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Women Who Went for It! is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Career Change Agent, Sara McArdle. The show features inspiring chats with successful industry changers who share how they found the clarity, courage and motivation to step into a deeper vocation and a life of meaning and fulfillment. We hope you'll see just how many before you have GONE for it—and they're eternally grateful that they took the risk!

Jul 21, 2019

Women Who Went for It Podcast Guest: Jen Dulski
In this episode, Sara talks with Jen Dulski about her journey through crippling grief after the tragic passing of her best friend to finding hope and purpose by starting a full-time dog sanctuary—on top of her work as a full-time attorney! Jen shares how she managed to survive her grief, one day at a time; she talks about all of the "heaven-connected" steps and synchronicities that led her to where she is today; and she shares why it's so worth it to her to work so hard for something she's so passionate about. Today, Jen owns Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary, a loving, safe refuge for homeless senior dogs.
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Sara and Jen discuss:
  • How Sara found Jen
  • Jen's interview with Suzanne Giesemann on Messages of Hope
  • Jen's childhood dreams and how family matters changed them
  • Her first job
  • How she chose to study finance
  • Going to law school and practicing as a 1940 Act Attorney
  • Moving from Illinois to Pittsburgh, then back to Chicago, then to Boston
  • Losing her best friend, Sam, to an accidental drug overdose and the grief that followed
  • A recruiter reaching out to her about a job in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Taking the job in Kansas
  • Her family and friends' response to her moving to Kansas
  • The moment she realized she should start a dog rescue
  • Her approach to big goals
  • How she got through the first anniversary of Sam's passing
  • Starting a nonprofit called Sam's Devotions
  • Starting a Facebook group called Hope ASAP
  • Synchronicities that led her to buying her farm
  • Turning the Hope ASAP Facebook group into a nonprofit and hosting an annual retreat at the farm
  • Securing a business loan
  • Problems with construction
  • The environment she created at the farm
  • What it's like working two full-time jobs
  • Supporting dogs as they cross the rainbow bridge
  • The advice that Jen would give to someone going for their big dreams
  • ...and more!
Jen's Full Bio:
Jen Dulski received her JD from the University of Illinois College of Law and has been an investment management attorney for 14 years. She’s licensed in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Kansas.
After losing her best friend to an accidental drug overdose in 2015, Jen was completely devastated and needed to find a way survive her broken heart. In 2016, a new job opportunity led her from a large law firm in Boston to an in-house position in Overland Park, Kansas. While she didn't know a soul in the entire state, Jen knew she needed her life to be different, and she jumped on the opportunity.
Within a month of moving to Kansas, the thought came to Jen one day - seemingly out of the blue - that she had to find a new way of creating her own happiness. So, she bought a farm and started a senior dog rescue. At this point, Always & Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary has been up and running for 14 months and has saved the lives of over 350 dogs.
Jen was featured on the “Messages of Hope” radio show with Suzanne Giesemann, she was visited by famed Kansas City Secret Santa, and Always & Furever has been featured on local news stations and is to be featured in an article in The Kansas City Star.
Jen has only just begun this incredible Always & Furever journey, and she can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of the precious souls that have touched so many lives, making their way in and out of a little red barn, in a small town in Kansas, filled with so much love.
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