Now Mark's saying he's not sure if he wants to get the military history degree or not. *throws hands up* I told him last night, when he said that, that I think he should get it if he wants it, but NOT NOW. I told him he needs to wait until things are more settled financially.
He was really down last night about this whole starting a lawfirm thing. I had to talk him through it, remind him that if I had started a lawfirm a month ago, even with three years of experience, I'd still be in exactly the same position as him -- no real clients and not sure where to find them. I reminded him tha it's gonna take time and that he needs to give himself a year to get established, that he can't expect success overnight. I also started suggesting things he could do to get more experience and get his name out there, even if they are not income-producing: Volunteering at Legal Aid, getting himself on the Legal Referral list (paying, but for low income, so not paying well), contacting the career planning office at his law school (which is here in Lansing) for help, contacting the clinical programs at his law school and seeing if he can volunteer with them, contacting the Young Lawyer's Association of the Michigan Bar to see if they can connect him with a mentor, etc. etc. Hopefully he'll do some of those things. I get frustrated with him because he responds to stress by shutting down, instead of being proactive. I'm just the opposite.
In good news, hopefully this weekend I'll be kidnapping ladylardence for a gymnastics meet here in town. And hopefully in June I'll be going to visit themegs. Life is good. :D
Have a great day, all!