Sunday, May 20, 2012

Purposeful Living: Beginning A Journey ~ From AA to JD

© 2012 ~ Cizon Sauceda ~ All Rights Reserved

From AA to JD:  Preparing to Return To School
The To Do List for Spring/Summer/Fall 2012

and so the story begins.

For many of the past 12 years I have heard the phrase 'find a way, make a way' so I decided that I was going to establish the purpose, set the plan, break the plan into goals or sections in order that I can work it and obtain them.

I have finally decided what I want to be when I grow up.  Really I had a good idea of this purpose a few years back however I let life, those who thought I'd make an awesome MK consultant-potential director, my work-a-holic tendencies as well as myself with my own wishy/washy ideas of what I thought I should be keep me from gaining ground on my purpose.  Aside from being a wife and mother I must find fulfillment that will allow me to continue/re-establish growth in my life.  A life, my life, that I believe has become stagnant over the past couple of years.  I've enjoyed being a wife and a Momma as well as spending the past year diving into domestic living (i.e. cooking, etc.) and will continue to be supportive to my husband and my kiddos; but it is also time for Momma to finally finish school so she is complete.  I just and I must finish is what I feel I must do.  Now that my kids are grown it is time for me get on with my life and find this growth.  I do have after all at minimum 45 years to live if I plan to keep up with my PaPa and I've always said I plan to live to be 121-years-young so that means I really have 76 years of life left!  Even looking at the minimum I would say I have at least 25 years to work after getting an education!  So now it is time to get myself healthy and educated to live a productive life!


My purpose and long range goal is to become an attorney and pass the bar by the fall of 2023.  Yes, if you did the math, that is a ten-year plan.  It might go faster but I will not stress myself by saying I will be this in seven years.  I'm allowing the cushioned padding to make this purpose come to fruition.  I must work and go to school to pay for school.  This will not be easy nor fast but it will be accomplished.  In order to just get through 2012 and into a routine of school and work there will be things I'll need to do this spring/summer/fall to begin this journey as well as things I'll continue well past this year and into the future as I travel to my destination.


  • Daily in the Word and in Prayer
  • Regularly Attend Church and Attend A Growth Group
  • Wean myself from TV!!!
  • Nutritionally sound meals henceforth - limit whites and carbs
  • Monday through Saturday - walk treadmill aim for a mile or minimum 20 - 30 minutes
  • M/W/F - strength routine with dumbbells
  • Drink 1/2 my body weight in oz of water daily
  • Daily Weigh-in / Weekly Waist-in until I meet my goal of 100 - 110 lbs and 27 inches
  • Sleep 9/10:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.  (7/8 hrs) 
  • Keep on top of blood pressure, blood sugar, RA, etc., - keep ahead so I can keep going
  • Lose 180 lbs so I am healthy and can make it to my purpose

  1. Work consistently 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (5 hrs daily) at current part-time job
  2. Find a job with more money/more hours or another part-time job to go with current part-time job, etc. so I can get on top of things (maybe with Clark County or the State of Nevada or maybe for a local attorney)
  3. Sell off all final MK on hand via whatever means (to pay for school)
  4. Sell off anything else that isn't needed (to pay on bills and for school)

If you are reading this and want to assist me in meeting my educational goal,
please click on the Google Support Link titled 
Help Send Cizon To School 
on the right side column.
Thank you for your assistance!!

Step by Step Plan to Clean, Organize and Prep House during the remainder of spring on through summer and into the fall of 2012 to make going to school while working more pleasant and productive.  With strong intentions of all the heavy work being completed by the end of August so that Fall mainly consists of those categories of keeping up on things.

a.  Vacuum and Steam Clean Bedroom Carpets (February/May/August/November)
b.  Clean baseboards and walls (Jan/Mar/May/July/Sept/Nov)
c.  Clean Oven (4th weekend each month)
d.  Clean Windows: inside and outside (3rd weekend each month)
e.  Clean Door Frames / Door Knobs / Spot Clean Walls (weekly - Sat)
f.  Clean Bathrooms (Tues-once over and Sat-deep)
g.  Vacuum / Sweep / Mop (Tues / Sat)
h.  Laundry (Tues / Sat)

a.  Find all remaining MBR/MBaR boxes in garage to empty (keep/toss/give away concept)
b.  Clear bookshelf in bedroom/clean and add only books from boxes, etc.
c.  Clear MK and items to sell to table in kitchen and post online for sale
d.  Dust and vacuum bedroom
e.  Curtain up in bedroom
f.  Rearrange furniture in bedroom (conducive to rest and reading)
g.  Clear out Closet:  Repair or Give Away or Throw Away
h.  Organize (and empty Bathroom Box in garage) - repair/give/toss

a.  Empty each box in entry way / hall with same concept of keep/toss/give away.
b.  Move stereo to hallway/entryway
c.  Create wall decor tree to put up Family Genealogy Research picture wall, etc.
d.  Build or get cabinet / case for music to set to right of piano
e.  Decor above piano as I wanted (musical lines/notes/instrument pictures, etc.)

a.  Find all remaining craft boxes in garage and empty (keep/toss/give away concept)  
b.  Remove financial bills and files to filing cabinet in my closet
c.  Organize craft items
d.  Spend at least an hour or two a week crafting to release my mind

a.  Find all remaining kitchen/dining boxes in garage sorting through them to decide what to keep/toss/give away
b.  Find/Purchase or Build Cabinet/Wall Unit for Dish Storage in Dining Area
c.  Create space for all remaining kitchen and dining items
d.  Repair all chairs with wood glue and screws that have legs broken
e.  Sand and paint chairs (green)
f.  Sand and paint table (mustard)
g.  Begin garage/estate sale search for items I want to add to kitchen/dining/house
h.  Curtain in dining room window

a.  Find all remaining living room boxes in garage sorting through them to decide what to keep/toss/give away/return to owner
b.  Finish painting baseboards
c.  Obtain new/larger shelving unit for DVD/VCR tapes, etc.
d.  Move existing black shelves to hallway corner for books
e.  Obtain a sturdy hide-a-bed couch
f.   Obtain a coffee table

a.  Gabrielle and Andrew will maintain their own rooms and return them to their original conditions upon moving out of the house.

a.  Remove all weeds and grass clumps in back yard
b.  Remove old broken down shed from back yard (maybe replace with a gazebo if HOA approves)
c.  Rent a rototiller to prepare the hard dirt yard for grass
d.  Work up flower beds and maintain existing plants and trees
e.  Lay sod to grow grass in back yard
f.   Clean up rock in front yard
g.  Shrubs or flowers under windows in front yard
h.  Clean up patio area
i.   Blow out dust on BBQ grill and enjoy outdoor grilling this summer/fall

a.  Empty all remaining boxes and clean garage
b.  Create holiday bins in clear plastic tubs
c.  Create other appropriate bins in clear plastic tubs for other storage (sewing/crafts, etc.)

EVENTUALLY and some day.... sooner than later...
a.  Updated electrical box panel to support 2012 not 1979 electrical systems
b.  Electrical work to bedrooms and living room to had lighted ceiling fan to each room
c.  Replace A/C-Heating unit

(Complete my education by the spring of 2023 or sooner AND pass bar by the fall of 2023)

I'll begin by taking two classes in the fall of 2012 and 
then moving on to 3/4 time enrollment afterward.

Complete AA in History/Sociology/Psychology (leaning toward history) at CSN
Complete Dual BA in History/Sociology with minor in Psychology (UNLV or NSC)

And just as crucial as completing each educational step above I will need to achieve and maintain a healthy GPA as well as obtain high scores on the LSAT prior to being able to enter law school.

Complete JD (????? stay local ???? or ????? southern Cali ???? or ????)

Formulate and Follow Plan to work on the following skills while I work through my undergraduate years to prepare for LSAT and Law School (below are areas that are covered in an ABA  article I recently read).
  • Analytic / Problem Solving Skills - seek avenues to increase these skills
  • Critical Reading - close reading of complex material in literature, political or economic theory, philosophy, or history
  • Writing Skills - Daily Blog/Journal for strengthening writing skills while expressing myself clearly and concisely.  I also need to seek as many experiences as possible that will require rigorous and analytical writing, including preparing original pieces of substantial length and revising written work in response to constructive criticism.
  • Oral Communication / Listening Abilities - join DAR and Toastmasters (or similar that has contacts to legal community).  Engage myself so that I can lead or present topics for vital communication experience.  Take classes that will also allow me to communicate and listen.
  • General Research Skills - continue to gain computer skills and knowledge to stay on top of electronic research.  Research family genealogy for research practice.  Find other avenues of research/discovery.
  • Task Organization / Management Skills - undertake school projects that require substantial research and writing, or through the preparation of major reports for an employer, a school, or a civic organization
  • Public Service and Promotion of Justice - Participate in public service projects or similar efforts at achieving objectives established for common purposes.   See if I have any skills that can be offered by volunteering at legal aid for Clark County.


    1. What are you prepping to return to or begin?

    2. How have you committed to your plan and goals and are you sticking to it?

    3.  Have you defined your Purpose for Living?

    Leave me your thoughts below!