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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hi ho, hi ho...

Hello everyone,

Today, I was going to tell you about the Aldeburgh food festival, or to trumpet the recent success of the Pump Street Bakery, (more another day) but instead I want to share some news with you.

I started my professional life as a corporate lawyer.  I was pretty good at it, but for one reason or another I wasn't very happy in my twenties, and part of my quest to be happy involved leaving my corporate job in search of new experiences elsewhere.  So, for the last ten years, I worked for the UN.  Richly rewarding, at times frustrating, but I have never regretted my decision to leave and I wouldn't have traded the last ten years for anything.

But now I have returned to the UK and have been wondering what to do next.  I wanted and needed to take a career break when we came back to England, but now I need to work again.  I had a coffee with a friend of a friend at my old law firm to talk about clients of his that might be interested in my experience.  And at the end of our discussion, he offered me a job himself.  In my old firm.

Never, ever, did I expect to go back.  And never did I think I would be excited at the prospect.   But I am. It will be in a new role, and will be a challenge, and it's temporary.  But that's just fine.

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.” 

Life.  Never will it cease to surprise me.  

Wish me luck.



  1. Good luck on your new(ish) adventure!

  2. Gosh how exciting! I'm a firm believer that there's no point having a long term life plan, because life surprises one constantly. Good luck back at work! Incidentally, my day job involves training law students to do legal research :-)

  3. Good luck - but of course you won't need luck at all! I am seriously in awe of someone who has had such grown-up jobs, but I just know that you will do well, and I really believe in going wherever fate takes you.

    Pomona x

  4. Good luck ... I hope it works out for you ... Bee x

  5. Serendipity indeed! I wish you Good Luck in the certainty that it will not be needed. Have fun.

  6. oooh exciting! hope it all goes well for you!

  7. Oh I do wish you luck, and excitement and satisfaction in you new old place job. Let us know how it goes. And thank you so much for your kind and generous message - married life is suiting us very well! Hx

  8. Good Luck, Good Luck, I am sure you won't need it though. I hope it still leaves time for some crocheting and general creativity! - Annie

  9. Best wishes! This sounds like a great universe bump. Gotta love it when things happen that align!

  10. Oh wow what a lifestyle change Claire!
    I wish you all best wishes for your future career,well done you! I'm glad you're happy with how you feel about it, thats the acid test - it sounds like you're doing the right thing!
    Much love
    Gill xx

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