3.31.2012

Traveling & Planning

(on layover. got to see the cherry blossoms!)

we just came back from a week long leadership seminar where my head was officially shrunk. okay, so let me back track. mm is taking command in hawaii. he's has been traveling to various military training centers to prepare for the task. during the last week of command training, the spouses are invited for a leadership course, as well.  it familiarizes us to navy resources, in addition to, leadership tools to help us become effective advisors during our husbands/wives role as commanding officer. the entire experience is geared to force the spouses to think about what role they want to play as "lead" spouse while their husbands/wives are in command. 

think, Army Wives, people! 

the idea of the course and this new "role" in my life has had me anxious for a long time. i do not see myself as the lead character on that particular show. however, can relate to the many challenges that she faces. i felt different after each activity (there were many...eight hours full for five days with HOMEWORK!). my thoughts and feelings ranged from "what have i gotten myself into," "this is 2012 and i'm no june cleaver" to "oh, i got this." they had us taking all sorts of personality tests...myers-brigg, rokeach, thomas kilman...just to name a few. each uncovered a layer of our personalities and behaviors. it was intense to say the least. we learned and shared our experiences and anxieties. it was nice to know that we don't  have the answers and that we're all in the same boat (pun intended). 

i have a lot to think about. if i play my cards right, the whole experience can be the greatest in our navy experience. each former command spouse and service member has expressed that they would trade seats with us in a heartbeat. 

so, here we go! 



13 comments:

  1. wow...in one sense it is really cool that they are investing in you and helping you before you get there...and hawaii is not a bad post....

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    1. Hawaii is never bad...the whole experience was surreal.

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  2. Wow, never heard of such a thing! Sounds interesting. Best of luck to you and the family!

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    1. I know. I usually get a blank stare from non-military when I explain the program. I always wonder what they are really thinking. Thank you. We are looking forward to Hawaii.

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  4. Sounds like the job of CO might be him being away a lot? What makes it such a good experience for people? I'm so curious.

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    1. Yes, between underways, long hours and deployment, I'm wondering the same thing. However, we are looking forward to Hawaii, though.

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  5. Oh boy! This sounds like it would have my head spinning. I like your June Cleaver comment. ;) I don't know how wives survive in the military. Seriously. So much time away from the husbands. My husband is in construction and worked for 7 months in Denver when Max was two and a half - oh my I was a mess. I think I survived because I knew it was short-term.
    I suppose you will be up to your eyeballs in planning!

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    1. Hahaha...You better believe it!

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  6. These shots are so creative! I am in LOVE with the ones taken from inside the plane. I agree with Andrea----your awesome to do it all when your man is away!

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  7. First off, I love your airplane photos. And secondly, wow, what a experience. I think I would be overwhelmed too. But so very cool that they give you the opportunity to be taught, and then lead.

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  8. Wow , what an opportunity. Just think of all the wonderful photo's and the children will love it.
    The thing with the military is that the life is it's own little microcosm and if you're not careful , you can lose your own identity. There will always be wives who live their lives through their husband's importance and not just in the military.
    Keep your individualism and enjoy the ride. Looking forward to the continuing adventures - maybe there's a book in this somewhere ?
    Enjoy x

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  9. Jan, thank you for your kind words, wisdom and encouragement.

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Thank you.