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Exactly Where I Need to Be–2015 in Review

I’ll never forget, even after over two years have passed, the moment that I realized my entire life was about to change. It wasn’t when Justin picked orders for Gaeta, it wasn’t when when said “I do” or even when he proposed. The moment my world started shifting was during a phone call with him. I was standing in the side dining room at 12 West, just minutes away from clocking in for the dinner shift, when Justin called to tell me that he was put up for a transfer to the USS Donald Cook. The Cook, he told me, was set to move ports from Norfolk to Rota, Spain. Spain! I’m not sure if in that moment I fully accepted that he was handing me an invitation of sorts, but I knew that I loved him and that whether I went or stayed, I wasn’t going to be the same person anymore.

Fast forward, and the first scenarios played out. Justin proposed weeks later with a travel guide to Spain in hand, asking me to see the world with him. Sometime soon after our marriage, he picked his next orders to Gaeta, Italy, where we’re currently residing. Nothing about myself seems to be the same as it was that moment before I picked up my phone at the restaurant—and trust me, I’ve had a lot of time to think about who I am and where I’m headed and who I used to be. That’s what I’m choosing to take away from 2015…that no matter what happened or didn’t pan out, I’m different, my life is different, my marriage is different. I choose to see that despite any disappointments this year, change is good, because it means I’m moving forward.

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I Care About Politics Right Now and So Should You

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I’ve been bored a lot lately, especially since Justin moved back onto the Mt. Whitney where a cellphone signal goes to die. I know I could be out exploring the world and stuff, but of course I’ve found myself with my laptop and an alcoholic beverage in hand. Why would you expect any more from me? Somehow, I found myself knee deep in political news articles. It’s not a hard thing to do these days after the circus that is the 2016 Presidential Election has begun. I say “begun” but really I’m several years behind, and so are you. Why? Because you shouldn’t be voting on anyone based off of their political party. No, not at all. You should be voting on a politician based off of your beliefs and what they are doing to protect them. However, you can’t trust what a politician says about gun control, abortion, foreign policy, immigration laws, etc. based off of what they said in their last press conference. Instead, you must look at what is in black and white: their voting history.

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A Ramblers Guide to Traveling Abroad

As I’m packing for my latest Euro excursion, I’m having mini flashbacks to previous trips when I was embarrassingly unprepared. As I’m crossing off my packing check-list, I’m writing it all down for you, my readers, because I care about your wellbeing. For if your demise were to come upon you, who would be left to read my mediocre blog posts?

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