Janet

Naming It, Claiming It: What Ms. JD Did For Me

Note: On January 1, my husband and I made a resolution for the New Year: we would move to California's Central Coast before the end of 2010. This series chronicles the career component of our journey as I attempt to make connections, build a network, and, hopefully (fingers crossed!), find a legal job in the next twelve months. Here are the first, second, third, and fourth posts in the series.

 If you’ve been following this series, you’ll remember that this column was born at Brent's Delicatessen in Northridge, California. Ms. JD's Executive Director and I had met for lunch and, over two heaping plates of cheese blintzes and potato pancakes, she convinced me that I should document my adventure.

But that’s not all she did. Jessie also helped me develop a plan.  She suggested that I spend Spring Break on the Central Coast, meeting with as many lawyers as possible. She suggested that I set up coffees and lunches to get to know people, to solicit their advice, to make connections. She suggested that I join the local bar associations and attend local events whenever possible. She offered to help me set up a Ms. JD event in the area, which would give me the opportunity to work closely with local lawyers. In essence, she proposed that I focus 100 percent of my energy in 100 square miles.

Best of all, in that booth at Brent's Delicatessen, Jessie convinced me that moving to California’s Central Coast was completely feasible. My husband and I had long talked about the possibility—maybe we’d go in  ten years, we thought, maybe when we retired—but I came home from lunch convinced that we could make it happen by the end of the year. Jessie fully believed, and helped me to believe, that with a lot of hard work I could find a job that I loved in exactly the place I wanted to be.

She was right. I’m here. I have a job—an actual legal job that, as predicted, I love. We made it.

If you are thinking about getting involved with Ms. JD, thinking about attending a Ms. JD event or writing on the blog or volunteering for one of the many Ms. JD projects, I want to encourage you to do so.  You might just find some amazing advice—some life changing advice—over a big pile of potato pancakes.

Update: This was the fifth article in a series about moving to the California's Central Coast.  If you are interested in following the journey, here are the  first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and final posts in this series.

3 Comments

K.M.L.H.

It’s been so fun reading about your adventure.  Congratulations on making it to where you wanted to be and doing what you want to be doing!  Take some time to enjoy it.

Frank Kimball

A tremendous series of articles but enquiring minds are endlessly curious.  Where did  you settle?  At least a hint of the town.  My guess - CAmbria or San Luis Obispo.

jlwallace

Thank you for the kind comments!
Frank, you are a superb guesser—we’re in SLO.

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