Organized table with a candle and decor behind it

No matter how much clutter in my home and office stresses me out, I still think to myself, “I’ll do that later.” Then I avoid it, only to be stressed out again the next time I see it. Sound familiar? I get it. When I’m busy, spending time decluttering is not high on my list […]

Notice Your “I’ll do that later” Voice!

Community tree strung with white Christmas lights

If only there were enough words to describe the immense joy I felt last night attending our community tree lighting ceremony. As someone obsessed with Hallmark Christmas Movies, it might shock you to learn that this was a first for me! I could feel the anticipation as we walked to the tree before it was […]

Feel the Joy!

Holiday Snoopy Coffee Mug

Sounds simple, right? Well, last night I practically inhaled my dinner while watching a TV show. After I finished eating, my brain told me I was still hungry (even though my stomach was full). Not a surprise given that I barely tasted it. Mindfully eating means engaging with your food – tasting the flavors, textures, […]

Taste your food (and coffee!)

Image of a computer and journal

I’ve never been one to journal, probably because I associate it with making a daily log of activities (any lawyer who has ever billed time can understand the struggle). But I had an experience recently where it helped alleviate anxiety I was feeling about a work opportunity (or what I thought was anxiety…). On a […]

Write and Reflect

Patty Beck doing yoga with her dogs

Self-Compassion Tip — ask yourself the question: “What do I need right now?” This was a challenging week both personally and professionally, and as I walked down to my windowless basement to do my 6:30 zoom yoga class, I paused to consider what I needed. I decided I needed to feel the morning sunlight on […]

“What do I need right now?”

I often find myself glued to my phone, especially when I have a few minutes to kill – standing in line at the grocery store, picking up a to-go order, when I’m waiting for someone else to get ready, etc. Why? Because like many people, I don’t like being bored. The problem is that when […]

Just Be Bored!

It had been years since I felt such intense anxiety gripping the insides of my stomach. So many thoughts went through my mind – Why is this happening again? Isn’t anxiety supposed to disappear when you do what you love? Haven’t I mastered this whole anxiety thing? I was getting ready to give an important […]

Walking Away My Anxiety

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down to work on a project and found myself spinning my wheels for one reason or another. When that happens, I inevitably feel that my stomach is tight, my shoulders are hunched, and my heart rate has increased. In the past, I never noticed these signals […]

Breaks (Opportunities v. Interruptions)

Over the last two months, I have learned a thing or two about how easy it is to feel stressed and overwhelmed even when doing the things we love. I started my new business because I wanted to help lawyers learn practical ways to take care of themselves and enjoy their careers even more than […]

Be Kind and Patient with Yourself

When I speak with lawyers who are nearing retirement, I often ask them how they feel about it. The responses are obviously mixed, but I’ve noticed that the lawyers who are excited about it have often spent time engaging in hobbies outside of law in the years leading up to retirement. They spent time traveling, […]

Hobbies & Passions

Patty Beck with morning cup of coffee

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. […]

Moments of Joy

Take a moment and feel your breath.

Inhale through your nose for four counts and exhale out your mouth for eight counts. When you feel stressed, come back to your breath. 

 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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