October 30, 2005

Balancing law school and Mary Kay, making new goals

I just got back from that trip to TX where I not only saw my family but I went to a Mary Kay summit. I got really excited about my Mary Kay business but then I came back home and realized I had a lot of reading to do.

My first goal going into it was to break even and see what I thought about it along the way. I am almost even, thanks to my 30 facials in 30 days challenge. That is also why I haven't had enough time to read. I had a meeting this last Monday for a couple of hours then a party on Wednesday night for 3 hours! Today I have a facial as well and have to make a large order.

Anyway, I think that was I was going to write in my past post was that after you reach your goals it is sometimes like reaching the top of a hill but then seeing a taller mountain near by and thinking, 'Darn, I reached my goals and now what?' as you see that there are other mountains to climb.

Sort of along with that thought, I seem to be saying ' you have to choose your battles' a lot more frequently these days. I think that is so true.

I was pissed off when I was in high school that I was human, 'why?' you might ask. I wished I could be super woman and not need to sleep and be able to do anything I wanted regardless of time constraints. Now, without being too cynical, I just realize I have to be realistic. I need to just choose 3 or 4 things and do them well instead of letting people down. I didn’t realize this in high school.

But back to goals, so I got into law school, where do I go from here? I am almost in the black with Mary Kay after just 2 months, so where now?

Law school - I think it is very important to reread your interest statement that you wrote to get into school and also write something down before you start that says why you went there in the first place. You get a little confused and overwhelmed once you get into it.

My current goals with law: Graduate, take the TX and/or whatever Bar that I need to practice in DC. Work for the US Govt for a few years, preferably on the Hill, then go back to Austin to settle down for a little bit (ie have kids, buy a house and dog). Then go back to DC. :)

My current goals with Mary Kay: Continue to break even, meet the consistency challenge for 6 months, get some team members, and have fun.

Goals are really important. It only happens every other year or so that I have to evaluate my short-term and/or long-term goals. Each time can be a little depressing or maybe it is just the growing pains of having left that comfortable place, reaching what you had worked on forever! (I have wanted to go to law school since I was 15), and stretching your paradigm to the next level. That stuff hurts. It makes you question why you are where you are in the first place. In the end, I think that is best. That way you don't wake up at 50 or 60 wondering why you are where you are. You get to have a self-evaluation every year or two so you stay on the right path.

Well, obviously I have a lot on my mind and I am procrastinating from my law reading. I love to read Torts first because those cases are interesting (when people sue others for negligence, etc.)

October 27, 2005

What to do once you reach your goals?

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October 26, 2005

Trip to good ol San Anton - Fall Break

I just returned from a 5-day trip to Austin and San Antonio. It was jam packed with activities with just enough unstructured time to see friends and family.

I flew into Austin and was picked up by a friend I met in Barcelona. She is a real estate agent in Austin now and went to UT. We had lunch and caught up. Then she dropped me off at my Rotary Club's hotel for my speech.

I spoke to the South Austin Rotary club and thanked them for sponsoring me as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Spain. It was a success and my mom and aunt were there to welcome me to Texas.

That afternoon, I hired a locksmith to drill thru the lock on my 5 by 5 storage unit Burak and I had had for 3 years. Aunt Anita, mom, and I emptied the storage and drove down to San Antonio.

Thursday was a free day and I spent it with family. My uncle Mark, missionary in Mexico, happened to be passing through that very same day so I got to see him too. I bought baby clothes for my cousin's 3-month old so he could give it to his granddaughter.

Friday and Saturday I went to a Mary Kay Summit. I saw the lady who gave my very first MK makeup party at my 15 or 16th Birthday. I learned how to do my eyeshadow from her. :) She and her daughter are both/still in MK. It was a great experience and very inspiring.

Sunday I went to my former church to visit old friends. I went to lunch with my parents then went through more boxes.

Monday AM I fly back to NC and my friend picked me up. I am still trying to catch up on my sleep and reading.

I now need a break from my fall break!!!

October 16, 2005

Reading, Reading, Reading

Law school involves a lot of reading. Then you are learning all these new things. Your head goes crazy thinking and internalizing the new info. I have to give myself at least one full day off or else I go crazy. I really believe those ppl who said you must work out in law school to relieve the stress. Also it is a great non-mental activity.