"My proudest accomplishment to date was recognizing when I needed to take a break. Like many of my friends and colleagues in the legal profession, I have always been very driven and eager to reach my next career goal. A few years ago, I had this moment where I felt as though I had lost touch with activities outside of work that bring me joy, and make me feel whole. After careful reflection and speaking with my family, friends, and mentors, I decided to take a year off of work to focus on my interests outside of law. I appreciate that I was fortunate to be in a position where taking a year off of work was possible. In my year away from law, I took several creative writing courses and began working on a novel. I ran, practiced yoga and meditation, and spent time with loved ones. When it was time to get back to work, I returned with a newfound sense of direction, energy and enthusiasm for my legal practice. I also developed a healthier approach to work/life balance, which I found to be achievable in an in-house role. I truly believe that making time to focus on other aspects of life has made me a better - and certainly a happier - lawyer. "