A new chapter…

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So, here we are at the end of 2018.  Another year where I didn’t finish this blog (or the baby books or purging the house or any other of a million things on my to-do list).  But, I’m starting to realize that those things aren’t really as important as I thought.  What matters most are the things I do finish and the time I spend with my family. Thank you, Jesus for helping me find my inner Elsa and “let it go…”

2018 was an EPIC year.  I felt that it would be, even in January.  It was epically hard sometimes.  Solo parenting.  Fighting thru anxiety, depression, anger, resentment.  Purging some toxic beliefs, products and…frankly, people.  It was a year of goal setting.  Of affirmations.  Of belief.  Of goal crushing.  Every bit as epic as my heart said it would be and as I sit here reflecting on it all…I can hardly believe the changes we’ve been thru and where we are heading next.  We are finished with babies…they are such little people now.  We are finished with binkies (Hallelujah for Florrie the Pacifier Fairy…grab that book on Amazon if you are fighting that uphill battle alone, mamas and papas.  You’re welcome!). We are truly and completely almost finished with DIAPERS.  WHAT!?!?@!^&*

One other thing I’m about to finish…a 20-year career in the Army.  Whoa.  Where did all that time go?  There were times when I thought I’d never make it to this point..both because of where they were sending me and because I just didn’t know if I could see it through.  This life has not been easy.  But, I’m so grateful for the opportunity it now presents.

I have certainly not relished every minute.  But I have treasured soooo many.  And, in the end, every decision I’ve made has led me here.  Married to my best friend and raising two bright, passionate, curious and loving kiddos.  About to retire and spend the rest of my days chasing these little loves (as they become not so little anymore) and pursuing my passion for helping others achieve wellness, purpose and abundance thru Young Living.  In the month of November, a business that started with little ole me and $160 for 11 bottles of oil and diffuser closed out at over 1300 members and $117,000 in sales. What even is this life?!?!

I kept hearing a common theme in my mandatory transition classes…about how retirement can be really difficult for veterans because they are “divorcing” a part of their identity.  Losing part of themselves.  And, while I admit to feeling some trepidation about that…I mean…who am I if I am not an Army Helicopter Pilot, Commander, Officer?  Yep, I’m mom and wife.  But, what about the rest?  Who is Sherri after all this time? I’m thankful that finding Young Living and a tribe of women (and men) has given me another calling…another outlet for being me…for finding me.  My story isn’t over.  Retiring is just the end of a chapter and the start of a new one.

69 days, y’all.  69 days til my ceremony.  69 days filled with doctor appointments, paperwork, movers, packing, goodbyes & transitions (command, schools, houses, friends).  69 days til I take off my uniform and start getting reacquainted with “just Sherri” again. 69 days til our next adventure begins…this life has become a favorite book that I can’t put down.  I CANNOT wait for the new chapter!