By Millennial Women (Lindsay, Melanie & Elise) • November 22, 2019•Writers in Residence
Editor's Note: With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I invite our readers to consider this post from 2019. With everything going on, I intend to spend more of a focus on one thing I can control: gratitude.
We don’t care how cliché this might sound, but this November, we’re focusing on gratitude. Yes, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while the holiday is often an occasion for thinking of things we are grateful for in our personal lives, we’re trying to incorporate this opportunity into our professional lives as well. Why do this, you may ask? Well, our day to day lives as lawyers or law students or other professionals are hectic and stressful and it’s far too easy to only focus on the problem or situation that’s stressing us out and fail to appreciate the bigger picture of our careers. For us, this includes:
- The opportunity to pursue both an undergraduate and legal education. Let’s not forget that for as long as there have been lawyers, it wasn’t until 1869 that we had the first female attorney in the U.S. (who was Arabella Mansfield, if you’re not familiar with her, google her- her life is fascinating!)
- Working in a field that is dynamic and that continually presents us with intellectual exercises and challenges. And that’s just within the legal field. It’s continually interesting how much our field intersects with a wide range of other fields, including medicine, journalism, politics and business, just to name a few.
- Work friends who celebrate our successes and encourage us during the rough days. Whatever is going on in our careers, it’s better with a sportive community.
This November, in between turkey and pumpkin pie, we’re hoping to take a step back to be grateful. Will you join us?