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About That One Time in Seoul

I’m a little behind on things in South Korea. Getting adjusted to a new work schedule and life in Daegu has been a wild and crazy ride! As I mentioned in my last post, we are also trying to make the most of being stationed here, so Busan was our last trip. However, I forgot to share that we spent a wonderful weekend in Seoul last month. The Army celebrated its 242nd birthday on June 14 – and we traveled to Seoul to attend the Birthday Ball. Y’all, it was my FIRST birthday ball experience and I had a blast!…

Fourth of July at Busan, South Korea

After we unpacked our final box, we started crafting our South Korea/Asia bucket list and are determined to make the most of the time off, especially during American holidays! The first holiday in the country was Memorial Day, but we decided to stay in town and finish unpacking our goods. Our stuff arrived here the Friday before Memorial Day. So, it seemed natural to power through the weekend to set-up our new home here. However, for the Fourth of July (the next long weekend), we traveled to Busan for a beach weekend and had a wonderful time. What a vibrant…

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…

Good-bye Northern Virginia, Hello South Korea

So, I left Northern Virginia. It’s unbelievable to type out (let alone say out loud) that I live in South Korea now. Who knew that I would be here? My husband and I sure didn’t think another assignment in South Korea would land on our plate. Alas, it did. And instead of doing another unaccompanied tour like our last go around, we opted to do command sponsorship this time. Why? Unlike last time, I already work from home. I didn’t have a career to worry about. With those factors in mind, why not? It was still a difficult pill to…

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…

Turning 30: Birthday Milestone

Now that we’re in April, the first thing that comes to mind is my birthday is a month away (YAY!). This one is sticking out more than others though because I’m turning 30. Yes, you read it right…I’m turning THREE-ZERO, THIRTY, and any other variation that reflects the number 3 and 0. Want to hear something stinky too? My husband won’t be around. Whomp, whomp. ‘Tis the life of a military spouse. No biggie because we plan to celebrate before he leaves in a couple of weeks. The Lion King has a traveling show starting in Richmond…AND I MUST SEE IT!…

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…

Playing Tourist at the National Mall

It only took a year and a half…. Actually, I’ve walked on the National Mall with family and friends already, but my husband has either been away or unable to come with us. He hasn’t been able to see any of the monuments and memorials and with the weather turning, we wanted to make sure we make of the time we have before Winter. This past Sunday was beautiful out. A couple months ago, I drove up to the National Mall area on a Sunday and surprisingly found that parking wasn’t as bad as I thought. So, I thought it would…

I’m so lucky to have so many heroes!

This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of La Brea Bakery, but all my thoughts are my own. Today is my husband’s birthday — HAPPY BIRTHDAY HONEY! — and in a couple of days, it’s Veterans Day. Along with celebrating my beloved’s special day of birth, it’s also time to celebrate all the countless Veterans out their for their service to protect the wonderful country I call home. I mentioned that I’m luck to have so many heroes and it’s because I really look up to all the men and women that put on a uniform. It…