Thriving Today

Welcome to our blog, Thriving Today. The OAAP attorney counselors are pleased to bring you current information that you can use to enhance your well-being and provide you with tips and food for thought. On occasion look for guest writers who will certainly enhance our blog content!

Vicarious Trauma in the Time of COVID-19
Vicarious Trauma in the Time of COVID-19

How does the vicarious trauma caused by exposure to our clients’ suffering intersect with the stress and anxiety many are experiencing right now...

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Awe-some or Awe-struck: The Benefit of Finding AWE in the Ordinary
Awe-some or Awe-struck: The Benefit of Finding AWE in the Ordinary

I find myself amazed at the simplest of things sometimes and am curious, upon making new friends, what brings a sense of awe to them. What I knew...

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A Day in the Life
A Day in the Life

Forgive me for not dispensing well-being advice and wisdom here. We are all navigating through uncharted waters today. Most of us are doing the...

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On Healing Racial Trauma
On Healing Racial Trauma

As you read on, I invite you to notice your body. A trauma experience that is often left out of conversations is one of race. It may be difficult...

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Why Compassion Matters
Why Compassion Matters

Normally, the purpose of this blog is to talk about ways in which we can be healthier, happier lawyers. So my original plan for this post, when I...

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Getting Unstuck from in the Uncertain Place
Getting Unstuck from in the Uncertain Place

Living in the “place between no longer and not yet” (a phrase coined by Victor Turner, anthropologist, writer) can make us feel stuck. We all find...

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The Best 12 Minutes of My Day
The Best 12 Minutes of My Day

The other day I was checking out our new OAAP blog, Thriving Today, to re-familiarize myself with the topics and the resources about which we had...

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Oregon Legal Community Acts Kindly: The Icing on the Cake to Lawyer Well-Being Week
Oregon Legal Community Acts Kindly: The Icing on the Cake to Lawyer Well-Being Week

Hello everyone, When the OAAP embarked on our first endeavor to celebrate lawyer well-being week, we did not know what would unfold.  What we...

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Inspiration: A New Breath
Inspiration: A New Breath

It turns out that the word “inspiration” comes from the Latin word “inspiratus,” which essentially means “breathe into.” It has been said that...

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Acts of Kindness Improve Well-Being
Acts of Kindness Improve Well-Being

Welcome to Day 2 of Well-Being Week! I am so glad you have stopped by the blog today for our post on acts of kindness. There is some lovely...

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Lawyer Well-Being Week Kickoff
Lawyer Well-Being Week Kickoff

The OAAP welcomes you to Lawyer Well-Being Week!! Watch our blog each day for new opportunities to take care, connect, be inspired, and inspire...

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Meaningful Social Connections and Building a Community
Meaningful Social Connections and Building a Community

If there are aspects of our human experience that many of us yearn for and thrive in the most, it would be meaningful connections and community...

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Now Might Be a Great Time to Start a Meditation Practice (It’s Easier Than You Think)
Now Might Be a Great Time to Start a Meditation Practice (It’s Easier Than You Think)

In his article, “Why Leaders Need Meditation Now More Than Ever,” in the March 22, 2020, edition of the Harvard Business Review, Dr. Matthias Birk...

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Things to Do While Sheltering in Place
Things to Do While Sheltering in Place

Working remotely and practicing physical/responsible distancing from friends and family is teaching me a lot! As an extrovert, I have learned that...

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Moving Beyond Social Distance Towards Expansive Solidarity
Moving Beyond Social Distance Towards Expansive Solidarity

In times of stress, I try to get really intentional about taking care of myself. I use a couple of strategies to increase my awareness of what is...

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THRIVING…Despite Challenge: A Brief Roadmap for Lawyers
THRIVING…Despite Challenge: A Brief Roadmap for Lawyers

It is no surprise that each of us responds differently to life’s changes and challenges: the birth of a child, the death of a parent, a good job...

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