Let’s talk ego. When I practiced law, I didn’t realize how much I found confidence in saying, “I’m an attorney,” when people asked what I did.
Then, I left law, mainly due to being sick of dealing with overly aggressive male opposing counsels who didn’t get that our clients would be better served if we creatively found a compromise instead of wasting our clients’ money on legal fees fighting about dumb things only to get some form of the same end result. (Wow… apparently I can still vent about this…)
But I had no idea what to do next. I’d wanted to be a lawyer since 6th grade when I read my first Grisham book. Slowly, I realized that I’d always enjoyed bringing order to information and deadlines in my legal cases and in life outside of law. And I loved learning how to do it since it hadn’t always been natural for me. And I realized a lot of people – particularly women trying to hold down a career, home, family and social life – struggled to bring order to tasks and information. And they didn’t want to read books on time and information management strategies like I do — they understandably just wanted the results.
So here I am. In my odd little world of helping women bring order to their life’s information, time, tasks, and email so they can attack life feeling more in control and with a lot less stress.
When people ask me what I do now, I gotta say, the ego isn’t as bolstered by saying “I help women with time management skills” as saying “I’m an attorney.”
At the same time, as an attorney, no one ever told me that I was “in the business of changing lives,” as one client recently did.
So, despite the lack of instant credibility, I’ll keep my odd job, knowing I’m helping women accomplish their goals, find confidence in how they’re spending their time, and truly enjoy their lives a bit more each day.
Ego’s a funny thing — it doesn’t always lead to happiness. Sometimes, leaning into the odd interests that some people don’t understand leads to something far more fun.
Find out more about what I do here!