Bloom Where You Are Planted

Happy New Year! In early November we packed up our apartment in Kingsville, TX and headed to our new command in Lemoore, CA. I have never been so happy to leave a place and truly hope we never have to go back. Now we are only a few hours from my family and the place we met. I can’t wait to visit all our old favorite places and find some new ones too. We’ve already been to Joshua Tree, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Sausalito and Carmel in the past couple of months. I’m really happy to be back in California and am looking forward to this new year. Josh should have nine months to a year of training here in the F-18 and then we will find out if there will be another move for us this year or if Lemoore is our long (ish) term home. 

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the saying “bloom where you are planted” and what it would look like for me to do that. I feel like I have never quite been able to grasp or put it into practice in my own life. I am always looking to the next thing, the next year, the next job, or the next move. I have lived in many places but I don’t feel like I have bloomed in many places. I do think that one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to make this moment our own. To not think about the future or how we will be happy when ‘x’ happens. To figure out our strengths and use them where we are right now. And that’s one of my goals for this year.

I often feel like I don’t belong in the place that I am in currently. I’m a military wife but I don't agree with war and I believe that education and opportunity are stronger motivators than guns. I knew nothing about the military or what it was like to be in it before I met Josh. I’m learning that sometimes we are put in exactly the places we never thought we wanted to be and don’t know why until much later. I’m still waiting on my why. In the meantime, I’m thankful for this adventurous and unexpected life that I never knew I wanted and am learning how I can bloom here, in this place I never imagined I would be.