How time flies! I can honestly say, life got the best of me for the last couple of years. My intent was there, my time was not, and like I have done many times, I over extended myself. Scroll ahead a very short 4 years and I am now retired from the military. Transitioning during COVID has been nothing less than interesting. One day I was serving my country the next day I was a Veteran...no fanfare, no parties. Heck, I'm 6 months out and do not even have my retirement certificate.
Ahhh COVID, you've outdone yourself on so many levels.
I was blessed to be in a situation where I could take time off and just breathe...and that is exactly what I have done for the last 6 months. I've painted rocks, read, meditated, soul searched, gardened, walked dogs, exercised, had family time, wrote a book with my daughter (be on the watch...it's coming out soon) and did what people kept telling me...just be.
Now I am starting to get curious again. I only know a few things...1) I want to continue to serve in some capacity, 2) I don't want a boss, 3) I don't want a 9-5 job. The rest, well that is what I am working on. My focus is building a community to help people transition as smoothly as possible. Books are one method. The second one is in the collecting data phase. The next steps are in progress. Here's to new adventures I look forward to sharing with all of you!
Life has a crazy way of flying by at warped speed. So much has happened and I haven't keep you all informed. It's been all can do to hold on over the past year. But nonetheless, I'm working hard to play catch up.
So...where to begin? The book has been out for just over a year! I have met so many amazing personalities and connected with service members, veterans, family members, entrepreneurs and those that just want to do their part to support their veterans. The stories are too much to put in this small spot. But I'm starting a blog in the very near future to share transition tips and stories with all of you.
Here's the big items I can summarize:
1. The book is now a second edition
2. The Ebook is available for pre-order
3. The audiobook will soon be finished
4. I have a second book outlined and if all goes right will be picked up by a publishing company.
Lots more to follow!
Military Day at the annual Case Manager Society of America (CMSA). Great turn out for the event and the book signing! This is Tony. He is a prior veteran that has overcome numerous adversities in his life. After a very rough transition he found his calling as a military liaison at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital in San Antonio, TX. He is a mentor/big brother/dad/friend to the military guys and gals needing direction and hope. Keep rocking you Tony!
It was a pretty exciting weekend for us! We had a good turn out for the Randolph book signing. These guys in the picture were my biggest fans. :) (The tiniest one is extra, but we adore her too!) The count down is on...3 days until the official release!