I've been MIA for the last 5 months and it does seem like it has been more time. Some of you contacted me so I tried to get more of these posts out and I've tried... but I've been busy.
First of all, I've been working a lot. I feel like right now I have a duty to go "hard" on my job. I'm fortunately in a position where I get to take on a lot of responsibility and, no matter how intimidating that may be, I've decided to take it all in, work as much and as good as I can, learn and establish myself within the team and the firm. I'm enjoying what I'm doing. Some pure financing, some venture capital work, a bit of political risk insurance and, my favourite, pure project financing.
I've come to realise that if you want something, you need to work in creating that opportunity that let you show what you can do. During my LLM I worked on finding that opportunity in the the US legal market to show what I am capable of. Once I was given that opportunity, I just had to keep that work to prove that I'm worth the opportunity.
Secondly, I've been trying to travel as much as I can: Spain, New York, Minneapolis, Germany, France, Mexico and El Salvador in the last 5 months, and I plan to keep going.
Traveling is very important to me. Yes, it is all about learning about other people, experiencing other cultures, opening your eyes and mind and become a better person, but to me it is also a way of disconnecting from work, which I personally need to be in full blast mode at work.
Finally, I've finally settled down. It has taken me a while to personally settle in DC. Moving around a lot in the last few years, with a lot of traveling in between, has proven to be an obstacle of me to actually feel at home in Washington DC. But I am finally at that point. This is helping me to enjoy better my off-work time in DC and giving me more peace of mind, which generally helps my happiness levels.
It's funny that it just about that time when I'm applying for the H-1B visa and it is literally a lottery that will decide whether I stay in DC or whether I have to move again.
I'm planning to start writing again here in the blog so expect more venting from me!