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    #HumansOfScottAFB: Staff Sgt. Alexis Thomas [Image 2 of 23]

    #HumansOfScottAFB: Staff Sgt. Alexis Thomas



    Photo by Senior Airman Tara Stetler 

    375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

    “Outside of the military, I’m a single mom, so most of my time goes toward my son. It’s like having two full-time jobs. I’ve learned to balance out work life with being a mom because at one point I was giving everything to the military, and I had nothing for my child. I had to learn that was crippling our relationship. My commander, she taught us about ‘glass balls’, and this is kind of where I learned to harmonize my life a bit. There are things in your life that are glass and that you have to take care of, and there are things that’ll just bounce and you’ll get to it when you get to it. So my glass balls are my son, my career, and myself. When one of those started to chip a little bit, I knew I needed to refocus and redefine what I’m doing with my life. You have to break a little bit, and then you see what you’re really doing to yourself.

    Motherhood has made me a crazy amount more patient. You learn that resiliency people talk about. When you have to do it and it’s always going to be there, you learn to bounce back because you have to. I get a lot of support from his dad and his dad’s whole family. My parents are four hours away. My closest siblings are four and 12 hours away, so I don’t have anybody else, really. I have some friends I can lean on for a quick ‘Hey, can I go run and do this?’ but, mainly, it’s his dad and his dad’s family.

    My son is fun, he’s full of energy, he’s loving, and he’s very smart. He’s just honestly an awesome little dude. My biggest hope for him is that his dad and I can continue to give him something to look forward to in life and a playing field for success. It may not be the best of the best, but I want him to do well in his future, I want him to be strong and to be independent, and I hope that we can keep being the examples of that for him. I just want him to be great.”

    - Staff Sgt. Alexis Thomas, 375th Operational Support Squadron

    #HumansOfScottAFB is an ongoing photo series featuring the stories of people who work, live, and volunteer at Scott Air Force Base.



    Date Taken: 05.30.2019
    Date Posted: 09.16.2019 16:45
    Photo ID: 5754408
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