Get outdoors this spring and try some new recipes from members of the SC Bar.
Consider taking on a new challenge this year. Richardine Singleton-Brown took on the challenge of Martial Arts to balance work and life.
I am a work in progress physically, emotionally and spiritually. Balancing my life is a challenge and I have had to consciously find ways to maintain my emotional, mental and physical health. I manage my law practice full time and also serve as a part-time Magistrate Judge in Charleston, S.C. The practice of Martial Arts has been an outlet for me for a few years now. I am currently a Green Belt in Rydo Karate and one day I hope to earn my Black Belt.
The work that lawyers do is so very important and necessary for the good of the people. We are accustomed to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders and must use our own psyche to counsel ourselves and strategize on cases due to the privilege and confidentiality required in our profession. We can’t just talk to our friends or spouses about our work day any more. We are forced to carefully manage our own thoughts and what we say in all aspects of our lives.
Additionally, not only do we need to take care of ourselves mentally and emotionally, we need to do so physically. Karate allows me to do all three. I am exhausted when I get home from work but I know that after sitting all day, I need to get in some exercise. For an hour in Karate, I run, punch, twist, kick, strike, all while completing a series of moves, known as Katas, to fight imaginary opponents. We also spar with each other as well. Trained by my Senpai, Theraun Mixson, I use the hour to burn every calorie (close to 1,000) to which I am able, in order that I may, give my all that is left after a long day to my husband and to our fur baby boys, J.D. and Justice, when I return home. Moreover, that hour, subsequently allows me to take care of the needs of my clients or citizens coming into the courthouse. The added benefit is that I learn a valuable skill to protect myself as well. I recommend martial arts to any lawyer or anyone in need of a complete workout. The benefits are priceless.
Quick tips from the around SC Bar on how to manage your time, budget, and stress during the holiday season
As you gear up for the holidays, find time to relax and build your strength and flexibility
Above: Meagan Gentry of Gentry Law Firm
Aerial silks has become my favorite way to keep my body strong, balanced, and flexible. It requires so much skill in so many different areas of the body and makes you unafraid to test your limits. I use aerial trapeze to build strength and flexibility. Staying healthy and working out is a lot more fun when you feel like you are at the circus. Aerial silks may look fun and easy, but it is one of the hardest work outs I've ever done. It requires the use of every muscle in your body simultaneously. It's a great way to stay healthy and use muscles you may have never used before and definitely don't get the chance to work on very often. When they say #livingabovethebar for health did they mean 20 feet above the bar?? Nothing like climbing your way up a silk to increase arm, shoulder, and leg strength!
THIS is why everyone needs to come try out yoga at Shine and Shout. The top picture was my "downward dog" until @verorobertson helped teach me. The bottom is with her instruction. #livingabovethebar #beteachable
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As we gear up to fall weather and festivities, let’s take a look back over summer 2017 at the South Carolina Bar.
August 2017- A coalition of groups, including the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, released a comprehensive report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, aimed at addressing the problem of substance use and mental health disorders of lawyers. The report includes several references to the SC Bar’s wellness initiatives.
Rogers Townsend & Thomas attorneys Trey Turner and Roy Shelley helped organize the Palmetto TRAC Club, an umbrella support group for Triathletes, Runners, and Cyclists ("TRAC") in South Carolina, to provide a forum for sharing information on running groups, places to workout in the area, training groups, and other items of interest, with a goal of increasing health and fitness for everyone.
Visit our website at: www.palmettotracclub.org
Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/154004568333405/?ref=bookmarks
We will be holding periodic socials to network and share information. Our first social was held August 2d and Dr. Rick McCain, an orthopedist, gave us information in diagnosing, treating, and preventing common running, cycling, and swimming injuries. Two photos of that event are attached.
This year, USC’s law school included an optional morning “wellness hour” as part of New Student Orientation, to let our newest law students know that it’s important to stay healthy and balanced as they start on what we all know is a demanding academic experience. Here, SC Bar Wellness Committee member Stephanie Nye, USC Law Director of Externships, and 3L students Robbin Wilder and Demetrius Pyburn prepare to lead 1Ls on a downtown Columbia run. Other wellness options included a State House Power Walk with Bob Bockman, guided meditation led by Kerry Egan, an orientation to “The Strom” with Alex Ruskell, USC Law Director of Academic Success, and yoga with Tina Cundari.
It was taken after a 5mi run, very early in the morning. I am training for the Ray Tanner 12k and the Star Wars: Dark Side half marathon at Disney.