I have been absent from my own blog for way too long. I've had a long list of blog subjects on my To Do list, but life, work and business have been happening, and the blog has been neglected.
However, so much exciting activity has been going on behind the scenes, so I'm doing this post to let you know what's going on, and that I'm still here plugging away.
I left my law firm and went out on my own! I was becoming so busy with Eternal Roots that I had little time or energy left to write reservation of rights letters for insurance carriers. I felt a strong pull to go out on my own and be independent, so I took the leap.
I have been a solo practitioner since April 1st. This required brief time away from Eternal Roots because I had to get some infrastructure in place, doing public speaking engagements, and have had new clients to serve. I have been working with small businesses to rewrite their contracts, and am loving the independence.
Distinguished Lawyer Memorial
For the last couple months I have been working with the San Diego County Bar Foundation creating memorial videos for its annual Distinguished Lawyer Memorial. This is a program to honor prominent attorneys who were nominated by their colleagues to have a permanent plaque in the county courthouse (shown below).
I'll do a separate post detailing this experience because it has been life-changing. This year the Bar Foundation is inducting six attorneys into the DLM, and I was charged with interviewing three people for every attorney being inducted, for a total of 18 memorial interviews. This has sent me all over the county, setting up my gear at at homes and offices, interviewing people about their loved ones and colleagues. I've been to three different courthouses and two churches, and have interviewed attorneys, judges, pastors and family members. The videos will be shown to the legal community at this year's ceremony at The University Club on May 24th.
You can learn about the DLM program here.
I cleaned up my Package list by eliminating a couple redundant packages, and have created a couple new ones.
I snapped this picture at the San Diego County Courthouse, just after interviewing a judge inside. Security met me on the street to ask why I was pointing a camera around, but it's all good.
Attorneys have seen crazy stuff you wouldn't believe. They have litigated cases with fact patterns and personalities that no author could invent. We love sharing battle stories with each other, and I have heard multiple lawyers say they need to write a book to record their stories. They never do! Life gets in the way and they don't have the time or energy. That's where I step in.
I was inspired to create this package after interviewing an attorney about her life story. We were at the three-hour mark before we even got into her legal career. She shared some fascinating trial stories, then we ran out of time. We could have spent the entire allotted time on her legal career. At that moment I resolved to create a vehicle for legal professionals to share their stories. They are too busy to write that book, so I'll do it for them.
You can learn about the Esquire Package here.
This is not yet live on my website, but I'm very excited to launch. This is a vehicle for business owners to share their passion for their work and the value their clients receive. This will consist of an interview of about 10-15 minutes in length, and as with all Eternal Roots packages, your favorite photos will be incorporated into the video to complement your story. If you are open, we can also do the interview over Facebook Live, so your story can be shared on social media in real time. These videos always receive good engagement, and it's great to help people get outside their comfort zones.
This process started unintentionally on my Partners page. I started interviewing my strategic Partners about their businesses, and became more and more detailed with the videos I created. After seeing the engagement my friends received with the videos on social media, I decided to offer this as a package to other businesses.
To those who know me on social media, I've been talking about this package for a few months, so why isn't it live yet? As you can see with the other activity described here, my plate has been pretty full. I want to have a proper promotional video in place when the package goes live, but other things keep popping up. I have several Partner videos in the works, and wanted to get a few more done so I can get their videos out and so I have more material for the promo video. It's coming soon!
This is the whole reason why Eternal Roots exists - to preserve life stories. I interviewed several people over the last few months, and have videos and books to produce. The interview is the easy part. The video and book creation is where the real work happens. It's gratifying to have new videos and books coming out, and it's wonderful to see people so excited about receiving their custom documentaries.
Here is a screenshot of a book in production I recently finished. This client was being visited by his children and grandchildren, and asked if I could have the book ready before their visit. I happily agreed. The client then advised that the family meeting was advanced by a week, and told me not to worry about it. Nonsense. I got the book done, printed and bound, then I drove it to his home so he could have it in-hand before his family arrived.
Several more client projects are in different stages of production, and I can't wait to get the documentaries in their hands. This always has to be my first priority, so this largely explains why tumbleweeds have been blowing through this blog.
I have a quadrant of my white board filled with ideas for future projects, so exciting things are coming once I come up for air. Here is a sampling:
In closing, I wanted you to get an idea about the flurry of activity that has been happening. If the blog has been inactive, it's a sign that I've been very active. As always, I am eager to record your life story and family history!
About the Blog
Here I write about the evolution of this project, the act of preserving life stories and personal development. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.