Today I recognize the day I celebrated my 18th birthday so many years ago. I landed at the Frankfurt airport and spent the night at the U.S. military equivalent of a hotel in Heidelberg, Germany with my family. My father was stationed there for 3 years. I stayed an additional 3 1/2 years, lived in a Germany community off post, finished my degree with University of Maryland - European campus, and had one of the best jobs ever at Army Child Development Services. Those were my "growing up" years.
When my parents first told me about the move, I was so sure that they were ruining my life. I had just graduated from high school that year and had planned to go to Old Dominion University in Virginia. My mom said, "Try it for one year, and if you don't like it you can go back stateside." The rest was an amazing history. But I'll never live down that I told my parents my life was being ruined. Turns out, it was just the beginning of my story. Hope all of you have an awesome day and take a moment to reflect on your own personal live changing moments. To find out a little more about my adventures, check out: