Happiness comes in small packages. After a few weeks of working at the zoo, I finally have my name tag! I usually hate wearing them, but I wear this with pride. After all, for the first time, it’s actually in my field and a respected position. Can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow!

PS. If the logo looks funny, it’s because edited out the name of my zoo. I do enjoy my privacy, internets.

I completely forgot to mention yesterday that I took on a second position at the zoo, basically doing what I already do, but overnight. Which means sleeping with animals. It'll be like those SeaWorld sleepovers I never got to do, only getting paid to do it with the animals with which I work. Sweet! (This makes four jobs. I am insane.)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to work with animals. When I was three and aware of “growing up,” I told anyone who would listen that I wanted to train Shamu. Fast forward twenty-one years and I’ve become wiser and a little more flexible, to say the least. At this point, any animal care or training position is just fine by me. Getting paid to work with animals in any scope is incredibly worthwhile in my book. The journey, as the omniscient “they” say, begins with a single step. Last week, I applied and interviewed for a job and today, was delighted to officially accept my first position in the zoological field.

True, the position isn’t in animal training or animal care, but I will still be employed at an AZA accredited facility gaining crucial animal handling, education, and conservation experience. I’m finally taking that first step into my career and while I may never reach Shamu (for my dreams have long since broadened), I’m perfectly content to see where things may lead.

For a day that started out with Disney being canceled and a sour mood, I couldn’t be happier. I know I have a few aiming to be in the very same field following me. Experience is stressed when it comes to what to do to make it. A year of volunteering at my zoo has lead to a career start. Never give up hope. For if you want something bad enough and you work for it? You will get there.