41 at 41 and 9 Years Later | It’s My Notary Anniversary, an Honor to Serve

So, you would think that after all of these years serving the public, one would look at it as a monotonous role, right?

Well, when you love what you do and when you love the people you work with, there is nothing better to get you through the day. Yes, there are situations that are trying. You don’t want to see anyone in a debilitative state; you don’t want to see death and dying.

On any given day, I don’t know what I’m going to get. My day could be planned, or, it could be spur-of-the moment. I could be marrying a couple today and seeing a signer in hospice the next.

I am always saying how I never knew that what I started 9 years ago would lead me to where I am today. All the successes and honors. The ability to contribute to magazines and articles. You see the tip of the iceberg. But did you really see my struggle, what I’ve gone through to get here?

There have been many rough roads. There have been many trials in life to overcome. Heck, we all go through trials in life, but it’s how we handle them that separates us from the next.

You have to treat your customers right:

One thing I can say is in this line of work, you cannot be starstruck. I’ve sat before ‘prominent’ people in the community and I’ve sat before those who nobody would see as special. You cannot be selective in how you serve. The way I would expect others to treat me, this is how I treat them. It makes me feel good when I go to bed at night when I’ve helped ANYONE in their particular situation.

41 at Conference 41:

Some people who have worked hard to get where they are, when they are honored in some way shape or form say things like, “Well, it’s about time I’m getting some recognition.” I’ve never thought that way. It just so happens that this year, my time came to receive the gift of being honored for the work I’ve performed over the years as a Notary of the Year Special Honoree. And…. it just so happens that at the 41st year of the National Notary Association Conference, I happen to be just that age today.

Thank yous:

I always THANK GOD FIRST. There was a time where saying ‘Thank you’ was hard for me. Not that I wasn’t thankful, but having gone through so much over the years, hardened my heart to people at times. I’ve learned a valuable lesson in it; be thankful at all times. If someone does something for you, THANK THEM.

So without further ado, I want to thank my Mother Peggy Jenkins for giving birth to me, for molding me and shaping me as much as she could as a Single Black Mother and instilling in me respect, perseverance, perspective and that ‘Mommaness’ attitude she got.

Thank you to all of the colleagues I’ve been able to work alongside. Thank you to the customers, clients, family and friends thereof.

I am grateful.

Your Local Marriage Notary,
Sonita M. Leak

For more information about the National Notary Association Conference for 2019, please visit the website at www.nationalnotary.org. Direct from the website:

“NOW IN ITS 41ST YEAR, the NNA annual Conference continues to be a source of inspiration, learning and transformation for thousands of Notaries around the country. Our goal is simple: to plan and execute first-class industry gatherings that educate and inspire Notaries to be the best they can be, while providing them with unique opportunities to meet face-to-face with key industry leaders and decision makers.

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