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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 celebration, 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 frame of mind and the state of my enterprise. I’d often even have a get along with pals 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 yr, the date fell in the course of the lengthy trek again to Montreal from Florida. I used to be making an attempt 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 street on April 1st, the date concerned rather less celebration and just a little extra pandemic than common.

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

Right here’s a submit 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 immediately, 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 bike 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’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 lately, 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 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 just a little extra drastic.

Killing my Darlings

As a way to create piece of writing, you typically must first cull these paragraphs or characters you’re feeling hooked up 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 skill 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 number of the initiatives 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 legal professionals who need to change careers.

Neither can 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 not.

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 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 individuals I belief to supply two totally different programs; which one is perhaps greatest for you will depend 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 individuals’s tales? How do you hook, interact, intrigue, and preserve your readers all the way in which to your closing message? How are you going to 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 for example the teachings Lola teaches. Lola simply launched this course, and I contacted her to see if I may refer my readers her approach as a result of it’s a terrific different to what I deliberate to do.

Lola has provided $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 known as Interact! A Storytelling Course for Bloggers. A number 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 superb possibility.

His course is self-paced over 8 weeks, geared toward educating bloggers the right way to 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 provided 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 lots of others, for me. Mike is an effective set of eyes on your mind.

Leaving Legislation Behind with Casey Berman and Adam Ouellette

My Thrillable Hours sequence exists to encourage legal professionals 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 legislation. Although I additionally had plans to make a course to assist legal professionals 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 legal professionals 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 way in which. Additionally they present their college students with interview and résumé assist, in addition to help to permit legal professionals to hone in on what different profession is greatest 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’d do movies answering questions readers had about life and all the pieces 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 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 numerous 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 all the pieces takes extra time if you’re sick. I stay up for sharing it, when it’s prepared.

When 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 approach.

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 present classes into a couple of primary 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 via during the last years.

I’ll even be altering my slogan from “Telling Tales Via Meals” to “Curious About All the pieces.” 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 doable to document posts in audio type, particularly those about meditation and my leak journey. My objective is to document 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.

E-newsletter Again Up and Working

Hyperlinks I Cherished was a publication I began to share the fascinating 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 normal updates from my work, and podcast planning, and extra. You may 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 neighborhood. I say this typically, and can proceed to say so. Even throughout these bewildering instances when nearly everybody’s actuality has turn out to be warped, you continue to attain out to make sure that I’m holding up okay.

As with final yr, the simplest help is through an Amazon reward card to jodi-at-legalnomads.com, which is the place I get a number of 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 individuals don’t must go attempting to find tiger nut flour.

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

Actually, there isn’t a lot else in the mean time! Assist the podcast when it launches, and share my work if it resonates. The care I want day-to-day is essentially 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 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.

Rather a lot more durable to embody than concern and anger and loathing.

Rather a lot 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 via every day.

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A February Florida soup journey. Definitely worth the ache!

Properly, that and soup.



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