By Heather Short
What’s your most memorable New Year’s Eve experience?
I was stationed in Korea. All of my girlfriends went out shopping for the perfect outfit for our New Year’s Eve party. After catching a bus, a train and a taxi, we came in contact with all of the seasons before the night was over. It rained, then the sun came out, the wind blew like no one’s business, and as the New Year approached, it snowed. It was beautiful.
How has having children changed the way you celebrate holidays?
I am more in tune to what they want to do. I try to make sure that they have what they want and celebrate how it makes them happy. I prefer spending holidays with family and not in a huge social setting. Since we’ve been in Italy for the past two years, they have actually spent New Year’s in Austria and in Germany for Winter Blitz.
What do you miss about living in Italy?
We were there from July 2014 to July 2016. I miss the tight-knit group of people that I met. We were more than friends; we are now family. I miss the beautiful places that we were able to travel to. We visited 13 countries; we’ve been to the most beautiful beaches and have tasted the best food.
What has been the hardest part about preparing your oldest daughter for college?
The hardest part is letting go. The college
applications, ACT prep and decisions to live close to home or far away is also a big deal. College preparation is stressful and exciting at the same time. Through the stress there is an abundant amount of pride that quickly takes over.
What is one thing you’ve taught your daughters that you hope they take into the “real world?”
I have taught them to be strong women. Life will not always be kind to them. They need to always rely on their faith and overcome obstacles that are in their way.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself living in Dallas. I have always wanted to relocate back to Texas where my children were born. I am in the development stage of two nonprofit organizations that will be fully operational by that time.
What is the No. 1 thing your family has learned by being a military family?
Despite all of the separation for deployments or field problems, we have learned to take advantage of our time together. We travel and leave all our cares behind. We focus on our family dynamic more.
What did you love most about your job as a medical technician for the Department of Defense?
I loved being around the soldiers and providing care for them. As a soldier that deployed and redeployed from the same facility, it brought a sense of joy to me to make sure that they received the best treatment, the respect they deserved and a friendly smile to greet them.
Why do you think it’s important to volunteer in the community?
It’s important to love where you live, and if you are not in the community, then you can’t
really gauge what the community has to offer. I volunteer to give back, to show my children that you have to put into your community to get something out of it, and I am proud of where I live, and I want others to feel the same way.
TV show you indulge in? I love anything crime related, but my favorite is Criminal Minds.
Favorite appetizer to make for a party or holiday gathering? Buffalo chicken dip.
New Year traditions? On New Year’s Eve, we usually go to midnight service at church.
Do you stick to New Year resolutions? I try to call them lifestyle changes that way I am more committed and actually reap the health benefits for a longer time.
How you met your husband? We met in Clarksville (Fort Campbell) when I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in health care administration. He joined a business team that I was a member of.
A song you secretly sing alone in your car? “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston.