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The joys of giving back

You don’t often hear a young lawyer say she feels blessed. The billable hours, the late nights, the stress, the stakes… “blessed” just isn’t usually in the job description. And yet, it’s important from time to time to get a reality check. We are blessed. This holiday season is as good of a time as any to remember that. A few months ago, I was nominated by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of the 35 finest professionals in the Baltimore business community under 35 years of age.  By accepting the nomination, I agreed to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I counted on guilt-tripping people into donating, sending multiple emails (bordering on harassment), creating Facebook posts and attending “meet and greets,” cocktail parties and informational sessions. I counted on hard work and a big commitment. What I did not count on was how much joy I would find in this process or how blessed I would feel. I also didn’t count on the number of people, some of whom I don’t even know, who would donate to my page. I didn’t count on how many people and local businesses would volunteer to help me reach my fundraising goal. I have journeyed through this experience in absolute amazement of the goodness and selflessness in people.

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