In my professional life, I am a lawyer and mediator and I most enjoy working on family law cases. In my role, I see many people who are hurting. Some of the wounds are still fresh, or ongoing. I sit with people in their darkest moments, day after day as they share their stories with me. I feel it is an honor to be present with them at their lowest points in life and I take my role seriously.
In my personal life, I am a single mom to three adult children. I have gone through two divorces. One was pretty straightforward and the second one almost killed me.
After the experience of the horribly painful divorce I saw my clients through a different lens. I was able to see more clearly through the heart, rather than just intellectually as their lawyer or mediator. As a result of my divorce experience, I am altogether different in mind, body and spirit.
I started the blog intending it to be one of your stereotypical professional blogs, often done for business development, putting on my public lawyer persona. But as I started to write the blog went in a different direction. Instead, the spirit moved me to share my own story of pain and heartbreak, and then incomprehensible triumph, and now delight in the journey of life.
Friends and colleagues have told me I am crazy to be so vulnerable to share like this, but I wanted others who are suffering to know they are not alone. I wanted people to see first -hand that someone who sits in the dark with them as their lawyer has been there, and understands. I wanted them to see that after incredible devastation, one can triumph to a happy life.
As I have healed my own life, it has opened me to new insights about myself and about all of us on the journey.
It’s my hope that this blog will help others similarly situated have the most important thing I can provide. Hope.
Email me at: Kim@compassionlegal.com
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