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Involuntarily Separated

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My Involuntary Separation On my last deployment to the Middle East, I was on a military extension for time. I was supposed to End Active Service (EAS) in October of 2017, but thanks to a deployment starting in early July of the same year, the military saw fit to extend me to support the unit with military operations; I was beyond happy about that, honestly. However, on deployment, the conversations with higher headquarters (HHQ) and career planners were either, “It’s still working” or “It’s on ‘their’ desk, we’re just waiting for a reply”. The objective of this reenlistment was three-fold. One, this would secure employment and a lifestyle I absolutely loved and committed myself to both physically and mentally. Since I had already committed over 10 years to Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) as a Critical Skills Operator (CSO), I knew in my heart this is what I enjoyed doing…

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Parents at the playground.

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Parents, what’s with most of them out there!? During my trip to the park last weekend and it was packed, kids aimlessly walking around or confusingly playing, overprotective parents continuously telling their children not to climb on this or that, too high over there, slow down, and any other non-progressive learning points that should be occurring for children ranging from two to 12 years old! So here’s my perspective: LET. THEM. FALL. Let them crash. Let them feel pain. It’s a normal and a massively under allowed portion of growing up it seems these days. I think Alfred Pennyworth from ‘Batman’ put it best, “Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” Too simple, right? I can honestly count on both hands, with four children, the times I have picked them up off the ground. Why? Because I want them to understand that even…

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JustBeingDad

JustBeingDad

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[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”] So, why am I doing this? I have been looking for a way to spend more time with my family through travel and adventure, teaching life skills or exploring musical talents, and finding myself; as my previous employment consumed both my time and family by becoming intertwined within it. I’d also love to share with the world my perspectives of family life and parenting, fitness and farming, among a plethora of other areas as I finally have time after 12+ years of honorable service with the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command. My expectations are that you, the reader, get to find something within our family that captivates or challenges you, that inspires or creates the need to implement change, that makes you want to take this kernel of [insert your own find here],…

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