No matter how passionate you are about your career, we all need a break sometimes.
A break to do something new. Something different. Or nothing at all.
Jonna joined Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (East) in 2000 as a receptionist, fulfilling her dream of working with animals. Since young, Jonna’s home is a haven to many pets – hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and her most favourite of all – Shih Tzus!
“Kiki had very dry eyes. I only realised her sight was affected when she fell into a drain. I taught her to understand the word ‘Step’. Now whenever we reach a drain, I say ‘Step’ and she would make a small leap across the drain.
Kiki was a very sweet girl, no fuss at all. We had a good 6 years with her before she passed away.”
“I always play with Milo when he comes for reviews for his liver problem. Once he had an appointment on my off day. I purposely went down to the clinic just to see him!
Milo’s owner then suggested that Milo stays with me whenever the family travels. Of course I said yes! And so the staycation begins.”
Besides Shih Tzus, another thing that makes Jonna’s heart thump abit faster is……Hello Kitty!
In 2007, Jonna decided to take a break which turned out to be a 5-year gap. She returned to Mount Pleasant in 2012 and now helps to train new receptionists in their roles.
“Animals will always be my first love. I enjoy reading up on various medical conditions and interacting with our clients and their pets. To work in a vet clinic, you need to have a compassionate yet not too emotional heart. Confidence and a willingness to learn.”
Life is not about doing extraordinary things. It is doing what you love and having the determination and stamina to stick with your dream.
This ain’t a 100m dash. So rest if you are tired. Get away for a week. A month. A few years even.
Just remember to return when you are ready to continue the marathon. Like Jonna did. Happier and grittier than before.