There are a few things I left the Army with, college money, my son and a love of running! I wasn't lucky enough to travel the world, aside from Mexico (2 long weekends, and a whole other blog) and Panama, I was in Texas & Georgia... The experience was good though, I made a few friends, which I still talk to today! All in all, I am glad I did it...
We can fast forward a bit, 97-04 was pretty much filled with working full-time, going to college full-time, raising Joshua on my own, and a few relationships which are not worth mentioning on my family friendly blog!
In 2004, I moved to Myrtle Beach, where the weather is warmer, snow is a special event, and the cost of living is lower! I really started running more after I moved into my new home, the neighborhood has sidewalks and bike lanes, so I was in my glory! In 2007 I ran in my first 5k race, and actually placed for my age group - that started the fire to compete. Now, I am not a really fast runner or anything, the small local races definitely give me the chance to shine... placing is a matter of who or how many in your age group show up...lol But I am back into running again, after Gabriella's birth I couldn't wait to run & now the mornings are sometimes a struggle to pull myself out of bed - I am doing pretty good though.
In the mix of my schooling a lot of other life events have happened. In May of 2008, Joshua fell from a golf cart and suffered a concussion - but thankfully was ok, three days later, I lost my father to heart failure, not my best week. Stephen and I had only been dating for about 2 months when all this happened. He was (and still is) my rock, and honestly I don't know where I would have been without him. On September 6, 2008, Stephen and I got engaged & married on May 30, 2009 and welcomed Gabriella into the world in November 2010.
Life changed pretty quickly for this chick and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!