I was very pleased when Steven asked me to be a part of his panel of bloggers. I have so many thoughts and ideas that I look forward to discussing and sharing with you.
I will mostly be blogging about finding the right balance between work and play and the importance of creating a culture of health. It is a topic that is very dear to my heart and in my opinion, the key to leading a successful life. What are we without our health.
First things first, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a personal injury lawyer and have been practising law since 2005. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exercising, the outdoors and travelling. I have been married to my high school sweet heart and a wonderful man for a little over 8 years and I am fortunate that he always supports and helps me achieve my goals.
In 2011 I started bodybuilding and competing in the bikini division. Before this, I was mostly a runner (I did a few half marathons and one marathon). I grew tired of training for races and wanted a new challenge. It took me a while to find my new sport, now that I have, I love it. I am stronger and healthier than I have ever been.
My job is demanding and can be stressful. When I attended law school, I expected to be well equipped to help people, and I am. I did not however fully understand the adversarial nature of a lawyer’s profession nor did I know that so many lawyers suffer from stress, anxiety and alcohol dependency. It is believed by the Ontario Lawyers Assistance Program that lawyers, judges and law students are alcoholic at three times the rate fo the general population which is 10%.
Statistic Canada revealed that in 2011 that 23.6% of Canadians aged 15 and older reported that most days were “extremely or quite a bit stressful”.
How do we correct this? What can we do to encourage a culture of health?
In my upcoming blogs, I will share a few practical tips that will hopefully help you achieve a more balanced life style.
I also hope to hear from you and welcome any of your comments and suggestions. Lets see if together we can make a small change. It is a well known fact that stress ages a person. In a world of Anti-Aging, decreasing stress seems like the perfect remedy. Easier said then done? We’ll see!