We had the good fortune of connecting with Lynn Winter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lynn, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I truly do not believe in work life balance. It’s a myth that exists. I adhere to the theory of work/life alignment. Its where your work life and home life align so that they can co-exist in harmony. Balance is tricky because it assumes you should always have equal weight in each bucket, and we all know that is a myth. For me, becoming a mother and still working a demanding and stressful full-time lawyer job required me to see that sometimes one will come before the other and that is ok.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since I was 9 years old. Watching my father’s trial from the periphery ignited a passion for law and justice in my soul. I also knew that education was the key to ending the cycle of domestic violence and abuse in my family. I attended TCU where I received my bachelor’s degree and took a small 3 year detour to work in Donor Relations at TCU. It was this job that connected me with an amazing network of professionals that I tapped into after law school. When I graduated, I went to work at a medium-sized firm in Fort Worth thanks to an alumni I worked with during my tenure at TCU. After a few years, I took the professional leap to work for Big Law. I traded in Fort Worth for Dallas and began to become a slave to the billable hour. After 2 weeks, I found out I was pregnant with my daughter and life changed. I knew I wanted to be present in both aspects of my life; motherhood and career. So, I became an expert in time management and work/life alignment. I was convinced that I could do both and do them well. It was that tenacity that led me to where I am today. Today, I am a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fort Worth, but have a special passion for showing other women that they can do all the things they have to do, while still following their passions. Now, I lead trainings to civic organizations, corporations and anyone who will listen on how to live a less chaotic life and truly live their best life in motion.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If only I had a week to take a trip! But, I truly believe that Texas is an amazing state that offers it all. I would show them all that Fort Worth offers. From the Stockyards for Billy Bob’s and a stay at the new Drover Hotel to the Foundary District for coffee at Trinity Coffee hour and wine at Thirty Eight and Vine. We would have dinner at Reata, brunch at Joe T. Garcia’s and then head into the Texas Hill Country for a few days of wildflowers and wine. I love the B&B’s of Fredricksberg and the local wine. Last stop would be West Texas for sand dunes in Monahans.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Much of my success is due to having strong female role models around me. My former baton twirling coach is perhaps the most influential person in my life. She has known me since I was 3 and taught me so much more than baton twirling. The life skills and lessons in persistence truly carried me through some of the darkest times in my life.