As it's been such a long time since I wrote to LJ, I thought it helpful to give a quick update:
I've been an in-house lawyer since October 2016. I don't see me going back to private practice. I'm 52 years old and if I've any 'dream', it's to stop full-time work and become a freelance lawyer.
I'm still living in Devon. I've been here since 1992. I will move at some point but not until my youngest daughter completes her A-levels or goes off to University.
They're few. Reading, walking and cooking.
I have one; it starts with stretching and 30 minutes of meditation. I start work early, and go to bed a lot earlier than I used to.
Things to sort
My wife and I have accumulated a lot of debt. We need to pay it off in the next eight years if we stand any chance of not working beyond the age of 60.
We also want to travel. We do too much talking. We just need to get on with it.
I'd like to see my parents. I don't have a relationship with them and that's been the case since I moved out aged 19. It's a long story and one that merits a much longer post.
I want to see more of my eldest daughter. She's travelling at the moment but will be back in time for Christmas. She'll return to London in early 2020 to complete her studies to qualify as an architect. I will make more of an effort to meet up in London.
To help my middle daughter with her law degree.
To decorate our house, sell it and move somewhere more rural. I'd like to buy a cabin or tiny house.
One thing I like about my current role is that I get to finish work at 3.30pm today (Friday). It makes a change, especially when, as in the past, working until 8pm was routine.
I'll go home, cook and take the dog out for a walk — even if it's raining (Alfie doesn't mind).
From there, I'll spend some time with Mrs A and daughter #3 before we all retire to bed. None of us have it in us to hit the sack much past 10pm; and, again, I think that's a good thing emotionally, physically and spiritually especially when, in my case, I'll be up again at 5am to sit, breathe and let the day slowly unfold with 30 minutes of silent meditation.