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Work, Gratitude, and the Problem of the Current Second

Final Up to date on: September 16, 2021

I’m late to my very own social gathering, however April 1, 2020 marked twelve years since I give up my job as a lawyer to journey the world.

By now you guys know the drill: annually I wrote an annual replace submit for April 1st, about my way of thinking and the state of my enterprise. I’d often even have a get along with buddies to rejoice, 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 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 a bit extra pandemic than typical.

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

Right here’s a submit 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 as we speak, 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 every now and then 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. Penning this submit 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 a bit extra drastic.

Killing my Darlings

So as to create a great piece of writing, you typically must first cull these paragraphs or characters you are feeling connected to although they not contribute critically to the entire. You have 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 capability to work. Whereas my inventive time is countless, the precise creating takes the type of bodily overhead I not have at my disposal. I’m divesting a few of 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 wish to change careers.

Neither shall 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.

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 undertaking whereas leaking, as a result of I love to show storytelling. For the time being, 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 is perhaps greatest 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 accountability of telling different folks’s tales? How do you hook, have interaction, 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 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 may refer my readers her means as a result of it’s an amazing different 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 pal Mike*, who has a course referred to as Have interaction! A Storytelling Course for Bloggers. Loads 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 finances for a bigger course,Mike’s course is a superb choice.

His course is self-paced over 8 weeks, aimed toward educating bloggers how you can 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 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 submit, and plenty of others, for me. Mike is an effective set of eyes in your mind.

Leaving Regulation 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 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 via 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 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 different profession is greatest for them.

Principally, if I can’t provide help to I really feel that Adam and Casey can at Go away Regulation 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’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 wish 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 numerous 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 discovered every part takes extra time once you’re sick. I look ahead to sharing it, when it’s prepared.

In the event you’ve acquired a query for me that you simply’d like me to handle in a podcast episode, I’ve made a Google Type 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 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 present classes into a number of foremost 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 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 ailing have requested if it will be doable 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 additionally making it simpler to entry content material for the individuals who discover studying tough.

Publication 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’s going to 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 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 change 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 a few of the harder-to-find objects that aren’t obtainable on the grocery retailer. With COVID-19, my neighbours/household/buddies have helped with groceries, and ordering from Amazon means folks don’t need to 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.

Truthfully, there isn’t a lot else in the meanwhile! Help 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 buddies!) to assist with grocery runs through the pandemic, and who drop by for socially distanced visits whereas it’s nonetheless heat.


My pal 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.

Loads tougher to embody than concern and anger and loathing.

Loads 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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