Can You Offer Support to Strangers?

I did a number of things, what did you do and what could you do?

How do you support others during a pandemic?

Can you build a community during a crisis? Can we foster a community spirit?

During the lock down in March 2020.

I did a number of things. Crisis or opportunity are featured in the Chinese symbol for the word crisis.
I took the opportunity to help others develop skills including cooking for others in need and food bank donations and collections.
I remembered Emmeline Pankhurst “Deeds not Words”, I really do try and live by this motto.

What I started was to build a community of support for people in law and those aspiring to be in the law (both men and women).
When the courts were closed, I set up events in zoom for every day every lunch time to break up people’s days for them, to force them to stop for lunch.

On Thursday evenings to talk about wellbeing skills and get advice. To force them to think.

Are you taking care of yourself?

It’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. That means being especially strict with your recuperation amidst chaos.
You can’t pour from an empty cup, and sometimes even rest takes commitment.

These also included motivating and inspiring others.

I made my podcast Talking Law weekly so people had an inspirational escapism.
I set up a book club to encourage people to read. Reading is so key and we struggle to find time to read and discuss.
Finally, I started a series called how you can reach the top. Career conversation with senior and junior leaders and entrepreneurs in law.

I also wrote several books including Rosie and the Unicorn to fundraise for charity, inspired by my children.

All this whilst homes schooling, cooking counselling and gardening and walking to raise awareness about male suicide which was the biggest cause of death in men.
I was so concerned by this as a mother of sons.

I am not superwoman, I detest the term, I just try to do my best, that’s all I can do.
I fear that’s not good enough for some people. With an ever-expanding work load I continue to do what I can when I can.

Happy New Year again and I hope you are practicing self-care especially in 2021.

As ever