Tag: blogging 101

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words…

What does this mean to you? It’s on the wall at Harvard Law School…thought it was pretty cool!!

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For Every Year & Every Life…A Season!

fall sayings

Being born and raised in NY, I used to love fall. It was the beginning of cool weather, the leaves change, great food, long sleeves and boots. Not too cold, but just right.

Now that I’m in my 40’s, I realized that seasons don’t just apply to the dates in the year, it applies to your life.

In doing this assignment, I’ve read some great blogs. One is the Namaste, the journey of a 15 year old Indian girl, through pictures and poetry. I was struck by her innocence, and how she views the world through the lens of beauty and happiness.

The next blog I explored was Bridget, who is a life coach making her transition into her 40’s, and giving life guidance on how to de-clutter and get back to basics. Basically, Bridget is trying to get grown ups back to that pure happy place that Namaste is currently enjoying.

What brought all of this together for me was the blog by Indamixworldwide, who transported me back to my own time of innocence through his music driven blog. He had great throwbacks to the days in my early twenties when all I cared about was dancing to Tony Humphries, Lil Louie Vega, Masters at Work and Frankie Knuckles all night, then eating a big greasy diner burger with cheese fries with my friends at 7am.

I didn’t have a care in the world.

This is before the days of bills, mortgages, responsibilities. This was before seeing how ugly the world can be, and how horribly people can treat each other (especially in my line of work). This was before love, death, and loss.

And becoming a pescatarian along with a bit more health/weight conscious  😉

Frank Kaiser had a great statement about older women (ironically, incorrectly attributed to Andy Rooney). You get to the point that nothing shakes you, because you’ve seen it all. But the one thing you learn is to enjoy every season as it comes. You even get good at recognizing when the season has changed in your life! You can be like “oh, this is about growth. This is about patience. This is about decisions.”

It’s certainly a season of growth for me…I’m sensing that the foundation is being laid now for big changes ahead. I’m learning some tough lessons about human nature; but I fight to still see the good in people.

No matter what, you can’t take life or those you love for granted. Enjoy, life, laugh, love. Tomorrow is not promised; today is a gift– that’s why it’s called the present.

M.

 

Looking Back to Move Forward…

20140323-142740.jpgSo, as we wait for election results, there’s no better time than now to be reflective.  My blog, The Resident Legal Diva, has recently had its one year anniversary.  Ironically, I took on a 30 day Blogging 101 challenge…because why not? Nothing like a challenge to step up your game! In the next 30 days, you will see a lot of posts from me covering a variety of topics (which remain a mystery to me at this moment)!

The first assignment was to talk about my blog.  Why am I writing publicly instead of writing a personal journal? Who do I hope to connect with? What is the end goal a year from now? And what’s the story behind my tagline?

Whelp, let’s get started.

Why am I writing publicly instead of writing a personal journal? If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I am a prosecutor. (If not, welcome!) I love the law.  The law brings equality; the law brings change; the law brings justice. Often, the media gets it wrong (ratings are king). Often citizens get it wrong (due to just not knowing).  Sometimes the system gets it wrong. Facts and details get lost in the struggle between passion, history, and confusion as to how the system works.  My goal is to educate people about how the system really works, and what goes into the decision making process in cases.  Also, I want people to know what their rights are, and what remedies are available. This can only be done in a public forum.  With the internet reaching more and more people every day, what better way to educate the world?

Who do I hope to connect with? EVERYONE! My blog is not just for legal professionals (who are always welcome by the way). It’s for the students, the curious, the old, the young…anyone who cares about the world we live in and how the law governs us.

What is the end goal a year from now? I hope to have (and continue to have) great dialogues with folks from all walks of life.  My eyes have opened to issues as a result of discussions started on my blog.  I love to teach, but I enjoy learning as well.  The exchange of ideas is the only way our world will get better — it is the way to promote understanding.

And what’s the story behind my tagline? The Resident Legal Diva…I’m your in house legal expert.  And I love the word “Diva”.  I’m on a mission to reclaim the word from the negative connotations that come from reality television.  A Diva is a woman who is well spoken, well put together, and who carries herself with grace and elegance.  Most of all, a Diva is successful from her own intelligence, hard work and merit.  Notice there are no temper tantrums, outbursts, or generally “acting a fool” in that definition. What I described is the definition of a “hot mess”…which does not deserve air time (not on this blog anyway!).  And the rest “My Collection of Thoughts About Real Life and the Law”…is just that.  My thoughts…my opinions…but always open for discussion!

Looking back, the last year of blogging has been fun, uplifting, emotional, and really enlightening.  Here’s to many more!!

M.