Highs and Lows

I’ve been pretty MIA these past two weeks but these two weeks have been pretty tumultuous. Big highs and big lows. 

First off I found out I passed the bar! Yay! Three years of law school, three months of studying, and a three months of nervous waiting finally paid off. Yall, I thought I was going to find out and just scream and jump up and down and be so flipping excited but in reality, I saw my name, and burst into tears. I cried for a good ten minutes, my mom couldn’t understand what I was saying when I called her. She had already seen my name and knew I passed but all she could hear was sobbing so she thought I hadn’t seen my name and I believed I had failed! It was a crazy day… and a wild night. 

Then I had an interview for a permanent (read: paid) position at my work, I was so nervous even though I had been working there is some capacity since January. I walked out of the interview shaking my head thinking wow katherine you are an idiot! The next day I was offered the job! I accepted on the spot because hello this is what I want to do! I called my mom and was so excited to attend my swearing in ceremony in front of the Texas Supreme Court on Monday! I was on cloud nine for about six hours then I got a call from my mom…

My grandpa died Friday afternoon. He and my grandmother live in Minnesota and my mom and I waned to fly out Saturday morning but my grandmother was adamant that we could not leave until after the swearing in ceremony. We did not want to stay and we felt horrible staying for a ceremony that seemed irrelevant now but we did. 

On Monday of this week I was sworn in to the Texas Bar by the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and we left for Minnesota Tuesday morning. The viewing is tonight and the funeral is tomorrow; I’m speaking at the funeral and when I was practicing yesterday I broke down twice. I can’t imagine what tomorrow is going to be like. I imagine it’s going to be both horrific and cathartic. 

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and I think I might take a break until after Thanksgiving to get my personal life together and get Plumewood together. 


Ted Talks you need to hear!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I had a pretty low key weekend, cleaned the apartment, Winston beat me in tug-o-war, I got that extra hour of sleep, and it was finally cold enough to pull out my moccasins! 

I decided to watch some Ted Talks Saturday afternoon and when I finally realized I was hungry it was Saturday night… Ted Talks suck you in! 

But here are 5 Ted Talks that will inspire and amaze you! Grab a snack in case you get sucked in!

Amy Purdy: Living Beyond Limits

When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now … she’s a pro snowboarder. In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life’s obstacles.

JK Rowling: The Fringe Benefits of Failure

At her Harvard commencement speech, “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling offers some powerful, heartening advice to dreamers and overachievers, including one hard-won lesson that she deems “worth more than any qualification I ever earned.”

Paul Zak: Trust, Morality, – and Oxytocin? 

What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it “the moral molecule”) is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.

AJ Jacobs: How Healthy Living Nearly Killed Me

For a full year, AJ Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could — from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. He shares the surprising things he learned.

Matt Cutts: Try Something New for 30 Days

Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Here’s to your afternoon of Ted Talks!