Work, Gratitude, and the Problem of the Current Second

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I’m late to my very own social gathering, 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: every year I wrote an annual replace publish for April 1st, about my mind-set and the state of my enterprise. I’d normally 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 through the lengthy trek again to Montreal from Florida. I used to be making an attempt to maneuver shortly sufficient to get dwelling safely, however gradual 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 little bit extra pandemic than traditional.

Since at the moment 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 clever, my leak is ongoing. Different continual points are ongoing.

Nonetheless, I’m right here at the moment, alive, feeling liked, 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 particular person on a motorcycle on my entrance web page is now not me. Telling tales via meals is now not me. These are a part of me, positive, and I’m pleased with no matter roads took me to them.

Nonetheless, I might open my dashboard every now and then and suppose, “what am I even doing? Is there some extent to any of this anymore?”  Questions that many people are asking today, 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. 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 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 a little bit extra drastic.

Killing my Darlings

With a view to create a great piece of writing, you usually have to first cull these paragraphs or characters you are feeling hooked up to regardless that they now not contribute critically to the entire. You’ll want 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 infinite, the precise creating takes the type of bodily overhead I now not have at my disposal. I’m divesting a number of the tasks I’ve clung to within the hopes that I’ll be capable of 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 might 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 not.

Tips on 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 mean time, I don’t suppose it’s attainable 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 is perhaps finest 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 accountability 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 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 might refer my readers her method as a result of it’s an excellent different to what I deliberate to do.

Lola has provided $50 off for Authorized Nomads readers in case 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. Quite a lot of readers aren’t bloggers and thus desire 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 price range for a bigger course,Mike’s course is a superb choice.

His course is self-paced over 8 weeks, aimed toward instructing bloggers tips on how to be a greater storyteller. It consists of 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 provided 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 to your mind.

Leaving Regulation 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 suppose 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 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 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 legal professionals to hone in on what different profession is finest for them.

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

The plan is to hopefully report a video interview with them, too, for Authorized Nomads readers.

The “Ask a Jodi” Podcast

A number of 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 little 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 concept 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 wish to come back second to one thing else.

I’ve lengthy mentioned I’d write if nobody have been studying. However sadly as I mentioned, 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 little thing takes extra time if you’re sick. I look ahead to sharing it, when it’s prepared.

For those who’ve bought a query for me that you just’d like me to handle in a podcast episode, I’ve made a Google Kind 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 just a few resdesigns since 2008.

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It’s been just a few years, and this time the redesign will streamline present classes into just a few essential 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 via over the past years.

I’ll even be altering my slogan from “Telling Tales By 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 in poor health have requested if it will be attainable to report posts in audio type, particularly those about meditation and my leak journey. My objective is to report 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 Cherished 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 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’s going to home just a few nice reads in addition to basic updates from my work, and podcast planning, and extra. You’ll be able to 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 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 simplest help is through an Amazon reward card to, which is the place I get a number of the harder-to-find gadgets that aren’t accessible on the grocery retailer. With COVID-19, my neighbours/household/associates have helped with groceries, and ordering from Amazon means folks don’t need to 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 neighborhood 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 through 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.

Lots tougher to embody than concern and anger and loathing.

Lots 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.

Jodi Ettenberg Legal nomads
A February Florida soup journey. Well worth the ache!

Effectively, that and soup.



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