Welcome to With Less - a weekly newsletter dedicated to helping legal creatively do more with less.
It’s Star Wars Day (aka May the 4th be with you). I have nothing else for that, other than this cheesy Star Wars joke:
Q: What’s Darth Vader’s sister’s name?
A: Ella Vader
In more important calendar notes, May is Mental Health Month, and this week is Well-Being Week In Law, which is championed by the Institute for Well-Being in Law. I encourage you to have a look at the Well-Being Week website to learn more about this initiative.
As lawyer living with mental health issues, the wellbeing and mental health of others is important to me. I’d like to use this space in this week’s newsletter to offer three things.
First, I want to let you know that I am always available if you need to speak with someone about what you may be going through or want to hear my story and what I’ve gone through.
Hearing the stories of others and discovering - to use lawyerspeak - their best practices, was a huge for me in learning about and manage what I was experiencing. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on LinkedIn if you’d like to connect. Don’t even think about what to say if you do reach out. Just ask me for a virtual coffee or to call you.
Second, I want to share this fantastic collection of lawyer mental health and addiction resources from the Assist, the Alberta Lawyer’s Assistance Society.
Third, depending on when you’ve subscribed to this newsletter, you may not know I have started a virtual coworking community for lawyers called Counsel Collective. In the spirit of Well-Being Week in Law I’m thrilled to share that membership for Counsel Collective is now free to all lawyers.
I started Counsel Collective as my way to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of lawyers through human connection and mindful productivity. I’m making this free, so cost is not an issue for anyone. There’s no spam, no sponsored content, affiliate links, or selling of email lists. I built and am funding this myself.
As I like to say, Counsel Collective lets you work independently, but not alone. Our virtual coworking sessions will keep you accountable and give you dedicated time to do your work. You’ll also benefit from our check-ins, coffee, and tea breaks, mindfulness sessions, workshops, and other programming and events.
You can learn more about Counsel Collective and join for free here.
Have a great rest of the week!