[pct-l] Calling all Professionals

Rick Hubbard rick at rickhubbard.org
Mon Jul 24 22:39:39 CDT 2017

Hi Woodstock,

I’m a retired attorney, also with an MBA, who was well set to head to a major law firm in the city and chase the “big bucks.”

But, like you, quality of life and balance between work and play was important to me. I well understood that if I headed for a big law firm in the city I would have to sacrifice my quality of life and balance, so I opted to return to my home state of Vermont and opened my own law practice. I achieved the quality and balance, but at the expense of the “big bucks.”  The legal work I did was probably less exciting than what I would have experienced, had I specialized with a big city law firm. The upside is that I’m now 75, still actively backpacking, hiking, bicycling and cross country skiing, and have had great experiences with all of those sports along the way. I’m okay financially in retirement, but at a lower level than I might have expected with a big city law firm.

Another option to consider is to work as an “in house” attorney for a non-profit whose mission you support. That might provide a more reasonable middle ground of interesting work, money and quality of life.

Hope this helps.

Rick a/k/a "Newsman"

Rick Hubbard
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South Burlington, VT 05403
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We citizens largely elect good people to represent us in Washington, who then are incentivized to often act in ways that place their own interests, those of their wealthy and influential backers, and those of their political party above the broad interests of the American people.    

> On Jul 24, 2017, at 2:22 PM, John Papini <jtpapini at icloud.com> wrote:
> Hello! I had the good fortune of thru hiking the PCT last year, unfortunately a day hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought about doing it again.
> I'm an attorney and struggling with trying to organize my life in such a way that I can pursue a career and still undertake another thru hike (or many) without having to wait many years until I retire.  
> Any professionals out there who can message me directly with advice about juggling a career with one's love of long distance hiking?
> Thanks in advance!
> John (aka Woodstock)
> Sent from my iPhone - please excuse any typographical errors!
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