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The Happy Lawyer Project is an inspirational podcast for young lawyers looking to find happiness in life with a law degree. Each episode provides the tips, advice, encouragement and inspiration you need to craft a life and career you love. Welcome to the Happy Lawyer Project!

Nov 13, 2018

A ton of you have reach out to me because you know your current situation isn’t working but you don’t know how to get from where you are to where you want to be. Good news friends, this episode is for you. I’ve been a long time fan of Shinah Chang’s potty mouth calligraphy and today I get to share her story. Harvard trained former corporate lawyer left it all behind to pursue her passion of calligraphy. This week's’ episode we dive into Shinah’s story of transitioning out of biglaw into the wild and wacky world of calligraphy. Like a lot of you, growing up, she didn’t spend much time thinking about what brought her joy and followed the path paved for her, wanting to make her parents proud. Through her journey she’s learned a lot about herself and built a business she believes aligns with her purpose and joys in life. Enjoy!

What you’ll learn:


  • Shinah’s journey to and in the law
  • Shinah’s tipping point
  • How to start your transition out of the law
  • The value of a support system
  • Things to focus on during your transition
  • Strategies to daily effectiveness
  • All about Shinah’s calligraphy business
  • The importance of personal development
  • Resources for improved creativity and mindset

Best Advice for Finding Happiness


“Wanting to be happy.”


“Once you make the decision and that it needs to be a priority, then you can start shifting and [figuring out] how to make it happen.”




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