If this pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that we have a responsibility to fill our lives with as much joy as possible wherever we can. Sometimes that’s catching up with friends who we haven’t seen in a while. Other times it’s as simple as taking a few minutes to savor a cup of coffee. My personal favorite is pausing at sunrise & sunset to see which colors are going to light up the sky (when I was an associate I often ran into a partner’s office to make him look up from work to appreciate the sunset, which we still reminisce about to this day). Whatever joy looks like to you, make time for it. Maybe it’s enjoying the peaceful quiet of a morning walk, writing down something you’re grateful for that day, or even getting lost in the thrill of finishing a work project.

When life gets busy, it’s easy to overlook the little moments that make us smile each day. This week, think about what brings you joy and how you can make time for that. Some people need reminders on their calendars or post-it notes around their house. I recently bought a journal that says “Choose Joy” on the cover, which is a constant reminder for me to look for happy moments each day (and take the time to enjoy them!). So, whatever you need to bring a little more joy into your workday, do it! For more ideas, visit the Celebrating the “little things” by other lawyers! section of my website to see how others are getting a little burst of joy in their lives!

Mindful Moments




Moments of Joy

Patty Beck with morning cup of coffee

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  1. Izzy says:

    Thanks for sharing this! Excited to follow your journey!

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 Celebrating the “little things”

by other lawyers!

I wear fun socks each day, and now I'm known as the "fun sock lady" at my gym!
- Anne H. (Virginia)

I go to the gym before the sun is up and lately I have been walking there without my headphones in to enjoy the quiet peacefulness of the city before everyone wakes up. It’s sort of a meditative way to begin the day instead of constantly having pods/music/radio in my ear.
- Andrew C. (Pennsylvania)

Our firm has appointed me as “minister of culture” and my job is to always look to boost morale with work events, happy hours, fun sports pools and contests, and ensure we all take moments out of our days/weeks/months to enjoy our time together as co-workers and friends. - Tony C. (Virginia)

Be grateful for all you have to be grateful! - Kevin D. (Iowa)

I try to get outside for a walk every day, either with my dog or by myself! - Lori B. (Ohio)

I take mini-breaks throughout the day to play pieces I enjoy on my piano!
– Alice S. (Minnesota)

I always try to project positive energy to those around me regardless of the day I’m having. I’d rather project positivity than bring others down with negativity.
 - Bill O. (Illinois)


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