How to Embrace Creativity as a Lawyer feat. Theresa Phillips

Theresa Phillips is a lawyer and artist who has found a passion for painting and creating vibrant, textured artwork. In this episode of the You Are A Lawyer podcast, Theresa shares her journey of self-discovery, from cutting her hair and embracing her artistic side to starting her own business and taking on commissioned pieces. She discusses the intersection of law and creativity, the importance of following your passions, and the power of manifesting your dreams.

LISTEN TO LEARN

  • How to start creating art and stretching canvases
  • The importance of finding a creative outlet
  • The potential to leverage a law degree in various industries

WE ALSO DISCUSS

  • The unique ways that lawyers are creative (and embrace their creativity)
  • Manifesting success as an artist
  • Why you should prioritize personal growth

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How to Embrace Creativity as a Lawyer feat. Theresa Phillips

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About This Episode

Theresa Phillips’ Background

Theresa Phillips is a lawyer and artist who has found a way to balance her passion for both professions. With a background in law, Theresa has honed her skills in legal research and writing, as well as negotiation and contract drafting. She has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and has ventured into various creative endeavors, including painting, sewing, and hat-making. 

"I just felt like, which I'm sure most people that are in our shoes, the monotony of my everyday life. It was kind of just like, go to work, come home. take care of my dogs. I'm not married. I don't have kids. My dogs are my kids. But I would just come home, go to bed, start over. And it was just the same thing all the time," shares Theresa Phillips on You Are A Lawyer.

Theresa's journey into art began as a way to break free from the monotony of her everyday life and find fulfillment outside of her legal career. Through self-teaching and experimentation, she has developed a unique artistic style characterized by vibrant colors, bold textures, and maximalist designs. Theresa's commitment to pursuing her passions and pushing herself out of her comfort zone is evident in her artwork and serves as an inspiration to others.

Why Law School

Theresa chose law school because she wanted to challenge herself and pursue a career that would allow her to make a difference. She mentions that she always felt like she was meant for more and had a desire to do something meaningful with her life. Theresa's decision to become a lawyer was driven by her passion for justice and her desire to advocate for others.

"I've always felt like there's more, like I'm meant for more. And I can kind of feel it in my soul, feel it in my heart, I'm meant for bigger things," reflects Theresa Phillips on Episode 127 of You Are a Lawyer.

Theresa believes that she has the potential to achieve great things and make a positive impact in the world. She sees law school as a stepping stone towards fulfilling her purpose and making a difference in people's lives. Theresa's decision to pursue a legal career reflects her determination to challenge herself and strive for excellence in her chosen field.

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What Can You Do with a Law Degree

As Theresa Phillips, a lawyer and artist, highlights in the podcast episode, a law degree opens doors to various career paths. Whether it's practicing law in different areas such as plaintiff's work, defense work, or corporate law, or branching out into other fields like entrepreneurship, the skills and knowledge gained from law school can be applied in diverse ways. Theresa's own journey showcases the versatility of a law degree, as she not only practices law but also pursues her passion for art and runs her own business. 

"If you can pass law school, you already can do so much," explains Theresa Phillips, on this episode of You Are a Lawyer.

Theresa's story emphasizes the importance of embracing one's passions and pursuing multiple interests. She demonstrates that a law degree can serve as a foundation for personal and professional growth, allowing individuals to explore their creativity, develop new skills, and make a positive impact in various areas.

Lawyer Side Hustles

Theresa Phillips is a lawyer turned artist who has found her passion in painting vibrant and bold artworks. After feeling the monotony of her everyday life, she decided to explore her creativity and started painting as a hobby. What began as a way to escape the routine quickly turned into a full-fledged art business. Theresa's artwork is characterized by its colorful and textured nature, creating statement pieces that catch the eye and bring joy to any space. She takes pride in her maximalist style and aims to create artwork that stands out and makes a statement. Theresa also offers commission pieces, where she collaborates with clients to create personalized artworks that reflect their unique style and preferences.

“I want my art to be a statement piece and something that's noticed,” shares Theresa Phillips in Episode 127 of You Are a Lawyer.

Theresa's journey as an artist showcases the power of following one's passion. Despite being a successful lawyer, she recognized the need for more fulfillment in her life and decided to explore her creative side. Through painting, she discovered a newfound sense of joy and self-expression. Theresa's commitment to learning and honing her artistic skills is evident in her vibrant and textured artwork. Her willingness to step out of her comfort zone and take on commissions demonstrates her dedication to pursuing her passion. Theresa's story serves as an inspiration to others, reminding them that it is never too late to pursue their dreams and find fulfillment in their own unique talents and interests.

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