Goals for the Year 2018

This is the third year in a row I’ve made New Year Resolutions. I started back in 2016 (see my 2016 resolutions and 2017 resolutions) and was so impressed with how successful it was, I kept on doing it. Without my yearly and quarterly reviews, I wouldn’t accomplish half of these goals. Rose Colored Water has been instrumental in what I achieve every year, and even if I never posted, the check-ins alone would keep me going.

This year, I decided to stop calling them resolutions and start calling them goals. My plans and desires are not resolutions by definition. A resolution is something you “resolve” to do. My goals are more than just things I am resolving to do. I could resolve to eat better, but I would rather make a specific goal to cut out dairy three days a week.

See what I mean?

2018 Goals | Rose Colored Water

For 2018, I made concrete goals I can take specific steps to reach. Plus, most require a lot of work and aren’t dedicated to making me a better person. I am not trying to lose weight, eat better, or pursue minimalism. This year, I need to get things done. If I don’t, other parts of my life will rearrange and change course.

CAREER

There are very specific career goals I have in the Air Force, and I hope to complete all of them in 2018. I’ve mentioned it before, but if I don’t get into nursing school, then I can’t apply to the NECP. That will mean another year of waiting for the next cycle to open again. There’s also the possibility that I will get into a nursing program, but not into the NECP. My goals extend past my acceptance into that program.

1. Get into nursing school.

I am applying to five programs, but two of those may fall through before I can finish their application. I will update you as things develop. Acceptance into nursing school means I can move forward with my application to nursing school.

2. Get into the NECP.

Once I am accepted into nursing school, I will move forward with applying to the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program. If I don’t get into the NECP or can’t apply, this goal will roll over to next fall where I will reapply.

If I don’t get into nursing school or the NECP, I plan on hopping into a few more college courses (pathophysiology, general chemistry II, and medical terminology) to increase my chances and gain more educational experience.

3. Score a 90 on my PT test.

Typically I take my test in October. However, if I get into the NECP, it is highly recommended I test in June or July so my testing cycle falls during summer sessions (less going on and more time to prep). I have never scored below a 90, and I don’t plan on starting now.

4. Make Staff Sergeant (E-5) first time.

I will become an E-4 (Senior Airman) just in time to test for the rank of E-5 (Staff Sergeant). Staff Sergeants are given more responsibility and take on supervisory roles and responsibilities. I want to make E-5 the first time because it comes with a big pay increase and I would finally be the same rank as many other people my age. That’s the tough part about enlisting at an older age. I believe I am ready for that position and hope to have a positive impact in my work center.

If I don’t make it this year, I will have to wait another year to test. If I don’t get into the NECP, it would be horrible for me if I didn’t make this rank the first time. Talk about feeling like a failure…

5. Volunteer 100 hours at the hospital.

I volunteer in the emergency department at a local hospital, so over the next year, I would like to gain at least 100 hours. This provides invaluable experience for me and looks great when applying to nursing school.

LIFESTYLE

These are the general goals I want to accomplish in 2018. They aren’t necessarily important to anyone but me, but I place them high on my priorities.

1. Take one big trip.

Hopefully, this trip will be a big move to wherever I get into nursing school, but if that falls through, I would like to take a real vacation. I want to go somewhere I haven’t been so I can forget about my problems.

2. Move closer to work.

As you may already know, last year I moved to be closer to my husband’s (now ex) work. This increased my commute time from 30 minutes to more than an hour each way. Now that I am divorced, I can move back to the area I lived before – shortening my commute time, increasing my happiness, and reducing my expenses.

I will have to give up my two bedroom lifestyle because my roommate is PCS’ing in April and I move in March. There is no one else available to live with right now, so I think it’s best for me to downsize and sell some stuff. This will help with some of the debt pay-off and improve my minimalist mindset.

3. Read my entire 2018 book list.

Every year, I make a reading list. This year, I am attempting to read 39 books. It’s an audacious goal, but some of these books are from my 2016 and 2017 lists. Check out this page to see all my book reviews as I work through the list this year.

4. Make intentional purchases.

I hope to spend very little money in 2018, but I also want to create a space that feels cozy and minimal. Right now, I still feel my home has too many odds and ends. Reducing the amount of stuff (furniture, random knick-knacks, etc.) will create a much quieter, peaceful environment.

I’m going to continue purging old things I’ve found in dumpsters (literally) and start saving up for specific furniture and decor pieces I’d like to have. Check out my Home Decor Pinterest board to see some of my minimalist style wants.

FINANCIAL

1. Pay my debt down to $40,000.

I have about $60,000 in debt. This is scattered across credit cards and student loans. Paying off $20,000 on my salary is going to be tough, especially since I will be living alone. However, I’m dedicating 2018 to the biggest, most bodacious, nearly unachievable goals.

If I can put an additional $1000-$2000 a month towards my regular debt payments, I can achieve this goal with the help of other things. Paying down my debt to $40,000 would be ALMOST as good as getting into the NECP.

Below are some goals that will help put more money towards my debt.

2. Refund my extended warranty on my car.

I admit it. Buying the extended warranty for my GMC Terrain was a decision made out of fear. It felt like the right thing to do to reassure myself. Now that I’m trying to cut my expenses and find some loose cash, the warranty must go. I’ve never needed it, and with a healthy emergency fund, I will be able to handle anything that comes my way.

The fine print reassured me that even if I did need to use it, they would find a way to not honor it. So… through a bunch of hassle and letters, I will attempt to get back the pro-rated amount left over on this extended warranty. It will go right back into paying this car off.

3. Pay off my car.

Of the $20,000 I want to pay off this year, my car is the first priority. I am still underwater on it and it is the biggest payment I have. I hope to pay it off in full by September.

4. Switch to the Blended Retirement System and get my employer match.

As of January 1st, a new retirement system is available for military members. I won’t go into details here, but I’ve decided to opt-in to this plan, which will now include a 5% employer match to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). I want to continue contributing 10% into my TSP, so now it will be like I’m putting in 15%. Pretty dope, right? Once I pay off more debt, I’ll increase my contributions.

5. Reach $5000 in my emergency fund.

That ever-elusive $5000 I’ve been trying to save is finally going to happen. Honestly, I’d rather have this sitting in my bank account than paying down the debt to $40000. I want to feel secure financially, and this is the most important way to achieve that.

BLOGGING

1. Monetize Rose Colored Water.

Last summer, I said that monetizing my blog was a priority and I wanted to make $500 a month by the end of 2017. This was also around the same time I decided to end my marriage. Everything blog-related was put on the back-burner and I vowed to eventually get back to it. This is the year. I am still keeping the goals of making $500/month on the blog by the end of 2018. Through affiliate marketing and ads (possibly), monetizing my blog will help me reach the goal of paying $40,000 in debt off by the end of the year.


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2. Retake/Finish the Making Sense of Cents Affiliate Marketing Course.

I started this course back in April 2017 and never completed it (for the same reason as above). After May, I really want to dig back into this course and get to work on affiliate marketing and optimizing my posts.

3. Publish 10 posts a month.

I have not wanted to blog for a long time, but I am dedicated to growing my site and helping others. This year, I hope to publish at least 10 posts a month. This will require me to re-motivate myself and work through my lack of inspiration. I have a ton of ideas and drafts; I just can’t bring myself to write them. This is my year though. I’m going to make it happen.

4. Finish re-optimizing my blog posts.

This is something I worked fervently on last spring, but fell to the wayside when all my life changes happened. I hope to continue this and finish making all my blog posts beautiful with Pin-worthy images.

These are big goals for the year, but I believe I can accomplish a lot of them if I stay motivated, excited, and energized. Many of my friends are PCS’ing this year, so I will be spending more time indoors (alone, sadly). The positive side to this, if I don’t get into the NECP, is that I will be able to put more time into reading and blogging.

What are your goals for the year?

A Final Review of 2017’s Resolutions

Woo boy… 2017 was a real humdinger. Let’s talk a little bit about my original goals set back in January 2017. I had such big plans, but it all went crazy when I had to move and got divorced, etc. My entire life transformed into something I never expected. A majority of my 2017 resolutions weren’t relevant after May.

That meant adjusting and tackling the changes head on.

Quarterly Review #4 | Rose Colored Water

1. Pay off the cars.

This did not happen. My financial life somewhat fell apart in the latter part of this year. I won’t recap the whole situation, but you can read about the third quarter to learn how my finances went crazy after the divorce. I have moved a lot of debt around to pay the least amount of interest possible. This is working well, and I have a positive outlook for 2018.

My big financial goal for 2018 is to pay off the Terrain and my USAA credit card. I wasn’t able to pay the Terrain down to $11000, but it is under the $14000 mark. I know I can pay it off in 2018.

2. Buy a house.

The house is a no-go. The housing market is out of control here and I am glad we didn’t buy. That would have made the divorce a lot more complicated.

3. Finish my CCAF.

Got it! I finished the HR course at Community College of Aurora, and as soon as the credits transfer, it will be official. I am really excited to have it out of the way.

4. Earn A’s in my nursing pre-reqs.

Yassssss! I am finished with my nursing prerequisites and I earned A’s in all of them!

5. Complete my 2017 reading list.

FAIL. However, I did make some great progress on my list over the Christmas break. You can read all my book reviews here.  I have big plans for 2018. I’m setting the highest goal yet, plus trying to catch up on all the years I failed (hello 2016 and 2017 leftovers). I think my time for reading will increase, especially if I don’t get into the NECP.

6. Be smarter with my time.

The last six months were not great for time management. Still, I think 2017 as a whole was successful. I tried to live with intention and purge unnecessary items.

7. Take one big vacation with Mike.

Mike and I took a trip for our anniversary in May, but it was in the midst of me wanting a divorce, so it wasn’t great.

Check out my review of Roswell and the International UFO Museum and Research Center.

8. Purge more junk.

I’m about purged out. There’s little else I can purge. I’ve actually been addressing my wardrobe situation and making a point to buy high quality, classic pieces. It’s been a healthy transition.

9. Get a 90 on my PT test.

I got a 94.7! Now I do not have to test again until next October!

10. Spend more time outdoors.

This was a win. I spent a lot of time outdoors this year, and it was great.

That was my year. 2017 is a wrap. Soon, I’ll be making my goals for 2018 and I can’t wait to share them with you! How was your year?

Air Force NECP AY 2018 Requirements + What I’ve Been Doing

Air Force NECP requirements 2018 | Rose Colored Water

You guys… It’s finally here. The time to apply to the NECP is upon us! I have been talking about this for almost two years, and it’s finally happening. I haven’t been around much because the last two years were spent preparing for this.

Air Force NECP requirements 2018 | Rose Colored Water

Changes to the NECP Application

First, let me spin you up on some recent NECP changes. This was the first time in more than five years that AFPC looked at the requirements, deciding an overhaul was needed. Unfortunately, some of the things I hoped to see change didn’t, but some limiting factors were removed. The two biggest changes were the removal of prerequisites from the NECP application and the addition of a video interview.

For example, the NECP once required you to complete certain courses that most nursing schools required. If you were accepted to a nursing school that didn’t require a course required by the NECP, you had to get a waiver and have an academic advisor submit a letter stating it was not required for the program. Now, whatever the school requires is fine with the NECP, as long as the school fulfills all other requirements (AFROTC, under $15k/year, CCNE or ACEN accreditation, under 24 month completion).

Previously, a 250 word essay was required with the application. A 2-minute video interview has replaced that. Thankfully, you have the questions prior to doing the interview, and it will be submitted with the package. It is NOT a live interview. I can only assume they have added this to see if their applicants are professional and look the part that they will be playing (a.k.a. officers).

Schools I Applied For

Over the last four months, I have been applying to numerous colleges and taking the steps needed to gain regular admission to them. I plan on applying to five schools because I don’t want my chances at the NECP to be ruined because I didn’t get into a nursing program.

1. University of West Florida | Pensacola, FL

Everyone I know applies to UWF because they know all about the NECP and set aside slots specifically for military students. They are super military friendly and require more than just a great GPA. I had to take the ATI TEAS Nursing Exam for entrance into this school, and the minimum score to apply is 75%. I made a 77%. I will be taking the TEAS again in January after some much needed studying of anatomy and physiology. UWF also has some additional things you can do to increase your chances of admission, like volunteering and taking additional courses. To ensure the odds are ever in my favor, I will begin volunteering in the emergency services department at a local hospital at the end of December.

2. University of South Florida | Tampa, FL

South Florida is another school that everyone trying for the NECP applies to. This is for the same reason they apply to UWF — they know about the NECP and are very military friendly. USF only requires a high cumulative and prerequisite GPA, plus an in-person interview. I would love to get into USF because I have a friend down there (who met me via my Air Force posts) and because I love the ocean. I wish there was more I could do to increase my chances of acceptance here.

3. University of Memphis | Memphis, TN

I consider University of Memphis my safety school. I wouldn’t mind going there because they have an accelerated program for students that already have Bachelor’s degrees. Admission into accelerated programs is tough, but it has a smaller applicant pool than traditional nursing programs. Memphis is closer to home as well, so that’s a plus. Fewer people apply to this school. They are not as familiar with the NECP, though they do know of it.

4. New Mexico State University | Las Cruces, NM

Believe it or not, NMSU is another school I would love to get into, but also has some steeper requirements. They require the HESI nursing exam, and you must score a minimum of 75% on all components to apply. This makes me nervous based on how I did with the ATI TEAS, because my science score was LOW. Still, I am studying hard and will be taking the HESI in January. I have a bit of an infatuation with New Mexico after my road trip in May. It truly is the Land of Enchantment!

5. Eastern Kentucky University | Richmond, KY

EKU is military friendly and understands the NECP requirements, however, I just decided to apply here a few days ago. Their application process is rigorous, involving a resume, essay, three letters of reference, and a high GPA. I didn’t want to deal with all that and all my end of semester projects, but then I realized that the applicant pool for this program is also smaller. They have an accelerated program that I believe I have a great shot getting into if I can gather the proper materials in time. Plus, Kentucky is beautiful and also close to home. This will take a little extra work, but I believe it will be worth it.

Other Stuff

I submitted my “Intent to Apply” email this week. The rest of the application is due in March 2018. If I do get accepted to the program, I will find out in May 2018 and PCS around July to whichever school I was accepted to. If I don’t get into a nursing school, all is lost for this year’s application.

I can handle the blow of not getting into the NECP my first time, but I cannot handle not getting into nursing school. However, I will absolutely apply to nursing school and the NECP again next year if not accepted.

I also plan on reenlisting for another four years if I am not accepted within the next two. I want to give myself several chances to commission, as I will have many opportunities to try for the NECP in the upcoming years.

In just a few days, my final semester of prerequisites will be complete and I can spend the rest of the year studying for those two vital nursing exams. Then, while focusing on applying to the NECP, I will also begin studying for Staff Sergeant. If I don’t get into the NECP, I definitely want to make the next rank. I will be sewing on Senior Airman in late January, making the cut-off for Staff Sergeant eligibility by the hairs of my chin.

That is the gist of what’s going on so far. While school is ending, there is little time for me to relax. Things just keep moving forward, and I am very excited to see where 2018 takes me. For better or worse, I am staying optimistic.

Anything exciting going on with you?

Quarterly Review #3 | 2017 Resolutions

Quarterly Review #3 | Rose Colored Water

This is such an odd post to write because many of my resolutions for the year have changed since separating from my husband. It’s kind of like an awkward dinner party. “How was your anniversary trip to New Mexico, Liz?” Me: “Oh… It was… swell – even though hubs and I were in the middle of ending our relationship. Ha. Ha ha.”

Bwah, bwah, bwaaaaaaaah… Awkward.

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But yeah. Life Goals. In January 2017, I made some hefty goals for myself. A.K.A. 2017 New Year’s Resolutions. It’s one of my most favorite times of year because everything seems possible. Some of my resolutions have been total failures, and I know they won’t be successful, even though I still have three months to complete them. Still, I have been successful in other goals, and some have been dodged bullets.

Let’s review below.

Quarterly Review #3 | Rose Colored Water

1. Pay off the cars.

Ha. Not happening. What a complete failure. Not only am I stuck with my husband’s truck bill (which I have actually reduced to about $5000), but I have made little progress on my Terrain. Ain’t it fun paying two car payments when you only own one of them? I really wrecked myself on that deal.

Anywho, we’ll say the truck loan sits at $5000 on a 0% credit card, and my Terrain sits at $15,275 at 4.95%. At the beginning of 2017, I owed around $9k on the truck and $17k on the SUV. So, I guess it hasn’t been a total failure. That being said, neither is being paid off this year. My goal over the next three months is to pay more on my Terrain because its value is around $11,000. There is a good chance I can get the loan down to its actual worth by the end of the year, but it will take sacrifice and planning on my part.

2. Buy a house.

I made no secret that the housing market in Denver is insane. We did not buy a house and what a blessing that has been. I can’t imagine how difficult my divorce would be if there was such a massive asset and debt to contend with. This was the dodged bullet I spoke about.

3. Finish my CCAF.

I took a DANTES management course to fulfill 3 of the 6 credits I need to finish my CCAF. Unfortunately, I took another DANTES test to fulfill the remaining three and failed. There is hope for me though. I can sign up for a management course through CCA, the college I take my pre-reqs at. This would be an accelerated 8-week course. I could finish my degree before the end of 2017. However, it will put more pressure on me as I am already in Microbiology and have a lot on my plate applying to nursing school and the NECP. I may let this goal slide until the beginning of next year.

4. Earn A’s in my nursing pre-reqs.

YES. Every course I’ve taken this year has resulted in an A. Microbiology may be the death of me though. I believe it will be the one that got away. Still, I am proud of myself on this.

5. Complete my 2017 reading list.

Reading for fun isn’t happening for me anymore. If it’s not on audiobook through my library, I can’t seem to make time to read it. I have two books on my shelf that are on my reading list, and I just can’t sit down to read them. This is the problem with being in college. Also… fun reading for me goes in waves. I burn out quickly. I was on fire the first half of 2017, but the last half has me dragging. Maybe over Christmas break?

6. Be smarter with my time.

This resembles my reading list. The first six months of 2017, I killed it. Then my divorce happened and non-important things (like reading) fell by the wayside.

It is essential that I rekindle my time management tempo because the next three months are going to be intense. There is much to do in a short period of time, and I cannot dally.

7. Take one big vacation with Mike.

See awkward introduction paragraph. 

I did take a big trip with Mike. It just wasn’t as fun as it should have been. Still, we made some memories and I gained a deep love for the enchanted land of New Mexico. This trip to New Mexico was eye-opening and cheap. I planned on writing more posts about what we visited, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Do check out my review of Roswell and the International UFO Museum and Research Center.

8. Purge more junk.

I’m about purged out. There’s little else I can purge. I’ve actually been addressing my wardrobe situation and making a point to buy high quality, classic pieces. It’s been a healthy transition.

9. Get a 90 on my PT test.

My PT test is October 11. I’m on track to get a 90 and be set for another year. I’ll let you know how it goes.

10. Spend more time outdoors.

It’s been in the low 40’s to high 70’s in Denver. Fall is officially here and I am drinking it up. Note: I hate pumpkin spice lattes. Still, it has been beautiful as the days fluctuate between cloudy, dreary, and perfect blue skies. I have had all the windows open with fresh air and light shining in. Motley and I go out a lot, so I hope the weather doesn’t become too frigid too soon.

Am I a failure? Not quite. Things could be better, but they could be worse. The money is flowing; my friends are supportive; I’m healthy and happy. Life is good. Cheers to the last three months. Let’s kill it. 

How are your goals going? 

Two Years Down | The Air Force Changed My Life

Two Years In - How Joining the Air Force has Changed my Life. Could it change yours too? | Rose Colored Water #airforce #military #lifegoals

Two years ago, I went to MEPS with one backpack full of stuff and a fear I could not quell. On that day, I embarked on a journey that transformed my life. Since April 2015, I have written why I enlisted in the Air Force, my experience at Basic Training, my first duty station, and my decision to pursue a commission through the Nurses Enlisted Commissioning Program *NECP*.

Two years in, I can say with confidence that joining the Air Force was the best decision of my life.

Two Years In - How Joining the Air Force has Changed my Life. Could it change yours too? | Rose Colored Water #airforce #military #lifegoals

My First Year in the Air Force

My first year in the Air Force changed the core of my entire being. Basic Military Training was one of the hardest challenges I have ever endured. The military will break you down so they can build you back up again. While the Air Force may not be as harsh on you as other branches, Basic Training still pushes you to your limits.

I survived Basic Military Training, but I bawled myself to sleep for the first two weeks. I wanted to go home and questioned every life decision I had made up to that point. On graduation day, I was the strongest, smartest, and proudest version of myself. I felt invincible.

Then they sent us off to technical school and I felt lost all over again. We had to learn a new schedule and adjust to longer work hours. Many of us wanted to go back to Basic! Even though it was tough and tiring, I adjusted and started learning how to be a Client Systems Technician (3D1X1). Talk about riding the struggle bus! Computers aren’t really my thing, but I can catch on quickly. The learning blocks were tough, but I managed.

Security+ | The Real Test

My biggest fear was passing the ultimate test – Security+. This is a civilian certification that typically requires two years’ experience in the IT field, and we, among other communication career fields, were expected to pass it after two weeks of training. We were offered another chance to take the test if we failed, but we would face additional time at technical school in Biloxi, Mississippi, as well as attending the class again.

Most of us failed our first time. Thank heavens, I did not. I worked my butt off to learn the material – studying for three hours a night and most of my weekends. I also started prepping a month before we were expected to take the class. When I passed (with a relatively good score), I was elated. With a first-time pass, I was able to go home the very next day. Driving back to St. Louis in my civilian clothes never felt so liberating!

My First PCS: Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado

After stopping home to pick up Mots and make sure things were good for our move, I headed on to Colorado. Again, I was thrown into a whole new world. I was terrified to be in the operational Air Force. For five months, I had been told when to eat, sleep, work, study, etc. I had to build another routine, while also looking for a place to live in a huge new city.

Fortunately, the Air Force teaches you how to handle stress. Even though I was scared, I was excited and confident in my new-found freedom and career. Not to mention, I no longer felt stressed about money. I’ll skip the details of when my husband moved to Colorado, but let’s just say – everything was difficult and I stressed about money again.

Upon arriving at my first duty station, I felt overwhelmed by all of my options. Should I pursue my Master’s? Should I try for a different Bachelor’s degree? Could I commission? By the end of my first year in the Air Force, I had a plan to pursue a commissioning through the Nurses Enlisted Commissioning Program, and I started taking courses to make that dream happen.

Two Years Into My Enlistment

The next year was spent taking pre-requisites and learning my job as a CST. I also started developing stronger relationships with the people around me. Some of my closest friends came to me through the Air Force. It is a family environment and you can’t help falling in love with the people.

It was also in the second year that I began questioning some of my life decisions. The Air Force gave me new confidence in my ability to make smart decisions, and also showed me what I truly value in my life. It sounds cheesy, but when you start growing and maturing, you begin to care less about what people think and how they will respond to your life choices.

One of my favorite quotes is from a Bill Murray movie called Lost in Translation. It goes like this:

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”

This has become a creed for me. It is what I live by. The Air Force has taught me who I am and who I want to be. This transition started around October of last year. It was when I realized my marriage wasn’t working. I also realized I wasn’t giving myself enough credit.

The Crazy Stuff

It was in the second year that I thought it would be a great idea to buy a house with my spouse (like that rhyme?). Thank heavens everything involving the home-buying process fell through and we gave up on the hunt. Unfortunately, because the house fell through, I moved to Westminster, Colorado to help cut my husband’s commute in half. This was a poor decision on my part, and it has absolutely impacted my life negatively.

This past year also brought on the competition for Senior Airman Below-the-Zone. Unfortunately, I did not win, but I was runner-up and lost by a 1/2 point. A good friend of mine won, so I wasn’t too upset, but it still sucked. The board said it was one of the hardest choices they’ve had to make for BTZ in the last several cycles. More on what BTZ is and how to stand-out in a future post.

After losing BTZ, I felt relief that I could begin focusing on what really mattered – my grades and prepping for the NECP. That has been my #1 goal from the start.

How Have I Changed?

Twenty-five year old me is a completely different person than twenty-seven year old me. You wouldn’t even recognize us if we stood side by side. I am bolder, stronger, smarter, and more motivated than ever before. Even though I was always a go-getter, I am better at pursuing what I want.

I owe much of what I have today to the Air Force and the support of my family and friends. My well-being has increased tenfold since I enlisted.

What’s Next for Year 3?

The two biggest goals I have for my third year of enlistment are getting into nursing school and the NECP, and making Staff Sergeant (E-5) my first try. So far, both are on the right track, but I am preparing myself for anything. First, I must be accepted into a nursing program. That will determine if I can apply for the NECP. If I don’t get in, at least I can study hard for Staff testing and look forward to (hopefully) promoting.

I will also be moving when my lease is up at my current apartment complex. My lease will not end until March 18′, but I’ll jumping for joy when that time comes!

Year 3 has potential to be the most life-changing.

Could the Air Force Change Your Life Too?

And that, my friends, is the whole story. Never in my wildest dreams… Life is different. I’ve weathered some amazing and horrific storms since my enlistment began, but it has been 100% worth it.

If you are looking for a change in your life, and you are under the age of 39, the Air Force could be exactly what you’re looking for. I promote it so highly because it has changed my life. The Air Force isn’t for everyone, but it can definitely be the change you need when you feel lost and at the end of your rope. 

If you have questions, please feel free to email or comment. I respond to every email on this topic, even if it takes a while.