Weekend Updates

Weekend Update (January 16, 2021)

Another week down – and it’s been a very busy one. I was definitely focused on work and prepping for the start of the spring semester.

Projects:

I had seven interviews this week. You read that right: seven. It was exciting, exhausting, and extremely overwhelming. I am so grateful for the opportunities. Out of respect for the firms I interviewed with and for my current employer, that’s about as much as I’ll say. But I am in good spirits. I survived and at some of the interviews, I think I thrived.

That being said, I do think I learned a lot about interviewing, especially interviewing online. I may be writing some posts about the things I learned next week. Stay tuned for some tips!

Honestly, I became more disorganized this week just prepping for these interviews. Oops. There’s always next week

…right?

Unfortunately, I’m still on the exact same page of The Picture of Dorian Gray as I was last week. But that’s not to say I haven’t thought about this project. I had a realization that most of the books on my list are from Western cultures. I think this is based on the fact that I live in a Western culture and these are the books I’ve heard about my entire life. But I recognize my worldview is limited. I’m thinking about expanding this list to include classics from different regions of the world, but I’m not sure where to start on finding these resources. My goal for next week is to find out more and learn about ways I can improve this list. But if you’re reading this and you know any non-Western classics, or other books that aren’t on my list please comment down below!

More on this soon.

I know this project was considered abandoned last week, but I’m bringing it back. I’ve been doing research into how to improve my blogging and I fully intend to share these insights with you all. Can’t wait to talk about this more!

Start-Ups:

I officially animated my balloon letters! It was a ton of work, but it looks seamless. Since then, I haven’t done much more, but I think I’ll be spending the weekend working away on this now that I’m interview-free (for now)!

Miscellaneous:

I think I’m bringing a new project in this week. I’m hesitant to do too much of a reveal now because I tend to spread myself too thin, but I may have a surprising announcement this week?

That’s all I got. While I’m sorry to end on a cliffhanger, I love a good mystery! What do you think I’m up to? What sort of projects would you like to see in the future? Let me know in the comments down below!

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Weekend Updates

Weekend Update (January 9, 2021)

As I was thinking about ways I could share more about my productivity here, I realized that I often make really minor strides on my goals – so minor I don’t think they warrant an entire post. But these minor updates turn into the entire project over time. So I was thinking I could do a weekly update to share my news on the weekends.

Without further ado, here’s what I’ve gotten done this week:

Projects:

I just got back my grades for last semester. My GPA was exactly the same as the last semester I got grades (Fall 2020). Honestly, given that everything was entirely online and I really didn’t embrace every class – not mentioning names but it rhymes with Shomonstitutional Law – I was just happy to pass and be done with it.

But on the upside, I’ve been getting interviews left and right, this week alone I have 6, possibly 7 interviews. It’s overwhelming, but very exciting. I don’t want to reveal too much here since things are constantly subject to change, but it will be a very busy Zoom week.

I’ve really been embracing this one on my winter break. I live alone in a three-bedroom home and when my life is busy, my home gets messy. Seeing as last semester was the busiest time of my life, my house certainly reflected it. Winter break has led me to some much needed organizing. More on this soon.

This week, I began The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I have read the book before but it was in high school. It seems particularly relevant at this time in my life. One of my family members has been in critical condition and the fragility of life is something this book touches on. Oh, I also binge-watched all of Love Island last week, so vanity is another theme that’s been on my mind. All in all, this book couldn’t be more fitting to my current circumstances and I hope I can get deeper with it than when I was an angsty teen.

Start-Ups:

Since my last post, I haven’t done much other than try to start animating the balloon letters. It’s not going that well. My animations are looking really unnatural so I’m going to have to go back to the drawing board.

That’s all for this week. While I don’t have a concrete goal for next week, I’m hoping I have new updates on everything. What do you plan to get done this week? Let me know in the comments down below!

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Where I’ve Been and What Comes Next

Hello all! I hope everyone has had a safe, healthy, and prosperous holiday season!

I’ve recently come off of the most brutal semester of my life and adjusting back to myself has been a huge challenge. I’ve been falling victim to Newton’s First Law; I can’t seem to sit still. Since exams ended, I’ve completed a few projects. I put together a gift for my extended family – my uncle’s drunken retelling of A Christmas Story. For my mother’s Christmas present, I also organized all of my family’s photos into gorgeous photo albums (not sponsored, just wanted you to see the beauty!).

Now that my holiday season has slowed down, though I still have my birthday and New Year’s, I feel like I am finally able to fully sit down. It’s the first time in almost 10 months where I don’t have a single damn thing on my to-do list. What’s a girl to do?

While throughout my semester, I desperately wanted to return to my blog, I just physically couldn’t. I had papers and assignments left, right, and center. I’ve been so busy that my last post was about how busy I was.

But I couldn’t forget you.

I grabbed a journal and carried it around with me everywhere to jot ideas of where I wanted to take this blog. I was in the midst of a transition from project-based content to entrepreneurship-based content at the start of the semester and once classes got well underway, I knew I couldn’t navigate that transition to the ability I wanted and maintain my coursework. But a girl could dream. And that’s exactly what I did. I thought through every aspect of my return and what was next for me.

Lately, I’ve been having a really deep feeling that I’m ready to step out of my comfort zone and go after something risky. I’ve always played it safe. I’ve been careful about what I post online, probably more careful than necessary. As a result, it’s stopped me from making the content I really truly want to make. But some energy in me has shifted and I think I feel new opportunities coming.

So join me on the next phase of this journey, wherever it goes, as we sail to wherever I’m supposed to go. As I try whatever entrepreneurial ideas I want. As I pave a new future for myself where I’m not scared. As I try and be a better and more complete person.

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School

I Started a New Job!

Hello! Apologies for the radio silence lately, but I come bearing good news: I started a new job!

I’m extremely grateful the summer position I was given was not cancelled due to the pandemic. Many of my classmates had their opportunities cancelled and of course, with the current economic conditions I expected mine to follow suit.

Usually law firms hire several students each summer. My firm hires a few in anticipation of them collaborating and working together. While there are other students working with me, they all started before me and are in the classes above mine. When paired with the fact that this is my first legal position, I am a bit overwhelmed.

That being said, I’m very excited to be starting this position. I’m working for a great company in the heart of the city and everything feels like an early 2000s Devil Wears Prada-esque movie. Except all the people I work with are lovely.

My days consist of taking the train downtown, walking through the city to my skyscraper, going through the gorgeous marble lobby, and heading to my office. I seriously couldn’t ask for a better gig.

Sheraton Palace Hotel, Lobby, Architecture

In the midst of it all, I’ve failed to update my blog. As it’s still the first week, I’m still transitioning. I’ve been so tired when I get home, I don’t really have many project updates. However, I hope to find some sort of normalcy soon.

Thank you for bearing with me as I get used to my new routine. I promise, I’ll still have plenty of project updates this summer! I’m looking forward to sharing this next chapter with you all!

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School

Finishing My First Year of Law School!

It’s official – I just submitted my last exam and it’s summer, baby!

Looking back on this semester, I could never have expected it to go the way it did. It may have moved Project 1 to the fall, but I’m in good spirits.

As many of you know, this semester was a pass/fail for me, so I was just working for a pass instead of an A. My school did also announce honors pass which is designated for the top 30% of the passes. It’s weird, but that’s what snotty lawyers do. They want the accolades.

The switch to pass/fail most definitely changed my study techniques. I basically decided to back end the semester and put the bulk of my studying around my exams. Choosing to absorb so much material in so little time was a risk, but I’m prone to forgetting information pretty quickly. I feared that without exposure to the concepts in actual classes, I would forget ideas right away.

So my technique was to create an outline to use on the finals. Since the exams were open-book and open-note, I focused on improving the tools I had for the exams. That seemed to work pretty well. I’m fairly confident I passed all of my classes, but I wouldn’t bank on any honors passes.

Now that I’m on summer break, I’m not out of the woods yet. There’s still the journal write-on competition. Being a part of a journal and getting your work published is a big deal for law students, myself including. After your first year, you get an opportunity to compete for a spot on the journals in a three-week writing competition. The competition starts Monday. I’ll give more details once I start (seeing as I’m a little fried right now from exam mush brain). But nevertheless, I’m very excited for the competition.

Anyway, just wanted to share my mini-successes with you all. Hope you all are in just as good of spirits as I am!

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Celebrating the 100 Day Mark!

This morning my boyfriend and I popped a celebratory bottle of champagne. While the champagne served a variety of celebrations, perhaps the most important to me was that today marks the 100 day anniversary of my blog!

It’s strange, though I haven’t completed any projects yet (I’m so close with Project 2!), I feel a sort of equilibrium shift. While I’ve always been very creative and indulged in projects, I’ve never felt so much focus and coordination. The blog, though it only reaches a small number of people, serves as a heavy motivator for me – I feel the itch when I haven’t posted for a few days and have nothing to show for it.

Anyway, I thought I’d take this opportunity to take a look at my projects and what I’ve accomplished so far and what sort of ripple effects this blog has had:

Project 1: CALI a Law School Class

I couldn’t have possibly predicted that for the first time in my academic career I wouldn’t get a GPA for the semester. Given the constant flux of our grading system, I’m not even sure if a CALI is possible this semester. If it is, my only hope is in my legal writing class. I worked so hard on that brief.

I don’t think it’s looking very good for me in my other classes honestly. Working from home has been difficult and I haven’t kicked it into high gear for exams. If I can pull it together for my property class, I may have a shot. More on this all later.

Project 2: Get Organized

Since my last update:

  • I’ve gone home to completely clean my childhood bedroom (something that didn’t even make the new list?? I’m not sure how I forgot to include this?).
  • I’ve decorated my living room by painting some end tables white and rearranging furniture. All in all, my feng shui is pretty balanced, so I’m digging my living room.
  • I finished cleaning my school e-mail, which marks the end of my e-mail journey. I’ve gone through around 20,000 e-mails in the past 100 days and I promise you, I’ll never let it get this bad again.
  • I completed the process of sorting my clothes, which led me to giving away my clothes. I like to donate my clothes, though donations are not being accepted locally right now from the virus, so I gave them all to my mother as she’s been cleaning their house and assembling items to be donated.

I’m getting so close, I can feel it. I’ve been so surprised at how revolutionary getting organized has become for me. I really thought it’d be a project without much to show, but oh was I wrong.

Project 3: Make a Cover Album

I’ve just recently jumped back into this one. I find my music-making process cannot be sparked by brute force and without inspiration I’m useless. It was a problem for me in my last albums as well. I’m not worried. I’m hoping once school let’s out I’ll have more time (and energy) to devote to it.

Project 4: Read 100 Classics

I’ll admit that I’ve begun to drag my feet on this one. After finishing Atlas Shrugged, I wanted a little time off. Those characters so thoroughly threw off my worldview I needed time to digest. I’ve since been crawling through Arabian Nights. I do hope to finish soon, but I’m not ashamed of my pace.

I’m so proud of reading 6 books in these 100 days. As a kid, I was an avid reader and throughout high school I worked at a bookshop. Yet the last book I read, before this project, was in 2015. College stopped me dead in my tracks. I’ve been so thankful to this project because it taught me that reading can always be done. Even with school readings, it’s possible to read for pleasure.

PS: Abbey has finished 3 books so far. She’s a chronic reader, so she’ll lap me in no time.

Project 5: Earn Scholarships

I just started this one last week. No new updates and no life-changing testimonials. Yet.

Project 6: Write a Book

I started this project four days ago, so I don’t have any updates. But one thing I will say is this project would never have happened if weren’t for the blog. This would have been a “stop being ridiculous, you can’t do this” project if not for the confidence I’ve managed to build.


All in all, I’m proud of myself for taking these steps to have put this out into the ether. As a future lawyer, I’ve always been a bit hesitant about oversharing (or even sharing for that matter) online. But I’m glad I did.

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791 Days Left – An Update

It was a nice Spring Break this week – I thought. My boyfriend and I spent the weekend in Miami exploring the culture and weather having the time of our lives. We had some free miles that were expiring soon and it felt like the perfect getaway.

Away from the world, we had no idea just what was happening all over. The morning of our departure, we got notice that our university was shutting down for a few weeks. That’s when we knew it got bad.

When we went to the Ft. Lauderdale airport, there was no line for security. TVs were flashing everywhere with cruises that were quarantined, just miles away. That’s when we knew we had to rush home.

We’ve stayed inside away from as many people as we could for a few days even though we were showing no symptoms. In the meantime, our school announced it was switching to online classes for the rest of the semester.

So with social distancing for the next several months, it does change quite a few of my plans for these projects – and maybe future projects too. Here’s what’s on my mind:

Project 1: CALI a Law Class

Oh, online learning won’t be fun. But until I try it, I can’t really say too much. I’ll find out on Wednesday, my first day of online classes. My biggest concern is what it’ll do to the curve: will more students be studying harder with nothing else to do or studying much, much less?

Project 2: Get Organized

I don’t expect any changes here – it’s kind of the perfect quarantine project, isn’t it?

Project 3: Make a Cover Album

Again, I expect minimal changes. Though I really haven’t been working on this one too much – I should really get back to it.

Project 4: Read 100 Classic Books

This project couldn’t be going any better. I’m nearing the end of Atlas Shrugged (and loving every minute of it!). I should be done with in the next few days and I can’t wait to share my thoughts.

Future Projects

With some extra free time and not having to enter the law school for the next 5 months, I do have a little extra time on my hands. I’ve been brainstorming ideas as to how to use my time most productively. I’ve come up with three ideas that you may (or may not) see implemented in the near future.

  • A project with my boyfriend: I’ve been asking my boyfriend to do a project with me for a while, but I’m not pushing it. You may have noticed I don’t really reveal much about him either – that’s just because I don’t want him to feel uncomfortable. After all, this is my endeavor – not his. That being said, if we do a project, expect to hear a little more from him.
  • A running project: Five months is a good amount of training time. With most gyms closed, it does seem like the good ol’ outdoors is the best way to exercise. Could it be enough time to train for a race?
  • A writing project: With Abbey and I reading all these fantastic stories, we’ve been coming up with ideas for plot twists and turns. Actually, we’ve come up with a pretty solid book plot that’s hidden in the labyrinth of our shared files (aptly named The X Files). Would we really consider writing a book?

All of this being said, I am always open to ideas. If there’s any projects I need to try, I’m all ears. Just please, wash your hands first.

Monthly Match-Ups

Monthly Match-Ups: Music Theory Week 1

One week into learning music theory and I figured it was due time for an update.

While it’s been a very busy week, I’m not completely in the dark when it comes to music theory. I have experience in piano, violin, and guitar, so I do have intuitive theoretical knowledge. Going into this challenge, I’d consider myself a beginner-intermediate. I don’t struggle with reading music, I’m familiar with most scales, using a Circle of Fifths, and tapping rhythms. But when it comes to non-major/minor scales I don’t know formulas, I struggle with musical analysis, and time signatures put me in an early grave when playing them.

Nevertheless with my basic knowledge, I’ve spent the week looking at free online music theory lessons. I take notes where there’s something I don’t know or need to memorize.

I think my focus will be on taking those notes and synthesizing them throughout the month. Hopefully, I can turn it into a one-pager. I have a really strong photographic memory and creating one-pagers has always been my exam strategy. I can’t retain information at the ready for extended periods of time, but I can process and retain in order to perform.

Originally, I had planned to study music theory whenever I was working on Civil Procedure (an idea Alex borrowed from me!). However, this seems to be pretty ineffective for me, so I’m abandoning that plan. I think the new plan is to use mornings to study music theory. That way I force myself to do it if I get too busy with schoolwork later in the evening.

As much as I’d like to go into more specifics, there’s not much else to say. I haven’t learned anything groundbreaking yet and also Alex reads these posts. I can’t be giving my good ideas away until the end – and then I’ll use them as scare tactics to make him feel unprepared (I’m currently reading The Prince, can you tell? The end should definitely justifies the means here!)

And to Alex I say: You’re on.