My French tutor's best-kept business secret

When I first learned French, it was in an oversized textbook closet that had been converted to a classroom (I wish I was joking), and my teacher was a French-Canadian Jesuit Priest, honestly, you can’t make this stuff up. He used to smack us on the side of the head with a bible when we pronounced our French homework incorrectly. Yes, if you are doing the math I went to high school in the 2000s, not the 1950s. Point being, that style of high-pressure learning really doesn’t serve me.

Stop throwing away money on internet "gurus"

When I first became a business owner, I gave myself a self-appointed MBA through business books, online programs, and free webinars. Since Elizabeth, businesswoman 1.0, didn't know a lick about being an entrepreneur when she got started, it often felt as though I was drinking out of a fire hose in those early years.

17 ways milspouses can make money in 2019

Lately, I've been receiving many questions about what kinds of businesses to start as a military spouse. While I do believe that starting the right business is very important and takes a lot of soul searching, sometimes it helps to hear about different types of businesses before deciding. Here’s 17 ideas . . .

My uncensored advice about billable hours

Imagine leaving on a white water rafting trip without a compass or a map. You might sense what basic direction you are heading, but without a river guide you will get bumped and bruised in the rapids.

Like an inexperienced river rafter, you will flail around for the better half of the year wondering why things don’t add up until you wake up and realize your revenue goals are out of whack because you never calculated them correctly in the first place!

New law benefits military spouses, but it is not enough.

Maybe you have heard about the new Ohio state law that allows spouses of transferred military members to collect unemployment benefits if the move forces the spouse to quit their job?

While legislation of this nature shows military families that Ohio appreciates their service, it does little to help military spouses find lasting and meaningful employment.

I hope your road is a long one

All these teachable moments, whether they appear in my life as procrastination, unrealistic optimism, or even forfeiting pay in my own company for my team, or ‘the greater vision’ just reeks of a worthiness complex. I mean, does anyone really want to follow the person who chooses themselves last into battle?

Keeping your center solid

The beauty of keeping your center solid and living in alignment with your values. The hard work is done for you, and the decision has been made before the problem has presented itself. Whatever is in alignment with your values is the answer, and it will bring you back to the truest version of you.

Keep at it

Isn’t this true about military life? We never see photos of the late night insomnia over worry, the parenting alone, navigating an impossible job market as a military spouse, or the isolation you feel far away from friends and family. These are the imperfectly beautiful, true life, moments of becoming. Growth happens when the cameras aren’t out–in the valleys and the lowest chambers of the heart, outside of the military balls and homecomings and national holidays honoring military families.

Share with the world #WhatWeCarry as military spouses

Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried" is a short story (and book) about a fictional platoon in Vietnam. It followed their inner thoughts (fears, superstitions, memories, future hopes) and highlighted intangible and tangible items they carried on their journeys as soldiers. 

For our #WhatWeCarry initiative in support of our Amaryllis campaign, we're taking Tim O'Brien's story and viewing it through our lens. We want to share with the world the personal stories, and collective voice, of the modern military spouse. Interested in contributing?