“We are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action but a habit” – Aristotle.
Last weekend, we held our 11th annual Women Lawyers Retreat at Nita Lake Lodge, in Whistler. It was a wonderful weekend of inspiration, collaboration and learning.
Despite what some people might think, the challenges women face, (especially in business and in law,) have certainly not disappeared… and it’s crucial that while we acknowledge how far we’ve come, we also recognize what we can do to continue to progress and create change.
As we continue to move forward and support one another, let’s remember that healthy habits are the foundation of growth.
With the holidays quickly approaching and the end of the year drawing near, we often find ourselves racing to get everything done. Suddenly in a flash, the day, week and month has ended and we find ourselves wondering where the time has gone, and what we have done. Sure, some of the ‘important’ stuff has been crossed of our to-do list, but what about the really important stuff. The phone calls to our aging parents, the casual coffee time with our friends or significant other, the unstructured play time with our kids. How much of this has been crossed off the list? This week we are encouraging you to slow down and to make some time for the really important stuff. Your parents, friends, significant other and kids will thank you.
[MAKING PROGRESS BY SLOWING DOWN by Susan Fitzpatrick]
There was a stretch of time when I would spend a week or so each summer visiting some friends who were academic colleagues. Typically, our days were structured around generous amounts of “schmooze” time. First, there was the requisite two-hour breakfast at a quaint, hole-in-the-wall restaurant. These meetings were about more than sharing a meal; we covered a fair amount of ground over coffee, eggs, and whole-wheat toast. We hashed out serious questions related to our areas of scientific interests, argued over the changing politics of academic research, and strayed unflinchingly and irreverently into topics for which we have no particular claim to insight or expertise. (read the full article here)