Kyle Shepherd, media relations manager at the Louisville Zoo, made time to talk with The Voice-Tribune about her amazing experience and what she cherishes most this holiday season.
With holiday season in full swing now, what are you most thankful for?
Right now I am most thankful for my job at the Louisville Zoo. I am only two-and-half months in and am loving it! I am thankful for the new experiences and what they are meaning to my life. It is a true privilege to work at the zoo. To be so close to some of nature’s most precious creatures takes my breath away on pretty much a daily basis now. The zoo’s mission is “Bettering the Bond Between People and our Planet” and without a doubt, this is true in my life.
As someone who experienced unemployment due to tough economic times, tell me about your experience and the best advice you have for getting through this Christmas on a budget?
With the exception of a few freelance stints with some arts organizations in town, I was out of consistent work for over a year. Unemployment messes with your head a bit. It makes you question your abilities and, to some extent, your purpose. While most of us would admit at the end of the day, we know our “purpose” in life isn’t our jobs – society defines us by what we spend our days doing. If you let that in, society can make you feel less or more about yourself based on what you do for a living. In reality, we are more defined by how we treat one another.
Practically, I learned to live leaner. I didn’t buy that new pair of shoes I really, really wanted or go out to eat as often. Deeper than that, I learned what I was made of and that I was tougher than I thought. I am a glass is half-full kind of woman! When a local women’s magazine was having a weight loss contest, I thought to myself “well, life gave you this extra time so do something useful.” So I lost 30 pounds with the help of the magazine and Sandy Pike at Home Cuisine. Sandy taught me how to eat to live. I am thankful to both the magazine and to Sandy!
What are you looking forward to most this Christmas?
Buying gifts!, Last Christmas I wasn’t able to buy as many gifts as I would have liked.
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I don’t have a whole lot of “traditions.”, I think it is because I don’t have a large family nor do I have brothers and sisters. This year I have decided that I am going to start a tradition with all of the “single ladies” in my life. While blaring Beyonce’s hit (joking), I thought we could dance and celebrate what the future might bring in a special someone or celebrate that we don’t have the sometimes-hassle of married life., I have a friend who has an “orphan’s dinner” for all the out-of-town folks who work in news and can’t always get home on the holiday-proper. She is the inspiration for this new tradition.
How much longer will the zoo stay open this year?
The zoo is open daily year-round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.
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Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.