My spouse joined the Navy back in 2009 when I was still finishing up grad school. We married in March of that year, he left for OCS in May, and we lived apart for the following 12 months. Since he's been in, we have moved cross-country twice, with a third move back to the west coast scheduled for summer 2017. We have three young children (ages 6, 4, and 2) who have gotten to experience all of this as well. I have a Master's Degree in Social Work, and I've been lucky enough to find full-time employment for most of the time that he's been in the Navy. However, we just relocated again this summer and will only be here for 9 more months, so finding a full-time job has been a struggle. I'm extremely passionate about topics including military spouse careers, moving, military kids, supportive resources, and military spouse self-care.
Blog Post List
May 1, 2017
One of the greatest struggles that I’ve had as a military spouse, harder than the separations, more trying than the unknowns, has been the act of leaving. Leaving family, leaving friends, leaving a home. For someone like myself who already struggles with opening up and allowing people to get to know me, the pain of becoming close and then losing a relationship is nothing but visceral. And yet, as I reflect on what has been the most tremendous barrier for myself over the past eight years, undoubtedly my career is near the top of that list. For a really long time, I found myself worrying,...
October 31, 2016
I thought I could handle the stress, anxiety and depression I was battling all by myself after we got news of another deployment. I was wrong and after crisis I learned to reach out for help. Here's my story.