Catie Fenn is a Bay Street litigation lawyer who seeks to empower others with her coaching and meditation site, lovewarrior.ca
What is your morning routine?
When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is read a passage from A Course in Miracles, and I’ll seek inspiration from that. I’ll also read a passage from Journey to the Heart, a really cool book by Melody Beattie. Then I meditate for 20 to 30 minutes and go to a workout class or do a movement of some sort in my condo. I also do a bit of journaling before work, and then I get ready to go. I have a commitment where I don’t leave my house to go to work until I’m in a high-vibe state.
Tell us about your career path.
I work in litigation, so I’m used to people not being pleased with me and it taught me to have an anchor. I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was young. I was inspired in unconventional ways, since nobody in my family was a lawyer. I watched a lot of Judge Judy and Legally Blonde. I went straight from undergrad at Queens University to law school at Queens U. By the time I started practicing, I was 24. After practicing for four or five years, I started looking for the balance I had in school. I felt overwhelmed and not like myself, and through these significant changes I found a bunch of spiritual tools – like meditation and authors like Gabrielle Bernstein and Marianne Williamson – and integrated those tools into my life.
My inspiration with Love Warrior was to inspire other people to find the anchor within themselves and learn what their authentic selves are. With Love Warrior, I inspire people to get real and choose loving thoughts over fear. I work with people one on one. I call it a mentorship program, and it coaches people to help take them from where they are. Some people have achieved a lot of their goals, but then they ask, “Now what?”
What challenges do you or women face in your industry?
A challenge not necessarily unique to law: I always ask, “What does it look like to be an empowered female?” Law has very masculine energy – it’s go do, create, protect, provide, and that’s great, but as females we have more feminine energy in us. How do we encourage and honour that voice in a position of power? One of the challenges as a female in law, or in any high-power position, is learning how to own your power without losing your sense of femininity and being able to feel comfortable in your skin while you’re in the profession.
What advice would you give to young girls who want to be the NEXT you?
My advice? Small hinges swing big doors. Hold a vision of what you want your life to be, get really clear on it, then let it go in some ways – act as if it’s already happened. Once a month, review whether you’re taking small actionable steps towards that goal. I believe I got to where I am because of small tiny little baby steps towards the things I’m passionate about.
How do you separate work life from your personal life?
First, I always show up to work as myself. I feel that balance comes from being who you are. When you have to switch your personality on and off in different situations, it’s a recipe for disaster. Also, from the start of my career, I’ve been unapologetic about making room for things in my personal life – like seeing my friends, or yoga classes.
What inspires you?
What inspires me is seeing people living in their truths, following their own passions and getting real about their emotions. I’m inspired by people who are open with their vulnerability, struggles and triumphs.