Name: Brittney Barnett

What is your dream job?: Nurse Practitioner & Mommy

What are three steps you plan to take to land that dream job?: 1. I'm currently working on my bachelor's degree to become a registered nurse.
2. Next I'll apply for a master's program wherever the Marine Corps takes us!
3. Well, I think you know what I've gotta do to become a mommy ;)

What is one thing your wished you had the courage to do?: Geez, that's a hard one! I'm a brave soul according to most people's standards, but I guess one of the things I haven't done yet because of a lack of courage is let my husband buy a motorcycle. Right now the cost of buying one is my excuse, but in reality, I know how my husband drives a car and I don't think I'd be able to sleep at night knowing he's driving a motorcycle every day! (He knows it worries me sick, too.)

What is one goal you hope to accomplish by the end of 2014?: I hope to have become a certified nursing assistant and to have landed a job in a hospital or clinic so that I can start gaining some real experience in the medical field (oops, that was two goals!).

What is the most recent goal you achieved? How did it feel to accomplish it?: I'm the author of a blog called The Military Wife Life, and today my little slice of the internet reached the point where I get over 10,000 page views per month! I love to write and I've put a lot of hard work and time into building my blog, so it feels great to know that I have readers who actually like what I'm creating.

What are you most proud of?: My husband and the man I've watched him become over the years.

What advice would you give to a new military spouse?: Don't let yourself get sucked into drama and take full advantage of the opportunities you have as a military spouse. You'll only have some of these opportunities for so long!

What challenges have you faced because you are a woman?: During the first few months of our marriage, my husband expected me to do EVERYTHING around the house (all of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, taking care of our cat, etc.) because I'm the woman. While I'm more than happy to take care of him and our house, I don't like the idea of "well, all of that is your job because you're the woman." I'm working on a career over here, too! We've since come to agreements on who does what chores around the house and what we switch on, but I still hate that the stereotype exists.

What is the most challenging thing about being a military spouse? What is the most rewarding thing?: One of the biggest challenges I've faced as a military spouse is trying to finish my degree. It's hard when you know you're moving in several months but you have no clue where you'll end up. It's also hard because a lot of times credits from one school won't transfer to another. One of the most rewarding things will be when I finally have a degree and a solid start to my career, despite those challenges. Another one of the most rewarding things is walking side-by-side with my Marine in his dress blues! ;)

What is one obstacle you have faced on a personal level, as a military spouse that you would have never expected?: Honestly, I find the amount of control the military has on my husband to be an obstacle sometimes. I had this mindset that once we got married and lived off-base my husband and I would be able to do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted, as long as it didn't interfere with his normal work schedule. Ha! Wrong. He still has to submit special liberty or leave requests if we decide to go camping on the weekends, he still has to show up extra early or stay extra late sometimes for PT, formation, or a promotion ceremony, and he STILL has 24-hour duties on occasion. For some reason I just didn't expect all of that would stay the same when I was a military girlfriend/fiancee.

How has being a military spouse helped you grow on a personal level?: I've certainly become more flexible through all of this. I've also learned to be extremely resilient, as we've had many awesome plans squashed by the military.

As a military spouse, I know one thing for certain, it is . . . : Loving a service member isn't always very romantic. There are lots of lonely and tearful nights, but all of it is completely worth it, in my opinion. Military life isn't for the faint of heart!

Brittney Barnett is the creator and author behind The Military Wife Life lifestyle blog.

Brittney Barnett is the creator and author behind The Military Wife Life lifestyle blog.

My biggest fear is . . . : Big spiders. Gjlsdfk. I got chills just from typing that.

When I grow up I want to be . . . : A Nurse Practitioner, the best mommy ever, and an author with at least one published book.

In 2050, I hope women are/can/have . . . : No fear of or want for human trafficking, here in America or abroad.

What is your legacy?: Every person that comes to know Christ because of my actions or words, every life that's saved because of my nursing career, every word that's written on my blog, and hopefully someday, every one of my children will be my legacy.

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