Catalyst Women: The Decision is Ours

Today I get to highlight an incredible woman who is a wonderful mom to three amazing girls and an active, supportive wife to a solider.  Yolanda has become a dear friend of mine; one who I can volunteer beside for endless hours, talk on the phone and laugh over silly daily activities and share dialogue over real life dreams and challenges.  I am thrilled to learn from her insight and share it with you!

When heading to a new location, how do you get connected and meet new people?

I tend to try to get involved and volunteer at my children’s schools and with the Family Readiness Group through my husband’s new unit. I also seek out a good church home where I can connect and meet other Christian women. Additionally, I hang outside with my children in hopes of meeting new neighbors who prove to be valuable resources about the community.

How do you re-charge and pace yourself in a busy and unpredictable lifestyle?

I re-charge with chocolate and prayer! Both soothe and comfort me and help me cope with the ever-changing military lifestyle. I also hate to admit it, but, I watch some reality TV, which with all the chaos on those shows, makes me feel as if my life is pretty calm.

What aspects, programs or benefits have you come to enjoy about the military life?

An aspect or benefit of military life I have come to enjoy is the opportunity to see so much of the world. Traveling and living in different states and countries has been wonderful. I have learned and grown so much by being fortunate to make new friends, learn about different cultures and broaden my horizon.

I also enjoy military discounts at my favorite retail stores. 🙂

How do you find encouragement and inspiration?

I find encouragement and inspiration from three sources: 1.) The Bible and my faith in God, 2.) my parents, and 3.) my husband.

By reading God’s Word, I draw strength to conquer daily challenges knowing the Lord will never leave me nor forsake me. I also talk to my parents daily. They are great sources of encouragement, support and wisdom. They provide me with the perspective I need to keep my priorities straight. Last, but not least, I draw inspiration from my husband. He encourages me to pursue my own individual goals and dreams.

What is one thing you would like to learn or accomplish this year?

I would love to take better care of myself by eating properly and exercising. I would like to develop a daily workout plan that I stick to so I can live my best life and to, prayerfully, be able to see my girls grow up.

If a new military spouse walked up to ask for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give your best suggestions, what would they be?

Military life can be all-consuming. I would tell that new military spouse not to lose herself or himself – who s/he is, what s/he believes in, his/her dreams and desires- as s/he adapts to life as a military spouse. Maintaining one’s individuality is crucial to one’s happiness and being able to positively contribute to the lives of one’s family members.

I would also tell them to never forget that it really is an honor and a privilege to be a military spouse.

Anything else you would like to add?

Military life is a mixed bag. It can be the best of times and the worst of times – the decision is ours. You have to chose to turn the negatives into positives and to make the experience worthwhile. Let’s continue to band together through wonderful web sites and services such as this one. We can be the change we want to see.

Thank you Yolanda for leading well and being a great example to so many!

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