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I grew up in St. Charles, Missouri just outside St. Louis. As a kid I thought I had my future figured out. I started working at the age of 15 as a hostess at a Denny's near my home. I moved on from there to working in the kitchen of a Skilled Facility Nursing Home. When I turned 18, I moved up into an Activities Position. This type of work is stressful, but also fun and very rewarding. Working with the elderly and watching their eyes light up as music was played, teaching them new games and enjoying that "click"they had when they understood, even the hard times of trying to talk someone down when they were confused, angry or scared... I loved every minute of it.

I began working towards a career as an Activities Director knowing what changes needed to be made to the system to better serve these folks. Unfortunately, working in healthcare as some of you may know, drains you mentally and physically. I was working for a corporate company who cared more about their bottom line than the people. As much as I loved my work, I began to dread going to work everyday. I let my depression and anger affect my work and ended up getting fired from a job one day before my two weeks resignation was up. This, of course, sent me deeper into a depression. I still had my job with my main healthcare facility, but this was a serious blow to my pride. After a few months of self pity, I began a search for "Fun Jobs that Allow Travel." 

I ended up on CoolWorks and everything changed. I was nervous as I entered applications to multiple ranches in Montana and Wyoming. They probably only want people with hospitality experience, I thought. Even though I consider what I did for 6 years as hospitality, on paper it is healthcare. One day I get a call from a ranch in Montana called 320 Guest Ranch. I interview with Carla the day after she gets back from vacation, and it was so easy to talk to her. She sent an email and I had a Face-time interview set up with the GM of the ranch that following Saturday. Everything was happening so fast, I didn't even stop to think that this might actually happen. Less than 48 hours after that second interview, I got the official job offer and my life has been changed ever since. 

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Comment by Kelcy @ CoolWorks on November 5, 2017 at 8:06am

Thanks for sharing your story Lauren! 

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