Episode 183 – Living on the edge of now with Virginia Warren
In this week’s episode of the ‘Happy Lawyer Happy Life Podcast’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Virginia Warren. Now Virginia is no average lawyer! She is a lawyer/ yoga instructor/ TEDX speaker and so much more and it was a real delight to hear her perspective in this interview. I met Virginia in a course a few years ago now and have followed her advetures since. She is an Author of a great book- “Let’s Kiss All The Lawyers! … said no-one, ever” and like me, has been on a campaign to improve the mental health of lawyers world wide.
Virgina has a deep connection to place, space and consciousness and her thoughts on life, law and wellness really got me thinking. She does not live life on the surface and challenged us to consider how early experiences in our lives and careers impact how we show up every day. Virginia has a great antidote to all of this though and gave some really great practicial tips on how we can reframe and reshape our lives for the better.
There is a whole lot in the interview and it is one to listen to while sipping a hot tea as you will be transformed off into deep thought and inspired to try a few new things too.
In this interview, Virginia and I also chatted about-
- If Virginia was not a lawyer she would have been a performer or a comedian.
- Virginia grew up in Morning Peninsula, and shared some of the hardship from her childhood that has shaped the person she is today.
- ‘Life has no meaning unless you give meaning to it’ has become Virginia’s mantra and it was a quote I loved and am stealing!
- How the laws that we create for ourselves from a young age can dictate our entire approach to life.
- Virginia encourages us to be the one who holds our emotional power, not others.
- Virginias’ recent TedX talk – Lawyers Are Trained To Break the Law.
- The process of creating a TedX talk and choosing the right topic.
- How Virginia came to study law later in life and her path to Partnership at her firm, Stidston Warren Lawyers.
- How law, at it’s core, is about relationships and emotion. This needs to be a consideration for lawyers.
- Yoga has changed Virginia’s life and she shares how she has integrated it into all aspects of her life.
- The adversarial nature of law and the changes Virginia wants to see in the profession.
- How until we own our emotions we will be internally disconnected (there were some great tips here!)
- The message we send to others when we react to difficult situations.
- Virginia’s top tips for changing the levels of ill health in the legal industry- Start with yourself. Be present. Be honest. Be willing to explore your emotions.
- Virginia’s Happiness Tip.
Sit back and enjoy this interview with Virginia Warren