I just realzed my last update was in December of 2016.
I did end up going to the Standing Rock Reservation with other vets. I have a few pictures posted under the album No DAPL in my gallery, and I wrote an essay about my experience on my Facebook Photography page.
On May 1, 2017, I married my wife. It's been amazing to be in a relationship where someone actually loves you and treats you like they do, as opposed to living with someone who treats you like a roommate and keeps you around because they're scared to be alone.
In September of 2017, we moved back to Northern California because we were having a rough time out in NC without help, and my family offered help. Turns out, living in NC without family help was far easier and better for us than living in California with help, so in July of 2018, we moved back to NC. Last year was also my last year in the Army, which I have found to be a blessing and a curse. While I enjoy my freedom from the government, I've found myself picking up my camera less and less.
Last year, my wife told me she wanted a handmade rainbow hat for our anniversary, so I picked up crochet hooks and taught myself how to crochet after almost 20 years of not doing it. Turns out, I have a knack for crochet, and i have a few people waiting on hats as we speak. I'm looking in to expanding my money making opportunities in to that field.
While waiting for my house to sell, which should be going on the market in the next few weeks, we are staying with a friend. Part of me wanted to go back to my old house, as it has amazing memories in it, but they're overshadowed by the terrible memories of my ex husband who lived there with me. So I decided to sell, and have a fresh start with my family in a new (to us) house. The wife and I are looking at houses near the Carolina Coast.
30 is creeping up on me this year, so I decided to start getting my life together and get serious. I'm going to start going to the VA, get back in to exercising, eat better. I started playing with new photography techniques. Just waiting to see where this year takes me.
I hate to sound beggy, but if anyone has any extra points laying around, I'd love to have a Core Membership again.
I think we're caught up. How've y'all been?