So, it's January 16, 2017 and this is my first blog post for the year, although I said I was going to try to do better, ha! We started this year off by buying my office building on January 3! Not a bad start to what I hope will be a fabulous year. Honestly, I was hoping I would be moving my stuff into the courthouse this year, but that's not happening, and I've said before, I'm at peace with that. I know 100% that the election played out how it was supposed to play out. It was not God's timing for me to be judge this time, and that's ok with me, but of course, I still think about it.
Since the election, I learned a lot about who my true friends are, who to trust, who NOT to trust, and who has my back no matter what. After the election, I was evicted from my office and had to find a new one in a matter of about two weeks. I had already been looking for a new office space, and you know I've learned that sometimes God has to physically kick me to the next step in my life, and that eviction was His way of doing that. I found this super cute house that was owned by the judge who's position I had been running for, and when I went to look at it, I just had a feeling it was going to be mine. The owner and the bank disagreed on the value of the house, which caused a little hiccup in the plan, but my dad helped me come up with a new plan, which involved me renting the office from May until December, and then buying it for the lower price in January, which the bank approved. Since I practice daily in front of the owner, she rented the office to a real estate company who then subleased the office to me. I've been on my own practicing law for 9 years, and I've always rented my office space, and have never had the opportunity to own my building until now, and I must say, it feels pretty great!
Last week we had the retirement party for the judge who owned my building, and sitting there listening to people talk about what an impact she has made in their lives inspired me so much! It made me even more determined to be a judge one day. I just know that God would not have placed that desire in my heart unless it was going to happen one day! I am prayerfully waiting and hoping until it's my time.
Tomorrow we have the investiture ceremony for the newly elected judge (who beat me) and I'm excited for him. I'll be at his ceremony and reception, with nothing but peace in my heart, and excitement for him, as he takes this next step in his life. It will be an adjustment period for all of us, but I feel no ill feelings towards him at all. He was an extremely gracious winner, and was easy to work against on the campaign trail. We have a mutual respect for each other, and I'm so thankful for that.
A few days after we closed on the building, Heather and I took a quick little road trip to Biloxi. We had girl talk for hours on the road, and in our hotel room. Even before that little trip, and before the campaign, I knew she would 100% always have my back, but she was also with me every step of the way while I pursued my dream last year. She attended events with me, went door-to-door, dressed up crazy at the polling places, and was with me as the results rolled in and we found out I did not win. I can't imagine a better friend, and I'm so thankful for her every day!
So, I say all that to say this, 2017 is off to a fabulous start. I have an awesome husband who loves me no matter what my job is, and supports me no matter what, a wonderful son who loves his Mama and brings me so much joy, a job I love that is never boring, amazing friends who love me unconditionally and most importantly, hope and anticipation for what God will do in my life this year! I can't wait to see what else 2017 brings!