Eighteen months ago, Manhattan super-lawyer Helene Godin, walked into her job as in-house counsel at a top Wall Street media company and resigned. She’d been practicing for 22 years. Loved nearly all of it. Great mentors, partners and fascinating work.
But, on this day, she was done…
How done? So done that, for her next move, Helene opened a bakery in the cozy little river town where she lived.
By The Way Bakery sprung to life in Hastings on the Hudson almost a year to the day she left the law. And, the name By the Way stood for “yes, it’s all mouthwatering, and it’s all gluten-free and dairy-free…by the way.”
When I asked Helene what it was that made her leave such a long, esteemed, powerful and lucrative career, her answer was pretty simple: ”I stopped waking up with a smile.”
It was something visceral. Nothing was terrible, she loved the people and the work was interesting. But she was just done.