Author - Denise Mortati

Taking the time for ourselves

Lately, I’ve been incredibly busy. Work, plus the process of selling our home/buying a new home, has left me little time to do much else. There’s a fine line between the kind of stress that makes us productive and focused...

“Doing” and “thinking”

“People who for some reason find it impossible to think about themselves, and so really be themselves, try to make up for not thinking with doing. They try to pretend that doing is thinking.” –Laura Riding Jackson...

Giving (and more giving?)

I’m reading a great book given to me by my niece for Christmas: Give and Take, by Adam Grant. Grant is just one of those brilliant people: the youngest full professor at the Wharton School, as well as the highest-rated teacher...

Better resolutions for the New Year

The new year always brings with it many promises: to achieve better health, better relationships, improvements in career. But often, after just a few weeks, those resolutions fall by the wayside, and our determination falters...

Tis the season…for gratitude

It’s so easy during this time of year to be stressed out and overwhelmed, and to be in a “bah, humbug” kind of mood. We’re in the midst of crowds, being jostled, and standing on long lines at our favorite stores. Or we...

Bringing excellence into our lives

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle How can we bring excellence into our lives, into our careers? When we were fledgling attorneys, we certainly did not feel that we...

What to do when you’re stuck!

Recently, I had a file I was working on that I just couldn’t finish. Loose ends couldn’t be tied. Documents were missing. The client just couldn’t understand why I needed so much useless (to them) information. It was a...

Every now and then go away

“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer.” –Leonardo da Vinci It’s that time of year. Time to pack it in, pack it up, for a (hopefully...

Beginning again

“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” –Buddha We all have regrets. We shouldn’t have taken that job, stayed with that partner, eaten that ice cream, bought that money-pit of a house, forgotten to...

Asking for Help

I’m the type who tries to do everything myself. I don’t like asking others for help; I feel like I need to solve or resolve all my issues on my own. In my professional life, this causes me a lot of stress, as I often feel...