I have decided that my focus in 2010 is going to be joy. I want to live joy and give joy. For every decision I make personally and professionally, I am going to consider joy as a factor. I believe I have the greatest job on earth being a court reporter. My clients are wonderful. I have so much respect for the court reporters who work my calendar and my staff.
The associations and clubs I belong to, Deposition Reporters Association of California (www.caldra.org), the National Court Reporters Association (www.ncraonline.org), Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting (www.staronline.org), San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club (www.sdrotary.org), San Diego Legal Secretaries Association (www.sdlsa.org), Lawyers Club of San Diego (www.lawyersclubsandiego.com), and San Diego Paralegals Association (www.sdparalegals.org) all give me energy and joy. It is where I can find like-minded people to share experiences and information.
I am blessed with many national and international friends and advisors I have met via Twitter and social media, businesspersons, reporters, CART providers, and captioners that are “best in class” in their respective fields. I use the word “met” in the sense of only knowing these individuals online. If you told me in 2008 I would have “web friends” and “web advisors,” I would tell you that you are crazy. “I am not that kind of a person.” Thank goodness I believe in new ideas and change, or I wouldn’t have these friends.
Because of this blog, I have received emails from “strangers” all over the country. I have heard from wonderful court reporting students, people trying to decide if they should go to court reporting school and change their career paths. Schools, state associations, and other court reporting firms have contacted me asking if they can post different blog posts in their newsletters or on web sites. I consider all of the “strangers” who contact me because of this blog my friends. I take all queries and questions seriously and am happy to answer anyone.
I look forward to 2010, a new year and the beginning of a new decade. All of the people in my life, the people I described in the last four paragraphs, give me joy. My plan is to give joy right back.
Let’s make up our minds to really go for it in 2010 and be the best we can be. I can hardly wait!