Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Legally Blogging, Aussie Style

Hi and Happy Tuesday! We have an adorable Aussie blogger for you to meet today!!

The Legally Blogging idea was dreamed up by three ladies who all met in blog-land and instantly clicked. You could say it was love at first sight. The immediate connection stemmed from the one thing they had in common: Law. Obviously, as time went on, they discovered they had much more in common than just law, but that was a great starting point.

Here they are!

They decided to join forces and start a blogging series, to show that lawyers aren't always what you'd expect. The main goal of the series is to connect with other legal ladies out there and meet some great new people. Every week, the hope is to showcase a new person in the series.
Series so far:

If you're interested in participating in the Legally Blogging Series, just send an email to Jackie: jjstoughton [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

Adele Groovin the Moo
Hi everyone. My name is Adele, and I empty my brain at adeleandco.com. I'm a 29 (very nearly 30) year-old woman living in the lovely city of Canberra, Australia. I spent a lot of years trying to figure out my career path, but when I started my law degree in 2010 it felt like home. Now I spend my days lawyering, drinking tea, knitting, cycling, planning my next holiday and spending fantabulous hours hanging out with my seriously handsome partner.
Why did you start blogging?
I started a different blog back in 2010 when I was in the early stages of my graduate law degree. It had been 5 years since I had completed my Bachelor of Communication with a major in Journalism, and my writing skills were rusty to say the least. Starting that blog helped me to practice different styles of writing. More importantly, it helped me think about something other than torts, contracts or the constitution. Once my writing skills came back to me, I got quite lazy about the blog and didn't update it at all.
Fast-forward to 2013 and I have finished the degree and started working as a lawyer in a government graduate program. I am able to spend my after-work hours thinking about anything other than study, work and the intricacies of the law (although I often still think about the latter just for fun). I started adeleandco.com as a place to document whatever the heck crosses my mind! I have also been reading blogs since 2007, and I felt like it was time to contribute to the interwebs and get involved in a more active manner.

What do you do when you're not blogging?
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Live my grandma-style life. I rediscovered knitting when I was doing my law degree. It helped me to keep my hands busy when I was trying to relax and forget about the next assignment or presentation or pile of reading. My first attempts were hilarious to say the least, but my skills have developed and I can now usually knit something without any majorly obvious mistakes (I'm getting good at hiding them). Now that I live in a cold climate, this has really come in handy.
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I'm a fairly prolific cook. I grew up watching my Mum cook every day, and although I was resistant in my teenage years (wow, how very original of me) I started to realise how much joy it brought me when I moved out of home in my early twenties. I very much enjoy making meals, but baking makes me the happiest. I love making all types of cakes and cookies and pies. I usually take them to work so that the partner and I don't end up eating all the sugar. Having said that, we did demolish an entire batch of thumbprint cookies last week, and I have no regrets!

Ahhh, traveling. Although it isn't something I always do when not blogging, if I had my way it is what I would be doing all of the time. I have been to Thailand and Canada on my own in my mid-twenties, then cruised around the south island of New Zealand in a campervan with the partner on 2009. This past December/January we traveled for 7 weeks in South America, getting to Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia. All of these trips have been amazing, and I am champing at the bit to get on a plane and disappear. We will probably do a week or two on a tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific at the end of the year, and then in two or three years time take off for a proper round-the-worlder.
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Other than all of that, I really enjoy being a baby-lawyer. I love the law, and I love learning more about it every day. I graduated with some very intelligent, awesome and supportive friends, and we are all feeling our way through our respective careers. Although the areas of law we practice in vary widely, we have common issues and problems, and the shared experience of making it through law school. Knowing these people makes me feel confident that clients will be treated well and be getting the best legal knowledge available. I think that's pretty rad.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about lawyers?
I think that most of the other Legally Blogging posts have covered almost every misconception out there. Regardless of the differences in legal systems across the world, lawyers have a bad reputation. I think that's a bit lame to be honest. As in every occupation, there are always those ruining it for everyone else. But the lawyers I know are incredibly hard-working, dedicated, highly intelligent and questioning, and super personable. More importantly, they are ethical and have empathy for their clients. What an amazing skill-set to have and use in your career.
The misconception that bothers me the most, however, is that we automatically know all of the law. Man, this couldn't be further from the truth. My area of interest is the criminal law, so I have more knowledge about it than other areas. My area of disinterest is commercial law, because I struggle to empathise with contracts and corporations. Having said that, the most valuable thing I learned at law school is legal research, and how to find the law when I need to. If I were suddenly dropped into a commercial law position, I would still do a good job because I know where to find the law and the information required. If I had to know all of the law, all of the time, there is absolutely no way I would be a lawyer, and I am pretty sure most legally trained people would agree.
Also, I want to mention that lawyers can be freaking hawt too. Look at my friends! These ladies are scarily intelligent and banging to boot.
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What is the favourite vacation that you've been on?
Thailand elephant picture
This is kind of like asking me to pick my favourite pet or niece or nephew. I have loved every single one of my vacations for very different reasons.
Thailand was my first ever trip overseas, and I did it alone. I loved being independent and seeing a nation full of happy, smiling and incredibly friendly people. I didn't love the way they treated animals, and looking back at this picture I can see the chain around the elephant's foot. This bothers me greatly, and I am now more careful about the ways in which I am willing to spend my money.
Canada picture

Canada was just ridiculously beautiful. I was there in the summer, and got to see a lot of western Canada, including Vancouver Island and Banff. I am super excited to go back and spend a lot of time getting to know the landscape and the people.
Milford Sounds NZ picture
New Zealand was the first overseas holiday that the partner and I took together. Spending two weeks in a campervan, together at all times, really tests a relationship and helps you to figure out whether you can handle each other in unusually stressful situations. Despite a spilt-milk-off-smelling-campervan incident, we managed to make it through with fond memories. New Zealand's South Island is breath-takingly beautiful, and if you ever get the chance to go, do it in a campervan. Lots of fun and a great experience.
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South America was stunning. I was sick almost the entire time (I had a super cold, and my stomach was not happy at all) but I have such good memories of all of the countries we visited. This guy on my head was a rescued monkey in Bolivia. We stayed at an animal sanctuary (after mountain biking 60km down 'the world's deadliest road') and got to hang out with some very cool, very naughty, very loving animals. I will say that Argentina and Chile are not the best countries for vegetarians, but we managed by eating a lot of cheese and pasta (no complaints here). Highly recommended.

What is your best and worst home renovation project?
I've never owned my own home so I haven't had the opportunity to renovate anything! I must admit that the prospect does not excite me. I have general ideas about things I like (island bench in kitchen, library/study with a world map painted on an entire wall, hammock in backyard with chickens and dogs and cats and a llama) but the idea of achieving it all terrifies me. It feels very close to event organisation/management, which has always been something I have disliked. Perhaps when we purchase I will get a designer in, give some broad instructions, hand over some money and say 'go for it'! Luckily the partner and I have very similar tastes, so we should be able to figure something out, surely?!?
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I do enjoy gardening, and have recently added a lot of pots to our balcony. We don't have a yard in this unit, but the balcony is big enough to add some green and make a girl who grew up on an acre of property feel a bit more at home.

Thanks girlie for stopping by the blog today!! Hope you all enjoyed meeting her!


  1. I'm soooo excited about this series! Just sent an email to Jackie to see if I can get in on the fun even though we don't launch until 8.1.13 -- I'm currently studying for the bar exam and it would be great to have something like this on the other side to look forward to!

    Launching 8.1.13

  2. I too was a Communication major! Working on getting my MBA right now..fingers crossed:)


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