In March 2020, right as our world was turned upside down by the pandemic a new and important initiative was launched – Life in Law. Founded by two partners, Kim Jakeman and Una Radoja both with the Vancouver-based law firm Harper Grey LLP, Life in Law (LiL) is a complimentary service designed to give women lawyers of all years of call access to confidential, safe, accessible and friendly support from fellow women in law. More…
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…