Rank #1: Ep. 002 - Sarah's Journey in Biglaw
Sarah looks back at her bewildering years as a lawyer in Biglaw and talks about how she made the decision to leave.
Oct 10 2017
Rank #2: Ep. 005 - The Abyss
So we quit. Now what? Sarah and Annette discuss what they've been up to since leaving the law and their respective paths to creative recovery. Sarah shares how being a new mother has added a sense of urgency to her creative endeavors, and Annette confronts her need to feel productive in the absence of a traditional work schedule. The episode begins with a trip down memory lane, except it's a memory Sarah doesn't recall.
The Artist's Date is a concept from Julia Cameron's book, "The Artist's Way" (available for purchase here). It is a once-weekly period of "assigned play" to explore something of interest in order to replenish one's creative well.
Nov 01 2017
Rank #3: Ep. 006 - What's the Story?
We talk about what it means to resist categorical thinking and the often false narratives we construct about our own lives. From Annette’s participation in a bar association panel as a non-lawyer, to Sarah’s grappling with loss of identity, there is a need to rewrite the story we want our lives to tell, which means embracing the uncertainty of the creative process. We discuss how contemplative silence allows us to shed other people's expectations and to dismantle linear narratives all too common in the hyper-rational legal world.
- Megan O'Grady's article "Is the Age of the Artistic Recluse Over?" from the NYTimes Magazine can be found here.
- Meghan O'Rourke's article "Lessons in Stillness From One of the Quietest Places on Earth" also from the NYTimes Magazine can be found here.
- More from Elizabeth Gilbert on passion vs. curiosity can be found here.
- On the topic of living creatively, Julia Cameron writes in The Artist's Way that "we are looking not to grand strokes of change - although they may come - but instead to the act of creatively husbanding all that is in the present: this job, this house, this relationship."
- Ruth Chang's Ted Talk on Hard Choices can be found here.
- Tara Brach heart gesture can be found here.
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Nov 24 2017
Rank #4: Ep. 004 - Money Matters
In this episode, Sarah and Annette talk money matters. The decision to leave our law jobs meant thinking through (and continuing to think through) what money means to us. In this conversation we explore where our values regarding money come from, and why we work. We challenge the view that time = money (as is literally the case in the law) and question whether there might be an alternative approach.
Nov 01 2017
Rank #5: Ep. 003 - Transitions
Lots of transitions! Sarah just gave birth to her first child! Annette just gave her two-weeks’ notice! In this episode, Sarah gives her sleep-deprived thoughts on what it’s like to be a new mother, and Annette shares how it feels to publicly announce her departure from the law to pursue writing and other creative projects. Our apologies for the loud chirping brought to you by Sarah’s rambunctious parrotlets.
Oct 10 2017