As busy (!) as I've been since my law course began, I've been really loving my studies so far. I wouldn't say it's easy - but there's something in my brain that seems to click with law. And so it's been busy but the good kind of busy.
One of the most important things I could do for myself was get legal work - volunteer work in a legal field where I could learn on the job and apply what I learn in class to real life, and vice versa. And I got SUPER lucky recently when I ran into an old friend. It turns out she has a senior role with a Community Legal Centre here in Melbourne and she was able to get me in the door there, one day a week. As a first year law student, that's tough to get - sure these centres need all the help they can get, but they need help that is useful to them too. So while I felt that I had some really good skills (even if it was initially in more administrative type stuff), it can be hard to convince others of that. So catching up with my friend, Jill, was fortuitous (and rather lovely and fun too as she is a great lady from an equally awesome family) for me.
Today was my first day. I am working in the civil law area (which was what they needed and was also my preference so YAY) with a lovely solicitor. I worked on a few different things and it was early in the afternoon, I became rather self-aware:
I've finally found what I am meant to be doing.
It was a real a-ha moment. The sudden feeling of knowing you've made the right choice for yourself, that with time and experience, you can be really good at something and really enjoy it too.
I can't describe how calming and happy that has made me feel this afternoon. I am feeling genuinely excited about the future and now know where my life is heading. I don't remember the last time I could look to the future and feel confident about what was to come and where I wanted my life to go.
Have a fantastic weekend, friends!
So tonight I came home to my first copy (thanks to my friend Laura Liu) to Zentangle Untangled in Chinese! Laura is Taiwanese and wrote an introduction to Zentangle in the book (of course, it's in Chinese so I can't read it!).
I have to say, I think this is the most extraordinary thing! Something so familiar to me is suddenly so foreign, so different! I absolutely LOVE it - the presentation of the book is just gorgeous and although it might seem like a little thing in the large scheme of writing books, I have to say this is probably as exciting and fascinating as anything that's happened. It's truly fantastic and I feel a real priviledge to have my book translated into Chinese.
I don't want to go all political here but China is such an important state in how our world is going to progress in the coming decades. Zentangle being such a relaxing, peaceful activity....is it silly to think maybe I am (in the most minute way) contributing towards a little chunk of peace between east and west? Probably, but I just think it's all rather good fun.
In my long absence (sorry!) I have neglected to show you the cover of the Zentangle Untangled Workbook! I was reminded last night when I got an email that looked like this:
The irony of that email wasn't lost on me - maybe I should pre-order my own book? HA! Which then reminded me I haven't shown you the cover:
I really like the cover - the colour is fantastic. It is available for pre-order on Amazon and I will set up an Affiliate link soon so you can order through that. The Workbook has gone to the printers and should be available in July (I think).
There is also a Chinese language version of Zentangle Untangled being published, complete with an introduction by Taiwanese CZT Laura Liu. I am very excited about that!
So where have I been? Well, up to my ears in law school. Yesterday was the first time I've done anything creative since I started my course and I have nothing arty to show you right now. I wish I had time - I'm craving some art time - but I just don't. The upside is I am really loving my studies - I'm taking 3 units. It's full on and not without moments when I wonder what on EARTH I was thinking....but I am getting there.
I will TRY to post more often, I appreciate all the friends I've made through this blog! Until then, keep tangling!