I traded my combat boots for a diaper bag. I changed from being called Airman to Mom.
Hi I’m Amanda. I am a former Air Force member who has transitioned to being a stay-at-home mom and Air Force wife. My husband and I met while attending California State University, Fresno. Since then, we have lived in New Mexico and Ohio and now California. We went from a couple to family in the summer of 2013 when our son arrived and became a family of 4 at the end of 2015 with the arrival of our second son.
Nation Building to Child Rearing
While in the Air Force I was deployed to Afghanistan on a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) where we helped with the nation building of Afghanistan. Since my degree is in Civil Engineering I had a lot to do with the missions off base and began writing letters home to tell people about my experiences. This was a fun way for me to keep people informed while I was deployed. Revisiting those stories and sharing them here helps me to remember my past life. I also hope to inform people of the work we are doing overseas. Women have long been on the front lines interacting directly with the people.
Active Duty to Diaper Duty
The military used to own my life (at least I thought it did), but somehow I remember having a lot more free time and me time before my little ones arrived. Even in the times I was sent here or there I had so many fun adventures I didn’t notice how much I was sacrificing. Now I’m knee deep in laundry and diapers. It has been an interesting change and definitely not what I expected. I have grown and learned so much these last few years about myself and people.
Uniform to Yoga Pants
I am a military spouse with a unique perspective because I spent six years of my life serving on active duty with my husband. I guess sometimes I understand the mission more even if I don’t like that it means longer hours, Temporary Duty Assignments or deployments. I also know some acronyms and military rank, but really I’m just like all the rest of the military spouses I know. Just trying to get through each day and supporting those around me. And I love the upgrade to yoga pants, way more comfortable than my military uniform.
Afghanistan to Disneyland
I love to travel and through the military I was able to go to Afghanistan. It was my first overseas trip. It was a little dangerous and stressful, but through it all doors were opened. I also met great people so I look back with more happy thoughts than negative ones. My husband and I met up on my mid-tour (break from the deployment) in New Zealand. It was an amazing experience. Currently, we live in Southern California and more often than not you can find me at Disneyland and at other classic LA tourist spots.
Text books to Parenting books
Before I left the military I got my Professional Engineering License and became a Certified Energy Manager. Those were titles I am still proud to have as accomplishments, but the further I get away from my career the more I look to gain advice and entertainment from others who are alongside me in the parenting gig. I have some books I have read and shared and others I have just enjoyed.
Combat Boots to Running Shoes
I have always led an active life. Shortly after I returned home I started doing various Beachbody programs with my husband. Not surprisingly after both of my sons were born I used that same company to help me get back in shape. I also kicked my running into high gear and have completed two half marathons since leaving the military. And if you are reading this after January of 2017…I need to come back and update it to say 3. I am also using those running shoes to chase two little boys around. I love that I am active and fit and can currently keep up with them. I can’t wait to see what adventures unfold as they continue to grow.
I want to share my life experience with you my readers (my friends). I hope the journey that I share helps inspire you in whatever you plan to accomplish.