Category Archives: Achievers

What is an Immigration Paralegal Job Really Like?

What is an Immigration Paralegal Job Really Like?

Paralegal jobs can be so interesting!

In my book, Legal Break-In, I list several paralegal positions and duties involved with each one.

The Immigration Paralegal

In this post, I focus on the Immigration Paralegal.  This field requires specific forms that are filled out by the paralegal with the information provided by the client.

Let’s start from the beginning.

The client sets up an appointment to meet with the immigration attorney.  Sometimes the client comes alone or with family members. The attorney will often times meet the client alone, without the paralegal, however, some assistants have been asked to sit in on meetings to take notes that the attorney would later go over.

The paralegal will often speak to the client over the phone to ask for more information for the forms which must be filed with the court.  Clients can be very nervous during an initial meeting, however, once they arrive home additional details will come to them.  The paralegal is responsible for working well with the client and in a kind manner. Once all of the information is gathered, the paralegal prepares the form, the attorney reviews and then the forms are e-filed with the court.

During the time the information is collected from the client, the paralegal makes sure every phone call and meeting are documented on the computer for the attorney’s review.

It’s also important that the attorney and paralegal work together to create a system where the details of each case can be tracked so that deadlines are not missed.

You may find it fun to work with an attorney who specializes in a certain type of law because you then become an expert yourself.

 

Happy on the Journey

Happy on the Journey.  Seriously?

It can certainly feel like forever as we work toward our goal or end game, right? Time seems to pass so slowly and it seems as if we’ll never get there.

The journey, though, is an education in itself, so what can we do to enjoy it more?

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

1. What are you grateful for?

List the people, furbabies & material items you’re grateful for. Count your current blessings.

2.  What’s one important lesson learned today?

Is there something that occurred today (good or bad) that taught you something? Count it all joy.  Whether it’s a good or bad experience, the Lord is developing character traits in you that can be used for good.  And if you allow it, all of your bad habits will be eliminated, one by one.

3.  When you look back one year from today, what will you see?

There’s no reason to wait to begin moving toward the dream that God has placed on your heart and in your mind. Go for it! One year from now, you’ll be amazed at your progress.

4.  Have you made some progress already?

If so, write it down on your computer, in a notebook or create a journal to track your moments. And don’t forget to celebrate your progress along the way.

With effort and an “I can do it!” attitude, you will make it. Keep the faith and keep going forward.

 

What If It Does Work Out?

What if it does work out?

1. Fear changes to Hope!

2. Working toward your end game with passion = Light, not darkness.

3. Fear and doubt drift away.

4. Consider the possibility of reaching the dream God’s placed in your mind and on your heart.

Make a sincere effort to quit the negative self-talk. Your past does not have to follow you into the future, you know.  Changing how you respond to criticism is important.

Become confident that you can trust the Lord and all that He has for you.  Read His Word regularly in order to infuse your mind with the truth.

Don’t give up – ever.

Remember…you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

He said so.

InstaGramps Cracks Instagram with his Love of Family and Art

InstaGramps Cracks Instagram with his Love of Family and Art

InstaGramps Legacy to His Grandchildren
InstaGramps on Instagram

75 year old Chanjae Lee moved to Brazil over 35 years ago from Korea and raised his family there.

His great joy in life, like ours, was being involved in his grandchildren’s lives (taking them to school, etc.). However, sometime ago Chanjae’s grandchildren moved with their parents back to their Korean homeland.

As a grandparent, I understand this dilemma. Following our children can seem a bit pushy and overbearing. However, we uprooted ourselves from northern Florida to follow our daughter and grandson to central Florida. They lit up our world and suddenly, because of job prospects for my daughter, were gone.

It was tough and lonely, honestly.

Once Chanjae’s son and wife (who remained in Brazil) had a baby, Chanjae again was filled with light. His family had encouraged him to get back to drawing but he had no motivation to do so until his new grandchild came along.

His son encouraged him to post his drawings on Instagram and unbelievably, his audience as of this date has grown to 116,000 !

Take a moment to visit @drawings_for_my_grandchildren on Instagram to take a look at the wonderful legacy Chanjae is leaving for his grandchildren.

It’s really never too late to begin again, to use your God-given gifts to lift up and inspire others.

Go for it!

 

 

Never Give Up -Time to Dream Big

Never Give Up  – Time to Dream Big

Dream Believe Achieve
Take Time for Yourself. Dream Big.

The starter home my husband and I purchased many moons ago in the midwest needed a lot of upgrades. The carpet in the living room was threadbare, the kitchen was very small and you could only enter through the utility or living rooms. A garage was turned into a type of recreation room, however, the wall between the kitchen and rec room remained.

Well, not for long!

My hubby looked at me one day and said, “Would you be ok if I knocked that wall down?” I said, “Sure, it’ll help with the flow from room to room.” And voila! We placed a sheet over the doorway to the living room and he knocked down that wall.

Lo and behold…all of the electricals for the house ran through a large pipe and that presented a real challenge, indeed. Now, the wires would have to be rerouted, a breaker box installed, new ceiling, flooring, etc.  Whew! All with very little money.

When I relayed this information to my Mom over the phone one day, she made a comment that stopped me in my tracks. She said, “You’ll never finish that project.” I said, “Oh, just watch. I’ll never give up.”

It was a defining moment for me, really.

I knew in time we would finish all of it…we would get there. And we did. When we had the money, we installed a floor – just the two of us. For the first time in my life, I held a paint roller and painted the kitchen while my hubby was away on a business trip. My husband called his grandfather in New Jersey (who had built his own home in Neptune, New Jersey) and asked for advice regarding the electrical upgrade and how to do it. Yep, he did it. Everything was completed and it took 4 years.  Four years of scraping money together to buy the floor, paint, the conduit pipe for the wiring and more.

So, what is it that holds you back?

Are your family or friends telling you it can never be done?

Have you convinced yourself that you’ll never see that dream come true?

God gives each of us gifts to use to bless others. What is it that you’re good at? It’s time to explore!

Today’s the day to move that one foot forward toward the goal. Just one baby step at a time.

Take a moment to watch this video (click the link): Never Give Up !!

Lost and Found Dreams

Lost and Found Dreams

Follow your dream
Follow your dream

As you move toward the career or business of your dreams, you find out quickly that the pathway has some twist and turns you never expected.

Sometimes, there are very nice surprises, too!

Your journey experience may teach you, however, that where you began is not where you end up.  The purpose of your journey is not just the end game; it’s what you learn along the way about yourself.r

For instance, as you begin to promote yourself online by writing blog posts you discover that you adore writing.

What do you do with that information?

Do you look at writing as a career?

How strongly are you drawn to that profession?

All good questions to ask yourself.

Or, you have a specific career in mind.  You land your first job and discover you would prefer to work in different area altogether.

It’s important to step out into your journey.

Let it begin and then see where the road leads you.

Be open to change.

 

Tough Talk

Tough TalkTough Talk

As you begin a new journey, whether it be building a business, following a long time dream or you’re beginning a weight loss program, how you think and what you speak will determine what the outcome is in the long run.

What do you tell yourself? Do you speak as if your dreams will never amount to anything or do you tell yourself that you CAN do this?

Who do you listen to? Do you listen to advice from those who have refused to follow their own dreams? Or, do you follow and connect with those who have successfully achieved their end goal?

How do you get off this merry go round of negativity?

Can you go from thinking of yourself as a complete failure to believing that there are qualities within you that with hard work will lead you down the path to your God-given destiny?

Yes, you can!

It takes something very simple. A change of ATTITUDE.

How hard will you work?

Have you written out your goals?

Procrastination will absolutely kill the creative spirit, so it is time to move!

Today.

Do it now.Tough Talk

 

Business Love

Business LoveBusiness Love

Working for an employer who truly cares about your well being is truly glorious. I worked for a company in New Jersey where the employees gathered in the break room every morning before the workday began to pass pleasantries and to share family news.

Our vice president walked throughout the office buildings and factory several times during the day to touch base with the supervisors and employees.  When Secretaries/Administrative Day arrived, the staff was taken out to lunch and given gifts of appreciation.

The feeling of family was very strong here.

As I remember back, I understand how rare this is today. Yet, this type of atmosphere can be created easily. It should begin at the top but often starts with the employees.  When birthdays and anniversaries are celebrated, a feeling of warmth overtakes the business and it becomes a place you want to get up and go to day after day.

Love and caring truly make a difference in our everyday worklife.

Why isn’t the culture of caring and love exist in most businesses today?  I guess one of the reasons is if you haven’t experienced this type of workplace, you really think the opposite is the norm. But it can begin with one person who cares.  One person who decides to change it for the good.

A culture of caring and compassion makes for a happier workplace.  Walls come tumbling down and people decide to work well together. Being highly productive becomes a source of pride because the employees want to work hard for a company who respects and cares about them.

How can you help your company change to a more positive culture today? What one step will you take to change?

Put Off or Take Off?

Put off or take-off?Do It Now

There are so many reasons we decide not to go after our dreams, right?  Here were some of mine:

1.  Worried about what my family and friends might think.

2.  Not sure what it is I want to do.

3.  Fear of the unknown.

4.  What if it doesn’t work out?

5.  Fearful of learning something new.

6.  Feeling overwhelmed.

Oh, and there are so many more!

How about you?

What is it that you tell yourself that keeps you from moving forward?

Let’s take apart the excuses listed above…

1. Worried about what my family and friends might think. Before you reveal your hopes and dreams to your friends and family, it’s important to first investigate the career or business opportunity you’re looking into. Learn all you can.  Seek out opinions of people who are already doing what you’d like to do. Then, if you’re ready to go forward with your plan, only reveal it to a friend or family member who will totally lift you up and support you.

2.  Not sure what I want to do.  It’s time to place the search words in Google to begin your investigation. Look at several different careers that you might have an interest in. My list would probably have 20 – how many would yours have? Then find out what the duties are in each career. Do you see yourself working in any of them day to day?

3.  Fear of the unknown.  It can be scary to move into a new career or business that you’re completely unfamiliar with. But it can also be a time filled with adventure and excitement. This is when negativity from our past can try to stop us in our tracks. Don’t allow this to happen to you – push through it and you will rise to the top as the winner!

4.  What if it doesn’t work out.  When you begin your journey, it’s important to remain positive. Everything you learn along the way is valuable and will help you as you move forward. The idea you have now of where you might end up might not be your end game. Be open to learning and growing and discovering more about yourself.

5.  A feeling of overwhelm.  As you move into God’s purpose for your life, the steps necessary to get there may feel overwhelming. But no one said you had to accomplish everything overnight. Write out your goals and then write out the steps to accomplish each one. Keep a record of everything in a notebook or on your computer.

Now, get up and GO!