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Since law school, I have devoted my career to my solo practice, but now I’d like to make and sell jewelry again, along with practicing law. Do you think it’s a problem if I divide my time and attention?

Q: Since law school, I have devoted my career to my solo practice, but now I’d like to make and sell jewelry again, along with practicing law. Do you think it’s a problem if I divide my time and attention?

A: It has been said that “Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.” -W.H. Sheldon

But I disagree. If you are a right and left-brained person, it can be just as, or even more, fulfilling to honor your abilities in the law and in art. There are lawyers who do more than one thing for a living, and do both well. Scott Turow is one, but there are many less dramatic examples.

I say give it a try. You are in a unique position to do so, being your own boss…but you’ll have to work hard to balance your two vocations and make a multi-faceted career successful.