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Chapter 2, Who am I

Thursday, February 11, 2010 10:33 | Lois Sholl

I was born Lois Jean Carter on 8 August in Newport Arkansas.  My family lived in small towns around Newport all my life.  That is where I started school and graduated high school in 1977.  I really had no concerns growing up as to what I wanted to be.   I liked singing, so I was in the choir.  However, I knew that would not support me.   I just knew that I didn't want to remain on the farm and raise kids.

When the recruited came to my school.  I talked with him and went home and told my parents I wanted to join the Air Force.  They were a bit stunned.  They couldn't understand why.   My brother had been drafted into the Army when I was five and they had bad memories of that experience.   When I told my brother, he looked at me and said, "Why the Air Force and not the Army?"  I told him that the Air Force's basic training wasn't as long as the Army's!  I haven't changed in all these years...I want to do the most in the least amount of time!

When I joined the Air Force, in August of 1977, I remember thinking I would never retire.  Somehow, life has it's way of taking the "nevers" that we say and bringing them back to haunt you.  I retired in 1995 with 18 years in service.  I look back and have fond memories of my time in the service.  I actually felt that I was freer in the service that I am in civilian life.  The reason is that I could state my opinion, respectfully of course, and still retain my job.  I don't get that impression of stability when I talk with people who are working for someone else these days. 

In 1987, I married the most wonderful man on earth, David Sholl.  He was in the Air National Guard.  He worked on airplanes.  I loaded/unloaded them.  It was a match made in Heaven!  We have now been together for 23 years.  He is still in the Guard, only Army.  He now works on helicopters instead of airplanes.

I chose to retire early because of the miracle God worked in my life.  He gave us our son.  One door closes and the next door opens.  I went from supervising people, loading and unloading airplanes, to raising a family.  I have to admit that I was less than confident that I knew how to take care of a baby.  It's been 14 years now and he is taller than I am, in the 9th grade, and playing basketball.

So, who am I?  I am a child of God, wife, mother, and business woman who sometimes gets overwhelmed with how fast life has gotten.  It seems to me that time has speeded up somehow.  At 19, I thought I would never retire from  the Air Force.  Today, I have been retired for the last 14 years.  I have held odd jobs since Michael, my son, has started school.  I have always been adament that I would be available for my son when he got home from school.  God has blessed me to be able to do that. 

Now, my days are freer and I can devoted time to grow my business.  It's time to increase my business skills in order to make my business more profitable.  I am ready and I know that with the proper people around me that success, however I define it, will be there for me.

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  • Tuesday, February 23, 2010 10:52 | Sherry Odonnell
    Newport!!! Small world, I know Newport, it's just across the county line from Batesville, I didn't grow up there, but I went to school there for a year. I'm excited to see all of your posts, i like the talkative ones, like me :) Make sure you subscribe to the discussion forum in the registered only section. I have been posting a lot of the resources you might need, over there. You can find out more about me, on my blog too. Welcome to the club!
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    • Wednesday, May 05, 2010 17:37 | Lois Sholl
      Sherry, it is a small world. I'm going to get back on track with my book writing. I took a break and became cerified in Life Coaching. I'm still taking some internet marketing and coaching courses. I feel like I'm ready to finish this part of my journey. Thanks for your support.

      Lois
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  • Saturday, August 11, 2012 18:31 | Jeffrey Backus
    Ms Sholl, we have a lot in common; I grew up in a small town, mostly, because we did move around a lot... but alway to return. I joined the Marines right out of High School and mostly enjoyed my first four years. I decided to ship over for another four years to get away from Barstow, California (and for other reasons too). I was able to stick it out for 30 years though and retired in 2008.
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