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so, the first day of school. I can't believe that I have two kids in school. Time flies. I was a little worried about how AJ would react but she is doing great. It is Sasha that I feel awful for. When we got home she called out for her sisters. When she discovered they were gone, she was inconsolable. She is getting a little better but I hurt for her. Otherwise, things are moving along. For the first time in a long time, I am beginning to feel optimistic. Business is picking up to the extent where I can actually think that I might make some money today. It helps that the construction costs on the back of the building are winding down. Good lord its been expensive! We are getting the back area done. It will be area to meet with other lawyers and clients. The one thing I have learned about how to get cases is that personal relationships matter. All the advertising hasn't lead to even 10% of the cases that just knowing people has. So a nice space seems prett…
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So, it is almost a year since I left Alaska.  The last year has been a real struggle.  Emotionally, leaving Alaska along with turning 40 has messed with my heart and my mind.  As well, 'starting' over in my career has been difficult at times.  Financially, I am quite a bit worse off.  My cost of living has about doubled.  Taxes, health insurance, rent and debt payments eat 100% of my income.  100%.  Every drop of gas I burn, is on credit.  Every bite of food.  Every thing the girls need.  The building which was supposed to cost $100,000 and take 6 months, has cost over $150,000 and has been a year.  The front hasn't even been started.  It will be another $150,000 to finish this place.  The civil side of the practice has been far slower than I anticipated.  It has meant that I have to scrape together every dollar from criminal law just to keep going.  It isn't enough.  My debt has exploded in the last year.  The things that I loved to do in Alaska just haven't been…