Yesterday, I was frustrated that I couldn’t motivate myself to work faster or harder. Instead, I ate too much and played too much online Boggle and hoped I’d feel better today. Then, in between going to bed and getting up this morning, I dreamed that my sister and I needed to move our stuff out of my office, but she was planning a trip. A friend who was going with us disagreed on the dates and destination, but that wasn’t even the issue for me. I needed to get my stuff moved out of that office before I could even think about planning a trip!

When I wrote that last sentence in my journal this morning, I realized what was going on. (My coach could have told me this within five minutes of meeting with her. If you live in New York and are contemplating setting and reaching new goals, I highly recommend you contact Elena Kaspi at, even if you’re not a lawyer. She’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made.) Two weeks from yesterday is my last day at my law firm. This is the time I alotted for clearing out my office. So of course I’m having a hard time moving forward with either Red Violet or my job search–I need to clean out some of the old stuff from my life.

The next two weeks are probably not going to be high energy. I’m going to need to figure out what to toss and what to keep, and there isn’t a clear line between the two. I don’t envision practicing in a large law firm again, but I do picture myself forming legal entities for startups and reviewing their contracts for them. So although I’m moving forward as an entrepreneur in 2009, I’ll also be moving forward in some way as a lawyer.

When I think about it, cleaning out my office really is a good way to begin the new year. I wish you all the best as you think about where you’ve been and where you’re going as well.