Goodbye 2018, hello awesomeness

Happy New Years my peoples!

Here we are, one more trip around the sun complete heading into the dawn of a brilliant new year.

We haven’t traveled much since the accident, so I haven’t posted much here. This year has been full of ups and downs. I would really like to go back to that farm this coming Summer, but Iowa and Colorado are calling my name. Don’t ask about Florida. I’m not coming back, people. Like, ever.

I started back to school in September and am on track to complete my Bachelors in Communications by this time next year. When finished I plan to go for my Masters. School itself is easy so long as I can control the flow. Southern New Hampshire University has worked well for me by allowing me to take four classes at a time.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I am on the right track. I still want to be everything, but White House Communications Director sounds like a good start. In the current administration, I could surely last for 45 days or so.

I halted my job search earlier this year in favor of education and experience. The number of jobs here was less than desirable and with the time we have left at this duty station, the money wouldn’t have been worth the loss in experience and networking I am getting in my field of study through my volunteer position.

One of the jobs I would like to have at some point is a conflict photojournalist. It would have to be when the kids get older though. I would settle for travel photographer and blogger, but I’m thinking my later retirement years for that one. Monetizing a blog or travel photography is difficult. In any case, I would like to travel more next year so I can write about it. My travel blogs tend to be my best performing and the ones I enjoy writing the most.

Mark has another year down as a Drill Sergeant, with one more left to go. We are considering Washington D.C. for our next duty station. It isn’t Colorado, but it will prepare us professionally and financially for when we eventually make it back home. That cabin in the mountains isn’t going to buy itself.

If we can get there, it will be a good break for him as an infantryman, and I can’t think of a better place to jump-start my career. I am about 10 years behind Mark professionally, so the sooner I start, the sooner I inch towards retirement.

The kids are doing well. We were hoping Emily’s high school career wouldn’t be broken up, but the Army had other plans. We are all okay with it, Fort Leonard Wood has stolen a part of our hearts and the people we have met during this short chapter make it easy to stay.

Next year, my main focus will be school and professional development so I can secure a job prior to arriving at our new duty station. My plan is to soak up as much information as I can from any resource I can find. I’m working on two books right now as well. One is a poetry book and the other a lifestyle guide. Hopefully, I can get them together by the end of next year.

I had some hard times and some excellent times over the last year, but I always count the fact that I am on this side of the ground as a win. I’m looking forward to next year and beyond as these are exciting times in my life. Good things are coming, I can feel it.

Happy New Years to you and yours.

Amanda

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