Snowstorm Reflections

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I love the snow!  Yes, I’m really tired of the cold just like everyone else, but this snowstorm is beautiful!  I’m sitting indoors today, warm and cozy in my new home, looking outside and feeling very blessed to have the life I have.

Life is about the choices you make.  I think back on some of the choices I’ve made in my past and how those choices brought me to where I am now.

I chose to take a trip to Europe in high school instead of getting a car and that trip sparked my love of travel and acceptance of cultural differences that has stayed with me throughout my life.

I chose to follow a a man in his military career, moving 6 times in 20 years.  Each time we moved I had to start over, meet new friends, build a comfortable home, take care of my children and be independent while my husband was away with work.  This has led me to be a strong, independent woman who can handle conflict and change when it happens.

I chose to be a stay at home mom even though I am a driven career person.  I was lucky enough to be able to do it financially and  I truly felt it was the right thing to do for my family.  I believe my time spent with them when they were young molded them into the successful young adults they are with independent, driven lives of their own.

I chose to get into Real Estate once my children were all in school, a career that allowed me my independence to be successful or not depending on how hard I was willing to work.  It also allowed me the freedom to travel and set my own hours.  It allowed me to be the driven career person, as well as the parent I wanted to be.

Together, my husband and I chose to move out of the marriage that wasn’t right for either one of us anymore.  We chose to put our children first and not argue or put each other down.  We were both good parents.  We chose to respect that first and to love our children above all else.

I chose to live independently for several years, raising my teen children and enjoying their successes.  I wanted to make it on my own, both financially and emotionally.  There were a few difficult years but in the end it’s about the decision to choose how to handle those difficulties.  It’s up to us to make a change, or a connection or a move.

I chose to move to Iowa for a man.  Yes, I said it.  It sounds cliche’, but in life… love and happiness are powerful things.  Isn’t that what everyone is looking for?

The choices I made in my life shaped who I am today.  They will help me make the choices I’ll need to make in the future. I’m still the driven career woman who is going to do her best to make an impact in this market.  I’m still the mom who will always love her children.  I’m still independent and love to travel.   My choices have made me who I am, where I am… and I don’t regret any of them.

All this from staring out the window at a beautiful snowfall.  🙂

Have a great day.

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