Tara Crooks
Limitless Contributor

USAA recently presented our community with the six word challenge. What if you had to tell your life story in six words? Could you do it? That was a question I asked myself. There are many things that I thought about when choosing my six words. I thought about who I was as a person, and I thought about my history and how I would describe my life to someone who didn't know me.


I am a daughter and a granddaughter. I am a sister. I am an aunt, a cousin, and a friend. I am a wife. I am a mama. I am a military spouse. I am an author. I am a speaker. I am an entrepreneur. I am a leader. I am an animal lover.


- What makes you, YOU?


I married my high school sweetheart, and I am blessed that he turned out to be perfect for me. I love to snuggle with my girls. My favorite color is red. I value true friendships. I am outgoing. I love primitive decor. I don't like politics. I am funny. I am a clean freak. I can be too honest. I am a hard worker. I love to cook. I like to entertain. I like to stay up late. I absolutely detest fixing my hair (though you'd never know it). I think people should ask more questions. I love people who make me laugh. I love grilled cheese. I am a planner. I like the aisle seat in an airplane. I love Christmas. I can remember numbers really well; I am not so good with names.


- Who are you when no one else is watching?


When my life seems chaotic, I clean first. I am a big kid at heart. I don't like it when my husband works late. I love to play board games. I think everyone should work customer service at least once. I like to help people who try to help themselves. I think people should take responsibility for their actions. I believe the internet to be one of the greatest inventions.


- What is your history?


I have a childhood of which I choose not to recall particular memories. But the ones I do, those associated with my grandparents, have lit my path. I have lived through many battles and "climbed" many obstacles.


My life is nothing like I had it planned. I sometimes surprise myself at how incredibly strong (and even flexible) I can be when I need to. I secretly hope I am never faced with an insurmountable challenge. I do not like defeat.

I believe my life is a result of a series of choices. Some were mine, some were others. Ultimately the way it is today is because of challenges and celebrations of the past.


My six words: You Have Many Choices. Choose Joy.