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685441762 7cb897cc7d n 300x225 Welcome to the blog!Welcome to the blog! You are SO awesome for being here.

I have a lot of exciting things lined up in the next few weeks – I can’t wait to share them with you. Everything from a *cough, cough* giveaway that starts tomorrow, a HUGE valuable post with a TON of advice from the most successful military spouses around today, to interviews that you will absolutely NOT want to miss. Everything is here to do two things: inspire you to create your OWN massive success and the education & tools you’ll need get there. Stick around, grab a drink, and enjoy!

5 Minute video where I introduce the site, myself, and share my story (don’t miss my embarrassing word stumble and the comment homework at the end!):

Comments

  1. Your blog is very interesting! Definitely an important topic for MilSpouses. Thanks for sending me the link!

  2. Stacy Swearengen says:

    Kaye – I think we are long-lost sisters!! You have expressed the same sentiment that caused me start my own business too. I am looking forward to getting to know you and sharing our own war stories of milspouse life!

  3. Hi Kaye! My soldier is in the Army and only has 2 years left before he becomes a civilian again. I want to be in the veterinary field, but still working on the education part of that, which is getting more and more difficult because of all the moving. But I’ve been a virtual assistant on and off for a few years now and have been thinking it’d be a great career to start back up. Plus, a career like that would give me freedom enough to keep going to school when I can. My main problems are the fact that I’m lacking clientele and, when I find possible clients, they want me to have specific certifications on what I am capable of doing for them that I just can’t afford to get right now. I’m loving your site so far and am hoping to gain some awesome insight from you on creating my successful career.

    • Alayna, what types of certifications? Being a virtual assistant seems to be a very good job for military spouses – flexible and portable. I haven’t been one myself, so I am planning on interviewing a virtual assistant on the blog here soon to learn more about becoming successful in the field. Stay tuned!

  4. Amber Turner says:

    Hi! First, I have to say I like your enthusiasm. And I often stumble over the word success too :) . I am an Air Force wife stationed in upstate New York. We are currently on recruiting duty, which is harder than I thought it would be. I am working on my master’s currently in Human Services. I want to be an internet entrepreneur for the short term. I want this to be a stepping stone for my long term goal to own my own staffing agency. I feel like putting myself out there and learning the market from my blog (www.hippyfitmom.com) and from that learning my strengths and weaknesses, I can alter my long tern goal accordingly. I am finding my biggest challenge is the isolation I feel. The support from the base is so important and you don’t realize it until it is gone. No childcare support, family support, spouse support and no facilities (gym, commissary, library, etc.) make it difficult. I try to make it work when I can.

    • Isolation from other military spouses is tough – we have such a unique lifestyle, it’s hard for others to understand it. Thank goodness for the internet to connect us! Keep hanging in there, and let me know if you ever need someone to chat with (about business or otherwise!)

  5. Crystal Carroll says:

    Hi Kaye- First off I am so excited to have found your site, I think I can speak for all military spouses when I say you are singing our song. I am an Army wife and a mother of 4. I have always struggled with the thought of leaving home to work, when one of us is gone most of the time. I have found 2 things that I am very passionate about. I love creating an have just started my online craft shop, but am definitely in uncharted waters and have no idea how to go about making my business grow. I love what I am doing, but helping pay the bills is a must. My second is real estate, I am currently going to school online for this but am also having trouble on how i can make this work anywhere. I hope to be in the position where I run my online shop full-time along with making extra income through real estate. My struggle is transitioning from being a SAHM & having my children as my only priority to organizing my time and being able to juggle it all. TY

    • Crystal, Thank you so much for sharing your story! I have a big handmade store success article in the works. Stay tuned (sign up for the email list to make sure you don’t miss it) for that. It’s a juicy one. :-) I also plan to write more on balancing everything soon – I know that it is a big struggle for all of us. Please let me know if there is anything specific I can do to help you! THANK for being here, YOU ROCK!

  6. Hi, Kaye:
    I want to begin by saying I am so thrilled to find some guidance in this area. I am not quite a military spouse, but rather a girlfriend of a Navy Pilot. I am going to be graduating this May with BAs in Professional Writing and American Studies. My dream job is to work as an editor OR to be what I call a Business Writing Consultant (review resumes, cover letters, other high-stakes documents to help people get jobs). I have experience doing both of these things and would love to have a solid plan to jumpstart me into a career in these areas. My main concern with this process is that my boyfriend will be relocating every 6-12 months until flight training is completed in about 2 years. I don’t want to do long distance any longer than I have to, especially when I don’t need to! However, I also don’t want to have to fall in love with a job and then leave after a very short amount of time. I have been strongly considering doing freelance work or providing my editing/resume review services to others, but I just don’t know how to get started in that field. I actually LOVE what you are doing and think that something about military spouse support would be a great fit for me, but I don’t know where to go to get started! I’m now facing the question almost every day of, “what are you doing after you graduate,” and although I am proud to say I’m going to be with my boyfriend wherever in the country he may be at the time, I can’t help but think that I’m setting myself up for some serious hardships and failure.

    • Elizabeth, you have a GREAT opportunity since so many editor and writing jobs can be completed online! Finding completely location-independent work is my ultimate goal as a military spouse (well on my way, yay!) so that my career isn’t affected when I move. Check out these job boards to get started; http://jobs.problogger.net/ and http://jobs.freelanceswitch.com/ . I encourage you to look into starting your own business! Good luck, please let me know if there is any specific way I can help you. THANK YOU for being here, YOU ROCK! :-)

  7. Breanna Colombini says:

    I will just have to echo everyone else and say I am so glad to have found your site! Thank you for making me feel less alone in my unfruitful job search! A little about me, I graduated last May with a BA in Nonprofit Leadership, Psychology, and Theology with a concentration in Fundraising. I moved to Clarksville (I think you’re here too!? So yes, husband is Army) several months ago with a job at a VERY small, local nonprofit and it didn’t work out. This year will bring a few moves so a traditional job is out of the question (unless I work from home!). I have two big challenges: 1. I would love to work for a nonprofit (fundraising ideally) but I only have experience with a year long internship and several months working at the local nonprofit 2. I have many interests and am not sure which direction to take (nonprofits, psychology, social media, graphic design, working in religious institutions, the list goes on). Thank you for the encouragement you’ve already given me! (and sorry this is so long, I tried to be to the point and failed!)

    • Breanna, THANK YOU for being here! We just left Fort Campbell, and are now at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Fundraising/nonprofit experience is a GREAT skill to have as a military spouse. There are a lot of nonprofits that service military and military spouses, so your experience working with nonprofits mixed with your experience actually being a military spouse could be a great combination to work for one of them. Volunteering for a target organization is a great way to get your foot in the door, and often results in opportunities faster than you would think. Social media & graphic design are great options for freelance work, or starting your own business. You have lots of potential and lots of options! Good luck! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help!

  8. Jennifer Kelley says:

    Hey, This is fabulous! I can’t remember how I found you in my online meanderings this afternoon but so glad I have. I am a newbie military wife but I am also an oldie, in my 40′s! My husband is army and after a long stint with the navy and the civilian life enlisted in the army in 2004. Anyway, we’re childhood friends that got reaquainted. How cool is that!
    As the daughter of a teacher, I understand the need to do my homework so here it goes. After raising my daugher, now 21, I have been attempting a second part of life career. I have figured my passions; animal welfare, human rights, womens rights and environmental conservation. What I have decided to do is to finish up a B.S. in Organizational Leadership. I plan on volunteering at any non-profit that fits within my large scope of interest to gain experience. I was well on my way at a local, incredibly well run animal shelter (check it out if you’ve an interest in a great business model…animal friends pittsburgh pa) and we’ve been pcs-ed (?) to Fort Stewart, GA. How to do a pcs, I don’t know!! how to get a new place to live etc. There are so many whats going on! Anyway, I hope this site will give me some answers as to how to navigate the constraints on military spouses. I would like to find a portable career as I just gave up a decent one of 11 years!! I feel lost!! I don’t know if its my age or my relative newness to the army way of things. Not complaining as I hold so much respect for us, for what our spouses do, for this great country! Just how to live within this new system! and be successful is the question! I have too many days of waiting now and too many days of creating my own way.
    Thanks and hope this makes sense! Its more of a free-writing essay than an organized “Hi, my name is…” kind of intro.

    • Jennifer, THANK YOU! I’m so glad that you found me, too.

      Love your love story. How cool. :-)

      If there is anything specific I can help you, please let me know. The military has a steep learning curve sometimes.

  9. Melanie C says:

    So happy I found you! I am an AF wife and a frustrated unemployed mom, haha….I worked in the criminal justice field as a corrections and probation officer at 3 of last assignments but can’t get hired anymore. Told that “no one will hire me to spend thousands to send me to their academy only to loose me 3 years later” understandable but frustrating! Have my B.S. in Psych. After soul searching decided to go bk to school and get a degree in accounting (more mil friendly that my previous field). Just now beginning to look for internships/job prospects as getting within a year of graduating. But location we are in is weird, I have found that it is all about who you know/related to. If no one, I’ve been told “good luck”. Hoping it is not true but so far looking that way, already 6 declines on resumes submissions. Here’s to hoping that my luck changes. Hoping that I can get some much needed insight from you and your guests. Thanks!

  10. Hi, I am very excited that i found your blog after searching for advice on transferring schools. I’m a Navy wife stationed in upstate New York. We are PCSing February 2014 (for now at least). I am currently working on my bachelors degree at a public research university with a major in Human biology and a minor in neuroscience with the intent of continuing my education to go to grad school for a Physician assistant program (PA). I feel very discouraged about the difficulties of PCSing, i have one and a half years left of my bachelors and i will not be able to finish it in time while in New York. I am trying to figure out what my best options are. Any advice will help, Thank you!

  11. Charnae says:

    I’m So Excited about this. I’ll be 21 years old in July and I’m A Newly wed AF SPOUSE! :) I’m really happy that you have this site. I haven’t experienced anything yet, so I’m just trying to get as much information/guidance as I can from all of you that have years under your belt regarding being a spouse of someone in the military. I have open ears , an open heart, and go get em attitude ! Thanks for your help

  12. Anne Villano says:

    Hello there!
    I am so thankful that I have found your site! My husband and I are in our first year of the Air Force and I have been struggling with my career the whole time. In the five months since he was sworn in I left a dream job (as in a place like google with scooters and creativity) as a web designer, moved to Las Vegas, found a job in customer service and quit, and tried to adjust to living on base. The most frustrating thing for me is that I have a degree, a kick ass portfolio, but am finding the minute people hear that I am a military spouse the interview changes and I never hear back. (I’m convinced the only reason I got my current job is because I did not bring up the fact that I am military spouse) It is frustrating because I am motivated and talented but feeling short changed.

    My dream job would be working from home and being able to raise our future family at the same time. I love to paint, design, and work with my hands but am nervous to take the plunge and put myself out there with my own business. It seems like such a dream and unrealistic at this point but something that I want to achieve. Any advice would be great And thank you for this site!

    Cheers,
    Anne

    • Thanks for being here, Anne! With a skill like web design and a portfolio under your belt, you can absolutely work from home. My best advice would be to start small now, while you are still working. Keep building it to the point you can comfortably quit. Let me now if I can do anything to help!

  13. I am so glad I found your website! I am a Air Force wife. We have been stationed in the same area for several years, and it looks like we will be here until retirement. I am 1 class from finishing my BA in Organizational Management. I have a ton of skills that seem to be all over the place, like every other military wife I’m sure! :-) I love working with numbers so I guess that could be a start to figure out my dream job. My biggest struggle is finding a job that pays well & is flexible for my children, whom are 15 (10th grade) and 10 (4th grade). I am excited to see what I can nail down as a good career for me that will pay well and I will have the flexibility for my kids.

  14. So fun to find this! I have been an advocate for military spouse entrepreneurs for a while and have found great success for myself (making more and working less) through several moves with my home business. I think this will be a great resource for the many other military spouses I work with, so I’m glad to know it’s here…..I’ll be sure to pass the word!

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