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My Day with Prince Harry, the First Lady and Doctor Biden

Talk about an amazing whirlwind experience! First, a huge thank you goes out to my homegirl, Jo, My Gosh for being such an amazing person and for allowing my crazy self to sit next to her at the event. Plus, an even bigger thank you goes out to Blue Star Families for their continued support to military families everywhere. If it weren’t for y’all at BSF, we wouldn’t have been able to go, so you rock! I’ve been in the Metro DC area now for almost two years and consider myself lucky to be surrounded by so many awesome historical…

We’re All in this Together — One MilFam

I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to be a part of the military spouse community. Seriously, it’s the main reason I haven’t lost my mind. Everyone, and I really mean everyone, I met in my journey to military spousedom and beyond have been A-MAZING and helpful — whether I’ve met them on or offline. Not only that, they have given me (and continue to give me) a generous amount of support. I wouldn’t be where I am now without the people that I’ve met and they have also given me the drive and motivation to empower others that might end…

My Military Wedding: Pinterest vs. Reality, Pt. 2

Last weekend was the first anniversary of my church wedding! My husband and I decided to utilize a Bed & Breakfast deal we nabbed for a romantic overnight stay. I think I’m hooked on the B&B experience (as I’ve mentioned before, haha). We got back home on our anniversary afternoon to finish off the weekend relaxing around our home. I actually turned on our wedding video and replayed the ceremony for the second time since getting it (my parents watched it when they visited). It was so amazing to be able to watch our ceremony from another perspective — and…

Fort Belvoir’s Oktoberfest

This past weekend was jam packed! I had a special special guest come into town, so I played tourist for a day and danced the night away in D.C. AND I volunteered at the BESC’s Autumn Bazaar during Fort Belvoir’s Oktoberfest. It was such an amazing event that I was so happy to be a part of. I just started participating at my local spouse club and can’t stress how much I’m loving it! What an amazing group of people! The goal of the club is to fund raise for scholarships and we have fun doing it. You can’t beat…

Arizona for the Weekend

I’m back! The last couple of weeks have been CRAZY! First, I’ve been catching up from my parents visit AND planning ahead for being away for my Arizona trip. I practically didn’t have any time to myself. Plus, I’ve just been so antsy to finally see my husband again. Last week, I saw my husband graduate a class. It was my very first official Army spouse proud moment. Because most of the soldiers that graduated came from outside of Arizona, a lot of family members weren’t present. I wasn’t the only crazy family member that showed. It was nice to…

Confessions of a MilSpouse During a Separation

My husband has been gone for a good three weeks, so I’m finally getting into a good rhythm with living solo. That doesn’t go without saying, I miss him dearly while he’s on his TDY, but I’m slowly realizing that it is slightly liberating to have all this room to myself. While he’s away, I’ve grown accustom to doing things that I either would, a.) never do with him around because it’s embarrassing or b.) never get the chance to do with him around. We all have some quirks that come out when we are given the chance to be…

Duty Station Scrapbooking

Last weekend was my first weekend all by myself. In a way, I was actually looking forward to it. Of course, I missed my husband and friends, especially after my NYC visit the following last weekend. It was just refreshing to go around town and be on my own for a bit. I used the time to get started on something I committed to doing while my husband is away and that’s starting a duty station scrapbook. So far, I’m doing pretty well with all tips I shared in my Operation In Touch blog story! I went to a local…

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…

Adjusting to Married Life

I was brutally reminded that my husband and I will celebrate six months of marriage (again…) on July 25. (We have six months to create our wedding album and we have yet to do it!) It’s incredible how time flies. He’s actually been back from Korea for six months too. What makes this six month anniversary different than the last is that we actually spent it together. The year he was in Korea didn’t even feel like we were married. It just said it on paper. It seemed more like our engagement because we spent the majority of the year…

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…