Four years ago, I could not have predicted I would be sitting in a luxury hotel room in Washington DC after completing three full days of leadership training to launch my public interest law career.
Four years ago, I just completed quarantine for radiation treatment (which would fail), and I was adjusting to life without a thyroid. I was tired, and I was lonely in a city full of people. I was anxious to be in school, and I hated feeling like I was behind where I wanted to be.
Four years ago, I also could not have predicted I would meet my husband seven months later when I started law school (again). Yet, here we are.
As you can tell, I just changed the look of my site a little bit, and I updated my name. In law school, my blogging was rare, because…… law school. Now that I am out of school and settling into real life, I am hoping to get back into writing.
For now, here is a quick life update.
Andrew and I took the Bar exam July 26-27 and one month later, we got married on August 28 at Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn, Illinois. The wedding was truly everything we could have hoped for and more. We had an intimate wedding, and people traveled from across the country to share in our day. We were loved so well.
The day after our wedding, we went to Switzerland for our honeymoon. We spent 10 days traveling through the country and its beauty exceeded our already high expectations.
On September 12, I started my Equal Justice Works fellowship, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, at Equip for Equality. Through this fellowship, I get the privilege to start my legal career doing exactly what I want to do. I am advocating for people with disabilities to be free from human trafficking and sexual abuse.
On September 30, Andrew and I learned we both passed the Illinois Bar exam! Thank God. It feels surreal to settle into our marriage and our jobs knowing we will never test again. As a result, we have been able to volunteer more readily and fully in our church community and to offer our time in ways we have not been able to in three years. We love Chicago, and we love serving in our community.
So much can happen in a few short years and so much has happened. Thank you all for continuing this journey with me. I am excited to dive into this new chapter and to see where it leads.