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New Year resolutions: Make a plan, stick to it
Tech. Sgt. William Crenshaw, 65th Medical Operations Squadron, with his daughter, Amya, 9, and neice, Jaelah, 6. In this feature Crenshaw encourages others to make a plan and stick to it in order to achieve their New Year's resolution goals and be satisfied with their accomplishments at the end of the year. (Courtesy photo)
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New Year resolutions: Make a plan, stick to it, part 2 of 2

Posted 1/8/2013   Updated 1/8/2013 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Angelique N. Smythe
65th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

1/8/2013 - LAJES FIELD, Azores -- (This feature is part two of a two-part series on "New Year's resolutions: Make a plan, stick to it" in which one Lajes Airman tells his story to encourage others.)

January is usually filled with resolutions of becoming a better person or improving one's lifestyles.

For Tech. Sgt. William Crenshaw, formerly a 65th Medical Operations Squadron Public Health NCO, it is a time to reflect on the previous year's accomplishments as well as prepare for new aspirations and new adventures at a brand new duty station.

In part one of this two-part series he encouraged Airmen to make plans, set deadlines and stay focused in order to accomplish what they set out to achieve. Here he talks about things which keep him motivated and are important to his successes, such as family, volunteering, and exploring new cultures.

Family - Motivating factor

For Crenshaw, staying in touch daily with his daughter, Amya, who currently lives in the U.S., is very important to his successes.

"That's my other half," he said. "As long as I know she's okay, that's all the motivation I need. I talk to family a lot, but she's pretty much the only family I keep in contact with everyday.
"She's a very bright young lady, so she knows exactly what I should be doing in regards to my work. She knows my job. She knows my fitness schedule. She knows everything. That's my best friend. She knows that at a certain two-week point I should be buying another bottle of protein. She knows to ask me what I've cooked because if I didn't cook, she knows that I'm not getting enough protein."

Crenshaw explained his daughter is his main motivating factor because he wants to be around long enough to see her accomplish great things.

"The way I make sure I stick around long enough is by keeping in shape and making sure I stay healthy," he said.

Volunteer - Help others

A big Superman fan, Crenshaw is often seen wearing a Superman ring, courtesy of his 9-year-old daughter. It is no surprise one of his personal volunteer activities includes being an activist for the Christopher and Dana Reeve's Foundation.

He works alongside other professionals, sometimes giving briefings over webcasts, raising funds to assist in finding cures for diseases related to spinal cord injuries, such as scoliosis and paralysis, as well as stem cell research.

"I'm a big Superman fan, so I found something that was in my lane of interest," he said. "You have to find something that's important to you."

Explore your world

During his assignment, Crenshaw also took the opportunity to enjoy the Azorean culture on Terceira Island. He lived in the village of Quatro Ribeiras in the northern part of the island inhabited mostly by Portuguese civilians and less U.S. servicemembers.

"Living out there I was able to see a lot more of the culture up close than if I had lived in Praia or Porto Martins," he said. "I had some great landlords who showed me a lot. I had a lot of interaction with the local nationals. The bullfights and Praia Fest were great."

Crenshaw also had the opportunity to milk his neighbor's cows.

"That was something I'd never done before," he said. "I went out there, milked and herded the cows. We did that on an early Saturday morning. He couldn't speak English very well, but he loaned me some rubber boots and we took them to another place to eat grass. We walked about four miles through Quatro Ribeiras and Agualva, and the cows just grazed."

Crenshaw encourages those assigned to Lajes to get out of their homes and explore the island.

"There's more to this island than you would think," he said. "It's small compared to California, for example, but it's still a big place. They've got caves, the wineries, and cheese and wine tours. You have to experience all of that, and most importantly, the restaurants. The food is great here. So, get out, hit the beach, travel, go to the other islands, see what makes those islands different than Terceira."

Crenshaw said he's glad he accomplished everything he'd hoped to accomplish in 2012, including travel.

"I traveled all throughout Europe - Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam," he said. "I went stateside three times to visit my daughter, and then, of course, the Azorean islands Sao Miguel and Pico."

Willpower - New aspirations

Crenshaw moved on from Lajes to his new duty station at Andrews AFB, Md., Jan. 6.

His plans for 2013 include beginning a master's degree program.

"My main goal is to attend at least one class at the John Hopkins Medical School, a very prestigious school in Maryland," he said. "That would be an honor for me."

Crenshaw also plans to return to the stage for bodybuilding competitions. He usually must compete each year to keep his International Federation of BodyBuilders pro card, however, he received an exemption in 2012 due to his overseas military duty on Lajes Field.

"I took the year off from competing because it's tough to compete in bodybuilding while you're on an island," he said. "I took the year to make improvements on my physique from the judges' feedbacks I received during my last show. I plan to step on stage this year and hopefully present something new and better than the last time I'd been on stage."

Now that 2013 has begun, Crenshaw excitingly looks forward to accomplishing his new goals at his new assignment. He also encourages every New Year's resolution-maker to make their own plans for 2013 and stick to it.

Editor's note: This is part 2 of 2 in a series.

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