I'm a lawyer but, really, I consider myself a professional storyteller.
In 2007, I started to attend the University of Ottawa for political science. I enjoyed the program and the city, but I couldn't find a solid tribe to surround myself with. At the time, I wanted to work in politics (behind the scenes, not as a candidate).
In 2008, I transferred to McGill University in Montreal to reunite with two of my closest friends. I realized Montreal had the exact culture and lifestyle that was right for me. I also joined the McGill Daily, Canada's old student-run newspaper, as a contributing news writer.
In 2011, I graduated and started working with a non-profit organization that helps schools with high drop-out rates reduce their absenteeism. I relocated to a remote Indigenous community, 11 hours north of Montreal, and worked in the town's sole secondary school for six months. It was an experience of a lifetime. While I lived there, I applied for law school.
In 2012, I attended law school in Windsor, Ontario, a border town that lies on the other side of the river from Detroit, MI. It was my first choice school due to its branding as a social justice law school.
In 2015, I graduated from Windsor Law and returned to Toronto. I articled and was hired back as a lawyer at a government agency.
In 2016, I left the government agency because, although I was making great money, I wasn't fulfilled. I wanted to become a lawyer to service disenfranchised populations. I couldn't do that directly working for the government. I hit the jackpot when I saw an opening at my current employer, a legal aid clinic that helps low-income workers with their employment and human rights issues. Although it was a pay cut, it was one of the best professional decisions I've ever made.
In 2017, I started this blog to detail my (un)common journey of paying down the $50,000+ of debt I accumulated from law school (and to share some things I learned along the way).
However, I soon realized that proselytizing about good money management is meaningless without first defining our values, habits and mindset. In essence, what comprises our sense of self.
My words have also been published on The Financial Diet and Thought Catalog.
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