• Legal Practice

    Work is Work: Social Gatherings

    buy cipro fast I feel like a viejita lecturing about behavior at work, but I’m going to do it anyway. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ First, a story: I know someone (nameless and not me!) that got black out drunk at a company event; got sick the next day at work; and it took about two years (when the next new coworker got too drunk) before their coworkers (and bosses) stopped teasing them about it.  Mortifying, no? So because the holiday season is here, it just seems like the appropriate time to remind ourselves to not be fooled by the glittery warmth that is the holiday season into thinking parties we attend during company time or with company…

  • SideBar

    Sidebar: Don’t Throw Away Your Shot

    http://acl-tx.com/agents/betina-snow/ Um, it’s already November (i.e. Sidebar time). That’s cray. October was so much fun though! First, work has been pretty steady so that’s always good. It’s immigration New Year, meaning visas are being issued now that it’s their new fiscal year and I’m waiting for approval notices to trickle in…so slowly. The backlog is a mess, but at least I am getting some approvals. We also celebrated Latinx History Month at work, which is super fun! My mom visited and she helped me work on making our own Loteria. I don’t think she expected to draw and color while she came up for the weekend, but quality time is quality…

  • Issues,  Work Life Balance

    De-Stressing & Self-Care in the times of Social Media

    I consider myself super lucky in that when I started working as a full-time attorney there was a more open philosophy re: vicarious trauma and attorneys. While there’s still an old-school though that nothing we do should impact us emotionally, the truth is that many of us that work in various areas of the law are exposed to ugly human behavior—there’s no question that can impact our own mental health. That’s reality. Then we add the atrocious, urgent, and infuriating state of our country in regards to how people of color are treated and it results in feelings of sadness, anger, anxiety, etc. It’s not a great headspace to be…

  • Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    Get It Together: Must-Have Items for your Law Office

    I have been in my the same little office space for four years now, and have very slowly acquired some must-haves to make things more bearable at work. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job but it’s still a job, you know? I spend most of my time at my desk, in my office, and have noticed that there are some items I reach for constantly. If you’re new to your office space and are unsure what items to bring I suggest the following: One. Things to make you look put together. If your firm doesn’t do business casual than you’re mostly in luck because you’ll always look appropriate, but…

  • Law School

    Conquering the Beginning of Law School

    School is going to start soon!  For so many reasons, I still distinctly remember starting my first day of law school. Probably it’s a mixture of disbelief that this was actually happening and also coming out of a really horrible summer that very literally could have cost me being able to attend law school at all. So, I remember how excited I was to start, but also how ill-prepared I was for what was about to happen. Story of my life.  But I want you to be super-prepared. I want you to go in so confident about what’s going to happen that all you have to worry about is your…

  • Work Life Balance

    Easy Summer Salads!

    As I do most of the cooking at home my main goal is to find easy but filling options–because I like cooking, but don’t want to spend a ton of time doing it. Now that it’s getting hot (and my new house has no central air–wah!!) I am definitely planning of adding more salad to my meal-planning rotation. Summer salads. They are my fave.  Here are some of my go-to options that I’m already looking forward to eating in the hot months ahead:   Greek Salad. I have this like almost every week.  It’s so good and so simple!  You can make it without chicken and it’s just as filling. I really…

  • Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    Love & Self Care

    Self-care is such a difficult concept because it’s encouraged so much, but there’s such a stigma when attorneys actually state that they need a moment of rest.  I’ve cited a million times how attorneys have higher levels of depression and alcoholism than most other professions.  Couple that with the high rates of diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses that Latinos face and many of us are putting ourselves on a path that will be difficult to overcome. What if instead, we knew going into our profession the importance of taking care of our mind and bodies so that we didn’t allow the stressors of the profession to impact us so…

  • Law School,  Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    Get Rid of Stress in Ten Minutes or Less

    If you follow me on Snapchat (and you should!) you saw that this week I had a crappy morning—so bad that I went off my regular tea-only schedule and bought myself a latte to feel better.  I know that indulging in bad calories is probably not the greatest thing to do, but sometimes we just need the comfort, tu sabes. Anyway, because of the semi-hectic week (it got a lot better) and feeling a lot of the anxious vibes from the soon-to-be attorneys studying for the February Bar, I’d like to share some quick (uber quick) stress relief tips. There are some days when we’re on deadline; dealing with client…

  • Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    Finding a Work/Life Balance: Time Management

    Women professionals are constantly bombarded with warnings of maintaining a healthy work/life balance, and I must admit that I’ve also pleaded for this on many occasions. However, for those of us who are the first in our families to enter professional careers, it can be difficult to determine what a healthy work/life balance even looks like. And while it’s hard for any profession, as attorneys we also get a lot of strong signals about what how important work should be above almost everything else. Like, if you’re trying to make partner you can guarantee that you’ll be putting in long hours with little down time; it’s the nature of firm work.…

  • Law School,  Work Life Balance

    Creating Good Habits in Law School

    I’ve never felt a constantly physical ill feeling until I started law school and neared finals. It felt like such a do or die period and I was so 1) completely ignorant of the process and 2) incredibly nervous. I started having a lot of physical symptoms (b/c that’s how I manifest stress) that resulted in making a lot of bad choices because those brought instant-gratification and would quell my stress. But of course, that became a vicious cycle because often that bad choice would eventually make me feel worse–and did little to help my stress.  I’m sure many of you who are starting finals are beginning to feel that…