34 episodes

Hosts Anya Smirnova and Frieda Levycky use their experience as lawyers and coaches to address the myriad of day-to-day issues which make every lawyer question whether work-life balance is ever achievable. We know it is! Join us every couple of weeks as we set theories and test out ways to help you have more balance, better health and more fulfilment in your lives. | Find more about Frieda's work here: https://bravingboundaries.com/ | Find more about Anya's work here: https://anyasmirnova.com/

Lawyer Life Experiment Lawyer Life Experiment

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Hosts Anya Smirnova and Frieda Levycky use their experience as lawyers and coaches to address the myriad of day-to-day issues which make every lawyer question whether work-life balance is ever achievable. We know it is! Join us every couple of weeks as we set theories and test out ways to help you have more balance, better health and more fulfilment in your lives. | Find more about Frieda's work here: https://bravingboundaries.com/ | Find more about Anya's work here: https://anyasmirnova.com/

    #25 Connected vs Contactable. Musings on the power of choice.

    #25 Connected vs Contactable. Musings on the power of choice.

    In this episode, we explore the concept of choice in the legal profession. Lawyers are so aware of the legal rights, but how do we navigate the limits of our own autonomy, are lawyers truly in control of their own daily actions or are they following the rules set by the system? We'll talk about how our mindsets impact our daily choices. We will also touch on the concept of "power of choice" from Viktor Frankl, which holds that even in dire circumstances, one can always choose one's attitude and mindset.  Join us as we question if lawyers truly exercise choice in their daily lives.

    We would love to hear your thoughts. Please get in touch with Frieda at and Anya at .  

    Please rate, review and subscribe.   

    (Thanks to tedefame from Pixabay for the music.)

    • 22 min
    #26 The Joys of Conflict

    #26 The Joys of Conflict

    In this episode, Frieda and Anya explore the often-overlooked benefits of conflict. While most people view conflict as something negative to be avoided, we argue (no pun intended!) that conflict can be a powerful tool for positive change and improving relationships. Join us as we delve into how conflict can help us better understand ourselves and others, build stronger relationships, and improve workplace dynamics.

    We would love to hear your thoughts. Please get in touch with Frieda at and Anya at .  

    Please rate, review and subscribe.   

    (Thanks to tedefame from Pixabay for the music.)

    • 33 min
    #27 The power of pets in stress management

    #27 The power of pets in stress management

    It is Mental Health Awareness month. Join us as we dive into the science-backed benefits of spending time with a pet, from reducing anxiety and depression to helping you balance your energy for a more sustainable career. Frieda's dogs even take part in her coaching sessions! As always, we finish with an experiment and you can already guess that it will involve spending time with animals!

    We would love to hear your thoughts. Please get in touch with Frieda at and Anya at .  

    Please rate, review and subscribe.   

    (Thanks to tedefame from Pixabay for the music.)

    • 29 min
    #28 Book Talk: "Four Thousand Weeks" and "The Art of Possibility"

    #28 Book Talk: "Four Thousand Weeks" and "The Art of Possibility"

    We are trying something new this week! We love thought-provoking books and often share book recommendations with clients. In this episode, we each reflect on one book which we've found inspiring on our journeys as lawyers and coaches. 

    0m50s - we discuss the experiment of the previous episode "The Power of Pets in Stress Management"
    8m00s - Frieda talks about the book "Four Thousand Weeks". It's a thought-provoking exploration of embracing the finite nature of time and making the most of our limited weeks on this Earth.
    22m45s - Anya talks about the book "The Art of Possiblity" which presents 12 practices and mindset shifts for individuals seeking to redefine success, unleash their full potential, and create a more fulfilling and balanced life both personally and professionally.

    We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions for future episodes! Reach out to us at and .  

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    (Thanks to tedefame from Pixabay for the music.)

    • 39 min
    #29 Book Talk: "Working Identity" and "Mr Unavailable and The Fallback Girl"

    #29 Book Talk: "Working Identity" and "Mr Unavailable and The Fallback Girl"

    In this episode, Anya and Frieda explore the theme of getting unstuck in our romantic relationships and in our careers. We all sometimes find ourselves feeling lost or stuck, walking in a fog. These books take us on a journey of self-discovery, unconventional strategies for reinvention and finding your way when the path is unclear. Join us as we uncover the secrets to navigating career transitions and breaking free from unhealthy relationships.

    0m27s - Intro
    3m11s - Anya talks about the book that changed her career trajectory - "Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career" by Herminia Ibarra.
    20m55s - Frieda talks about the book "Mr Unavailable and the Fallback Girl” by Natalie Lue that appeared in her life at just the right time.

    We would love to hear your stories of getting unstuck in your career and romantic relationships! Email us your stories at and .  

    Please rate, review and subscribe.   

    (Thanks to tedefame from Pixabay for the music.

    • 37 min
    #30 Celebrating Midlife

    #30 Celebrating Midlife

    As Anya approaches her 40th birthday in September and with Frieda already having two years of experience in her 40s, we dive into a discussion about midlife. We explore the juggling act of family, caregiving, health and career challenges that define this phase of life. We share the invaluable lessons we've learned. We celebrate the unique gifts that midlife brings. Join us for an honest conversation as we navigate these complexities while embracing the new opportunities that come our way.

    We would love to hear your midlife stories! Email us at and .  

    Please rate, review and subscribe.   

    (Thanks to tedefame from Pixabay for the music.

    • 29 min

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