OTS by Jess: The Start of Something Great

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” Psalms 1:1-2

Today is a huge day for my love. Right now he’s on his way to OTS. That’s right, Officers Training School for the Unites States Air Force.

I couldn’t be more proud.

It’s HIS time to shine. It’s his time to grow, learn and become everything he has ever dreamed to be. It’s never been a question of if he would go, but when he would go. And the time is now.

What an incredible feeling!

I must admit that I had some tears this morning, but it’s not because we won’t see each other for a time. No, my tears are tears of joy. When I first met him, I knew there was an incredible drive about him. He’s disciplined. This day has been a long time coming and it shouldn’t be filled with anything but pride and joy. When someone who’s that close to you finally gets their shot, how could you not be emotional?! I’m ecstatic for him.

Side note: I’m definitely one of those girls who bawls when she’s happy. And yes, I dread my future engagement photos.

While it drives me insane when military spouses or significant others turn these military moments on themselves, I do find myself looking at myself in the mirror. Not in a self-pity kind of way. No. I look at what I can do to make things better for my man while he is gone and for us moving forward. As a couple we are learning to grow, both individually and together. To be honest, I think we’ve grown quite well together.

So, while the love of my life is going through USAF OTS, I’m going through my own personal kind of OTS. An “OTS by Jess” if you will.

As I look at the girl in the mirror, I see many ways in which this girl can become a woman. I may not have a squad of burly men in uniform yelling at me the whole time, but I’d like to think that the lion within me will come out. My boyfriend sometimes calls me his little lion, so I know it’s in there.

I’ve been blessed to have gotten my dream job early on in life. My radio career began when I was 19 and then became the real deal when I was 21. Now it’s time to become the woman I’ve always wanted to be in the other areas of my life. This will come in the forms of daily devotions, CrossFit, eating right, blogging to keep myself in check, a shopping spree or two, and about a thousand other ways that I’m surely not aware of yet.

Of course those verses above definitely set the platform.

I’d like for you to take this journey with me. Put yourself through your own OTS and see where you end up. It’s not always going to be easy, but I’ll be posting my own struggles. And not every day is going to be exciting or groundbreaking, but it’s all a part of the process.

Oh, and I should probably tell you that you won’t actually become an officer at the end of this process. I know it’s shocking, but I’m not authorized to place medals on anyone.

However, today is day one. Use this time to pump yourself up for what lies ahead.

Aren’t you excited?


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