Recently I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon seminar put on by the Women Lawyers of Franklin County which featured a presentation by two Columbus attorneys, Stephanie Hanna (Carlile Patchen & Murphy) and Simi Botic (Dinsmore & Shohl).  In addition to her career as a healthcare attorney, Simi is also a holistic health coach at The Micro Harvest.

The subject was “How to Create a Healthy Work-Life Balance,” and the timing couldn’t have been better, with Thanksgiving only a couple weeks away and Christmas speeding towards me.

I felt this was such a fun presentation with great information that I wanted to share with others, so I got the permission of Stephanie and Simi to share some of this information in our blog.  They offered simple tips to start a practice of self-care in three areas of our lives that can wreak havoc on our health, our diet, and our sanity!  Here are a few of their great tips:


  • Plan social events that do not revolve around food/alcohol (workouts, spa dates, walking, activities)
  • Create a list of ways to nourish yourself that don’t involve food (perhaps 3 that are free and 2 splurges!)
  • Focus on the important ones
  • Stop criticizing and judging other women (friends, family, and even celebrities)


  • Learn to take deep breaths
  • Bring or order healthier lunches
  • Set boundaries
  • Take walking lunches


  • Drink more water
  • Eat in peace
  • Eat breakfast
  • Eat to nourish and celebrate your body

With the holidays coming, everyone’s life gets a little more hectic, so don’t try to make a lot of changes all at once.  Pick one or two of these to focus on at a time and then gradually add another.  Thinking you need to change many habits all at once will set you up for failure.  One of my favorite messages is, “Forgive yourself for your inability to be perfect.”  Perfection cannot be achieved, but, rather, setting a goal to make yourself better than you were the day before is manageable.

You can also get some great recipes, inspiration, and tips by visiting The Micro Harvest.

Enjoy the holidays!

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Angie Starbuck is a court reporter in Columbus, Ohio, and the owner of PRI Court Reporting, LLC. Connect with her on LinkedIn and Google+.

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