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The Happy Lawyer Project is an inspirational podcast for young lawyers looking to find happiness in life with a law degree. Each episode provides the tips, advice, encouragement and inspiration you need to craft a life and career you love. Welcome to the Happy Lawyer Project!

Apr 4, 2019

I know that you guys have these big, scary, amazing dreams and I love hearing about all of them. A fear of mine is that for so many of you, those dreams are going to remain just that. Dreams. Harsh I know, but the reality is that it is hard to make the transition from “ifs” to “whens”. On today’s show I chat with Elena Deutsch about how she works with lawyers to identify their dreams and take the steps to turn those dreams into plans. This is Elena’s second time on the show, head to HLP049 to get a better understanding of Elena and her work with lawyers. Hope you guys enjoy our inspiring and motivational chat!


What you’ll learn:


  • Elena’s mission and work
  • What’s changed since Elena’s last podcast episode
  • 2 things to keep in mind while transitioning
  • The importance of building a purpose driven career
  • Major pitfalls of lawyers
  • Tips for people trying to discern between their desires and the desires others have for them
  • Why Elena and her partner do dream/goal aligning retreats too!




  1. How do you deal with indecision?
  2. How do you prioritize your own happiness?
  3. What is a mindset shift that transformed your life?
  4. Name a book that has inspired your journey.
  5. What do you think separates lawyers who are happy to lawyers who struggle to find happiness in life with a law degree?


Fan Question: Sarah on Instagram asks, “When is the best time in your career to transition out of Big Law.”


Best Advice for Finding Happiness


“To chose not to listen to the shoulds and what other people think.”


“It’s really about learning how to put the oxygen mask on yourself first.”


“Decide to put yourself first.”




Connect with Elena:


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On LinkedIn:

On Twitter:

At Her Retreat: Self Care Retreat for Women Lawyers May 21-24


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