As I descended the staircase of my office building yesterday, a thought popped into my head about the work I do. I’m usually inclined to say “I’m a lawyer” when someone asks me what I do for a living, where I work, what I do for work, etc. I let that three-word descriptor marinate… Read More “Being a Mother” Versus “The Practice of Mothering”
[*Alternate Title: “In Which Melanie’s Feminist Card Is Revoked, Hell Freezes Over, And An Inconvenient Truth Is Recognized”] I am exhausted. Tomorrow is Saturday, and it’s also the one day a month where we do the billing in my office and I need to come in to help. Normally that’s not an issue at… Read More An Inconvenient Truth? Maybe My Career Is Actually Hurting My Family.*
I have been blogging for the past year about being a mompreneur, lawyer-style. Solo lawpreneur with a touch of mom, if you will. For all of you people who are audibly “ughhh!”-ing right now, because you absolutely detest these cutesy titles I’m always working into my posts, well, if you’re still reading my stuff… Read More Yes, you are totally unprepared for parenthood. Have your kids anyway.
People always seem surprised to learn that I grew up without money, or at least without much of it. I don’t know for certain if this is the reason why, but it occurs to me that neither of my parents ever had any semblance of what you could call a career. Sure, they worked,… Read More Mompreneur Confession: I’m Haunted By My Parents’ Business Failures
Happy New Year! I am not into resolutions, but I’m setting some personal and professional goals for myself in 2014. One of those goals is to further define who and what my law practice represents, including not only my online presence, but my physical office location. When I hung my shingle as a solo attorney… Read More Mompreneur Asks: Do I Need an Office for My Solo Law Practice to Be Taken Seriously?
1. The title of this post is a lie, because you are not really getting work done at home, with kids. Every so often, a mom glowingly tells me how great it is to have a flexible employment situation, or to work for herself, so that she can jump on the computer while her… Read More Five for Friday: Five Truths About Working From Home with Kids
I’m finally taking Katie’s advice and reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. More accurately, I downloaded the audio version so I can listen to it in the car. It’s good so far, although it doesn’t strike me as anything new. But Sandberg effectively organizes and communicates the salient points: we should encourage women to aspire… Read More Reboot Your Career (and Your Family) with Entrepreneurship
So I’m about two months into the solo law practice, work-at-home mom gig. I have some billable work as well as a couple upcoming seminars (one of which is tomorrow – eek!), and things are actually happening for me, which is really great. And at the same time, a bit challenging. Everything is sort of… Read More Start Small, Stay Small? Solopreneur Moms and the Benefits of a Home Law Office
As I sit here, typing this blog post, I am suffering from some serious writer’s block. It’s not for lack of topics to blog about, as I am chock full of those. The block is being caused by my apparent inability to focus on any one topic long enough to put together a coherent post.… Read More On Being a Mompreneur: Lawyer Edition