Toronto Career women (Featured Blog)
Updated: Jun 6, 2018
Alessandra is a lawyer and founder of Indigoblue Legal Group, a real estate law practice in Toronto.
What is your morning routine?
I start my day with a workout. I’m a morning person – naturally an early riser. My days are filled with endless emails, calls about work/family, and meetings; I find that starting my day with a workout clears my mind, allowing me to take on the days’ challenges. My workout is probably the only part of the day where I don’t think about work whatsoever. I tuck my phone into my armband, listen to music, and get my heart rate pumping.
Tell us about your career path
Ever since I could speak I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. From day one, my parents instilled a strong and tireless work ethic in me. Challenges were welcomed growing up – my parents supported me through them. I never felt like I couldn’t accomplish something I set my mind to. I was ready for law before I knew what law was, ready for what would seem to be never-ending post-secondary education.
I was faced with many challenges – being educated in another country – it became extremely difficult to find a position in Toronto. The market is over saturated. I graduated in 2013 but didn’t get called to the bar until 2017. I can openly admit that, until then, I wanted to give up. I felt stupid for wasting so much time and so much money on a degree that at the time, was taking me nowhere. I kept reminding myself that there was a higher purpose, that if I was patient things will turn around. And they did. In May 2017, I founded Indigoblue Legal Group, a real estate law practice in Toronto.
What challenges do you or women face in your industry?
As I continue growing my real estate law practice I continue to be conveniently reminded that I cannot work the way I do AND have a family; it’s one or the other. But that’s not true. I come from a family of very strong women – women who are the greatest role models you could ever grow up surrounded by. My mom and my aunt have shown me that you can have it all. You can have the successful career, take on the challenges, and experience the wins and losses, and while maintaining a personal life (including children!).
The instant a man enters the room, let’s acknowledge him and not her – that challenge. I am not lesser. I have something to say. Hear me say it.
What advice would you give to young girls who want to be the NEXT you?
Don’t forget to be happy. Happiness above all. It took me a really long time to figure out what it meant to be happy. I figured it out after 7 years of post-secondary education. I read a book, The Happiness Advantage, and it changed my life. I took a look at my life and realized I was just going through the motions: I wanted to be a lawyer so I had to complete my undergrad; check. I had to get into law school; check. I had to get good grades; check. I had to get a good internship; check. But during all of that, there was nothing else. I was hallow. I took some time after law school while working at a law firm as a litigation law clerk to figure myself out. Now I know what I need to make me happy, to feel and be fulfilled. This will be different for everyone – I honestly think it was harder to figure out than it was to get through law school – but it was necessary and is key to my success today.
Filter out the noise. Stay focused. Do what you want and be who you are. Remember that you get what you deserve, so work hard and keep at it until it becomes a reality no matter how long it takes. My dreams are now my reality.
How do you separate work life from your personal life?
The simple answer is that I don’t. My work is my life. My personal life affects my work, my credibility, and my network. As cliché as it sounds, I love what I do, so there’s no need to separate work from my personal life. I do however just take easy days – I work 7 days a week but I’ll make sure a least one of those days are lighter when it comes to working and networking.
What inspires you?
My fiancé & my family. They are my number one supporters, always reminding me that I can do it. That I need to take a second to pat myself on the back, and that sometimes, I need a bit of a breather and to slow down.
When you’re off the clock, what are your indulgences?
A really good Cabernet Sauvignon and an expresso. New experiences, especially traveling. Right now, I’m off to Mexico to check out my destination wedding venue!