How The Blog Began
My husband and I have not taken the typical military life route. We were married in 2009 and lived separately until 2014. We did this for two reasons: 1) He was going through a lot of training/deployments meaning he spent little time at home. 2) I could not very well pursue a career moving around every year to a couple years…or so I thought.
In 2014 I decided it was time for a change and made the big move to the East coast with my husband while he had a little more relaxed schedule. I enjoyed being at home, cooking meals, RELAXING, catching up on things I had been putting off, and most of all I enjoyed creating my own schedule.
BUT after a few weeks, I realized I needed something more to occupy my time. I fell back on my trained skills and started freelance designing at floral shops as my “schedule” would allow. 🙂 It was a great job. I punched in, worked like crazy, punched out and didn’t think about it again until I punched in again.
As time went on, there was something not so great about the job. I was spending, or wasting, a lot of time doing something I wasn’t invested in. I found myself wanting to change things, make the shop better, but then, I didn’t really care. That’s when I decided freelancing is a great job to do here and there, but it cannot be my life. I need something different.
In 2015, we moved to our next duty station: Italy! What a crazy rollercoaster of events. How cool is it to live in Italy!? A lot of American’s never make it overseas, let alone live there for several years. While the traveling over here is great, there is that other part, everyday life.
That everyday life portion really becomes a pretty big deal. American spouses working Italy is challenging and very limited. I spent WEEKS trying to find a direction and figure out what the heck I was going to do for the weeks and months I spent in Italy while my husband was working.
My big question: How can I work now and develop a life for our future? Well, blogging was the answer. I can share my passion, contribute to something meaningful, and share my journey with others who might be trying to find the same path. You know when something just feels right? This just felt right.