Geoffrey Butler

Chris Carlone
HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST
Photographs by Geoffrey Butler
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I knew in the first semester, I would never practice law. They look at you and they say, Thousands of people applied for this position, you owe it to them. That stuck with me. I got in, I should give it a try. For the first time I began to sympathize with the kids in high school who just didn’t care. I finally understood how they felt because I really disliked what I was learning. It just wasn’t for me.

I wanted to be healthy; my parents were unhealthy. I wanted to be well for my kids. What if I could help people through being a nutritionist? Here I was just a couple years out of law school. I just did seven years of university, I still had the debt from that.
I'm employing a lot of the skills I learned in law school. I'm still collecting facts, still collecting information. I'm just hitting a different set of books. Rather than convincing a judge, I'm convincing the client with whatever health goal they might have. It really feels like this is what I’m supposed to be doing; this is the service I want to be giving.
There was a point where I realized there was no line between my work and not working. I'm not getting up in the morning, going to work and having a certain mindset, leaving that place, coming home, being a dad, being a husband, and then going back. All I’m doing now on this earth is looking for people who want to feel better, letting them know that I have an opportunity for them to do that. That's not just from nine to five, that's who I am. That was pretty profound for me, and at that point, the work felt great.
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