“You’re in this life to love. You’re here to go all in. Sure, you might get rejected by a job, gatekeeper, or lover. But the love that comes through comes to you. You expand by sharing your soul. In this New Year, shrinking is over. It’s time to give this life everything you’ve got.” – Tama Kieves, A Year Without Fear (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin 2015).
When I walked away from the practice of law after 12 years, my friends laughed as I told them, “The law is like a lover – I need him to go away so I can miss him.” I always knew the law would come back into my life. I didn’t know how or when. Just like I knew that I needed to quit my job, teach yoga, and go to massage school: put one foot in front of the other and pay attention to what’s next.
Paying Attention to What’s Next
Law was my first career love, though at times I hated it and wanted nothing more to do with it. But as the saying goes, the opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference. While I have loved and hated the law over the years, I haven’t been indifferent to it.
As 2017 began with the opening of Iowa Seeker Wellness, what surprised me most was how much I enjoyed the business and marketing aspect of owning my own business. I love to figure things out, try different options, and adjust when something isn’t working. Meeting with with other health & wellness professionals to discuss business and ethics, and how we make it all work is a new-found passion of mine.
So, it shouldn’t have been a surprise to me when I was invited to begin teaching business & marketing at the massage school I attended. It began in January 2017, when I was a guest speaker on legal topics in the business & marketing course (negligence, contracts, leases, business structures, etc.). It felt wonderful to combine my unique skills as an attorney, teacher, and bodywork professional to help future massage therapists! Over the summer, I took over teaching part of the course. And now, a year later, I’ve come full circle and am teaching not only legal issues but how to find your niche, set goals, market and brand your business, maintain records, and practice ethically, among other things.
Welcoming Back the Law
As time passed, I found I missed the law. Not at first. I gladly walked away and gave the law the finger while I was at it. After a few months, I found myself on the couch sobbing over the loss of this career-love-of-my-life. Eighteen months after leaving the law I began missing it, wondering how I could reincorporate it into my life. I attended a seminar on business law and talked to sole practitioners about their law practice. I read a decision of the Iowa Supreme Court for the first time in nearly 2 years and was reminded how much I enjoy digesting and applying the information.
It’s time to welcome my lover back. He’s cleaned up his act and we’re ready for a fresh start. At Regenold Law Office, PLLC, I focus on advising health and wellness businesses through startup and beyond.
Limitless in 2018
At the end of each year, I wait for a new word to rise up as my intention for the year to come. The word “limitless” arose this year. No more limits. I’m embracing all that I can be and offer. And I cannot imagine a more perfect blend of my unique skills – law, teaching, and bodywork, not to mention excellent listening and problem-solving abilities, than to offer legal advice to other health & wellness professionals.
Question for reflection: What word(s) sets your intention for 2018?
© 2018 Rachel Regenold