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Military Appreciation Month: Sarah Price

(Rene’s note: Did you know May is National Military Appreciation Month? Well it is!  You know, in the news when we talk about our troops, we typically see photos of the service member but there are a whole lot of people standing by supporting them on a personal level. For the month of May, GoodEnoughMother.com is going to be spotlighting some of the families who are doing just that! If you’d like to be a part, please email jackie@goodenoughmother.com.)

Are you happy at the moment?

I am incredibly happy at this moment! It’s not always easy to choose to be happy, but I’ve found that succumbing to sadness, anger, or self-pity do nothing to change life for the better. Things will always go wrong, people will always hurt you, and life will always have its trying moments. But if you choose to be happy, it’s much easier to overcome and to change your situation in a positive way.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

Don’t be in such a rush to grow up! Life is hard, but it’s also an ongoing work-in-
progress; it gets easier as it goes on. You won’t have all the answers today, nor will you have them 15 years from now! Take everything one hour at a time, and learn from your mistakes – they’re the best teachers you’ll ever have.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

Asking for help doesn’t make you weak; it makes you incredibly strong! It takes a lot of guts to request someone’s assistance. My mother (a military spouse herself) can answer any question I throw at her, my Fleet and Family Support Center has been there for me throughout the PCS planning stages, and the Ombudsman and the Red Cross brought my husband home after his grandma’s passing. There are a million resources out there, and they’re all amazing tools to utilize. Reach out!

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

I’m looking forward to handling the first deployment we’ll experience since our marriage. I’m trying to see this as an opportunity to grow as an individual. I love the thought of my husband coming home and meeting a whole new side of me that grew during his absence. After that, we’ll most likely be moving overseas – a trial I am excited to experience with him by my side!

What’s your secret to happiness?

Love and respect yourself unconditionally. Yes, you will fail at times, but honestly, have you ever failed more than you’ve succeeded?

Probably not. So take a deep breath, smile, and see where life takes you.

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Gentle yoga in the mornings and evenings. The slow, methodical breathwork and easy stretches center me, and I always seem to find a pearl of wisdom inside myself when I’m taking those few moments of alone time.

What’s your biggest regret?

I don’t believe in having regrets. What I chose to do in the past seemed like a good idea at the time – either it really was a good one, or it turned into a lesson from which I could learn. You can’t change the past, so why waste your time and energy lamenting it?

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

We’re currently working through infertility issues, but I still have a lesson for my (hopefully) future kids: I have waited over a year to meet you, and I will wait as many years as it takes. The waiting has been harder than I ever thought possible, but I know you’ll be worth it in the end.

Nothing good ever comes easy, so you must be the best thing that will ever happen! I already love you beyond comprehension.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

I tend to be a control freak – everything must be planned out months in advance, and I worry myself sick when plans fall through. I’ve been trying really hard to appreciate the obstacles I encounter, because they will make me more flexible and more understanding in the long run.

Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

I have attempted to shape myself into someone courageous, and I think I’ve done a good job so far. I try to experience new things that scare me, and I try to brave the hard parts of life with grace and open-mindedness. Sometimes, I’m fearful beyond belief, but I know those are my chances to prove to myself that I am strong enough to handle whatever comes my way.

When were you happiest?

I can honestly say that happiness has been a recent development for me. I was stuck in a cycle of abusive relationships, dead-end jobs, and self-loathing for many years. Then one day, I realized that I could either keep drowning in my depression, or I could make some changes. I worked very hard at loving myself and focusing on my needs, and I began to see a shift in my life. I broke off any relationship that didn’t make me feel good, and I began to take more pride in my work.

A few short months later, I met and fell in love with my husband. I truly believe that you must find happiness within yourself before you can find happiness around you.

What ten words best describe you?

Resilient, stubborn, courageous, flawed, compassionate, understanding, loyal, hopeful, passionate, and playful

What’s the most important thing you want civilians (or public) to know about Military families?

We’re just as delightfully weird, happily dysfunctional, and beautifully flawed as you are! It’s not our differences that define us, but our similarities. Most of us are just regular husbands / wives / parents with the same dreams and aspirations as our civilian counterparts. We simply wear different uniforms and take longer “business” trips.

Hello! I’m Sarah Price, and I am a stay-at-home wife, a not-always-successful cook, an avid yogini, and a fervent blogger! I write about the military life, the yoga life, and my struggles with endometriosis and infertility (among other random musings of my brain!).

My father served in the Air Force for 24 years, and before I was even 12, he moved us from Texas to Florida, to Japan, and then to Alaska. It was the coolest childhood ever! After his retirement, we headed back to Florida, where my brother joined the Navy and was immediately stationed in Japan. A few years later, I met my soon-to-be husband, who moved me to California after our wedding. We’re now planning our first PCS overseas!

As we all know, life isn’t always easy or fair. I have struggled to have a child for over a year now. We were fortunate enough to become pregnant as soon as we decided to try, but I lost the pregnancy early on. Every day that goes by, I think about our little “Gummy Bear,” and I miss him like crazy. His presence inside me was my first glimpse of the wonder that is motherhood, and I will always love him more than he can imagine!

I enjoy reading anything I can get my hands on, being in the wonder that is Nature, and spending time with my crazy dog, Bandit. I look at every day as an adventure, and I welcome the challenges, changes, and beauty that it brings!