Sunday, December 3, 2023

Work, Gratitude, and the Problem of the Current Second

I’m late to my very own occasion, 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 put up for April 1st, about my mind-set and the state of my enterprise. I’d normally even have a get along with mates 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 throughout the lengthy trek again to Montreal from Florida. I used to be making an attempt to maneuver rapidly sufficient to get house safely, however gradual sufficient to not exacerbate my spinal CSF leak.

Whereas I used to be technically on the street on April 1st, the date concerned rather less celebration and slightly extra pandemic than regular.

Since at the moment is my forty first birthday, I believed I might 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 sensible, my leak is ongoing. Different continual points are ongoing.

Nonetheless, I’m right here at the moment, alive, feeling cherished, 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 after 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, certain, and I’m pleased with no matter roads took me to them.

Nonetheless, I might open my dashboard from time to time and suppose, “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 really like writing, and my thoughts misses writing. Penning this put up in morning increments felt like coming house. My physique, although, it doesn’t a lot like me writing. My leak signs worsen after 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 slightly extra drastic.

Killing my Darlings

With a purpose to create a great piece of writing, you typically have to first cull these paragraphs or characters you’re feeling connected to although they not contribute critically to the entire. It’s essential “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 capability to work. Whereas my artistic time is limitless, the precise creating takes the sort 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 wish to change careers.

Neither might be doable within the subsequent very lengthy whereas with my limitations. However the motive I needed 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’t.

How one can 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 think about ways in which I can do that venture whereas leaking, as a result of I love to show storytelling. In the intervening time, I don’t suppose it’s potential 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 likely to be greatest for you depends 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, interact, intrigue, and maintain 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 instance the teachings Lola teaches. Lola simply launched this course, and I contacted her to see if I may refer my readers her method as a result of it’s an awesome different to what I deliberate to do.

Lola has supplied $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 buddy Mike*, who has a course referred to as Have interaction! A Storytelling Course for Bloggers. Plenty of readers aren’t bloggers and thus desire a broader extra technical story instruction, which Lola can present. For many who are within the running a blog world, and/or don’t have the funds for a bigger course,Mike’s course is a good choice.

His course is self-paced over 8 weeks, aimed toward educating bloggers how one can be a greater storyteller. It contains e 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 supplied 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 effective set of eyes in your mind.

Leaving Legislation Behind with Casey Berman and Adam Ouellette

My Thrillable Hours sequence exists to encourage attorneys feeling deadened by their job choices to seek out the braveness to suppose extra broadly. I created it to assist with worry, 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 help to permit attorneys to hone in on what different profession is greatest for them.

Mainly, if I can’t assist you I really feel that Adam and Casey can at Depart Legislation Behind.

The plan is to hopefully file 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 might do movies answering questions readers had about life and the whole lot 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 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 wish to come back second to one thing else.

I’ve lengthy mentioned I’d write if nobody had been studying. However sadly as I mentioned, my physique and writing don’t get on as effectively. 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 can take time for me to get off the bottom, as a result of I’ve realized the whole lot takes extra time once you’re sick. I look ahead to sharing it, when it’s prepared.

In case you’ve obtained a query for me that you simply’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 method.

Redesigning Authorized Nomads

This website began on Blogger and moved to WordPress in 2010. It’s gone via 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 essential ones, and hyperlink out to the programs and assets I’ve listed above. I additionally wish 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 Via Meals” to “Curious About Every little 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 ailing have requested if it might be potential to file posts in audio kind, particularly those about meditation and my leak journey. My aim is to file 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 tough.

E-newsletter Again Up and Working

Hyperlinks I Liked was a e-newsletter I began to share the fascinating hyperlinks that I learn, together with these I shared on Twitter. I’ve had the e-newsletter 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 possibly can join 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 occasions when nearly everybody’s actuality has develop 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 obtainable on the grocery retailer. With COVID-19, my neighbours/household/mates have helped with groceries, and ordering from Amazon means individuals don’t should go trying 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.

Truthfully, there isn’t a lot else in the intervening time! Assist 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 mates!) to assist with grocery runs throughout the pandemic, and who drop by for socially distanced visits whereas it’s nonetheless heat.


My buddy 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.

Quite a bit more durable to embody than worry and anger and loathing.

Quite a bit simpler to say than do.

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

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!

Nicely, that and soup.


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