I sat at my desk looking at a blank Word document. I was hoping that something would “pop” to write my next blog about. I thought to myself, “Well, I could talk about whether documents are valid in other states. Or I could talk about how the holidays often expose families to x, y, and z. Or what about doing a blog on guardianships?” And I may get to those topics soon, but a topic finally popped – January is the month of my work anniversary! So, for this blog, I thought it would be fun to take a trip to memory lane and share some of my favorite moments—in no particular order!—with all of you.
- Many of you know that we have an office in Rockville, Indiana. The families that we have helped out of that office are so dear to me. About three years ago, I was running a Client Advisory Board meeting and I posed the question: “What ways can our office get more involved in the community?” One member on the Board confidently replied, “Well, you should buy an animal at the fair.” I remember thinking (but did not verbalize), “Uh, what?” Long story short, it is important to the community (specifically the 4H kids) that businesses and families participate in the livestock auction at the fair. So, what did we do? We listened to our Board, of course, and drove to the Parke County Fair on a Friday evening to participate. To this day, I am fairly certain that we put on a good front (that is what I keep telling myself at least) but we did not have the slightest clue of what we were actually doing. Luckily, we got our first-time jitters out of the way and have happily participated ever since.
- Here comes a story about a client that I’m going to name “Jane.” I was helping Jane with getting her Trust funded, and I remember her being quite emotional through the process as her husband had very recently passed. It was difficult for her to remove his name off of their assets. We got through it together and a few years later, Jane pops up on my calendar for a meeting. I walk into the meeting and she softly tells me: “Jenny, I met someone and I think we are going to get married.” We’ll call him “Tom.” Tom was also widowed. This was my first experience at a client getting remarried. It is one of those things that … well, it happens more often than people think. Jane deserved all the happiness in the world – and Tom made Jane happy. Since that “I met someone” meeting, Jane and Tom got married. Jane’s story is one of my favorite memories because it has been such a pleasure to watch her tears transition to smiles. This “field” is like no other – our clients are our families. Her story holds a special place in my heart.
- While becoming an attorney had always been in my game plan—ask my fifth-grade teacher!—I wanted to ensure that it was indeed something I wanted to do. Therefore, I started looking for an open position in a law office in 2011. Lucky for me, I came upon this office and thankfully I convinced them to hire me! After I had a couple of years under my belt and had experienced the gratification of helping families, I blurted out “I want to go to law school!” during an internal team meeting. Thereafter, the team held me accountable through the application process and have continued to show their endless support while I worked full-time and attended school in the evening. I consider it such a precious opportunity to be able to work with them and do what we do every single day – to help families plan in advance; to help families during a crisis; to simply take the pain away; to provide peace of mind. This team is so special and I am so honored to be able to work side-by-side with each and every one of them.
So, while I could go on-and-on with stories about families we helped, about the team, etc. this blog has (unintentionally) become longer than I anticipated. So, I will wrap this up with a story about my Mom. I talk to her quite often and in the beginning of most of our conversations, I inevitably ask, “How are you? How is work going?” And she often responds with: “Oh Jenny … Every day is a party – some are long, some are short, some are fun, some are a dud – but it is still a party!” I love the subliminal message of her saying that; it is about enjoying the moment and enjoying your days. With that, I am so incredibly grateful for the last 1,827 parties (ahem, days) with all of you and I look forward to the next 1,827.
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Until Next Time,