Yearly Archives: 2010

Are You Ready for Some Football?

I used to dread Sundays and Mondays when I was working. These days, I can’t wait for them to roll around so that I can watch football.

I wasn’t always into football. I would watch the Superbowls, but more for the ads than the play. I was more of a basketball and baseball fan during my high school and college years.… Continue reading →

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34 Going On the Rest of My Life

I haven’t blogged for a while. To my surprise, I missed it. I missed pouring out my thoughts onto a blank page, translating — approximating — their complexity into a string of words. Words with meaning and rhythm. I missed the revision process of trashing, trimming, tweaking — searching for the right words that seemed to be lodged in the abyss of my gray matter ready to be found, so close yet so far.… Continue reading →

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To Gawk or Not

My Zumba post got me thinking about self-consciousness.

I generally care about what other people think. If I already feel insecure about something, like my clumsiness or body image, I let self-consciousness prevent me from doing things I would otherwise enjoy. But most of the time, I try not letting others’ opinions affect my actions, especially actions I know I want to do that do not negatively affect others.… Continue reading →

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One Day I Too Shall Zumba

I got to my body sculpting class early today. The class before mine, Zumba, was still in full swing. The heavy beats of Latin music were blaring; bodies, not all sexy, were feverishly gyrating, not all in tempo. The exaggerated dance steps caused the overhanging belly flesh and the flabby thighs to jiggle in sync with sweaty flapping triceps.… Continue reading →

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Q1 Report: Mental and Emotional

Because my mental and emotional states for the past three months have been so intertwined, I am going to review both areas in this single post.

Much of this blog has been focusing on my mental and emotional journey after leaving BigLaw. For this Q1 report, I won’t repeat or summarize the experiences I have already written about.… Continue reading →

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Q1 Report: Blackberry Still Blinking

In doing my Q1 Report, I discovered one interesting tidbit. I had a hard time classifying it in the category of physical, social, financial, mental or emotional, so it gets its own standalone post.

Being tethered to the Blackberry (courtesy of zenlegalnetworking.com)

When I was still working in BigLaw, I couldn’t wait to chuck the Blackberry.… Continue reading →

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Q1 Report: Financial

Out of the four emotional niggles I had about quitting BigLaw, I thought at the outset that the most difficult would be not making money. I do feel the momentary pang on the 15th and 30th of every month when certain direct deposits do not appear, but overall I don’t think I have obsessed about this niggle as much as I thought I would.… Continue reading →

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Q1 Report: Social

Before I quit, one of the risk factors I feared was becoming bored or lonely. My husband works a lot, so I am home by myself most of the time. But as it turns out I’ve hardly felt bored or lonely.

I have been spending many hours with our cats Bellucci and MacGregor, as well as with foster cats when we have them.… Continue reading →

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Q1 Report: Physical

Three months have passed since I quit — a quarter of the one-year “retirement” I have allotted myself. At this milestone, I am taking stock of my journey of self-discovery so far. The good, the bad, the expected, the surprising and the instructive.

I am tackling the easiest and the most mundane subject in this first installment: physical.… Continue reading →

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Preview for Next Week

Three months ago today, I was dumpster diving. That life seems so distant now. I don’t miss that life… but I wonder if and when the proverbial “yet” will drop.

These days, people often ask me “how are you doing?” The curiosity and earnestness in their tone suggest that the question is not a mere greeting requiring and expecting a mindless and cursory answer.… Continue reading →

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