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MORE COMMUNITY OUTREACH,
MORE SERVICE IN 2019
With the start of the new year, many of us dive into the goals we set in January. For me, a big goal in 2019 involves looking at the big picture with my firm and the impact we have and wish to have on our community. When I step back and get a bird’s eye view of where I want us to go this year, I lean toward increasing our involvement in the community. From early on in my legal career, it has been my priority to find ways to give back. I’ve worked with different community organizations and given motivational speeches to student groups, homeless shelters, religious organizations, and law schools. I enjoy connecting with groups of people, and I strive to inspire them. It’s different than presenting a case in front of a courtroom; though I’m still there to share information, I’m also there to encourage these groups to feel like they can overcome barriers and achieve what others might have told them is impossible. For example, a few months ago, I spoke at an organization that serves young men without homes. It was an incredible experience. When I gave the talk, I was moved by the excitement that suddenly appeared in everyone’s eyes. When my words connected with them, it was like I’d lit a spark. The group became animated and asked questions, and they were excited about my answers. It filled me with gratitude to be able to speak with them. I don’t know what happens when we all leave these talks, but I at least know that sharing my experiences with people who feel they have no one on their side is one way I can give back to and positively impact the community. I want to spend more time on community outreach in 2019, and to make that possible, I have to rely on the strength of my team. We recently added a new attorney to our firm, and I know he’s going to be a great addition to Wade Law and help us get closer to fulfilling our goals. I look forward to introducing him in next month’s newsletter. I’m also committed to making more downtime for myself this year. As I’ve shared with you, I have a hard time turning off my work brain. I love my job, and my passion leads me to put all of myself into my work — through nights, weekends, and holidays. This year, I want to build in more time for myself because I know it helps me better serve my clients. That work-life balance we talk about so often is important, even if I’m not the best example of it — at least not yet.
My kids continue to be a priority in my life — that never changes. They also continue to amaze me. My daughter is a sophomore at UC Riverside, and she’s getting straight A’s. She’s very focused on and interested in school, and it brings me joy to see her living out the commitment to education that her mom and I instilled in her and her brother. When the kids were growing up, we spoke a lot about education. With two attorneys for parents, our kids understood what it takes to achieve big goals. Fortunately for us, our kids never required any major discipline. They’ve always been pretty self-motivated and driven. We would encourage their good grades and reward their efforts with praise and occasional incentives. It’s wonderful to see the result of that in their dedication to and enjoyment of school.
I’m looking forward to what 2019 has in store. How are you doing with your 2019 goals? I’d love to hear about how you’re sticking with them.
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