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: annually I wrote an annual replace publish for April 1st, about my way of thinking and the state of my enterprise. I’d often even have a get along with associates 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 12 months, 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 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 regular.

Since right now is my forty first birthday, I believed I might 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 smart, my leak is ongoing. Different persistent points are ongoing.

Nonetheless, I’m right here right now, alive, feeling cherished, looking for gratitude for what I can and remind myself that human connection is a part of what sees us by way 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 motorcycle on my entrance web page is not me. Telling tales by way of meals is not me. These are a part of me, certain, and I’m happy with no matter roads took me to them.

Nonetheless, I might open my dashboard occasionally and assume, “what am I even doing? Is there a degree to any of this anymore?”  Questions that many people are asking lately, and ones that take sharper type 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 dwelling. 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 bit extra drastic.

Killing my Darlings

With the intention to create an excellent piece of writing, you usually have to first cull these paragraphs or characters you are feeling connected to despite the fact that they not contribute critically to the entire. It’s essential to “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 means to work. Whereas my artistic time is countless, the precise creating takes the sort of bodily overhead I not have at my disposal. I’m divesting among 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 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.

Find out 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 think about ways in which I can do that venture whereas leaking, as a result of I love to show storytelling. In the meanwhile, I don’t assume it’s potential 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 may be finest 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 accountability of telling different folks’s tales? How do you hook, interact, intrigue, and preserve your readers all the best way 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 many case research and examples for example the teachings Lola teaches. Lola simply launched this course, and I contacted her to see if I may refer my readers her manner as a result of it’s an awesome various to what I deliberate to do.

Lola has supplied $50 off for Authorized Nomads readers for those who 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. Plenty 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 good possibility.

His course is self-paced over 8 weeks, geared toward educating 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 effective 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 seek 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 by way 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 best way. 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.

Principally, if I can’t assist you to I really feel that Adam and Casey can at Depart Legislation 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 might 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 12 months’s posts about COVID-19 took on me, I made a decision that writing would want to come back 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.

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

In case you’ve acquired a query for me that you just’d like me to handle in a podcast episode, I’ve made a Google Type right here so that you can ship it my manner.

Redesigning Authorized Nomads

This website began on Blogger and moved to WordPress in 2010. It’s gone by way 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 assets I’ve listed above. I additionally need to brighten up the colors and replace the images and ‘about’ web page to mirror the transitions I’ve gone by way of over the past 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 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 unwell have requested if it could be potential to document posts in audio type, particularly those about meditation and my leak journey. My purpose 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 Operating

Hyperlinks I Liked 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 12 months 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 normal 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 usually, and can proceed to say so. Even throughout these bewildering occasions when nearly everybody’s actuality has change into warped, you continue to attain out to make sure that I’m holding up okay.

As with final 12 months, the best help is through an Amazon reward card to, which is the place I get among the harder-to-find gadgets 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 looking for tiger nut flour.

There’s additionally my Patreon, which I launched primarily based 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.

Quite a bit more durable to embody than concern 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 way of every day.

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A February Florida soup journey. Well worth the ache!

Effectively, that and soup.


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