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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.