June 21, 2011

Vedia Jones-Richardson

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Say so long to your comfort zone.
What you need to know
about managing the multigenerational law firm.

June 2006 Issue | Volume 32 Number 4 | Page 9

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Balancing Act We asked Vedia to share her experiences and perspectives on achieving personal balance while living a life in the law.

  • It helps to be doing something that’s meaningful to you. The law has so many applications and can be practiced in so many settings that it really doesn’t make sense to get stuck in a practice rut that brings no satisfaction to you. The law is a demanding profession to live with, and if you aren’t happy in the type of work you undertake, it can overwhelm you.

  • My career has been a constant juggling act. I think the key to finding balance in my case has been flexibility—a willingness to seize the opportunities that present themselves and not to try to plan too perfectly. Things will seldom go according to anyone’s preconceived notions of perfect planning. I’ve always had a good amount of faith and felt that if I go with my gut that will be best, because I’ll be doing what’s most comfortable for me.

  • When it comes to balancing work and family, the hardest thing to deal with is a sense of not being able to do all that you might do for your family. But with three sons and a husband in a solo medical practice, there’s no way I could have expected it to be easy, no matter what I was doing. Generally, though, they say I have done alright by them. Fortunately, I don’t require a lot of sleep!