Too often, we get bogged down in our daily work lives that we forget that a healthy life balance should involve some giving back to our community. While I am always proud of the work we do in the office helping our clients effectively communicate their end of life plans to the next generation, I am also pleased with the volunteering we do in the community.

I am currently a member of the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh with a laser focus on being the Kiwanis Advisor to the NCSU Chapter of Circle K. These remarkable leaders are in college, and, with all of the various activities of college life available to them, have chosen to serve the community. In just the past few months, they’ve worked several parks projects, helped repair and refurbish tables for a middle school, and spent an entire weekend planning their coming year by developing a strategic plan worthy of established local charities. It’s a privilege to work with them.

In the past, we’ve also worked extensively with LGBT non-profits and advocacy groups by advancing the simple concept that all people deserve to have equal rights. In this sense, my office and volunteer activities meshed well because we first decided simply to not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and then we helped push for local and national changes. For that, my law office was honored by the City of Raleigh in 2011 with the Human Relations Business Award, and Kathy and I were most recently privileged to be a part of the Durham Bulls very first Pride Night.

Whatever your passion is, please don’t limit it to just work and family. Bringing work and family out to help the community can be personally rewarding AND make the world just a little bit better.