What is your dream job? Wilderness medicine and naturalist instructor - taking adults and kids into the woods and sharing with them how to be safe and have fun.
What are three steps you plan to take to land that dream job? Increase my certifications, get lots of experience and trust/listen my intuition.
What is one thing your wished you had the courage to do? Live primitively for an extended period of time like 6 months.
What is one goal you hope to accomplish by the end of 2014? To teach at a local yoga studio.
What is the most recent goal you achieved? How did it feel to accomplish it? I have always wanted to be able to do pull ups but resided myself to it not being very possible since its common for women to not be able to do them, but just two days ago I did one pull up and it felt unbelievable! Life is limitless.
What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my dog, Koey. It makes me feel really content and appreciative when people compliment me on Koeys behavior because it has been a major challenge to learn to work with him. Our relationship has required a lot of internal and awareness work to be successful. He has been one of my greatest teachers in the reality that relationships we have are reflections of ourselves.
What advice would you give to a new military spouse? Take care of your heart first, form good communication habits and have routines of bonding and building trust and intimacy. Life is confusing and we tend to over complicate things, so my best advice and something I tell myself daily is follow your heart and speak from a place of honesty and compassion and things will sort themselves out for your happiness.
What challenges have you faced because you are a woman? We live in a patriarchal society that promotes different values as priorities for life and ultimately survival. Any challenges I have faced have been wide spread challenges for all the humans I see struggling to find their path of happiness and success. The world is unbalanced in our emphasis of masculine energy over feminine energy and you can see it in men who do not cry or choose violence over healthy emotional expression and women who mask their faces, bodies and personalities to "attract a man". The struggles I have had come more from this undervaluing of the strengths of feminine energy (compassion, nurturing, accepting, calm, details, creativity, birth, nature, etc.) and less from the fact that I am a woman.
What is the most challenging thing about being a military spouse? What is the most rewarding thing? I have had a really hard time subverting my location and career needs for my husband. It is really hard to feel like you are in a partnership that values both parties needs when one side is inflexible, illogical and last minute. The most rewarding thing has been seeing my husband achieving the skills and experience he needs to set his life up for who he wants to be. I have also really enjoyed getting to explore many corners of the country.
What is one obstacle you have faced on a personal level, as a military spouse that you would have never expected? I am not sure.
How had being a military spouse helped you grow on a personal level? Being a military spouse has taught me how to love myself first and foremost and to live with compassion for all life.
As a military spouse, I know one thing for certain, it is . . . Moving is an art form. Big plastic tupperware is essential.
My biggest fear is . . . Loosing my family.
When I grow up I want to be . . . When I grow up I want to keep being happy... :)
In 2050, I hope women are/can/have . . . : I hope that our work culture is rooted in ideas of work-life balance so that achieving life dreams and having kids and a happy marriage is a norm.
What is your legacy? My legacy is in the smiles I leave around me and a good dog.