We had the good fortune of connecting with Nathan Hoerschelmann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nathan, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
The most important duty, to me, as a parent is to prepare my children for life and how to engage with the world as a compassionate and positive force. That means provide them with the tools and guidance of how to best show up to the world. I thus ask my children to be three things: kind, curious and confident. I ask them to be kind and empathetic to their fellow man/woman. Whether they interact with people of different backgrounds, experiences or even opinions my children are asked to respond with a baseline of kindness and to put themselves in that person’s shoes. I have had long talks with my teenage son about what white privilege means and looks like. The question I asked my son is, “When we want to get food, what do we do?” “We just go get food,” he responded. “Exactly. We do not think about anything else. We do not worry about what we are wearing, worry about police, worry about our appearance, nothing. That freedom to do what we want, however we want, is what white privilege looks like.” It is also deeply important that my kids remain open and inquisitive about the world. There is nothing wrong with having strong convictions. But I ask my children to remain open to listen and seek out understanding of the world, people, issues. I ask that they never think that they know it all and be open to wonder to what the world offers. I also ask that my children remain confident. They are not better than another person, but they are also never less than. They are valued and good enough – just as they are. This confidence will help instill grit and resolve so that they can confront life’s challenges with integrity and courage, The final rules are that they always know their audience and that they never forget how much I love them.
What should our readers know about your business?
Hoerschelmann Dietz PLLC is a small, agile law firm that provides exceptional advocacy for clients. We work with and for small businesses, especially artists – photographers, painters and other creatives – handling all kinds of issues from formation, to negotiations and litigation. We also deal with a lot of property and real estate issues such as leases, purchase and sale agreements as well as construction defect issues. I am deeply proud of our work and commitment to legitimately caring about our clients. For almost every client we have been asked to handle issues above and beyond the initial matter that brought us together. We do not advertise but gain clients through strong work and even stronger word of mouth.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We are based in Seattle so anyone that comes to visit is going to be taken for amazing food and a lot of time spent outside. There are magical pockets and spaces whether on the water, in the mountains or rich forests that leave anyone profoundly impacted in their soul. Couple that with good conversation and my friend will have the best time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are incredible sources of support to my success both professionally and personally. My parents were incredibly influential to me. They died when I was eleven. Their passing has deeply shaped my understanding and vision of the world. It is imperfect, scary and can change completely in an instant. But the world is also profoundly beautiful and to be savored. Life’s fragility inspires me to be more loving, more serving, more compassionate and to not waste a moment. I have been deeply blessed to be surrounded by friends, family and mentors that have helped fortify my faith in the world. Chris Magana, Rob Zarkos, Patrick Paulich, Gabe Dietz, Mark Thorsrud, David Shaw, Dick Thorpe, Ron and Gertie Vannoy, Chris and Pete Seyl, Gretchen Morse have all been instrumental for me. In addition, being of service has helped my focus and understanding of my place in the world. Being a board member of Safe Crossings Foundation, which supports programs helping children deal with grief, as well as PTSA member and board member for Woodland Soccer Association have all been profoundly meaningful to me.
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