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Vacation Time to Defrost, Recharge and Enjoy Disney

A few weeks ago my family and I went to Walt Disney World to escape the cold Toronto weather and just be kids.  It was a wonderful trip, with lots to see and do while soaking up the sun in 30+ degree weather.  It was a trip where I was not connected to work.  This time around, it was easy as I am currently taking a break from the practice of law.  I pretty much only connected online to make and update my Disney FastPass+ selections (see my FastPass+ tips in this post below).  What freedom it was to not pull out my smartphone to check for messages.

It is unfortunate that when we are practising, we feel the need to always be connected.  Basically, we feel that our job security is on the line.  During my time practising, however, I was fortunate to have various mentors tell me that we all need to take time away from work to recharge.  I was even more fortunate that I had colleagues who could “babysit” my files while I was away.  Without a positive statement from someone more senior, I would have felt guilty taking time off.  Without helping hands, I would have felt that I needed to stay connected.

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Work-life Fit: Q&A with Wellness Coach over Chocolate — Part 1

I recently had the pleasure of having a dark chocolate break with Marla Warner, President of For Health Wellness Consultants.  Marla is certified as a stress management educator, professional wellness coach and a yoga instructor.  I feel like every busy professional needs someone to provide reminders and guidance on how to achieve a semblance of “work-life balance”.  I was fortunate to have this opportunity to ask Marla a few questions about balancing professional and personal demands.

Q:  What are some of the common concerns you see from lawyers and other busy professionals in terms of wellness?

A:  High stress levels are a key concern I hear from many people. This has also been corroborated by a number of Canadian studies.  We know that over half of employees working for large companies feel stressed and 1 out of 3 Canadians feels burned out.  That is a fairly significant statistic.

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A “Me” Moment with Chocolate Truffles and a Spa Session

Before my recent spa session at Purebeauty Salon & Spa at the Trump Hotel in Toronto, I was able to meet up with one of my lawyer friends.  I told her that I was finally going to use a spa gift card my husband had bought for me over two years ago.  She responded saying that she still has a pedicure gift certificate her husband gave to her over three years ago.  Why do moms (is it just moms?) not make time to use the pampering services our loved ones have given to us?! (more…)

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