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I am a little bit overwhelmed by the news I'm about to tell y'all.

It's been less than a month since we arrived in Fort St. John. We got here at about 8pm on Tuesday, December 4th. As of Friday morning at 9am, I have an offer of full time employment! And the best part is... I don't start until February or March, so I get my little break that I was hoping for after all! I have unemployment until then, plus we still have some savings, so... best of both worlds, seriously.

After all of the stress and anxiety attacks etc. the last time I was out of work, the fact that I got this job so quickly and easily, and with the parameters it has, is almost enough to totally overwhelm me. Fortunately the training I've learned over the past 2 years has helped a lot for me to stop anxiety attacks before they even happen. :)

I went to my first band practice on December 13th, and got to chatting with one of the clarinet players afterwards. Turned out she's a legal assistant as well, and she mentioned that she'd heard that one of the firms in town needed a new assistant. The next day, I went in there with a resume. I interviewed with one of the associate lawyers on the 20th. I'm sure that if it had been his decision, I would have been offered the job on the spot. As it was, the decision had to be made by the owner of the firm, so the associate passed on his notes and recommendations to the owner, who emailed me last Thursday evening to see if I could talk to him on the phone or Skype the next morning. Thankfully I had decided to check my email one last time on my phone before trying to fall asleep, so I saw the email, and we did a Skype interview at 8:30 a.m. on the 28th. He offered me the job at the end of the interview, and I accepted right away.

Anyways, here's the details... I will be working for one of the biggest family law firms in Vancouver... in their satellite Fort St. John office. They have a gorgeous office building here that they've built themselves, and up until now they've just flown lawyers up here when neeeded for local clients, but as of January, there will be a freshly called-to-the-bar lawyer in-house all the time. The legal assistant in there now is going on maternity leave as of June, and they needed someone to cover her position, plus have a few months of overlap before she leaves, which is the position they've hired me for. They're hoping that the new lawyer will have enough of a clientele built up by the time the other assistant comes back that they can just keep me on, though. If not, no worries, as I still want to get out of law eventually, and this could just be a interim thing while I get all my safety training done and try to get a safety administrator job.

The best part is... I'm getting a 20% salary increase over my last position, AND it comes with extended health benefits. YAY! I'm so looking forward to starting to fix my teeth.
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