I'm counting my blessings again, y'all.
Today I'm thankful to be able to work at a job that I love. Like love.
Being an attorney wasn't really what I set out to do when I graduated high school. I planned on getting my degree in biochemistry (which I did) and going to pharmacy school after graduation (which I did not). About halfway through college, I realized that I was entirely too clumsy to be mixing peoples' medications (you think I'm kidding...) and tried to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. And because He always knows better than I ever could what's best for me, I "accidentally" ended up in a business law course that same semester and fell in love.
So I took another law course the next semester and began to realize that being an attorney could actually be the perfect career for me. But I wasn't about to throw away all those science classes that I suffered through my first two years, so I decided to finish out my biochem degree and just add in as many extra government/law classes that I could. Then I learned about intellectual property law (patents, copyrights, trademarks) and figured that it'd be a neat way to tie in the two things that I loved and make a hopefully perfect career out of it.
Turns out I was right. :)
I moved to Houston for law school, and I actually kind of loved it (nerd alert!). I really loved the patent classes I took. But then the market crashed, and the summer jobs that I just knew would turn into full-time jobs after graduation didn't, and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what the heck I wanted to do. After taking the bar exam, and doing everything I could possibly think of to find a job, God dropped my dream job in my lap. Because He's wonderful in that way.
And now, after having practiced patent litigation for a year and a half, I can tell you that I wholeheartedly love what I do. And I know so many people absolutely hate their jobs, so I just feel incredibly blessed to get to spend my days doing something I love. Let's be honest... sometimes I hate it and want to pull my hair out and curse the day I ever thought about going to law school.
But most days? It's pretty great.
I mean, I totally feel comfortable using legal jargon in everyday life! (Movie quote!) :)