Day 81 of the 90 Days of Awesome is in the bank! What made today awesome? I didn’t hurt myself when I kicked Rosie’s bone.
Rosie Loves her Rawhide Bone!
Today was pretty unremarkable. I’ve been really tired of this week so I opted not to torture myself by going for a run this morning. I went to the office and cranked on client work all morning before attending a CLE for women lawyers about having “true grit.” I don’t consider myself to be someone who has any issues in this area, but I went to the CLE (1) to meet other cool lawyers and (2) because it was free. I will admit, I was underwhelmed by the program but the more neophyte lawyers seem to appreciate it.
So what made today awesome? To be honest, the best thing that happened today was the fact that something didn’t happen. After taking Rosie for her evening walk, I was walking through the bedroom when I kicked one of her rawhide bones. Thankfully, I was still wearing my sneakers so it didn’t hurt. Have you ever stepped on or kicked a rawhide bone with bare feet after it’s gnarled from your dog chewing on it? It hurts like a bitch! I was relieved when my sneakers spared me from that pain and annoyance.
In case you missed it: Day 80 of the 90 Days of Awesome – I got to talk about my non-traditional legal career with prospective law students.
Day 80 of the 90 Days of Awesome is in the bank! What made today awesome? I got to have bagels and coffee with honors business undergrads who are considering careers in the legal industry.
Photo by Gina Sanfillippo, used with permission
I was invited to speak to this group of bright students from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU about having a nontraditional legal career. These students are in an internship program which involves working out of business and attempting these weekly seminars where different speakers talk about various aspects of working in the legal industry. I was invited to share my story to demonstrate to the students that you can do more things with a JD degree then be a traditional lawyer.
I got to talk about how I basically went to law school on a whim and how I found my professional passions after getting involved in the flash mob and social media communities in Phoenix which led to me starting this blog, opening a firm right out of law school, and putting as much energy into developing my career as a professional speaker and writer as I do into providing legal services for my clients. (I still say the best thing I did in law school was participate in the inaugural No Pants Light Rail Ride. It led to almost all the awesome opportunities in my career.)
It was fun to listen to these people, who are at the beginning of their careers, about their ideas that they want to work on professionally and how they can make opportunities for themselves through blogging, social media, and just being professionally bold about what they want.
To be honest, I don’t remember much of what I actually said, but the group’s coordinator, Gina Sanfillippo said I did a great job and all the students seemed happy with what I presented and wanted my card. I’ll take that for a win.
In case you missed it: Day 79 of the 90 Days of Awesome – Mitch Jackson and I did a live preview of our talk on social media law for Periscope Community Summit.
Day 78 of the 90 Days of Awesome is in the bank! What made today awesome? I got to meet some of the new law students at ASU at their orientation reception.
I can’t wait until the new law school building is finished (Photo courtesy of ASU Law School)
ASU Law School has a reception during 1L orientation where they invite their alums to meet the new students. It’s in the evening so the 1Ls are exhausted from a long day of information overload and culture shock. It’s fun to share tips for surviving law school and give them a glimpse of what life after law school is like.
My goal for attending these types of event is to show law students that there’s more than one way to be a lawyer. I purposely attended in jeans and a tank top to show them that not all lawyers wear a suit every day. Along with talking about my legal career as an Of Counsel attorney, blogger, speaker, and author, I tried to share some lessons that got my though law school:
- If you’re smart enough to get into law school, you’re smart enough to get through it.
- Sometimes you’ll lose your mind a bit due to stress and fatigue, but it’s temporary. You will bounce back and be happy again.
- The difference between the top and the bottom of the class is small. Unless your dream job requires you to be at the top of your class, you don’t have to check your grades. I didn’t.
- Become friends with the IT guys. They will save your ass when your computer breaks.
- The staff and faculty at ASU Law are as supportive as they claim to be. If you need or want something, ask.
- Treat law school like a trade school. Learn your craft and network your face off you so will be well connected to the community by the time you graduate. If you have an opportunity that requires skipping a class, definitely skip class.
I told a group of 1Ls the story about the day I realized Dean Sylvester was super cool when he encouraged me to send a demand letter to the then-ASU Law Dean when he was late to class.
I also met a 1L who I exchanged emails with a few years ago. She’d asked me if law school was worth it and I told her to ask herself whether a law degree was necessary to achieve her goals. If so, go to law school. And now she’s at ASU. That was really cool.
I gave my business card to just about every law student I met and I told them to call or email if they need anything. We’ll now many of them take me up on it.
For anyone who discovers this post after meeting me tonight, here a bonus for you: Seven Layers of Academic Hell.
In case you missed it: Day 77 of the 90 Days of Awesome – I treated myself to a Suzie Housewife Day!
Day 77 of the 90 Days of Awesome is in the bank! What made today awesome? I treated myself to a Suzie Housewife Day!
This is what Rosie did most of the time while I was being productive today – except when I got too close to her with the vacuum.
A Suzie Housewife Day is a day I get to be mellow, stay home, and do chores. It may sound boring, but it’s quite relaxing. The day started out with a 4-mile run just after sunrise. It’s been so hot in Phoenix, I was soaked with sweat by the end of it. And I was tired again, so I laid down on the floor next to Rosie who was crashed out in her bed and I fell asleep for 45 minutes. I guess Rosie didn’t appreciate me napping so close to her because she had moved to another room by the time I woke up again.
I took a shower and put on a fresh tank top and oversized pajama pants and started working around the condo. I got quite a bit done:
- Did laundry
- Balance my checkbook
- Paid bills
- Vacuumed the floors
- Cleaned dishes
- Brushed Rosie
- Boiled chicken for Rosie (Yes, my dog gets chopped chicken with her kibble at every meal. She’s spoiled.)
- Made chickpeas and veggies to have over rice for lunch at work this week (It’s a recipe from the Star Trek Cookbook.)
- Did my weekly strength test (I’m up to 30 consecutive push-ups!)
In between all of this, I was binge watching the routines from the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships. Both the men and women’s teams look awesome this year. I’m started to get excited for next year’s Olympics.
Even though I was pretty productive, it was a restful day. I didn’t feel pressured to do anything. I just whatever I wanted to do next. It feels good to get things prepared for the upcoming week.
In case you missed it: Day 76 of the 90 Days of Awesome – I had an awesome dinner at Oden’s house with friends!
Day 76 of the 90 Days of Awesome is in the bank! What made today awesome? I got to have dinner with friends at Oden’s house.
Love this photo of Oden and me (Photo by Sheila Dee, used with permission)
I know Oden through Ignite Phoenix and Improv AZ. She’s freakin’ awesome. She is a self-proclaimed “Jewish mother” and somebody I can always count on. With one friend visiting from out of state and another friend recently moving back to the Phoenix area, Oden had a group of us over to her house for dinner.
It was a fantastic evening filled with good food and laughter. Oden cooked up a storm, including pulled pork, cheesy polenta, and homemade white chocolate ice cream for dessert. Everything was so good, and it was so great to see so many of my friends.
I also fell in love with one of Oden’s cats. His name is Broken – because he has a crick in his tail. He is an attention-loving talkative older cat – complete with a deep loud old-cat voice. He was so cute.
I left feeling stuffed, happy, and lucky to have so many awesome friends in my life.
In case you missed it: Day 75 of the 90 Days of Awesome – I got a tour of the Fox 10 Phoenix TV station.
Day 75 of the 90 Days of Awesome is in the bank! What made today awesome? I got take a tour of the Fox 10 Phoenix station with Jeff Moriarty.
Some things never change.
Jeff is my partner in crime, and he is also the Director of Social Media for Fox 10 Phoenix. He’s been a bugging me for months to come down to the station for a tour, and I’ve been putting it off, mainly because you never know when breaking news is going to happen and I didn’t want to be in the way. He finally got me down there this week.
I got to visit Fox 10 a few weeks ago when I was on Fox News Now, but I didn’t get the full tour of the facility. Jeff showed me all the ins and outs of the station including the back hallways, editing rooms, and the sets where they do the morning and evening news programs. I was really nervous walking through the building, because I didn’t want to touch anything or speak too loudly in case it would disrupt someone’s work.
The sets for the news were really awesome – they are all in one room. I was intimidated by all the equipment – especially the boom camera and the robotic camera. Yes, they have a robotic camera that can be controlled remotely. Even though they weren’t shooting a show at the time, I was afraid it was going to wake up and move around. Jeff, of course, was comfortable in our surroundings and encouraged me to take pictures on the sets and with the green screen.
Again, I felt like I was invading someone else’s world, but I’m glad I got a behind-the-scenes look at the station. It seemed like a place where I could become comfortable if I worked there and the things that intimidated me as a visitor could become commonplace equipment and activities.
In case you missed it: Day 74 of the 90 Days of Awesome – I got to be a guest on the Russ on the Radio show!