It will work out

When I decided to leave full-time law to dive into the world of chocolate and cacao, in order to allay my fears, I had to remind myself of all the times in my life when “it has all worked out.” And to this day, when I’m worried about making a decision, I tell myself the same.

And this is the story that most often comes to mind when I’m in search of confirmation.

A year out of law school, I had outgrown my current employer and was job-hunting. But at that time, the job market for recent law graduates was discouraging. I learned about a couple of long-term positions at a large DC law firm (the “Z” firm) where you’d be assigned to one case. The Z firm wouldn’t be hiring you as an associate with all the “rights and privileges” that come with it. Nonetheless, the position would run a year or two. If the firm “liked you” and you performed well, you might be able to turn that assignment into a permanent associate position.

After I interviewed at the firm, I told a good friend from law school about the position since the firm had advertised two openings. I might have even encouraged her to apply. What do you think happened? Continue reading

Since I was three years old

Occasionally, I am asked if I’ve dreamed about becoming a chocolatier since my early youth.  That’s a fair question.  Given my personality, if I’d known at three years old that I wanted to work with chocolate and cacao, I would have pursued that path from that young age.

Was I excited about “chocolate” as a kid? Of course! What child doesn’t enjoy the over-sugared, mass-produced-candy parading as chocolate that most of us gobbled up in our early years? But as I’ve said before, that’s not chocolate (more here).  And it’s certainly not the chocolate and cacao I work with and encourage others to incorporate into their lives. I’ve grown up. I discovered “chocolate,” albeit later in life than I would have liked. Continue reading

Finding Your Passion Is Overrated

Years ago, when I told a colleague over lunch that I was leaving the full-time practice of law to pursue a life immersed in chocolate and cacao, she, at one point in the conversation, said “finding your passion is overrated.”  Reflecting on that conversation now, I have to say that I agree with her.

I know she didn’t make that comment to belittle my decision.  This was a colleague who had expressed frustration about both her work and personal life for years.  I imagine she felt overwhelmed and her comment was her way of rationalizing her own choices aloud, almost as if to console herself.

Maybe my decision made her feel compelled to rethink her life:  What’s my passion?  What am I supposed to be doing with my life?  What’s my purpose?  Do I feel fulfilled?  How do I know what I’m passionate about? Continue reading