The Best of Times, The Worst of Times- Nope, it’s all Good.

This is a hard post for me because I’ve basically had three jobs in my life and two of them were related. I know, I know that sounds odd but there ya go. I didn’t work in high school and college during the class terms even though I wanted to. My father always said my job was to get good grades. So, when class term was out, I worked in a store in the historic downtown Pensacola area called The Christmas Cottage. It was a super cute little store that was open all year long for the tourist trade. I loved it there. The elderly couple who ran it were so kind and wonderful- just the type you’d expect to run a Christmas shoppe.

The first year of law school, they had a rule that students couldn’t work so the next job I had was in the second year. I worked for a lawyer who did criminal, bankruptcy and some family law. He was a superstar criminal defense attorney and I learned so much from him. He was a wonderful man and I adored him. I hated to go when I graduated from school and he hated that I was leaving but he couldn’t take me on full time, so we parted ways and I left Alabama where I’d gone to school and returned to Pensacola.

Since being in Pensacola, I’ve been a lawyer. I’ve shared space with a woman for two years, had a male law partner for twenty-two years, and now am the owner of my own building and have a tenant. I love my work. I have good days and bad days, but I’ve truly been blessed on the job-front. I’m grateful.

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16 Responses to The Best of Times, The Worst of Times- Nope, it’s all Good.

  1. tonettejoyce says:

    Well, good for you! I am glad that you are grateful. A lot of people have great breaks in life and just take them for granted.
    I can assume that your ENTIRE life isn’t without ‘trials’ ,(sorry, couldn’t resist…but I do hope things are beter with your mom), and of course, being a lawyer you know that life isn’t easy in many ways…it’s funny how one little thing, a mistake, accident, or decission, even by another person, can throw life is a bad direction.
    With your attitude, your clients are lucky to have you working for them.Continued success!


  2. Thanks Tonette. And I love the pun!! Nope, my life is definitely w/o trials. Literally and figureatively. AND yep, tis a small thing that sometimes can throw a life into turmoil. I love helping people. It’s very reqarding,


  3. Micki Gibson says:

    Even before I read this, I had a feeling you were going to be pretty positive about your job experiences. Love this! And as much as I’m sure you’re a fantastic lawyer, I hope I will never need your services…unless you have experience with lottery winners. 🙂


  4. Suzanne says:

    I like hearing a little about your history. Very cool!


  5. Lavada Dee says:

    I loved my job too. And my life. I say I loved my job I just didn’t like going to work. I started in the computer field when it was just a baby and thankfully by the time I retired (early) the PC’s were out. Not sure I could exist without a computer. I think we all have good and bad days and like they say without the bad ones, we wouldn’t appreciate the good ones.


  6. Laurie Ryan says:

    I’ve loved most of my jobs. While I may have moved around a bit, I stayed in the medical field. Early on, I loved working with patients (physical therapy) but later morphed to the backside of things and into hospital finance. That was a stressful job and I wasn’t sorry to leave it behind for retirement.
    So…how come you didn’t count your second career in that job list? 🙂


    • Hopspital finance had to be the least fun of all but someone needs to do it, right?

      And I don’t count writing as a career at this point (shhh, don’t tell RWA) – It’s still my form of stress release- I may call it a job someday when I make enough to take the family out to dinner.


  7. jeff7salter says:

    It sounds like you’re in a field you love … and that’s what all the experts say is the ideal situation. Either do what you love or love what you do. In your case, it sounds like both. Which is wonderful.
    Learning about that Christmas store made me want to work there!


    • I agree. I told my kids the same thing. They need to do work that they are passionate about since so much of life is spent at work.

      And the Christmas store was wonderful. Chock full of beautiful and fun things. .


  8. arabella says:

    I want to grow up and be just like you. Love ya, Chica!!!


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