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I never make New Year resolutions and I am not about to start.  But I did decide to change my outlook on life.  I needed to take stock in who I am, what kind of mom and wife I want to be and where I want to go.  I actually made a list of all things I want to do in my life and how I am going to accomplish them.  The biggest factor of course is money but the next thing is courage.  It is intimidating to see your life broken out into columns and rows like a financial analysis I perform at work.  I figured out I want to live abroad and experience other cultures, I want my kids to have those experiences and become “citizens of the world”.  Completely cliche I know. I also want to have adventures with my husband.  We used to go on adventures before we had kids but lately it has become more difficult logistically.  Especially because of money.  The old adage is money can’t buy happiness, which is true, but it can buy you a plane ticket.

With list in hand, I began to make a plan of how I want to shape my life experiences.  So I took the leap and registered for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT for short).  I passed much to my surprise and now I am writing my responses to the personal narrative questions.  I find this a difficult task; talking about myself in a mere 1300 characters.  I am slowly working on them every day to make sure they are robust and answer the question.  Attention to detail, from my days as a Midshipman.

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