This is my first official Blog. I’m not sure why I decided to create it other than I was sitting on Facebook one day and realized how many of my posts was sharing my opinion with all my friends and family and sometimes business associates. So I was thinking one day, why not just do a blog? Why not right? Seems like everyone and there mother has a blog now so why not? Maybe that’s a good reason, maybe it isn’t. I’m not sure I care if it is or it isn’t. I have been feeling lately like I am just meant to do more than I am. To be more than I am. Maybe this blog will bring that out and maybe it won’t, but what the hell right? We will see where it takes me. I have been asked or rather complimented recently on a lot of my Facebook opinion posts (most of them political because we just had an election) and I’ve had people message me privately telling me they appreciate or like my posts. So that’s kind of why I started this blog. Also, throughout my whole life, I’ve felt like I’ve been asked a lot about what I think or what my opinion is so I feel like I give a lot of advice. Now sometimes that advice doesn’t sit well with others once they’ve asked for it, but hey, if you didn’t want to know the truth, you definitely should not ask me. I have always called it like I see it. Sometimes people appreciate that but a lot of times they don’t. So I’ve determined that when people ask your opinion, more times than not, they want you tell them what they want to hear, not necessarily the truth. Those people learn pretty quickly that they shouldn’t ask me if they are looking for me to just tell them what they want to hear. Now, I am making myself sound really horrible. I am not. Because sometimes what I have to say is what people want to hear and it works out sometimes. Also there are those rare individuals who are actually looking for an honest opinion and appreciate it even if it’s something they’d rather not hear. But I digress. So a little bit about me, I am currently 42 years old. I am originally from Gunnison, Utah (and before you ask, yes I am a “Mormon” and proud of it). I moved to Layton, Utah when I was 14 and went to High School at Layton High. I graduated in 1992. Shortly after graduation I moved back to Gunnison, only to realize you can’t get a job in Gunnison unless someone dies. So I moved to Las Vegas, where my dad was currently living and began doing clerical jobs there. I have been in Las Vegas ever since, so I guess that makes me technically a native. I met my husband here after living here for just a few months, Bob Ryan. We went on our first date on July 13, 1993. We moved in together 3 months after that and lived together for a little less than 2 years before tying the knot in Las Vegas on July 15, 1995. I was a receptionist at a wholesale souvenir company at the time. In 1998, I was tired of working as a receptionist and decided to look for something else. Much like everything else I do, I didn’t know what I was looking for, just something else. I applied for a job at a well known Estate Planning firm in Las Vegas, never dreaming I’d get the job because I knew nothing about the legal field, and by some miracle they hired me. I had no experience and started at the bottom as an assistant (basically a glorified file clerk) to the Legal Assistants. Almost 2 years later, I was pregnant with our daughter, and was still working for the law firm. I had since been promoted to Legal Assistant. Not too shabby considering I started with no experience or education beyond a high school diploma. On June 8, 2000 I gave birth to our daughter, Mikayla Janelle Ryan. She was 6 pounds, 6 oz. and born 13 days early. When she was about 6 months old, I was asked by one of the Attorney’s at the firm if I’d like to come with him and start his own firm with him. I was a little scared and thought, what if he can’t pay me and all of that. He promised that he would pay me no matter what even if he paid me before paying himself. So like I do with almost everything, I jumped in head first and left the firm with this attorney and started a new firm. It was just me and him at first and it was a lot of work. We both had new born children under a year old, so it was a lot of hours and I was a new mother. By this time he promoted me to Paralegal and I was in charge of all of the drafting of the Estate planning work. He had another freelance paralegal he used for probate at the time as I wasn’t trained on that. As time went on I got trained on Probate and we grew the staff and everything was wonderful. I felt like it was sort of my business too, even though he was the attorney and the owner. In 2007 he decided to partner with another attorney because he was also building a practice in Montana. So he was turning over the management of the Las Vegas office to this other attorney. I worked with him and the other attorney for a year to get things handled. At that point I decided it was again time to move on, since it was no longer the firm I’d help create. So I left the firm. I went to work briefly for another attorney before I realized I didn’t think I could work for another attorney. Shortly after he hired me (I think about 3 months) the housing market crashed and he laid me off. I came home from work that day after the very fist time I was ever let go from a job and told my husband that I was starting my own company. He looked at me like I had 2 heads and was like why don’t you just relax today and not do anything rash. I was like, nope, I have calls to make. So on that day in October 2008, I started Paralegal Solutions, LLC. I was suddenly self employed and had no weekly pay check to fall back on. Talk about pressure. I called every attorney I knew and every contact I had and started going to Network meetings (which was totally new for me). Next thing I know I have cases from attorney’s who had also let their staff go in the wake of the housing crash and I had people networking for me giving me referrals. Now, I didn’t get rich or anything but I was able to support my family on my own as a self employed woman. Things started getting stagnant in 2012 so I started to freak out a bit. My phone wasn’t ringing and I wasn’t getting the cases. So I went to look for work again. Not really actively looking, but I put my resume out there. I got a call from a financial advisor who was looking for a paralegal to help his clients with estate planning and to do trust reviews. So I partnered with him and his firm to assist his clients. In 2013 I shut down Paralegal Solutions, LLC and in 2014 started a new company (that does the same thing) Estate Planning Centers of NV. Now why would I shut down a business just to start a new one that does the same thing? It was meant to be a partnership so that is why I had shut down my old company to get a clean start. The partnership fell apart pretty quickly so it was just me again with a new company that essentially did the same thing as the old one. Although this time, I had 2 locations thanks to the financial advisor who let me continue to use his office spaces because I still help his clients. So now I have 2 locations, one in Sun City Summerlin and one in Sun City Anthem. This brings us to present day. In a nut shell I have a long history of just jumping in and things tend to work out even though it sounds very easy the way I just described it here. It was all a lot of work, and tears, and fears, and heartache and everything else in between. I cursed myself a lot. Anyway, now I am running my company (again, not getting rich, but providing) and I just keep thinking I should do more. I should be more. I don’t know where that comes from. Like why can’t I just let well enough alone, I have to go and do more, and start something else? Why? I have no idea, if you figure it out, let me know. So this blog is going to be whatever I need it to be. It will be opinions, it will be advice, it might have some Estate Planning educational articles. Who knows. The sky is the limit. It will just be. Anyway, I hope whoever decides to read this enjoys it. If you don’t like my opinions or what I have to say, that’s cool too. If you do like it, awesome! I have pretty thick skin so I can take it if people want to be haters. However, if you are one of those people who just like to jump on people’s blogs and leave nasty comments and get all riled up over what I have to say, you should know that you can just save it. It’s not going to phase me. But if you get really nasty, I’ll probably block you, just because I don’t need the negativity in my life and essentially if you are like that, I don’t care what you think anyway. So with that, you’ve learned a bit about me and my career. So, thanks for tuning in and happy blogging!