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Keeper of the Checkbook

“He has no idea where we are financially,” observed National Guard wife Stephanie. “I’m not asking him to take over the finances just be a part of the discussion.” Let’s face it, with the aggressive deployment schedule of Active Duty, Guard and Reserve components the military spouse becomes the ‘keeper of the checkbook.’ I took over the responsibility of the family finances during my husband’s first deployment. The original plan was Scott would take it over upon his return.  Read more here. … Read entire article »

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Need a “LifT?”

This year we will mark the tenth year of 9/11 and that means ten years as a nation at war. While President Bush prepared us for an elongated conflict I think few of us believed it would extend beyond that of the first Gulf War. Yet here we are. Though we are a nation at war I am sometimes surprised by the gulf between the military and civilian communities. I recently spoke at a university forum on military and military families. At the opening of my remarks I asked how many in the audience and on the panel had a relative serving in the military. Not one hand was raised. I asked if their parents or grandparents served. Several hands raised signifying grandparents served in the military, but surprisingly none had … Read entire article »

Filed under: Kitsap Sun Columns

Milspouse – CEO’s at Home

Working from home is a dream of many women, not just military spouses. For military spouses a portable career based at home is golden. Let’s define three ways to work from home; independent business affiliation (Mary Kay, Amway, Pampered Chef), launch a business from your idea or concept (sewing, jewelry, translation services, photography), or work-from-home (often called telecommuting – transcription, virtual assistant). Before launching a business of any type assess your circumstances and characteristics. How much time do you have to devote to this business? Do you have space to store inventory? Have you discussed the impact of this business on your family with your spouse and older children? Are you a self-motivated person? Read more here. … Read entire article »

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Opinions Wanted – Yours…

Have you ever had an idea for family programs? Let me rephrase that. I’ll bet you, like me, have encountered issues, challenges or situations where you thought about ideas or solutions to improve life for military families. Have you looked for opportunities to share ideas, your experiences or at the least to express your perspective on the challenges of military Spousedom? Periodically the Department of Defense, individual branches or other interested parties solicit the input and experience of military spouses and families. And that is why I am veering from my planned column to bring you two opportunities to advocate for yourself and other military families by sharing your voice and experience. Read more here. … Read entire article »

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Military Spouse Entrepreneurs

Employment has long been a challenge for military spouses. Building a career can feel like a pipe dream. The mobile nature of military service, while great for the career of our service member does not always ‘enhance’ our own resume. Add a downturn in the economy to that equation and mobile military spouses can find themselves unemployed or underemployed. Ah, but the American entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well among military spouses. More and more spouses are looking for a mobile career and turning to home-based businesses and self-employment. Andrea turned her love of sewing into Ballie’s Bag and Baubles (www.bailliesbag.com). Betty loves making jewelry and launched Gambizzle Jewels (http://www.gambizzlejewels.storenvy.com/). Joanna was looking for a way to acknowledge spouses beyond a bouquet of flowers and launched Atta Girl Gifts (www.attagirlgifts.com). Stephanie … Read entire article »

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Soup, Salad and a Side of Laughter

I recently had lunch at one of my favorite cafés; Mimi’s. I was enjoying what I call a ‘heavy, deep and real’ conversation with a girlfriend. Across the aisle was a table full of women. This group may be familiar to you. They are distinctive and you mostly likely have encountered them in restaurants in your area. These ladies wear hats. They wear red hats; ‘creative’ red hats with purple accents. Yup, they are the ladies of the “Red Hat Society.” In the interest of full disclosure, my mother is a member of the Red Hat Society. However she joined long after I left the nest. I never saw her adorned in her ‘society’ regalia. But I know she looks forward to, and fully participates, in each activity of her local … Read entire article »

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