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The Former Lawyer Podcast

Dec 23, 2019

In Episode 020 of The Former Lawyer Podcast, Sarah talks with Catherine Zack. Six years ago, Catherine walked away from biglaw to teach yoga and meditation. Through her business, The Daily Vinyasa, Catherine teaches her clients and students how to incorporate yoga, mediation, and self-care into their daily lives. 

In this conversation, Catherine shares about:

  • Being as certain she should leave the law as she had been certain she should go to law school;
  • How being “type A plus plus plus” put her on the path to law school;
  • Making decisions based on whether she could do something, rather than whether she should;
  • Enjoying her first few years in biglaw;
  • How a bad breakup combined with a big case settling caused her to pause and reflect on her biglaw experience and forced her to confront the fact that she wasn’t actually that happy;
  • The toll that stress took on her while working in biglaw;
  • How she managed the 75% pay cut that came with leaving biglaw;
  • Moving out of her own apartment into a room in her friend’s basement in order to make the move from biglaw possible;
  • Why she thinks she would never have ended up with her now-husband if she hadn’t left biglaw;
  • What it’s been like to go back to her law firm to offer yoga and meditation workshops;
  • Learning to trust your inner voice about where to go with your career;
  • and much more!

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