on whether I would be pre-judged at my second workplace. Thankfully, they had no problem and treated me like I was part of the team. I really do miss working there and socializing with the residents on site, but after I had my daughter, I realized that I had really moved away from my dream of becoming an attorney.
I can honestly say that my daughter gave me the courage to pursue my dream again. She motivated and inspired me again to go back to school and finish what I had started. I am not sure why I had geared away from my dream, but I am glad that I finally did go back. I quit my job and went to school full-time. Having a child is difficult, but if it wasn’t for her I do not think I would have quit and gone back to school. I felt bad for quitting just after 8 months of giving birth, but I knew that job, no matter how much I enjoyed it, was not what I was meant to achieve during my life.
If you are struggling with a similar circumstance all I can say is go with your gut feeling. If you are not happy, then find what makes you happy and do that. Not only do I enjoy politics and law, but I love to write. And so I thought why not!? It is very therapeutic and helps improve my writing skills at the same time.
So to those who are reading, do not give up on your dream. Even when all feels lost, keep pushing and make sure that you never lose sight of what you love. That passion is what separates you from the rest. Go for it!