I am excited to start a new section of my immigration law blog! This will be a section that focuses on personal and professional topics like: how I broke out of the 9-5; how to manage a law practice (or any business) AND a family; how to manage the stress and anxiety that comes along with income instability; my favorite personal growth and spiritual writers/speakers, to name a few.
I hope you all will enjoy reading this and also follow me on Instagram where I share tidbits from my life and work (@roamimmigration).
In this first post, I am going to write about a topic that was always, always on my mind before I started my own law practice: how do I break out of the 9-5? This topic may be relevant to any field and applies to anyone trying to live life on their own terms, so to speak.
If you have landed on this page, then you must already be thinking about a career or lifestyle change. One that consists of more control over your own schedule. It’s funny how work can feel stifling when others are telling you when to do it and how to do it and can be completely exciting when you are doing it for yourself! Why is that? Here are my ideas: sometimes work can be our ideas, an expression of our creativity or our desire to do something good - like serving others. When these concepts are boxed into a job, it can feel limiting. For example, I wanted to practice immigration law, but I didn’t want to work on only a few kinds of cases for a handful of companies. It was an aspect of what I wanted to do, and I definitely wanted to learn how to do it really well, but ultimately, I wanted to talk to people, to understand their goals and desires and to figure out whether I can play a small part in helping them get there.
One of the main things that stops people from leaving a 9-5 (or 6,7,8…) job is...you guessed it! MONEY! I live in New York City so I know how expensive things can get. It all sounds uplifting and exhilarating when you read or dream about it but in practicality it can feel nothing short of impossible. I get it. I have been there. BUT! It can be done. With a little bit of planning and a lot of courage. Many books I read before taking the plunge, talked about saving up for a pay cut before hanging your own shingle. This is sound advice and can definitely help in the beginning. But there are decisions that you will need to make along the way - for example, are you ok with going on less vacations? Choosing a different type of school for your child? Buying less expensive clothes, etc? You get the idea. These are all personal choices and there is no right answer!
Once you’ve come to terms with what your finances will look like in the short term, know this also: in the long term, you may be way better off! With your own business, the sky is the limit!
Since this post has gotten pretty long already! I will continue this in Part II next week!
Please leave comments below with thoughts or questions!