Work, Gratitude, and the Problem of the Current Second

Final up to date on September 16, 2021.

I’m late to my very own celebration, 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 normally even have a get along with pals 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 dwelling 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 just a little extra pandemic than ordinary.

Since at this time 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 occurring, and a few of what comes subsequent.

12 Years of Authorized Nomads

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

Nonetheless, I’m right here at this time, 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 individual on a bike on my entrance web page is now not me. Telling tales by means of meals is now 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 as of late, and ones that take sharper type 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 publish in morning increments felt like coming dwelling. 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 just a little extra drastic.

Killing my Darlings

With a purpose to create a very good piece of writing, you typically have to first cull these paragraphs or characters you’re feeling hooked up to though they now not contribute critically to the entire. 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 type of bodily overhead I now not have at my disposal. I’m divesting among the tasks I’ve clung to within the hopes that I’ll have the ability to construct one thing thrilling for my neighborhood.

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

Neither will likely be doable within the subsequent very lengthy whereas with my limitations. However the motive 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.

Learn how 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 meanwhile, 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 completely different programs; which one could be greatest for you is determined by 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 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 might refer my readers her means as a result of it’s an incredible different to what I deliberate to do.

Lola has supplied $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 buddy Mike*, who has a course known as Interact! A Storytelling Course for Bloggers. Loads 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 possibility.

His course is self-paced over 8 weeks, aimed toward instructing bloggers the best 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 supplied 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 lots of others, for me. Mike is an efficient set of eyes in 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 seek out the braveness to assume 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 by means of 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. In addition 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 aid you I really feel that Adam and Casey can at Depart Regulation Behind.

The plan is to hopefully document 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 thing 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 have 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.

This may take time for me to get off the bottom, as a result of I’ve realized every thing takes extra time while 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 means.

Redesigning Authorized Nomads

This website began on Blogger and moved to WordPress in 2010. It’s gone by means of 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 present classes into a number of important 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 during the last years.

I’ll even be altering my slogan from “Telling Tales By way of Meals” to “Curious About The whole lot.” 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 in poor health have requested if it could be doable to document posts in audio type, particularly those about meditation and my leak journey. My aim is to document 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 Cherished was a e-newsletter I began to share the attention-grabbing 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 can home a number of nice reads in addition to basic updates from my work, and podcast planning, and extra. You may join right here.

Supporting Authorized Nomads

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

I really feel extremely fortunate to have an unimaginable, caring neighborhood. 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 present 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/pals have helped with groceries, and ordering from Amazon means folks don’t must go looking for tiger nut flour.

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

Actually, there isn’t a lot else in the meanwhile! 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 in the course of 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 tougher 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 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!

Nicely, that and soup.


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