Ep #63: Brain Health and Productivity for Lawyers with Alysia Davies

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers | Brain Health Lawyers Alysia Davies

In a profession like law where we’re so reliant on our cognitive function to advocate for other people, and so much value is placed on productivity over self-care, it can feel like there’s no space for mental health practices that take care of your brain. If you feel like this seems woo-woo and that there’s no place for it in your practice, you’re not alone, and I think you’ll feel differently by the end of this episode.


Alysia Davies is a lawyer with 10 years of legal experience, having practiced as a civil litigator and clerked for the Chief Justice of Federal Court here in Canada. She’s since made the transition to becoming a registered social worker and counselor through The Member Assistance Program, which serves all lawyers, paralegals, students, and judges, and she’s here to raise awareness of how mental health is showing up in your practice, and how to advocate for your brain health. 


Ep #62: How to Say No (Without Burning Bridges)

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers | How to Say No (Without Burning Bridges)

In the work that I do with lawyers, boundaries is a topic that comes up all the time, especially around saying no. I’m sure you can think of a time in your professional or personal life when you’ve said yes to something and then immediately regretted it. Maybe you knew you didn’t want to say yes, you weren’t committed or attached to the project, or perhaps you were already overworked, but you said yes, and now you harbor some resentment.


Saying no can feel incredibly uncomfortable, so I’m giving you some ideas you can use going forward next time you’re asked to take part in something you’d really prefer to say no to, without worrying about burning any bridges along the way.


Ep #61: Happy Lawyers at Work with Sara Forte

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers | Happy Lawyers at Work with Sara Forte

I met this week’s guest five years ago when she handed me a business card and told me she was setting up shop. What she’s achieved since then is incredible, so if you’re a lawyer who knows you’re destined for more, you need to listen to my interview with Sara Forte. She’s walking us through her journey and all the pivots she had to make to create a work life she loves.


After many years of traditional law practice, in 2016 Sara launched Forte Workplace Law, a boutique labour and employment firm that has grown from a solo practice to a team of 14. In 2021, Sara launched Not Your Average Law Job™, an online project shining a light on happy lawyers and their wild and wonderful legal practices. I loved this conversation, and I know you’re going to love it too.


Ep #60: Time Guilt: How to Rest in a Culture of “Busy”

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers | Time Guilt: How to Rest

The culture many of us live in values productivity over rest. We learn this from our family of origin, from law school, and from the organizations we work with and for. But, if you’re like many of my clients, prioritizing work over intentional rest doesn’t actually make you more productive. It just leads to burnout.


How can you show up as your best professional self while still honoring your personal needs? Contrary to what we’re taught, you don’t have to choose one over the other. You can incorporate intentional rest into your day-to-day and show up as your best self as a lawyer. 


Ep #59: Design Your Career with Style with Estelle Winsett

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers | Design Your Career with Style with Estelle Winsett

I’m always looking for new ways to help you style a career that works for you. So, whether that means going down a different path as a lawyer, starting a private practice, or moving out of law altogether, my guest on today’s show has some valuable and unique insights to share about this process of developing a career that works for you.


My guest this week is Estelle Winsett, a lawyer turned Director of Professional Development, but she also happens to wear multiple other hats, figuratively and literally. She is a style coach, a mother, she comes from a family of lawyers, and she’s curated her own career with intention, creativity, and courage, and we’re talking about all of those things.


Ep #58: Lawyer to Lawyer Coach: Five Years, Five Lessons

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers | Lawyer to Lawyer Coach: Five Years, Five Lessons

This week’s episode is in celebration of milestones in both my personal and professional life. I’m turning 45 in a few days, and this time of year also marks five years since I first decided to move away from a traditional legal practice to start my coaching practice. Whether you too are looking to make a transition, or you’re hoping to find more joy and fulfillment in your life and career, this episode is for you.


The last five years have made for so many incredible stories I could share with you based on my personal experience, my professional transformations, and the wins my clients have experienced from our work together. While I can’t cover all of it in one podcast episode, I’m distilling the top five lessons that I think are important to keep in mind while you’re building your practice and thinking about your future. 


Ep #57: Casting a Compelling Vision

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers | Casting a Compelling Vision

As you know, this podcast is all about helping you find joy in your practice. The true secret here is falling in love with the process of reaching your goals, which sounds great on paper, but is realistically hard to do when we’re swept up in the daily hustle and bustle of our lives both inside and outside of our careers.


I know you’re here because you want to find more fulfillment and create meaning and impact through your work. This requires tapping into your internal motivations and getting into a creative, purposeful, and confident state as you work towards your goals. I know you want to feel excited and motivated about the trajectory of your future, and to do all of that, casting a compelling vision of it is essential. 


Ep #56: What to Do When Your Job Doesn’t Fit

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers | When Job Doesn’t Fit

Do you ever feel like you’re not in the right job? Are you in a high-coveted position you thought you wanted, one that you worked so hard for, where you’ve got through the initial growing pains, and yet, instead of feeling accomplished or satisfied, you find yourself feeling increasingly out of place?


This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, and a question I hear frequently from my clients. Like any profession, we want to feel excited to get started and involved in our work. But what I’m seeing often is lawyers whose jobs feel heavy or bring up dread. They’re familiar with their work and have solid relationships in place, but they find themselves feeling disengaged or uninterested, and they start wondering what’s wrong with them. 


Ep #55: Do Less. Be More.

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers | Do Less. Be More.

This week’s topic is one that I know is going to resonate with most, if not all of you. Hustling, overextending ourselves, and generally trying to be all things to everyone in our lives all at once is an experience I know so many people are going through, whether you’re a lawyer or not. So, if you’re finding that there’s never enough time no matter how much you get done, you’re not alone. 


It may feel like you have too long of a to-do list, that there’s never an end in sight, and that doing less is impossible. We’ve got clients and bosses to accommodate, emails and briefs to write, and that’s just scraping the surface of your work life. We also have family obligations and other commitments in life we want to keep. So, how can we turn around the perpetual exhaustion and depletion we feel in our professional and personal lives?


Ep #54: Defining Your Legacy for Inspiration, Direction, and Impact

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers | Defining Your Legacy for Inspiration, Direction, and Impact

A topic that’s been on my mind lately is your legacy. It’s a subject that comes up fairly often in my practice where my clients are thinking about what they want to accomplish in the long term. It’s also a conversation I love having with my friends, and it’s something I’ve been thinking about recently for my own practice.


The truth is we don’t spend enough time and energy thinking about our legacies on a day-to-day basis. The everyday hustle and bustle of life; kids yelling, getting dinner on the table, and staying on top of challenging or mundane tasks often get in the way, and we tell ourselves we just don’t have time for it. However, having a clear sense of your legacy is more important than you might think.