Personal Reflection. How I do it

AuthorJasmine Akbarali
Hw I  it
ears ago, newly returned from a maternity leave, I was talk-
ing to a colleague about a book we had both read that was popular
among new parents. A hilarious Bridget Jones’s Diary–style story
of a professional woman trying to juggle kids and career, it was called I
Don’t Know How She Does It. Another woman joined our conversation and
asked the name of the book we were discussing. In what must have been
a Freudian moment, burdened by the pressures of just having returned
to work, I said, “It’s called I Don’t Know Why She Does It.”
Of course, I do know why I do it, and I knew back then too. But it isn’t
always easy. In addition to my appellate practice, I have four children,
ages ve to thirteen. My husband has a demanding tax practice. We are
both involved in our communities. It’s a full life, in a good way– and
sometimes in a bad way, too.
Like the protagonist of the book, I am often asked how I do it. I usually
say “inertia”– an object in motion (that’s me) stays in motion (I do).
Then Stephen Grant, the editor of the Journal, asked me how I do it.
And now I’m writing this article. He’s very persuasive.
Over my nearly 20 years at the bar, I’ve adopted a set of rules that
help to keep me sane. It’s not perfect. Most of the time, I feel there’s
something I’m not doing as well as I could be doing it. But I’m still here.
And that counts.

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