I’m a planner. A list maker. A multi-tasker. An over-achiever. It’s what I do. It’s what I’ve always done.
From a young age, I had “big plans” for myself. When I was seven, I was going to be a Doctor. When I was 11, I was going to be a Marine Biologist. When I was 14, I was going to be a CEO of some sort. Here I am in my mid-30s, and I’m none of those things, but the ambition and desire are still there.
For the last decade I’ve been the wife of an active duty Airman, and in the previous three years, we’ve added two tiny dependents to our numbers. We’ve been stationed in Ohio, Germany, and now England—not exactly close to our Northwest roots. I was fortunate that my husband entered the military a bit later than most (23) and I had finished up my bachelors in marketing and business the year prior. I’ve been even more fortunate (if not just extremely lucky) to land a few jobs while we’ve been overseas that have given me the opportunity to gain skills, meet others, help provide for my family, and give me the ability to continue on my path to figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. I’ve also had a blast in each position—so the overseas life has been a fantastic experience for us.
I’m currently working at a school as a registrar and although I love it…I want more. My MBA in government contracting and acquisition is almost complete, and I know I’ll need something that pushes me. That will turn into more. Not just more for me, but more for others as well.
If there’s one story I’ve heard over and over again from the hundreds of spouses I’ve met in the last ten years, it’s the lack of a stable career. A lack of jobs at overseas and remotely located bases. The lack of a challenge. The lack of opportunity and advancement. Spouses with knowledge, education, and experience but nowhere to focus it. No positions that are truly portable.
And so the idea of The Remote Spouse Project was born. A place to connect military spouses to virtual job opportunities and the knowledge and skills that help get them the position. A place to help keep the gaps in the résumé at a minimum and to make living “remotely” a bit easier.
Being that I’m a multi-tasker and always have about 20 different windows open on my computer, some other stuff might pop up as well. Hence why I’ll throw out posts about the military life, parenthood, and traveling. Three of my heart’s main parts.