I grew up around so many weird and wonderful animals so it seems strange to think that my first choice in career wasn’t an Animal based one and that I actually didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be for such a long time. I spent years trying to figure it out, but looking back now it all seems so obvious.
One of my earliest memories is collecting caterpillars in various jam jars and tubs with my younger sister in my Nan’s back garden dreaming of them becoming a cocoon and then realising them as beautiful butterflies, but that dream was never fulfilled because caterpillars need air holes, which is something I learnt the hard way . (But we all need to start somewhere, right?)
As I got older I stopped being a serial caterpillar murderer but continued to spend my time around animals, we had an allotment and I would pride myself on helping my nan look after our chickens and rabbits, covered and mud with straw in my hair, a musky scent in the air I should have known then I wasn’t going to have an office job, but I didn’t and the little girl, grew up, got a dead end job, and lived an average working life, the end.
or that’s what i thought at least.
When I turned 20 and I finally started my way on the path to working with animals I finally thought “Hey i could totally do this animal thing and give it a shot” and i did and well, here I am.
I worked hard and totally did that animal thing, completing my level 3 at college and making my way to beginning my degree, how the hell I have done that I do not know. It was an eye opening, challenging 2 years of volunteering and studying but I am now just completing over 3 years of working in the animal sector and man, it feels good.
So you might be wondering why I have decided to write this blog now.
Well the answer to that my dear friends is that I feel there is a lot of blogs out there with people who have “made it” in the industry but never trying to make it. They all have their dream job and I have not yet reached my goal.
I want somewhere to log my journey into hopefully pursuing my dreams, to help inform people on conservation and hopefully share my passion with the 7 people who will probably read this. (Shout out to my Nanny).
I want to hopefully inspire people to follow their dreams, I will hopefully get there one day, and you will too.