Tanisha Taylor, a second-year St. Mary’s Law School student, was fitted with an outfit Monday by a wardrobe specialist.

The balance of life and work or work and life is an age-old struggle facing many professionals. We all have school activities, work deadlines or general life stuff, and it can be overwhelming to juggle it all. Compound that with overseeing a rapidly growing business and you’ll understand the position I found myself in a year or so ago.

The pressure was real: My work-life balance was off-kilter and the stress of keeping it all together was mounting. They call them “growing pains” for a reason. I needed to figure out a method to the madness and a way to ensure that our business continued its steep growth trajectory, but in a healthy fashion — one in which my family and work lives could thrive simultaneously. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and I found that this was a time of great personal development for me.

I manage four major roles on a daily basis: husband and father; managing partner of a commercial litigation firm; CEO of an international sports management agency; and the role we all play as entrepreneurs, which is honing my skills as an innovative thinker and visionary. Over time, I’ve learned to love times of rapid growth, but it took five fundamental life and business practices to do so, and I believe they can help you find your stride during times of intense growth as well.

Rahul Patel and Grant Gaines – Patel | Gaines Law Firm talk about how they met and how this unlikely team joined together to become one of the fastest growing law firms in the state.

Texas property owners pay some of the highest taxes in the country, and that’s not likely to change soon. One reason is how the state revalues property for tax levies.
Annual appraisals tend to push the value of properties, and property taxes, higher, even if the actual tax rate does not change. Local governments are not inclined to reduce the tax rate because they need more revenue to support the state’s economic and population growth which leads to more schools, road expansions and other infrastructure growth.
It’s a flawed system that pushes the cost of living and doing business in the state higher and leaves many property owners with few alternatives other than litigation to try to keep those costs under control, says Rahul Patel of Patel|Gaines, one of the state’s leading property tax attorneys.