Making Me-Time Appointments
Talk about having a full plate. Columbia, South Carolina’s City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine has no room for dessert. She is the first African-American female to serve on City Council and the first African-American to be elected at-large. She is also founding partner in the law firm of Jabber & Isaac, PA, where she continues to practice in the areas of real estate, probate and business transactions. Add to this her role as an adjunct law professor at the University of Phoenix.
Councilwoman Devine sits on the National League of Cities (NLC) 2014 Human Development Steering Committee developing NLC federal policy positions on various issues. Devine is spearing initiatives to tackle poverty in her community where 23.4 percent of residents live below the poverty line.
“With two girls both under 10 years old and one on the way, my City Council schedule and law practice I have learned to create pockets of time that allows me to be calm and grounded. I have what I call the ‘rotating schedule’ and with my husband, Jamie, who is also an elected official it works really well. Each morning I wake up at 4 am to prepare for the day. After I prepare the girls for school, I mediate or pray between 7 am and 8 am, on Tuesdays I have a hair appointment at 5 am, and every first Thursday of the month I have a standing appointment for a massage. I also go for a run at least two times a week and try to schedule a spa day at least every other month.”