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Crater Lake National Park

Oregon

DONNA

I always felt there was something big waiting for me just around the corner, and three seasons ago, that something big finally materialized. I quit my job as a dental office manager, sold my house and took my show on the road. The idea for my grand adventure began at least 7 years ago.  A patient of mine mentioned he was going to work in Alaska seasonally.  I was intrigued, and he shared the CoolWorks website with me. I faithfully stalked CoolWorks for probably 6 years or so dreaming about my someday adventure. I felt so trapped sitting behind a desk all day, stressed to the max, and I knew something had to change.

Well, my someday finally arrived.  I applied for a position managing a bed and breakfast in Montana. Not only would I be able to utilize my management skills, but I would get to cook and bake – my passion. I sent my resume, did a Skype interview, and I was sent a contract.  I was terrified, but oh so very excited!  It was finally HAPPENING! I had hoped for a best case scenario that my future employers and I would fall in love and they would invite me back. Well, I loaded a winter pack, a summer pack, and my dog into the car and hit the road.

The job, the location – all of it turned out better than I could have ever expected.  I have been invited back and told I could have this position for as long as I want it. I live on site and am provided with most meals.  I have no debt and that allows me to feel completely liberated! I stay in Montana from April 1 through end of October, and then I drive back east and winter in the Hudson Valley in New York with my family, where I also work seasonally. Then I take a couple of weeks and visit Florida for some R&R before I return to Montana.

CoolWorks opened a door for me that I may not have had the courage to open on my own.  I credit CoolWorks with leading me on this grand adventure. I am finally living the life I always dreamed of. I get to travel, I get to explore, and I have learned just what I am capable of by stepping way outside the box. I am having the time of my life and haven’t looked back once.

To any of you considering making the move…BE OLDER & BOLDER!!! Do it now. Earn a living while exploring this big, beautiful world. HAPPY TRAVELS!

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Love your story. I started working the seasonal job circuit when I was 40. My first park was Grand Canyon North Rim, then Yellowstone working at the Canyon Village Resort, and then at Bryce Canyon. From there I worked at a private restaurant in Torrey Utah (near Capitol Reef NP) in 2012. I had a blast at each one of these places and made some extra money doing haircuts for the employees, waxing, foot massages and made some extra cash and people didn’t have to go far to get these services cause I was there and didn’t charge much, I was very affordable haha. Yeah, what is a “real job” if they call these low paying seasonal jobs not real jobs? Every job you work at is good only if you truly enjoy it with all your heart.

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Alice

Go Donna!!! That’s fantastic.

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Glenn

You go girl! 👍😊

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Irene Russo

Thank you so much Donna for writing your story! I retired 3 years ago at the age of 52 and have been trying to figure out what to do next. While I work part-time jobs at my church, I feel a strong desire to go on an adventure. My husband and I just went on a 2 week trip from Florida to Maine to get out of heat/humidity. In Bar Harbor, a couple mentioned that there are a lot of temporary job in the summer and then we started seeing signs posted. I came home thinking I really want to go on an adventure of living in places where there are seasons and having fun doing jobs there, but had great concern that my husband and I couldn’t get jobs because of being in mid 50’s. Then I saw your post and it gives me hope!

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Karen Hufman

Hi Donna,

Thank you for your inspirational story.

I was just texting my husband telling him I don’t want to go back to my job anymore. I told him about wanting to go to Wyoming and Montana and then I found Coolworks.com website.

I retire officially in 2018 and would love to do what you are doing.

Thank you again.

Wendi, Placer County, CA

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Wendi

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