First off, thank you for stopping by my first blog. I am an 80’s baby born and raised in Canada at a time when girls proudly wore high-waist jeans with a Walkman clipped to our hip and frizzy bangs. A time when hip hop and rock music were awesome. A time when “twerking” was the twitch and jerk motion of spawning fish swimming upstream. I was an observant, introverted child with a vivid imagination who seldom missed the opportunity to state my opinion when an injustice occurred; from bullies picking on the underdog to negotiating my way out of detention.
Discovering a passion for law
After high school I went straight to college. I enrolled in the hotel management program with a friend. I had no passion for hotels and absolutely no interest in managing a Marriott one day. Before my second year commenced, I dropped out and bought a one-way ticket to the USA with seventy-five dollars and a dream. It was in New York and Philadelphia that I started to explore my entrepreneurial abilities. I managed to save tips from various part time jobs and started a CD duplication business for independent musicians. My business partner was an underground rapper, reformed ex-convict, and my best friend at the time. He opened my eyes to the good, the bad and the ugly of life in the USA and exposed me to neighbourhoods that haunt me to this day. Poverty, drugs and crime are words that come to mind. I wanted to change the system, I protested, I attended seminars and held fund raisers but it all felt like emotional gestures without any strategic foundation for actual change. Life went on.
With MP3 music and social media creeping about; CD’s became a vintage collector’s items and our business died. I picked up more hours at the coffee shop where I met a patron who came in daily for soy chai lattes. He would ask me if I knew what corpus juris secundum or habeas corpus meant and would cite paragraphs from the Black’s Law Dictionary. He was a radio host and lecturer, his life was dedicated to veganism and educating people in his community by way of law. We spent hours in the law library researching various subjects and discussing our findings. I became obsessed with law and its function. For the first time I was intellectually stimulated and felt empowered by law. In 2005 I decided to become a lawyer.
Taking the leap
Shortly after my ‘Aha’ moment, I returned to Canada with my mind set on the University of Ottawa. Sadly, my father passed away, but shortly after I met my soul mate. Long story short, I moved across Canada to be with him, putting law school on hold until I got settled in. The economy was booming, and I decided to try commercial real estate with no experience and no degree. I built my sales business from the ground up and decided to put law school on hold…AGAIN.
Several years later, I found myself caught in the vortex of chasing real estate deals and law school became a quick glimpse through my rear-view mirror while driving to the next meeting. Passion is persistent as the spirit of my desire to study law did not dissipate. For example, instead of mailing my closing documents to law firms I would deliver them in person to meet with lawyers. Sometimes I’d reveal my interest in leaving real estate for la w school. Most lawyers gave me the look; you know that squinty-eyed look after you’re abruptly awakened from a deep sleep after your mom turns on the bedroom light? One lawyer said the money is better in real estate and I’m crazy for going to law school. To their point, money was decent, my husband and I became investors and we’ve travelled much of the western world. Still, something was missing, and I felt like a failure for not going to law school.
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently”. Henry Ford
Failure became the most pivotal moment in my life. Tired of putting my passion on hold, I spent weeks researching alternative paths to a law degree for mature students knee-deep in their professional career. I found the University of London and was instantly sold on the distance delivery format, but I was unsure of the programmes’ credibility. I performed my due diligence by contacting local governing bodies and law schools to see what they thought. To my surprise, Canadian law schools offer programs for internationally trained lawyers. I even found a practising lawyer in Canada who graduated from the University of London. IT IS POSSIBLE!
My mission is to live my best life filled with intellectual and spiritual fulfilment. September 2018 marks my ten-year anniversary in commercial real estate and I am walking away to study and become a lawyer. Have I lost my mind? I don’t believe so, but only time will tell.
Not too long ago, all social media at work was handled by an experienced marketing assistant who sat several doors down from my office. I am a licensed commercial broker, I acquire and dispose of apartment buildings and self-storage facilities for local and multinational investors. Now, I find myself barely employed, but fascinated with Lord Denning’s rebellious ways and obsessed with spreading the rule of law to corrupt governments across the globe. Finally, I am a law student.
My name is Tamecah, but you can call me Miki. I love traveling, camping and hearty vegan meals. I am a serial dreamer with a sky’s the limit approach to life. I look forward to sharing my journey with you and if you made it this far through my first blog, I’d say we’re off to a great start. Peace.
Miki is studying the LLB in Canada.