THE MONTHLY ADVOCATE
to take center stage, especially around Halloween. We go to haunted houses, corn mazes, and watch all kinds of scary movies to get that adrenaline rush. You don’t always need a horror movie to feel fear, though — sometimes it’s provided by real life. I grew up in Georgia, and I liked it. It’s where I’d spent my whole life, so when it came time for me to go to law school, I decided to get out of my comfort zone. I had the opportunity to go to Akron, Ohio, and I thought, “Let’s do this.” My first semester was brutal. Law school is already really tough, especially the first year. Maybe you’ve heard the saying about the three years of law school — “The first year, they scare you to death, the second year, they work you to death, and the third year, they bore you to death.” I lived through all of these, but the first year was very challenging. Trying to get through it in a completely new environment was rough. Not only did I not know anyone, but Ohio is so cold. My first winter there was the worst they’d had in three years. My sophomore year, I made the choice to return home to Georgia. I transferred to law school in Atlanta, and thank goodness I did, because otherwise I wouldn’t have met Keren. Even though Ohio wasn’t the right fit for me, I learned a lot about myself by getting out of my comfort zone. I also made some friends I still have to this day. It’s natural to be afraid of the unknown — a dark closet, a new home, or speaking in front of people. When you’re in a controlled environment, you’re comfortable, and it can be easy to stay in your routine. But getting out of your comfort zone and learning to use some of that fear to your advantage can open you up to a world of opportunities. In those instances, it can help you grow as a person.
How is your fall? We’re enjoying it and staying busy here! We’ve been gearing up for a big change. This month marks an exciting time for us — we’re opening a new office in Gainesville. The reason is simple: We saw a need within the community we serve. People from Gainesville travel all the way to Atlanta to see attorneys. There should be a better option, so we decided to make one. We’ll bring our bilingual team to provide legal aid to the community around Gainesville. We’re eager to get going and be there for people. Jannyn, one of our rock-star employees, is from the area and will be one of the friendly faces there to assist you. You can read more about Jannyn’s role inside the newsletter. TAKING ON FEAR AND GROWING
Even though I didn’t stay in Ohio, I’m glad I gave it a try and got out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot about myself. Opening up a second office was another scary choice, but we knew it was the right decision for our goal of better serving our community.
How will you get out of your comfort zone this month?
Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are also coming up, and it has me thinking about some of the themes around these holidays. Fear tends
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