Balance


Feeling Disconnected

Loneliness: Taking Care to Stay Connected

By | Dec.06.16 | No Comments

Mountain climbers are fastidious about the lines they trust their lives to, and scuba divers are constantly checking the tanks and regulators on which they depend. In the hectic world of practicing law — when …Continue reading »


Nothing But The Ruth!

Coping With Stress: Trudging Through the Drudgery

By | Nov.17.16 | No Comments

“How do you cope with stress?” That was this month’s question from my Attorney at Work editors. At first, I laughed at the question, but the gentlest response I can give is, “Not gracefully.” I’ve been open …Continue reading »


Get it Done

End the ‘I Don’t Have Time for That!’ Problem

By | Nov.03.16 | No Comments

In the Broadway musical “Rent,” there is this great lyric: “In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes — how do you measure a year in the life?” It has always stuck with me. Why? Every single …Continue reading »


Time Management

Why Are You at the Office Until 10 p.m.?

By | Oct.24.16 | 2 Comments

The early days of my legal career at a big firm involved lots of late nights at the office. It seemed like I was routinely getting home around 11 p.m. — often later. It was a …Continue reading »


The Fit Friday Five

Five Fitness Trends in 2016: Keep Them or Let Them Go?

By | Oct.21.16 | No Comments

Now that we are in the fourth quarter of 2016, we can look back and assess some of the year’s health and fitness trends. Which ones have real staying power? There are always many predictions for …Continue reading »


On Balance

Ethics Case for Attorney Retreats

By | Oct.05.16 | No Comments

Our own Merrilyn Astin Tarlton recently wrote here about five ways solos can find time for law firm retreats. And on that score, recently I became involved in a lengthy conversation with a large group of …Continue reading »


The Friday Five

Five Reasons to Come Out and Play

By | Sep.16.16 | 1 Comment

We know that free-play is important to the development of children. But it’s also really important in the life of an adult. You may think you don’t need to play, that you don’t have time …Continue reading »


Managing Stress

What to Do When Everything Feels Bad

By | Sep.07.16 | No Comments

Another news story about terrorists. Images of people suffering around the world. Political discourse that calls up the worst in us. Clients who have horrendous stories of pain. When it comes to feeling weighed down …Continue reading »


Friday Fit Five

Five Ways for Law Firms to Support Health and Wellness

By | Aug.19.16 | 1 Comment

We all know the practice of law is high stress. Law firms can be challenging places: client demands mean working beyond business hours, issues are real, stakes are high and tight deadlines abound. “Lawyers, similar to …Continue reading »


Friday Fit Five

Five Ways to Get Away for a Much Needed Vacation

By | Jun.17.16 | 2 Comments

When I was a salaried associate at a large law firm, I received four weeks of paid vacation every year. And I always took every single day. I was shocked to find out I was …Continue reading »