Our Military Spotlight has been such a beautiful way to get to know another mom in our military family. Most of us know, it’s a different life and having other military spouses help to get through some of the challenges is what makes us stronger.
Today I would like to share another amazing story from a mom and military spouse who has been part of this lifestyle for over ten years. Rebecca remembers when she was the young spouse and needed support from the seasoned spouses when she had no family around. Getting out of the house was even a challenge when she was living in a foreign country as a young wife.
Other Military Spouse become Family away from home
During Rebecca’s time on bedrest through a pregnancy, she remembers the feeling of family explicitly; away from home with her new friends. When they took care of cleaning her house and preparing meals is when she especially felt a comfort and peace and knew one day she would do the same for other new military spouses.
I can relate to much of what Rebecca shared with me when she said: “her biggest joy comes when she sees her children emulate her husband”. Recently, they were at an event put on by the local recruiting unit, with an Army simulation, and her children were desperate to be “just like dad” and play in it too!
Rebecca works as a Freelance Writer for various small businesses and individual writers. Like many of us, she was tired of working in an office, paying for childcare, and never seeing her children during their good (waking) hours. Her passion is helping people, and tries to bring the military spouse into her writing opportunities anytime she can. She also knows her at-home business can easily take 2nd, 3rd, 4th or even 5th back seat to the rest of her family life.
The Struggle is real and fun
Rebecca has struggled many times with the unpredictability of childcare and her husband’s duty schedule and finds it hard to balance work, kids, family, and fun. Most volunteer opportunities, spouses’ events, and official functions are either during her work hours that are primarily her children’s school hours or sometimes during dinner time, so she has to make difficult decisions. As most of us who work from home, she found herself reaching a breaking point of either not getting enough work done, or not having enough people time.
It took Rebecca a little bit time to get to $1,000 per month in her business, but mostly due to a new pregnancy and balancing her career. She was averaging $500 to $750 while doing the business halfheartedly. Shortly after having her third child she started pursuing additional opportunities to make her business a full-fledged at-home income opportunity. She easily hit $1,000 and in 2017, when she took the decision to take it seriously and acquired some anchor clients, actually making a consistent income.
Becoming Debt Free with Her At-Home Business
I love that she puts her family as her strong why and her goal is to be able to live wherever and do whatever they want as a family. If they want to travel, they want to be able to do that. If they want to spend a little money on an event or fly home to visit family, or travel Europe, they want just to be able to go. By making the income she has with her freelance writing business, they are now debt free and have extra money to vacation. They love to explore and spend quiet time together reading. She never wants any of this to change. The military lifestyle has allowed for so many amazing experiences with five moves in 10 years and to include a tour in Germany. With her freelance writing business from home, she hasn’t had to restart with every move; she just gains additional strength to move forward, both personally and professionally. Her biggest joy (besides her family) is to connect people and help others and share what she has learned along the way!
If you would like to reach out to Rebecca, you can reach her at [email protected]
* Thank you to C. Miracle Photography for the photos provided: https://www.facebook.com/miraclephotography1/