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Your brain wants to know

Your brain wants to know

Recently, I had dinner over at a friend’s apartment (which was so lovely!) I noticed that the elevator in her building didn’t have a display at the top to show where it is when you call it. I didn’t like that. When you watch a YouTube video, one of the very first...

Are you imagining the worst?

Are you imagining the worst?

As a lawyer, you are trained to spot issues and protect your clients. Add to that a natural negativity bias, because our brain is designed to protect us, and you’ve got a challenging situation! When you imagine the worst, you are imagining against yourself. The life...

Space to be a hot mess

Space to be a hot mess

I recently went up to Northampton, Massachusetts, to visit with one of my best friends. It was great to be back as I used to live there. One of the highlights was being invited to a "grief and release" party. Maybe that sounds strange, but let me tell you about the...

Why tough decisions are the sometimes the best decisions

Why tough decisions are the sometimes the best decisions

Do you identify as a risk-averse lawyer? Not making decisions or hesitating for a long time can either help you stay stuck or move forward! Let me give you a story of a recent WILL member. She came to WILL a few months ago, extremely burned out and in the middle of a...

There is nothing wrong with you

There is nothing wrong with you

The level of shame, self doubt, and feeling of being stuck that I hear from current and prospective WILL members is pretty significant. It’s as if (big) law says: you should be so grateful to work in a prestigious place with such smart people and forever be in service...

Happy Pride!

Happy Pride!

I came out late. I was 27 years old and working at a day center for homeless and runaway kids. Most were queer. It was a very gay space. I remember when my boss John interviewed me, he asked, “What’s your deal? Are you gay or straight?” I blushed and immediately shot...

Tomorrow’s my birthday

Tomorrow’s my birthday

Oh people, here I go… sharing the thing that women “of a certain age” no longer want to share. My age.   I am turning 55. It’s such a good number.  I’m actually kind of excited for it.   Not sure how I’ll feel about 56! 😊 Trying to stay present! The lightning bolt of...

Your path is unique

Your path is unique

Recently, A WILL member I’ll call Jackie finished the first phase of her work. When she had initially signed up, she told me, “I’m going to sign up and then not do it.” I told her we weren’t going let that happen.  And we didn't. WILL helped her big leave her big law...

Why she quit on Monday

Why she quit on Monday

A few months ago, I wrote about a WILL member who couldn’t get out of bed. Her body said, “No. We are done for now.” She took a one-month leave of absence, and then extended it to two. Still weary, she went back to work, where the boundary violations began...

Do you love to learn?

Do you love to learn?

Do you love to learn?    How long did it take you to become a lawyer?  You did at least 3 years in law school, plus your years of practice.  So at a very minimum, 3-4 years. What does law school teach you to do REALLY?  Might you agree that primarily, it teaches you...

What would you LOVE your life to look like in two years?

What would you LOVE your life to look like in two years?

I got a text from a WILL alumna this week that read:Since leaving (big) law, Courtney has worked in a non-legal capacity at a dynamic real estate company in San Francisco. She now gets to be in meetings much of the day, which is her idea of a good time. Sitting alone...

Why I chose not to go to law school

Why I chose not to go to law school

One of the many reasons I started WILL is that I flailed early in my career.  It seemed like law school was one of the only options. When I graduated college, many people asked… “Are you going to go to law school?  You can do anything with a law degree.” My dad had...

 

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