One Sailor's Experience with Career Intermission - Part 5
First year of school done!
I am officially one year in to my intermission, which also means one year of being in school and one year since I've worn my uniform.
One Sailor's Experience With Career Intermission: Part 2
One Sailor's Experience With Career Intermission: Part 3
One Sailor's Experience With Career Intermission: Part 4
The last 52 weeks have flown by with their ups and downs, but I'm still happy with my decision to take the intermission and (still) just as happy with the prospect of returning to active duty as soon as possible.
One of the high points of this intermission has been traveling. My laid back schedule has allowed me to travel to the Caribbean and Disney World. I've been spending lots of quality time with my family in addition to focusing on school.
Last year, I finished up my lower level courses at the local community college and was accepted to Florida Atlantic University to begin the winter semester this January. It feels good to look at my transcript and see the progress I've made, mostly because if all goes according to plan, I can graduate this December.
My biggest challenge of 2015 was operating on a reduced income. Earning less money forced me to really pay attention to mine and my wife's spending and to commit to a strict budget. As a result, we're in a much more comfortable financial situation than we were last January and have more flexibility to spend money on fun things like traveling.
In this first year of being in CIP, I've also had similar challenges managing my time but not for a lack of it. These days I manage to get myself up around 7 a.m. but the rest of my day is pretty unstructured, which leads to a lot of goofing off. I've fallen victim to many a cat video and politically charged click-bait. For me, time seems easier to manage when I have less to work with.