Work, Gratitude, and the Problem of the Current Second

I’m late to my very own get together, however April 1, 2020 marked twelve years since I stop my job as a lawyer to journey the world.

By now you guys know the drill: every year I wrote an annual replace put up for April 1st, about my frame of mind and the state of my enterprise. I’d often even have a get along with pals to have fun, wherever I used to be. In Saigon, it was a celebration with bun cha and rice vodka. In Oaxaca, it was mezcal and quesadillas.

This yr, the date fell through the lengthy trek again to Montreal from Florida. I used to be attempting to maneuver shortly sufficient to get residence safely, however sluggish sufficient to not exacerbate my spinal CSF leak.

Whereas I used to be technically on the highway on April 1st, the date concerned rather less celebration and a bit extra pandemic than normal.

Since right now is my forty first birthday, I assumed I’d use the event to try this annual write-up.

Right here’s a put up about what’s occurring, and a few of what comes subsequent.

12 Years of Authorized Nomads

Well being smart, my leak is ongoing. Different continual points are ongoing.

Nonetheless, I’m right here right now, alive, feeling beloved, looking for gratitude for what I can and remind myself that human connection is a part of what sees us via.

With elevated acceptance of my day-to-day actuality got here a way of elevated dissonance once I checked out Authorized Nomads. That smiling individual on a motorcycle on my entrance web page is not me. Telling tales via meals is not me. These are a part of me, positive, and I’m happy with no matter roads took me to them.

Nonetheless, I’d open my dashboard once in a while and assume, “what am I even doing? Is there some extent to any of this anymore?”  Questions that many people are asking nowadays, and ones that take sharper kind as a result of the bodily alternative prices of working are so nice for me.

I like writing, and my thoughts misses writing. Scripting this put up in morning increments felt like coming residence. My physique, although, it doesn’t a lot like me writing. My leak signs worsen once I do and whereas I’ve tried inventive options like voice to textual content or transcription, they don’t scratch the writing itch. I like the typing itself, the act of phrases falling out of my mind and rearranging themselves into prose.

So I made a decision I’ll do one thing a bit extra drastic.

Killing my Darlings

With the intention to create a very good piece of writing, you usually have to first cull these paragraphs or characters you’re feeling connected to regardless that they not contribute critically to the entire. That you must “kill your darlings” to make a better-working piece.

For me, killing my darlings outcomes not from decorative prose however from the bodily limitations on my potential to work. Whereas my inventive time is infinite, the precise creating takes the sort of bodily overhead I not have at my disposal. I’m divesting a few of the initiatives I’ve clung to within the hopes that I’ll be capable of construct one thing thrilling for my group.

I’ve a half-finished writing course workbook, and a full define for a product for attorneys who need to change careers.

Neither will probably be doable within the subsequent very lengthy whereas with my limitations. However the cause I wished to construct these merchandise was as a result of readers requested for them, and clearly had a necessity for them. So I’ve partnered with individuals I belief to repair these ache factors since I can not.

The way to Inform Higher Tales in a Digital World: My Storytelling Course

I deliberate to do a storytelling course, and I’ve a half-completed workbook and lots of signal ups from readers. I’ve tried to consider ways in which I can do that undertaking whereas leaking, as a result of I love to show storytelling. In the intervening time, I don’t assume it’s doable to take action with out consuming into all my uptime.

So I’ve partnered with two individuals I belief to supply two totally different programs; which one is perhaps finest for you is dependent upon your wants.

Storytelling Course with Lola Akinmade Åkerström

How can we craft and share these tales with others that may create empathy and reference to others? How can we cradle with care the duty of telling different individuals’s tales? How do you hook, have interaction, intrigue, and preserve your readers all the way in which to your closing message? How will you discover threads and narrative arcs to construction your story?

These are all questions Lola addresses in her complete course about storytelling.

The course is self-paced, and consists of lectures, video modules, and many case research and examples as an instance the teachings Lola teaches. Lola simply launched this course, and I contacted her to see if I might refer my readers her approach as a result of it’s an awesome different to what I deliberate to do.

Lola has provided $50 off for Authorized Nomads readers should you let her know that’s the place you got here from for the course.

Running a blog Course with Mike Sowden

I’ve additionally referred a few of you to my good friend Mike*, who has a course referred to as Interact! A Storytelling Course for Bloggers. A variety of readers aren’t bloggers and thus desire a broader extra technical story instruction, which Lola can present. For individuals who are within the running a blog world, and/or don’t have the price range for a bigger course,Mike’s course is a good possibility.

His course is self-paced over 8 weeks, aimed toward educating bloggers the right way to be a greater storyteller. It consists of e-mail classes, audio classes, PDF guides (together with my fave, “How To Edit The S#!t Out Of Your Writing”), and 1:1 assist from Mike.

He has provided a $15 low cost for Authorized Nomads readers: enter the code donkeyballs2020 or use this hyperlink to buy.

*Mike additionally kindly edited this put up, and lots of others, for me. Mike is an efficient set of eyes in your mind.

Leaving Legislation Behind with Casey Berman and Adam Ouellette

My Thrillable Hours collection exists to encourage attorneys feeling deadened by their job choices to search out the braveness to assume extra broadly. I created it to assist with concern, profession change, and life after regulation. Although I additionally had plans to make a course to assist attorneys take a leap, I didn’t get to complete it.

Casey and Adam have, and so I’m partnering with them to repair the ache level a few of my readers have. They’ll assist attorneys via the method of leaving the regulation, if that’s what they need, and assist them overcome the blocking beliefs and self-sabotage that may get in the way in which. Additionally they present their college students with interview and résumé assist, in addition to assist to permit attorneys to hone in on what different profession is finest for them.

Mainly, if I can’t show you how to I really feel that Adam and Casey can at Go away Legislation Behind.

The plan is to hopefully report a video interview with them, too, for Authorized Nomads readers.

The “Ask a Jodi” Podcast

A couple of years in the past, I purchased the area Ask a Jodi and thought I’d do movies answering questions readers had about life and every thing after. It was truly my sitting on the bottom to dig out a tripod from my drawer that led to my re-opening the leak in 2018.

I shelved the video concept because it was infeasible, and with the bodily pressure this yr’s posts about COVID-19 took on me, I made a decision that writing would wish to return second to one thing else.

I’ve lengthy stated I’d write if nobody have been studying. However sadly as I stated, my physique and writing don’t get on as nicely. So a brief (10-15 min) podcast is the place I netted out, particularly to reply the numerous questions I obtain from readers about resilience, grief, hope, and a lot extra.

This may take time for me to get off the bottom, as a result of I’ve realized every thing takes extra time whenever you’re sick. I stay up for sharing it, when it’s prepared.

If you happen to’ve received a query for me that you simply’d like me to handle in a podcast episode, I’ve made a Google Kind right here so that you can ship it my approach.

Redesigning Authorized Nomads

This website began on Blogger and moved to WordPress in 2010. It’s gone via fairly a number of resdesigns since 2008.

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It’s been a number of years, and this time the redesign will streamline current classes into a number of primary ones, and hyperlink out to the programs and assets I’ve listed above. I additionally need to brighten up the colors and replace the images and ‘about’ web page to replicate the transitions I’ve gone via over the past years.

I’ll even be altering my slogan from “Telling Tales By Meals” to “Curious About Every little thing.” The brand new slogan higher displays my current, although it is also all the time who I’ve been.

Audio recordings for Accessibility

A few of my readers who’ve CSF leaks (spinal or cranial) or who’re chronically sick have requested if it might be doable to report posts in audio kind, particularly those about meditation and my leak journey. My purpose is to report these earlier than I begin the podcast, warming as much as audio for starters but additionally making it simpler to entry content material for the individuals who discover studying tough.

E-newsletter Again Up and Working

Hyperlinks I Beloved was a publication I began to share the fascinating hyperlinks that I learn, together with these I shared on Twitter. I’ve had the publication disabled for the final yr and a half as a result of my ache ranges fluctuate sufficiently that I felt I couldn’t decide to placing it out each month as promised.

With the redesign and the podcast, I’m beginning it up once more. It’s going to home a number of nice reads in addition to basic updates from my work, and podcast planning, and extra. You may enroll right here.

Supporting Authorized Nomads

That is the query I get probably the most from you all: “how can I assist you?”

I really feel extremely fortunate to have an unimaginable, caring group. I say this usually, and can proceed to say so. Even throughout these bewildering instances when nearly everybody’s actuality has turn into warped, you continue to attain out to make sure that I’m holding up okay.

As with final yr, the best assist is by way of an Amazon reward card to, which is the place I get a few of the harder-to-find objects that aren’t obtainable on the grocery retailer. With COVID-19, my neighbours/household/pals have helped with groceries, and ordering from Amazon means individuals don’t should go looking for tiger nut flour.

There’s additionally my Patreon, which I launched based mostly in your request! I like the intimate group there.

Truthfully, there isn’t a lot else for the time being! Assist the podcast when it launches, and share my work if it resonates. The care I want day-to-day is probably the most urgent, and fortunately I’ve household (and now neighbours and pals!) to assist with grocery runs through the pandemic, and who drop by for socially distanced visits whereas it’s nonetheless heat.


My good friend Cheryl, who I’ve featured right here, says her life mantra is LSAT. That she’s a former lawyer makes this humorous, because it’s not the LSAT of our nightmares. Her LSAT means love, give up, acceptance, and belief.

Lots tougher to embody than concern and anger and loathing.

Lots simpler to say than do.

And but, a worthy use of psychological time and vitality.

Each second you’re not in a state of give up, you’re in a state of lack.

That’s what will get me via every day.

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A February Florida soup journey. Definitely worth the ache!

Properly, that and soup.


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