The Last time I wrote in my journal, I shared some of my short term goals. You can go to “I Am Back!!! to see that post .I am finding it difficult to blog most days, but I am going to attempt to do so at least weekly as I think it would be cool to see my progress and journey through reaching my goals.
As stated in my prior post, I applied for University of San Diego’s Paralegal program. I was accepted and I started on September 9, 2014. I am enrolled in the accelerated program which will end on December 18, 2014. In four months I will have completed 23 units. The classes in the program are: Intro to Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law, Research & Writing, Real Estate Law, and Family Law. On top of those courses, I am required to take an internship class and intern in a legal office, court, etc. I applied for a special internship with the Superior Court of San Diego. I was accepted and will be working in the probate department. The program will require me to intern for 75 hours. This case load is very vigorous, and I am praying that I will do well enough to earn my Certificate.
So now that I have been in the program for two weeks, I am finding that I don’t have much time for anything else. I have been going from class to studying in the Law Library to going home and studying more, while trying to get at least four to six hours of sleep. I am realizing that sleep has to be a part of the schedule so I don’t burn out…and of course, I got to eat light meals so I don’t doze off in class. Ha Ha, I could barely keep my eyes open the other day, and my professor saw, but told me not to worry about it because half the class was falling asleep…LOL I still have to care for my 84 year old Uncle. My grown children have been very helpful in picking up the slack when I am at school. I have not found the time to work on the projects I have with my publishing company, however, I am preparing to do so when I find a few spare moments.
I did start my BlogtalkRadio program on August 25, 2014. My program is on Mondays at 6 pm Pacific Time. To check out my station “Talk With The Root Digger” click on name. My next program will be with Ty El-Gray of the well known poem, “A Black Woman’s Smile.” Ty is the National Spokesperson for Spokenword Billboard Awards. I hope that you will join me on this program and call in to ask questions of our guest.
What about the time I am taking for my genealogy research? Well, I do plan on spending at least 2-5 hours a week to research and write about my journey. I have just started researching my New Mexico ancestry. I recently found information on my Chavez, Sanchez and Baca surnames. I had my DNA from 23andme transferred to FamilyTreeDNA, and many of the surnames of my Mexican/Native American ancestors were confirmed by others that I matched up with. The locales were also confirmed even though I had prior information from looking at census records. I am very interested in my DNA and am seeing that my Espinoza ancestry is a possible distinct line to Jewish ancestry that also was revealed in my DNA reports. I am going to try to be more thoughtful as I do this research as I am seeing that historical research of the history of the locations my ancestors lived is necessary for me to understand these determinations.
So of course, I am so happy that I still have a following. Please don’t give up on me. I will be more consistent, and I really appreciate your support.
I thought I was finished with this post, but wanted to share why I am back in school. I did not want to find myself in a unsatisfactory position. I have been very fortunate to be able to stay home and take care of my Uncle while working on the things that I enjoy. It is very scary to think that if he were to die, as he is going to be 85 years in November, that I would be in a very serious situation. I have never provided for myself with some type of safety net. It is just the way its been. However, as I am in my 40’s, I am in a situation as if I were leaving my parent’s home for the first time. My main goal is to be self-sufficient and not having to depend on others for my needs.
So there you have it in a nutshell. Please leave comments, I would love to hear from you.