Supreme Wisdom

Ruth Bader Ginsburg shares her experience of raising a daughter while attending Harvard Law School and fighting for women’s equality.

Check out the video here.

You can also read the accompanying article by Ryan Park, one of my HLS classmates and an RBG clerk. I think it’s always helpful to know we all face the same challenges, it’s how we respond that makes the biggest difference.

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January Favo(u)rites: This Ain’t Ordinary Life

 

There aren’t too many things that I like about January, but January 2017 was special as we prepare for the arrival of baby Matthews. It was, perhaps, with these rose-colored glasses that I have compiled my list of favorite things for January:

    1. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on Netflix. If you like weird, this will make you happy. I’m a big fan of detective shows, generally, so this may not come as a surprise, but everything about this show was novel and different in ways that I did not expect. I learned after the fact that it is based on a series of novels, so some people may already know about it, but I would highly recommend this show. Also, Elijah Wood looks like he hasn’t aged since LOTR. He’s so good.
    2. Starboy by the Weeknd. I know that this was not released in January, but that’s when I bought it and started listening to it over and over and over. As an Atlanta-area native, where there was always a strong music scene, I am happy to see Toronto starting to make its mark.
    3. Checkout 51: This app helps you save money and it’s easy to use. Again, with the baby on the way, I thought it prudent to see if I could cut costs anywhere. I’ve always been a terrible “couponer” because 1) I don’t subscribe to a print newspaper and 2) I generally like to plan a menu based on our own preferences, etc. rather than what happens to be on sale. This is, admittedly, a baby step in the direction of saving money on groceries, but I’ve used it a number of times already and I like it.

Honorable mention: Dr. Jennifer Wise at Thrive Natural Family Health. I only just started seeing her at the end of January, but she is super-friendly and knowledgeable about chiropractic care during pregnancy. I was experiencing some pain in my left hip and two visits with her have virtually eliminated the pain and helped the baby find a better position. Of course, this was my specific experience, but seeing her really made a difference for me once I put aside my “I’m-a-strong-woman-and-will-deal-with-this-myself” attitude.

Despite the need to avoid my news feed, I thought 2017 started off on a strong note. I’m looking forward to tackling the rest of the year avec bébé.

What are you looking forward to this year?

Creative Stress Relief

Yoga. Mindfulness. Running. Gym.

There are as many ways to relieve stress are there are lawyers who experience stress on a daily basis. Hopefully, you have found a productive way of taking the edge off the day*, but, if not then this may be for you!

Adult coloring books have grown in popularity over the last few years and I thought I would try my hand at it. It took longer than expected but I thought that it was a lot of fun and the plus is that you could bring one of these books anywhere with you for some quick mindless fun while you’re going about your regular activities. If you haven’t tried it – I would recommend it. You can get books of all skill levels and there are even some apps that attempt to simulate the experience.

Have fun coloring!

*If you are having trouble coping with the stress of your job, there is help and you should not suffer alone. If you’re in Ontario, the Member Assistance Program provides counseling and other services for lawyers who are experiencing moments of crisis. Similar programs exist in virtually every state and province. Talk to someone. Get help.