I started working when I was 14. A friend 2 houses down from us worked at Red Rock movie theaters & took me to work with her to meet her managers. They hired me even though I was only 14. This was back in 1982 when minimum wage was only $3.35 an hour. I worked there for 2 years (without a raise since they knew I didn’t really have any other options at 14 years old) & saved up enough money during that time to buy my first car for $950 when I turned 16. With that car, I was able to take my first job as a runner at a law firm.
20 years ago, I would have said no. I graduated law school with my student loan debt maxed out & saw people making a living without debt. That was difficult when I wanted to stop working to be home with my kids. Now, though, I’m so glad I get to come back to law after being at home all this time. Having my law license is worth everything I put into it.
My favorite ice cream topping is hot fudge. It’s not really a topping for me, though, since I like more hot fudge than ice cream.
I think I’ve learned lots of lessons the hard way since I was pretty rebellious when I was younger. As an adult though, the hardest lesson I learned was to truly appreciate the time you have with people you love & to tell them you love them even if you are frustrated or overwhelmed at difficult circumstances. My mom lived with me until she died & caring for her was very difficult at times. I wish I’d stepped back from the “work” of it & just appreciated that I got to have that time with her. I really wish I’d never let her see when it was difficult for me but instead just showed her how much I loved her.