Geez! 2015 was an insane year for Rosie and me. I spent over a month on the road this year, and Rosie and I had an unofficial competition to see who could run up the highest medical bill (too bad I can’t claim her as a dependent on my taxes).
Per blogging tradition, I’ve had the joy of looking back over the last 12 months and have compiled a list of the top events from my year.
1. The Undeniable Tour. I did a two-week sponsored road trip from San Diego to Seattle, staying mostly at hostels, and speaking to lawyers and law students about how to improve their careers with social media. The Undeniable Tour was an incredible trip â€“ I met so many amazing people, saw so many incredible things, and I got to see a few friends in the mix too. I’m glad I did it â€“ but I’ll probably never do something like this again. Planning the tour was a full-time job by itself. Hat tip to Jason Zook and his course How to Get Sponsorship for Anything that helped me make this all happen.
2. Rosie Became a Pirate. My sweet basset hound was diagnosed with glaucoma this year. We had to remove her right eye, and it will only be a matter of time before she goes completely blind. She has been such a trooper with the surgery and taking eye drops every day that cause tunnel vision. Her medical situation changed my life now that she’s on three medications. My daily schedule revolves around her. And with her eventual blindness, I’m more cognizant about making her life awesome. We spent a long weekend at Long Beach visiting the dog beach and dog-friendly restaurants.
3. I Joined Venjuris. At the beginning of 2015, I became Of Counsel at Venjuris â€“ a business and IP boutique law firm. It’s probably the best career move I could have made. By combining forces, I get to take on more complex and litigation cases, and now it’s easier for my clients to get help with their patent needs. I love the people I work with and it’s definitely taken my skills as a lawyer to the next level.
4. Modeling. Starting this summer, I got to do a bit of modeling this year â€“ portrait work, underwater work, milk bath, and bodyscaping. Modeling lets me be expressive in a whole new way, and the resulting photos are amazing. There are some exceptionally talented photographers in Phoenix. As a bonus, one of the photos â€“ a compilation of 13 images of me â€“ is the new postcard for Carter Law Firm.
5. Medical Mystery/Heart Problems. 2014 ended with a medical mystery for me – night sweats, dizziness, fatigue, and chest pain. Three cardiologists, two ultrasounds, and a transesophageal echocardiogram later, they determined I have a hole in my heart â€“ a defect from birth â€“ but this wasn’t the cause of my medical problems. My doctor ran every blood test he could think of and everything came back â€œnormal.â€ Our best guess is I’m prone to severe costochondritis and anxiety.
6. Seeing Friends. The Undeniable Recap usually lists the top five events from the year, but I want to add a bonus event. It’s not really an event but one of the benefits of traveling so much this year â€“ I got to see so many friends that don’t live near me. That was probably the best part of this year; almost everywhere I went, there were familiar faces. If I had to name my favorite moment from 2015, it would be hugging my former voice coach Richard Weidlich in New York.
Firsts in 2015
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (with Propofol)
Stay in a Hostel
Ride on BART
Sticking Gum on a Wall
Scone with Clotted Cream
Solo International Trip â€“ to London
Sitting Second Chair
Sights: Rock â€˜n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Times Square, Central Park, â€œFreeâ€ Stamp Sculpture, Fork in the Road, LucasFilms, Ballard Locks, Seattle Troll
Events: Content Marketing World, Periscope Community Summit, Ungagged, Dad 2.0 Summit