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For those who are nervous about their upcoming adventures, I copied, modified, and pasted this from a note I wrote a friend the other day.
One day I was somewhere near Imperial, MO. at a fruit orchard with a friend and talking about our various travels. The owner, who seemed to have everything one could ever want, started crying. I thought I had upset her somehow, but I hadn't. Why was she crying? She had never left Imperial, not even to go to St. Louis. So she had a lot of THINGS, but had not yet lived. She never would...
If you are nervous about leaving home all you can lose is a little time at most, but you can gain EVERYTHING. Only the Marine Corps has given me the same satisfaction that Coolworks has, and even that that be considered Coolworking. That fruit orchard owner is going to die or has already died with no life experience. To me, that is a TRAGEDY that no one should experience. Trust me, you don't want to be that fruit orchard owner.
To borrow a popular phrase, "The only thing to fear is fear itself". Go for it...

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Comment by akscootr on February 19, 2009 at 9:22am
I will help you wherever you need, Stephanie. Keep up your good work... The day is coming that you can take flight. :0) :0)
Comment by Stephanie on February 18, 2009 at 11:47am
ps can you help me out next year? w/ the seasonal work! i graduate in nov. so next year sounds good.
Comment by Stephanie on February 18, 2009 at 11:45am
cheers! your such an inspiration always.
Comment by Jason Kemple on February 13, 2009 at 6:44am
Ashley - you work your @$$ off to pay off all of your debt... you save as much as you can before the season starts, you go out there and work your butt off, save your money, take advantage of all the FREE things that these locations have to offer, and then you do it all again. Luckily, alot of us have family we live with on the off season, but there are many who just go from place to place, season to season. Its about learning to live simple. Its definately not easy for those who are doing this for the first time (this season will be my first time)... but i've gotten everything paid off and saved a couple of thousand.

The other thing too, is look for a place that doesnt charge expensive rates for room and board. Also, there are some places that will refund all of your room and board money if you finish the season. Look for places like that.
Comment by Ashley on February 12, 2009 at 7:56pm
for those who have done year round seasonal work, how do you afford it?
i was trying to do a budget for this summer and i am not even going to be able to come home with money, since room and board is expensive!
How do yall swing it?
Comment by akscootr on February 12, 2009 at 5:17pm
It was truly an eye-opening experience... See Jack's story also for another serious reason to experience life while you have it. The story really affected me because it is sooo true. It was a sad one.... but it helped the writers of the post to decide to start seasonal. And they may well be coming to Yellowstone... I am excited to meet them (and you ;) .... peace
Comment by Carol on February 12, 2009 at 9:12am
Eight years ago while serving supper to nursing home residents , I realized that whatever these people had done in their lives they are reliving now in their memories. I needed to make memories. Thus began my long distance hiking, switching jobs, seasonal working. It can be the smoother path to accept a long term job-career, but Boring. So, let the adrenilin flow. It is a little scary. Thanks for the post, Scott.
Comment by jeff on June 13, 2008 at 6:35pm
see my blog----one day----i know her feelings....but i will make that move....
Comment by Jessie Lynn on June 7, 2008 at 3:01pm
Thank you for this. I've only worked at one seasonal job, but that was while I was at college and besides breaks, I only worked weekends. It gave me a wonderful taste of what the business is like, I loved working with such chill people and serving to such interesting clientele. It was my first ever job at that, so it will probably always have a deep impact on me. This summer I will be spending three months away from anything I know, from home, from my home away from home at college, from places I can recognize. Thinking about it makes me pretty scared sometimes. I keep telling myself though, that if I wasn't scared it wouldn't be such an adventure. Despite the fear, I am incredibly excited to be working in Wyoming this summer and I do not believe I'll regret it no matter what happens. Haha, I do believe my sense of direction will be thrown off for a while. After living all my life with Puget Sound to the west and the Cascades to the east, it's going to be weird.

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