We’re so thankful that Mrs. Kathy Guieb agreed to have us shine the spotlight on her during the month of February! We appreciate her time and we hope you enjoy learning more about her and from her.
My name is Kathy Guieb. I am thrilled to be a part of the MP Spouses Spotlight! I am an MP spouse married to Colonel Ross Guieb. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this past year. We’ve moved 18 times so far!
We have 3 sons, Collin, age 21 attending UCLA with a major in Computer Science and Engineering, and identical twin boys, Dylan and Ryan, age 16 who are very active in JROTC, football, and soccer.
What activities have you been involved with?
I have been a Brigade and Battalion Senior Advisor, Family Readiness Support Group Advisor, Army Family Team Building Trainer, Military Child Education Coalition Volunteer, Wild West Night Liaison, Scholarship Coordinator, Tutor, Sunday School Teacher, and Soccer/Football Mom.
What recommendations would you give a new MP spouse?
Whenever you have to move to a new location: embrace the situation! No matter where it is, make the most of it. Find out what resources and opportunities are out there so you can make an impact. Look to see what job opportunities exist that fit your skill set. If there aren’t any, perhaps turn your hobby and passion into work you love to do; become an entrepreneur —maybe you are an artist and crafty, maybe you are very organized and like to throw parties/events, maybe you sew…the sky is the limit! Do not feel sorry for yourself. Go out and make new friends, find those “Battle Buddies” everywhere you go, travel, and see as many sites while you are at that new location.
What is your favorite memory as an MP spouse?
It is very difficult to choose just one because I have so many!! But if I were to choose just one, it has to be the homecomings of our Soldiers from deployment. Even when it was not my Soldier that was coming home, I would be at every event while my husband was also deployed while in command. Seeing the faces and knowing those feelings of anticipation everyone is expressing and the warmth of every single person there is just an indescribable feeling only those who have experienced a homecoming can really know. I am very empathetic to those families who did not have a loved one coming home. We had a Soldier’s parents attend a homecoming in which their son did not come home with the unit. Thinking about that moment always makes my heart sink and stomach churn. We must never forget our fallen Soldiers, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and always take care of their families. They will always hold a special place in my heart!
Tell us about your career – what do you do?
When I get asked the question, “What do you do?” I answer with the question, “Do you mean what did I do today, an hour ago, or yesterday?” It makes that person laugh and me, too. I have had many jobs in my lifetime. One of my most favorite “jobs” was being a stay at home mom when my kids were younger. It is such an oxymoron, right? We all know that “stay at home moms” (SAHM) don’t ever really “stay at home”! We’re in and out of the home all day long – chauffeuring, doing errands, taking care of everyone in the family and at all times of the day. I am an educator by trade. I teach grades Pre-K thru 6th grade. I have also been an aerobics instructor and Realtor. Another favorite job… I am currently the CEO of my own skincare business and loving it! I work from anywhere at any time as long as I have a good wi-fi connection and cell phone service. Not only do I get to help others get great skin, I help them utilize their skills and talents in life and in this amazing business.
What has been your favorite duty station?
My favorite duty stations are a tie between Hawaii and England. They are my favorite because our oldest son was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and our twins were born in London, England. What better souvenirs can you take home?
Tell us about how your family spends their time.
Family is extremely important! I was raised by my parents to believe that family always comes first. My siblings, in-laws, aunties, uncles, Godparents, Godchildren, and my extended family —especially our soccer families in Hawaii, Texas, and Virginia – all remain very close to us. Not to forget my cousins, nephews, and nieces…you know who y’all are! As much as possible with our busy schedules, it is vital we make time to sit down as a family (with the TV off) and eat together to talk about our day. Sundays are always a special family day to spend time at Mass together and thank God for all of our many gifts and blessings.
Our family loves to eat, cook, and spend time together whether it is watching sports, movies, playing board games, video games or singing in the car. It is the best when family and our military “family” come to visit us — even in remote places like the Midwest.
What are your hobbies?
To stay busy, you will find me making pen flowers or reading motivational books. This is just something I do in my “spare time” to keep busy. But really…my hobbies are cooking, reading, swimming, playing piano, and golf. You will find me at a soccer or football game almost every weekend during these seasons. A half marathon is on my bucket list, yet I still have to train to do one. Maybe this is the year?
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If I could visit any place in the world, I would visit Australia. I keep reading about how beautiful it is. We have friends from there who have moved back recently. They keep inviting us, so we might just take them up on it!
I encourage all military spouses to find your passion and make a difference —make 2018 your best year. Because you CAN be unstoppable!
Hooah Hugs, Kathleen Guieb