So how did you celebrate your freedoms on July 4, unhappy lawyers? Did you actually take time away from the office? I hope so, but I fear that many of you BigLaw and not-so-BigLaw folks were chained either to your office, your laptop, or your Blackberry, rather than enjoying time with family and friends, or pursuing happiness in some other way.

U.S. Declaration of Independence
Come to the Unhappy Lawyers Book Club, and declare your independence from misery and unhappiness.

(Remember that good old Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness bit from the Declaration of Independence? Even long-dead white guys thought it was a self-evident truth that we all deserve it, and that it was important enough to fight and die for. )

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Dr. Bréne Brown says that connection is the most important ingredient to happiness and fulfillment. Not money, not security, not status or prestige. Connection. And she’s not talking about an Internet connection to the office, folks.

If you spend most of your waking hours not connecting, but doing things that drive you batshit crazy, that you don’t even like (let alone love), things that drain you—you really need to read Brown’s book.

Happily enough, there’s a group of unhappy lawyers who will be talking about the wisdom of  The Gifts of Imperfection, and how you can use it to find a happier career, on July 6, 2011, from 1:30 – 2:00 pm ET. It’s free! And you can even schedule it as a conference call in your calendar, since all you need to participate is a phone and that half hour of time. Just call (209) 647-1000. The access code is 535240# (yes you need to enter the # sign).

The Gifts of Imperfection is available on Kindle, and at bookstores. Or, you can get the highlights by watching Brown’s TED video on The Power of Vulnerability, which is 20 minutes very well spent. Even if you can’t do any reading or video watching before the book club, come anyway. Get inspired, and get connected to others like you who want something better for their lives.

I hope to connect with you on July 6. Until then, happy reading!

Jennifer Alvey is a recovering lawyer who coaches unhappy attorneys to connect with their deepest loves and values to claim their lives and meaningful work. Join her on July 6, 2011 at 1:30pm ET for a virtual book club to discuss Dr. Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection. It’s free!  Or email Jennifer at for more info or to set up a sample coaching session.