Category: Living

My favorite books from my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

Here are some of my favorite books from my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge, which I am pleased to report that I shattered! My challenge was 52 books but I finished at 72. I am going to up the ante in 2018 by trying to read 75 books from a more curated list, which I’ve already started developing on Goodreads and in my local library app’s tagging function. I love Goodreads and if you’re not using it already but looking to boost your reading in 2019, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Note that these aren’t books that were necessarily published in 2018, but for one reason or another made it onto my reading list and which I actually read during the calendar year.

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Five things I’m thankful for working as in-house corporate counsel

In an effort to take a step back and reflect on what’s been a very busy personal and professional year for me, I thought I’d list five of the reasons why I’m particularly thankful right now to be practicing as in-house corporate counsel instead of in a law firm. My list builds on many of the themes that frequent Dollar Barrister readers will recognize from numerous articles: work-life balance, access to the business, and others. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Five things I learned about myself from training for and finishing the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon

On Sunday, November 4, I finished the New York City Marathon for the second time, cutting 20 minutes off my last marathon. I’m really proud to call myself a two-time marathoner, but I struggled mightily on the back half of the course after running way too hard at the start. But over the last week I’ve been reflecting on my training and finishing and I feel really good about things heading into the 2019 running season, where my goal is to run NYC again and cut another 20 minutes off my time – but hopefully much more than that. Here are a few things I learned from my training, which I think are worthy takeaways for law practice – and professional life, too.

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How I used an Excel spreadsheet to become a millionaire – and you can too

“What gets measured gets improved” is one of my personal mantras, and in net worth it applies more critically than anything else. To do this for our family finances, I decided to stay away from an online net worth service and started my own spreadsheet to keep track of things. This was the best thing I ever did. And now I’m really excited to share a public version of that spreadsheet with you!

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Reflecting on how I survived the 2008 financial crisis as a law firm associate, ten years later

The financial crisis is now ten years behind us, but I still find myself thinking about that time in my life. This fall, I’m reflecting on how I was able to navigate the treacherous waters of financial crisis and law firm drama by being both proactive and lucky (but mostly lucky). With markets pushing all-time highs while debt is piling up across the world, I have some thoughts on my experience that fall and into early 2009 which I hope will serve me – and you – well if we enter another similar downturn in the near future.

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