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In this month of thanksgiving, I am beyond grateful for a successful decade as an entrepreneur in family law.

To think that I started Transitions Legal 10 years ago as an effort to be my own boss and practice law the way I felt was the best for me as a lawyer and my clients!

I am just filled with gratitude for the past ten years. For all the things I’ve learned, including the  mistakes I’ve made. For all the people with whom I’ve worked – other lawyers, staff and team members at Transitions Legal, partners in Collaborative Law, my colleagues in the global legal industry and of course, my wonderful clients.

When you start a business, you can’t know what is going to happen, or who will walk through your door. IF anyone will walk through the door!

You sort of have to leap and hope a net will appear to catch you. That self-belief is so crucial to success. When I started Transitions Legal, I was confident in my legal skills and experience practicing law. But running a business, that’s a different endeavor altogether.

I’m happy to say that I’ve come to love the art and strategy of being an entrepreneur! It’s not always easy, and it’s sometimes like finding my way in the dark, but I’ve learned to surround myself with skilled professionals who can guide me when I am out of my depths.

So 10 years – wow!! I go back to gratitude again and again. Leading my own law firm allows me to build my life the way I want to, to answer to myself (and my clients) and to strive for work-life balance as best I can.

And, to pay it forward. I love mentoring others coming up in the family law field, to share what I’ve learned, to learn from each other.

I am grateful that I live in a time and a place where I can be a strong woman entrepreneur in a field that is constantly changing and innovating, where I can use my mind and my skills to help people.