I had lunch with a lady prosecutor on Friday.......Let me tell you how that came about so you can see how important networking and following up is. My mother was at a function and ran into a family friend. This friend knows a city litigator really well and said that I should contact him. So, I looked up his email on the bar association website and fired an email off to him. He agreed to meet with me, and he brought a friend, the lady prosecutor......use your contacts!!! It will work for you.
Anyway, I digress. I asked this lady if she would do it all over again--going to law school. She said yes. But she said it was some of the choices she made on her career path that she would do over. She is 40, a single parent because of a divorce, and she said that her career killed her marriage. She said that the choices we make as women define our path. We have to decide to draw a line in a sand that we won't cross over, in order to keep our families. She said that the career of law is demanding and will suck you dry if you let it.
I found these words sad, but profound. What she really is talking about is drawing boundaries. Not letting work intrude in your family life and making sure that those things that are important to you, do not take the backseat to your career. Great food for thought.