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Achievement Unlocked: Grad School Capstone Complete

My thoughts as I wait for my final grade. A couple years ago I shared that I’ll be starting grad school at American University – and I haven’t said much else! With work, school, and volunteering at my local installation, I was left with very little time, which I spent mostly with my spouse. In the last six months of our time in Virginia, things started picking up all around. That was also around the same time that we were looking to PCS (surprise!). I was really hoping I would finish the program stateside and have the opportunity to walk…

Why Having a Mobile Office is Important for Working MilSpouses

As a military spouse, we learn that things can change at any time…no matter what is going on. With my job being an important part of my life, I knew I would have to take the necessary precautions to be able to work from anywhere, literally! At the airport. Inside a plane. At a coffee shop. From my parents’ house. In an empty apartment on the floor and later on a card table. Inside a hotel room and lobby. All those things happened during the two-month move process from Northern Virginia to South Korea. I was without an office for…

How I Transitioned from Working in an Office to at Home

When I started this blog years ago, I had absolutely NO idea where I would have ended up at the end of the yearlong unaccompanied tour. I knew things would change – a lot. I was excited. I was scared. I was unsure. I was confused. And the list goes on and on. At the time, one of my biggest fears was losing my job. Ironically enough, it did happen. I didn’t write about it so much because it sucked (no need to sugar coat). When the opportunity came up to share my story, I jumped at the chance. I wrote about…

10 Lessons Learned from My Cat

Xena is a joy. When my husband and I adopted her almost two years ago, I couldn’t imagine how she would imprint on our lives. It sounds silly, but she seriously brings happiness to us. Xena is weirdly and adorably attached to both my husband and I — and must follow us where ever in our home we go. And if we happen to be in two different rooms, she has no idea what to do. Most of the time, she sits smack dab in the middle, patiently waiting for when we are in the same room again. She eats…

Some Exciting Things A-Brewin’

I’m going to let you in on a huge secret I’ve been keeping from pretty much everybody. I applied to Grad School about a month ago. Seriously though, I didn’t even tell my parents, it was that BIG of a secret (I tell my parents nearly everything). A combination of extreme nervousness and fear of disappointment (as silly as it sounds) kept me from telling people. I’ve been exploring programs nonchalantly for the last year and hoping to come across a program that caught my attention. Of course, I’ve been working in both the public relations and journalism realm, so I…

My Work From Home Rules

Working from home has it’s pros and cons. Right now, I’m so glad that I do. It’s great that I’m putting together my own workload and love the people I interact with on a daily basis. I explain more about my decision in a previous post. I am discovering that it takes a different kind of willpower to maintain productivity than a job that requires travel. Instead of getting up early and hopping on a train, my commute changed to just walk down the hallway. You can imagine that I could stretch out what they can get away with when you…

What happens when your co-worker is a cat?

I would say the biggest struggle with working from home is the lack of interacting with people in the flesh. Most of the day, I’m by myself at home — with the cat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that I have my cat to keep me company. Otherwise, I don’t think I would do as well. Maybe not that, but my days would sure be boring. She adds some funny moments to my day and/or welcome challenges (i.e. walking right in front of my computer), but it’s never anything that would compromise my daily tasks. In general, it’s nice…

Why I Work From Home

A couple months before my huge life change to legit Army spouse, I was really forced to evaluate my career moves. To speak candidly, it was really a devastating blow to lose the job I held in New York City. Despite the slight depression that set in when my former employer told me they wanted someone in-house, I knew there was more out there for me. I’ve been writing career-related topics for NextGen MilSpouse because it is just too close to home. The transition from full-time civilian professional in New York City to collecting freelance/contract work as an Army spouse…