Lisa's Open Road
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Devil's Tower National Monument
I would look inside, see what gets you all excited to get up in the morning, and then see if you can find something in that realm.
- In high school, her friends' siblings were working and backpacking in Yellowstone National Park.
- She loved the outdoors, and she developed an interest specifically in the West and in the National Parks Service.
- Spent a number of years working as a seasonal ranger, but when she turned thirty, she felt the pressure to get a "permanent" job.
- Applied to countless permanent positions; joked that she could've papered her walls with the rejection letters.
- Was living out of her car; finally thought, "if I don't get accepted to the next job I apply to, I need to find something else to to do."
- Luckily, she found a permanent position with the NPS, an agency that she says she really believes in.
- Feels lucky that she found what "makes her tick," but says she'd be the first to admit that her job is not easy.
- Says she still doesn't know what she wants to be when she "grows up," but she's perfectly happy with her current career.