Here we go. I’ve sat down to start writing this probably at least 30 times in the last week and every time I do… I just stare at the screen. How do I put this into words. The emotions. The excitement. The craziness!! The BIGGEST MILESTONE in my business to date and more importantly– the biggest milestone for our family. A DREAM that I set almost 3 years ago.. an INSANE GOAL that I wanted to make become OUR reality. And today we made it official and today is the day that we are SHARING this with all of you.
After 13 years 6 months and 7 days of service, seven- 7 month long deployments, (too many to count) field trainings/assignments, 4 years spent APART during our 11 year marriage- Dustin Bozzo has officially separated from the US NAVY. We are officially DONE in the US NAVY!!!! I can’t even believe that this is reality for us. To KNOW that my husband will never have to deploy again. To know that he will be here with us everyday- forever. To know that I won’t have to WORRY and STRESS and WONDER if as he boards that plane to leave on his next assignment… if that would be the last time I would ever see my husband again. I am without a doubt GRATEFUL and SO BEYOND THANKFUL for his service to our country and FOREVER I will always hold a special place in my heart for our time in the Navy… but to know that we are now WHOLE is the biggest blessing and I am just so happy.
I will say that this was not a decision that we have taken lightly and it’s really been about a year in the making. We started the ‘what if’ talk last year at this time knowing that we would have to choose our next 3 year assignment. As the months passed on and my business kept expanding and growing… we really started seeing that the best choice for our family was going to be for Dustin not to re-enlist. It was time to put our family first, to provide balance for our life together and keep driving my business forward because it’s been mind blowing how BIG this has gotten and it’s really our baby! My role has always been a stay at home mom and my business has just been super strict scheduled hours because obviously… family is first and always will be! He knows that it’s my passion and seeing me work for the last 3 years has inspired him to continue to be my biggest supporter and hang up the uniform. And for us to be the best that we know we can be as a couple, as parents and as entrepreneurs—> he is putting on the full time daddy hat and staying at home to help me raise our daughters and to be my business partner and manager.
I will tell you too that I have worked my business during nap times, before the kids would wake up and after I put them to bed for my first year. Dustin saw that this was not just a fad for me.. but rather he saw the passion and determination unfolding. I will also tell you that about 3 years ago when I started my business and said ‘In 3 years babe.. i’m going to retire you early from the Navy so you can be a stay at home dad or just get out to do something MORE with your life.’– he actually got super offended and told me that would 1) never happen and 2) he would never get out of the Navy because he’s done it for so long that he will be a lifer… well … even with his words, I was DETERMINED to show him and prove him wrong 😉
So here we are now… And it just makes sense to take it to the next level. We have paid off all of our non mortgage debt in 2 years. We have set financial goals and Dustin has charted my business growth (past and future) and of course we always stay conservative. Each time he did the math I would blow his mind with the growth. Last year I grew 300% over the year before! When I set a goal I go for it and last year I blew every projection out of the water and achieved not only the top coach in the state of Mississippi for the 2nd year in a row but I also achieved 10 Star Diamond which brings a very nice quarterly bonus with it! This year is already proving to be much better than last and the goals that I have set are already beginning to be achieved. If you haven’t noticed yet.. I’m determined and passionate and I will never give up on my dream of changing the world. And we have also talked with our financial advisors- we have weighed the pros and cons- we have done it all.. and one thing that keeps coming back at us is this.. “WHY WOULDN’T YOU DO THIS!?!! IT JUST MAKES SENSE!”
So what does this mean for us?
It means that we finally have a choice in our own lives. We are not waiting for our next deployment date. We are not waiting for our next assignment. The girls and I are not waiting to hear when Daddy has to leave again.
It means that my husband and I get to work together! We get to be a TEAM and believe it or not- Dustin and I actually love each other and are really excited to work my business and raise our kids together. We are prepared and ready!
It means that we get to live our life by our own design. We have the income. We have the flexibility. We do not feel the need to live a crazy over the top life- we are happy and that’s what matters. And we get to spend our time together!!
We know that some people think that we are crazy. But look at us! Look at me! Do you think that we care what other people think? NO WAY! We care about ourselves. Our life together and living it how we want.. We LOVE living the unconventional lifestyle. We LOVE knowing that we can dream big and accomplish what we set out to do. It takes hard work everyday. It has taken a lot of sacrifices and we will continue to do what we need to do to grow.
Our kids’ education is already taken care of.
Our retirement almost completely set up.
Plans to pay off our house this year.
And so much more.
We live smart and we will continue to stay that way.
Maybe we are totally off of our rockers! Maybe people will continue to think we are crazy! But that’s okay!
I am so excited to have Dustin at home, to be able to not kill myself working early and late hours and to spend more time with him and to spend more time as a family! This change is going to allow me to be more present as a wife and I’m sure our house is going to run much smoother instead of the chaos it seems to be at when Dustin is gone! No more!! Dustin to the rescue! We are a team! He is not working for ME, we are a working together to make the Bozzo family as well rounded as possible. This business is our livelihood and together we are gonna make this our jam! I really am sad to say goodbye to the Navy in some ways! We have made some amazing friends and gotten some amazing opportunities! But we know that we’ve got new and exciting adventures ahead! But let me tell you this… How cool is it that each day both our kids wake up to US, we get to take them to school, have mid day lunch dates, go camping and travel in the summer, spend the afternoons at the pool and really anything we choose. My business is 100% mobile so we can do whatever we please while I work a full time biz. Life is sweet!
So the question of the day– is Dustin retired? What are his plans?
He is not retired- he is taking this opportunity for all that it’s worth and we are going to bring on a family unit of us and our business. He has been talking to a recruiter about the possibility of joining the Navy Reserves so he can still fill that small void of wanting to serve his country without the obligation of full time duty or deployments. He has options of creating his own passion in his own career. The best part– we don’t have to make any decisions about anything right now! We are secure and we can do what we want- when we want because he doesn’t HAVE to have a job!
So today, I got up and did my 5 am workout, Dustin got up and got ready to head in to sign his last paper, he made us some Shakeology before he left and he walked out the door to head to the base for the very last time! He gave me a hug and a kiss, looked back one last time and I just smiled the biggest smile. And when that door closed. I cried. Not sad tears! But tears of HAPPINESS because this is going to be the BIGGEST BLESSING OF OUR LIVES!!!!!
Thank you Beachbody for creating an opportunity for families to live their life by design! This is our story and I was INSPIRED by stories like this 3 years ago. Dreamed that one day it could be for us, but always wondered if we could actually do it. Well we have and if we can do it then anyone can. Let me share this- If you want something more, you want to create your own future and dictate the rules, the work hours the effort and the income has been it for us!!! This takes work and dedication and if you’re willing to go after it, the possibilities are endless. Never in a million years would I imagine this is where I would be right now! But we are and I wouldn’t change it for the world!
We are starting the next chapter 🙂