Attorney With a Life

Inspired by her years of coaching and working in law firms, Allison Wolf, PCC, started Attorney With A Life® to combat the issues surrounding attorney burnout, stress, and anxiety. By addressing the personal foundation of physical and mental wellness, Attorney With A Life® seeks to help lawyers live fulfilling lives and in-turn promote better law practice throughout the U.S. and Canada.

This month I had the opportunity to record my conversation with Myrna McCallum about her new podcast The Trauma-Informed Lawyer. The Trauma-Informed Lawyer podcast – presented in partnership with the Canadian Bar Association – provides an invaluable resource to the legal community.  A gifted teacher, Myrna illuminates a rational, do-no-further harm approach to trauma-informed lawyering with inspiring interviews and thoughtful commentary. In our conversation, we talk about the meaning behind Myrna’s law firm name…
Summer is almost here. June 2020, a kind of June that we have never experienced before. It is really different right now.  There is much to grieve, there is cause for anger, there is change afoot, and challenges and opportunities abound. And to honour all of this I am focused on being present each day and slowing down. Those of you who know me, know that productivity is one of my things. I write about…
“Every time we do not take a risk we prop up this racist system.”  Rachel Rodgers I was introduced to Rachel this morning in a email newsletter from coach Michael Bungay Stanier (MSB).    Rachel is a coach, entrepreneur, lawyer, and the founder of her own intellectual property law firm. Rachel generously posted a 20 minute teaching on Instagram Live that gave me a much-needed metaphorical bucket of ice water wake up call to stop wringing…
If you are one of the many people dealing with increased stress and anxiety at this time I encourage you to listen in on my conversation with Bena Stock, LLB, MC.  Bena shared with me some practical tips for managing stress and anxiety and shared with me her 5-4-3-2-1 practice for shifting out of stress and into calm. Bena is one of my go-to people when it comes to mental wellness.  She is a registered…
Let’s face it – if there is one thing we are all struggling with now – it is uncertainty.  And uncertainty is stressful. We never know one day to the next if we will be feeling ok or if we will find ourselves stressed out, fearful, or flat-out depressed. One thing that helps is connecting with friends and doing something to help the people around us.  To this end, I reached out to my friend…
A lot of us are struggling right now to deal with all the “what if” thoughts that are circling through our brains. I want to share a simple practice for interrupting the rumination and getting back into the present moment.  I call it 5 steps to a calm mind. To begin, find something in your environment that is pleasant to look at it.  Gaze at it with your full attention. Now bring in your sense…
Free Webinar for Lawyers: Tips and strategies for working productively from home When: Friday, March 27, 2020 Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am Pacific Where:  Zoom Webinar  Register Here Covid-19 got you working remotely from home? Home is full of potential distractions. Especially these days! You go to put on a load of laundry and then never quite make it back to your office. Your pet looks like it would like some playtime and…
Happy holidays everyone!  I hope that you are getting an opportunity to relax and enjoy some happy times with loved ones… and if instead the holidays are bringing stress and challenge, this blog post is for you.  Three helpful tips from my good friend and fellow-coach Marilyn Orr for boosting your resilience over the holidays.  I have reposted this from her blog. Although the potential for a happy holiday is present for many of…