There are still over a thousand of you on my Facebook page and I’m still amazed that every few days, another message comes in with new “likes”. That means that people are still finding me and finding my dusty old content useful!
I know that PCS is stressful and confusing and if you’ve never done it before, my “How to PCS” checklist from 2016 is still a pretty good checklist. Some parts of a PCS never change. Some do–and that is Reason #1 that I don’t want to post too much about PCS: the fact that although some things don’t change, a lot of things do.
Military regulations change all the time and the last thing I want to do is pretend that I know what I’m talking about when I don’t (and frankly, don’t care–but more on that in a minute). The last thing any spouse needs during PCS is faulty information. I know y’all get plenty of that through various base/duty station Facebook sites, am I right? I don’t want to contribute to the problem.
Reason #2 is that we haven’t PCS’ed now for almost four years and I am 98% sure that we won’t be PCSing again. If my husband gets another job past the one he’s currently in, we are at the phase where geo-baching is the most realistic answer to everyone’s circumstances with kids in high/middle school, me working and the fact that we purchased a home and dammit, I’m just not doing it anymore. I think 10+ times in 14 years is good enough!
This means that my overall interest in PCS is pretty much nil. Does that mean I won’t help you out by answering organizing questions? No. I’m still happy to help a spouse out, so please hit me up. I’m still interested in helping you declutter and get ready, but I have to work around Reason #3.
Reason #3 being my full-time job…I can really only organize on the weekends and that’s perfect for some people and not so perfect for others. It’s tough for me–I try to squeeze people in when I can, but after a full week of work/kids/life, I don’t have a whole lot of time or energy left for organizing. Please hit me up, though, because on occasion, if the planets are all aligning and I’m feeling the itch, I will still come out. And I’m always 100% happy to give advice via Facebook or e-mail.
This last year has been a little tough, military-wise. I don’t really want to go too deep into why, but there have been some major and (in my opinion) unwarranted disappointments with the organization in general. I have gone from being a very gung-ho spouse to one that has decided to distance myself from events, clubs, Facebook pages, etc. I am very proud of my husband and his service, but I refuse to give an iota more of myself. Not. One. Iota.
But all of you out there still fighting the good fight and making the moves, go on with your bad selves and enjoy the ride while you can! Just because my ride is nearly over doesn’t mean I don’t have a deep appreciation for all that we experienced. It is WORTH IT!
Happy PCS Season!