Losing your job can be a devastating turn of events—a reminder that nothing is here to stay. But for Diane Stevens it became an opportunity to follow her heart. “It was a blessing in disguise and a good time to figure out what I wanted to do,” she says.
Before getting laid off from her design job in 2014, Stevens had often thought of what she would do when she reached retirement. “I knew I wanted to do animal welfare stuff and my passion lies with cats and horses,” she says.