“Everyone needs a Heather in their lives!”
SABRINA MCTOPY| PARTNER, JACKSON WALKER LLP
You’re smart, savvy and driven to succeed.
And you want to make a difference. The only problem is. . .
• You feel as if you’re stuck on a treadmill that’s at the highest speed possible.
• The demand to fill a million different roles law school didn’t prepare you for (business advisor, manager, marketer, etc.) feels overwhelming.
• Your mind is often racing, unable to turn work off (and you worry about burnout).
• Although you’ve achieved plenty of paper success, you question whether you’re making enough of an impact.
• You wonder whether you’re doing all the right things (and no longer see a clear path forward).
Yet I did what most lawyers do. . . I worked harder to do more (and hoped that someday things would change).
[I think I was waiting for a ray of sunshine to stream down from heaven, with God’s booming (James Earl Jones-like) voice to tell me what to do].
And then what I feared was bound to happen DID.
I forgot an important deadline and missed something (I should have caught) in a contract review. Oh, and had (yet another) fight with my husband about work. All on the same day.
That’s when I knew that I could no longer accept my stress and anxiety as just part of the job.
It was time to take control.
Heather is perfect for any attorney wanting to get to the next level without losing yourself in the process.
She challenged me to see situations (and my own actions) for what they really were so that I could work to improve myself and achieve my goals. Working with her is like working with a trusted advisor and friend who always has your best interests in mind.
I achieved even more while doing much less.
A funny thing happened when I started building the career I really wanted. . .
I had more success.
[Turns out that hustling to do it all while mirroring the tactics of colleagues (who aren’t very happy themselves) isn’t the best recipe for long-term success or happiness. . . Who knew?]
Within a few short years, I was balancing a highly profitable + fulfilling practice with a real life. And I did this while navigating 2 pregnancies (and 2 bed rests!), the 2008 financial crisis (as a corporate finance attorney) and a battle with breast cancer.
After 18+ years as a lawyer and building my practice from scratch here’s what I know:
1. You are MORE THAN just a lawyer.
Yes, you chose this profession for a reason. That’s important. But it’s not all you are.
The good news is that when you tap back into the things that make you uniquely you (e.g., your strengths + values), you can leverage them within your career + practice. That makes things much simpler, easier and way more fun.
And it also makes you a better communicator, leader and lawyer.
Win – Win – Win.
2. You MUST put yourself first if you want to be your best.
I know that you’ve been programmed to believe you’ve got to put your clients above everything else, including. . . YOU.
It’s a lie (that’s killing us). There’s a reason lawyers are more stressed, anxious, depressed and suicidal than other professions (we’re 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression).
Besides, it’s not an either/or proposition (either take care of yourself OR provide great client service).
When you prioritize your wellbeing, you won’t just FEEL better. You’ll BE better (for your family, friends, colleagues, team, clients, firm/company, EVERYONE).
Yet another win – win.
How to best describe Heather? Perceptive. No-nonsense. Compassionate. She’ll reenergize you personally and professionally.
I came to Heather feeling stressed and overwhelmed from trying to juggle my current workload with the pressure to build more business. Heather helped me uncover my stress triggers and gave me the tools to take control of my emotions so that I could let go of the (mostly self-imposed) pressure I felt and grow my business with more ease.
How to create success from the inside-out.
The formula is simple:
- Rewire your brain for graceful resilience.
- Reconnect to your values + strengths.
- Realign your life around your priorities.
So that you can. . .
Do Less. Achieve (and BE) More. Make Life & Law Fun Again.
What you need is a good roadmap to help get you there with the right support. And that’s why I’ve got a welcome gift to help you get started that has the EXACT steps you need to take.
I’m a better lawyer while putting in less hours.
When I first started working with Heather I was unfocused and felt ineffective (as a lawyer, wife and mom). Heather helped me clarify my priorities and realign my life around them so that I’m finally able to fit the pieces of my life together cohesively.
If you’re one who agonizes over decisions, Heather will put you on a fast-track out of that mindset.
Cancer changed everything.
I was only 38 (with 2 young kids at home – ages 2 and 6). It was aggressive and the prognosis wasn’t good. Thankfully, I made it through.
This experience changed me. It’s what led me to start my new business. And it taught me how to LIVE. . . Fully and without regrets.
Was I worried (even scared)? Yep. But after what I’d been through there was no way I was going to let fear stop me.
As my boys grow older I want them to know that they have the power to create their own happiness. And I want that for you too.
Does that mean that things will always go as planned? Nope.
But that’s okay because you’ll be LIVING FULL-OUT.
You already have what it takes – you’re driven and committed to succeeding. All you need is the right guidance to help you create success from the inside-out.
“Heather’s in the right business. She’s insightful and astute.
Heather has helped me become more self-aware, to re-frame my thoughts and adjust plans so that I can take the right actions to effectively reach my goals. She’s been a supporting presence, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Sabrina McTopy, Partner at Jackson Walker LLP
“Heather taught me how to solve even the toughest of problems on my own.
When I first started working with Heather, I had lost the passion and drive I once had for my work. I didn’t perceive that I was living a meaningful life. Coaching with Heather taught me how to ask myself the right questions to go from problem to solution and also gave me the confidence to effectively communicate why I was the best fit for a big promotion at work. I’m now genuinely looking forward to how my future plays out.”
Katherine Reid, Parter at Rochelle McCullough
“Heather is non-judgmental, easy to talk to and puts me at ease.
Coaching with Heather has helped me to stay focused and quickly organize my ideas into actionable plans so that I can effectively accomplish my goals.”
Jim Chester, Partner at Klemchuk LLP
“Heather has a special talent for making people’s lives better.
She quickly uncovered what was behind my struggles and how to fix them with tangible solutions. Her positive energy is contagious!”
Lorilei Cronin, Corporate Counsel II at Pier One Imports
“Heather has a laser-focused ability to quickly get to the heart of a problem and create a new, simple path forward.
Anyone ready for change and willing to try a new approach would get tremendous, life-changing benefits from working with Heather.”
Miranda Holmes, Senior Managing Director at First Republic Investment Management