Friday, March 20, 2009

Re-inventing myself in this troubled time

Like most of those who are out of a job, I am re-inventing myself. Somehow, unlike when I was out of work 2 years ago, I am actually implementing my strategy, working on creating some self-gain and trying to make some great accomplishments by learning and working hard for goals.

Well, for starters, the first thing I did was enroll in a distance learning course to earn a paralegal certificate. Though the thoughts of law school was dancing in my head, this was more attainable and more affordable. For only a couple of thousands of dollars, I can learn paralegal skills, gain some legal insight and learn how to legally write. This is some I can easily transfer and add with the skills I already have in working in import and export field. Being a customs broker, I already have knowledge of customs law. So taking the customs broker's exam was like in a way taking the Customs Law Bar. Some attorney's think that taking that was harder than taking a state bar exam, and I consider myself as having an asset in that regard. Of course once I get the certificate, applying it to a position would be advantagous. I can approach contracts, trade agreements, and negotiations with ease as well as having any research skills to look up anything to back up a compliance issue.

Another feat I am working on is running a race. I have my mind set on running a half-marathon in the Fall. I have been working out at the gym at least 3 days a week and gaining the strength and endurance to be up to the 13.1 mile challenge. I also have the support of friends and family, which makes a world of difference. So between now and November 13, I will be peppering my weekends with 10ks and 10 mile runs. I do want to do the Marine Corps Marathon, but it may not be this year. I want my body to be ready, and my doctors to give me the okay to pursue it. And on top of everything else, I WILL run the NYC marathon before I turn 40! That will be in 2011!

One of the best perks of being home is spending more time with my girls. They like to have mommy here, and they are happy for it. I can actually stay home with them when they get sick and not have to worry if that will cause any problems with an employer. I can take them to the park or to the DC aquarium, or where ever else they desire to go. I have the time to do it, and I don't regret that.

So, being focused on the important things is what I am doing now. Once I get a job, we will see how it will still hold out.