And the one reason you should

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I would wager a bet that about half the people who apply to law school aren’t there because they have aspirations of becoming a lawyer. Of the other half, the ones who want to be lawyers, I would bet that the majority of them don’t actually know what they are signing up for.

I fell into the first category. I was in my late 20’s, floundering, switching jobs, and unsure what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” Somebody suggested law school.

“But I don’t really want to be a lawyer,” I said.

“You don’t need to,” they said…

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Before I became a parent, I used to ask my friends with kids what it was like to be a mom. They never really gave me a straight answer.

“Oh, you know,” they would say airily. “It’s hard.”

And then they would add quickly: “But SO worth it.”

I couldn’t help but feel like there was something they weren’t telling me. Like they knew something I didn’t.

It turns out I was right. They sure did know something. And now that I am a mother, I find myself saying much the same thing. I have considered whether this might be…

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Lately, I have been devouring books by authors like Ada Calhoun and Glennon Doyle. They are both women and mothers about my age. They write about how women are taught to embrace certain roles, how we sometimes shrink to accommodate others, and how we sacrifice everything for them, including ourselves, when we have kids. I read these books late into the night, when I should be sleeping but know that I won’t anyway, and think, yes. This is exactly how I feel.

Because seven years ago, a strange mom-zombie inhabited my body. She arrived one day and stayed. She pushed…

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Of all the self-help/self-development/fix your life books I have read recently, Glennon Doyle’s Untamed has been most impactful for me. Truth be told, I had never heard of her or read her previous memoirs. But I was searching my local library for an audiobook that was available to sign out without a waitlist. This popped up on the first search page and I thought I’d give it a try.

Maybe it is because there were so many times while listening to the book that I stopped to think: Seriously? How did she get inside my brain? Or maybe it is…

Kari Schroeder

Professional dancer-turned lawyer-turned frazzled mom and aspiring writer.

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