When my son was born I felt I had a different purpose in life. I wanted to be the best mother I could be…while also having a career. I wanted it all…and who can blame me? Don’t we all? I struggled with the thought of having to choose and finally realized that I don’t have to choose. I CAN have it all. I can have a rewarding career and be a full-time mom to my precious baby boy. And for those out there that are working moms, I have the utmost respect for you. I was a product of working parents and I know the sacrifice you make every day.
But It wasn’t until recently that I realized that the only person standing in my way was me. As a military spouse it’s easy to let the lifestyle get in the way. The Army says to move, and you have to move. I have started and left jobs at companies that I felt I could stay at until retirement. I’m sure you military spouses can relate. But there is a silver lining here, I promise. All of those experiences I have had make me who I am today.
I am surrounded by the most incredibly resilient and brilliant special forces wives. I have seen firsthand wives balance motherhood, the challenges of facing multiple deployments and all the while, they are establishing their own businesses and chasing their dreams. How awesome is that?? I have decided to do the same.
They have decided to go after a dream and not stop. Now that’s powerful. I started by attending Power Hour, a weekly business group created by my oh-so- brilliant friend, Alana Le. http://www.alanale.com/power-hour-networking-events/
She established this weekly group to encourage entrepreneurship. I attended my first meeting not knowing what would be expected of me but I quickly found that we were all in the same boat. We all wanted success on our own time and wanted to find ways to support each other through the thick and thin of entrepreneurship. What a fabulous group she created and it came at the perfect time in my life.
I have continued to attend Power Hour online (ask me for more details if you want to join me online, Mondays at 3pm EST). I have decided I can do this, even with my one-year old hanging off me like a monkey as I type.
So here’s my dream:
Ultimately, I’d love to create a nonprofit organization to help military spouses and offer solutions to our most prevalent problems. But until I do all of the research necessary, I would like to kick start my event consultation business. I have some big ideas in my head and now it’s time to make them a reality!
Here’s my next step:
- Register the company name with the Secretary of State. That might take a while but I will update you with the process as I go.
- I am going to stop by the Women’s Business Center in Fayetteville, NC, run by the Center for Economic Empowerment and Development (CEED). They help with business plans and funding.
- Set up a meeting with my friend Alana Le, who will design the organization logo and website. Yay!
I plan to take all of my experiences with a Chamber of Commerce, young professionals group, nonprofit work and fundraising events to support these efforts.
I am a excited, nervous and a little scared, but I hope you stay with me on this journey…its ups and downs.
I encourage you to follow your dreams and if you have a whisper in your heart, listen to it and don’t ever give up.
So here’s another question for you- If you have identified your dreams, what are you doing to make them a reality?
Join me for my next post as I detail all of the tips and tools I learned from the first Embark Conference for career minded military spouses sponsored by the Milspo Project, which is a nonprofit started by military spouses. http://www.themilspoproject.com/
Sending you sunshine,