Work, Gratitude, and the Problem of the Current Second

I’m late to my very own social gathering, 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: annually I wrote an annual replace publish for April 1st, about my frame of mind and the state of my enterprise. I’d often even have a get along with associates to have a good time, 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 in the course of the lengthy trek again to Montreal from Florida. I used to be attempting to maneuver rapidly sufficient to get residence safely, however gradual 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 little bit extra pandemic than standard.

Since at present is my forty first birthday, I assumed I’d use the event to do this annual write-up.

Right here’s a publish about what’s happening, and a few of what comes subsequent.

12 Years of Authorized Nomads

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

Nonetheless, I’m right here at present, alive, feeling liked, looking for gratitude for what I can and remind myself that human connection is a part of what sees us by means of.

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

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

I really like writing, and my thoughts misses writing. Penning this publish 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 artistic options like voice to textual content or transcription, they don’t scratch the writing itch. I really 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 little bit extra drastic.

Killing my Darlings

In an effort to create an excellent piece of writing, you typically must first cull these paragraphs or characters you’re feeling hooked up to regardless that they not contribute critically to the entire. You could “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 capacity to work. Whereas my artistic time is limitless, the precise creating takes the type of bodily overhead I not have at my disposal. I’m divesting among the tasks I’ve clung to within the hopes that I’ll be capable to 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 can be doable within the subsequent very lengthy whereas with my limitations. However the purpose 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 folks I belief to repair these ache factors since I can’t.

The best 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 plenty of signal ups from readers. I’ve tried to think about ways in which I can do that venture whereas leaking, as a result of I love to show storytelling. In the mean time, I don’t assume it’s doable to take action with out consuming into all my uptime.

So I’ve partnered with two folks I belief to supply two totally different programs; which one is likely to be finest for you relies on 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 folks’s tales? How do you hook, interact, 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 contains lectures, video modules, and plenty of case research and examples for example the teachings Lola teaches. Lola simply launched this course, and I contacted her to see if I might refer my readers her means as a result of it’s a fantastic various to what I deliberate to do.

Lola has provided $50 off for Authorized Nomads readers in the event 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 known as Interact! A Storytelling Course for Bloggers. Lots of readers aren’t bloggers and thus need 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 funds for a bigger course,Mike’s course is a superb choice.

His course is self-paced over 8 weeks, aimed toward educating bloggers the right way to be a greater storyteller. It contains electronic mail classes, audio classes, PDF guides (together with my fave, “How To Edit The S#!t Out Of Your Writing”), and 1:1 help 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 publish, and plenty of others, for me. Mike is an efficient set of eyes to your mind.

Leaving Regulation Behind with Casey Berman and Adam Ouellette

My Thrillable Hours sequence 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 legislation. 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 by means of the method of leaving the legislation, 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 help to permit attorneys to hone in on what various profession is finest for them.

Mainly, if I can’t allow you to I really feel that Adam and Casey can at Depart Regulation Behind.

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

The “Ask a Jodi” Podcast

Just a few 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 part after. It was really 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 thought 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 want to return second to one thing else.

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

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

In the event you’ve received a query for me that you just’d like me to deal with in a podcast episode, I’ve made a Google Type right here so that you can ship it my means.

Redesigning Authorized Nomads

This web site began on Blogger and moved to WordPress in 2010. It’s gone by means of fairly a couple of resdesigns since 2008.

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It’s been a couple of years, and this time the redesign will streamline current classes into a couple of predominant ones, and hyperlink out to the programs and sources 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 by means of over the past years.

I’ll even be altering my slogan from “Telling Tales Via Meals” to “Curious About Every thing.” The brand new slogan higher displays my current, although it is also at all times 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 will 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 in addition making it simpler to entry content material for the individuals who discover studying troublesome.

Publication Again Up and Operating

Hyperlinks I Liked was a publication I began to share the attention-grabbing 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 is going to home a couple of nice reads in addition to basic updates from my work, and podcast planning, and extra. You’ll be able to enroll right here.

Supporting Authorized Nomads

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

I really feel extremely fortunate to have an unimaginable, caring group. I say this typically, 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 help is through an Amazon reward card to, which is the place I get among the harder-to-find objects that aren’t out there on the grocery retailer. With COVID-19, my neighbours/household/associates have helped with groceries, and ordering from Amazon means folks don’t must go attempting to find tiger nut flour.

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

Actually, there isn’t a lot else for the time being! Help the podcast when it launches, and share my work if it resonates. The care I would like day-to-day is essentially the most urgent, and fortunately I’ve household (and now neighbours and associates!) to assist with grocery runs in the course of 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 more durable 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 by means of every day.

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A February Florida soup journey. Definitely worth the ache!

Properly, that and soup.


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