There are so many amazing military spouses out there kicking butt on a daily basis that deserve to be recognized and I’m excited to feature one of them each month with my Military Spouse Profile series. If you’re interested in sharing your story (or know someone who might), please send me an email!
Introduce yourself to my readers! Tell us a little bit about who you are.
My name is Lizann, and I go by The Seasoned Spouse, which is the name of my blog. I’m a military spouse, mom of four kids, a published author, and a blogger. I work from home as an Assistant Editor for Military One Click.
What inspired you to start blogging?
I started blogging twice, with two totally different goals. I started the first blog, Adventures in Spain, when we got orders to move overseas. At first, it was a way to connect with friends and family back home and give them a glimpse into our Spanish travel and adventures. It eventually became a resource for families stationed at our base, and I turned the blog into a book!
After we returned to the States, I started my Seasoned Spouse blog as a deployment project. It was my husband’s 6th deployment and I had been writing daily tips and motivational ideas to other spouses in the unit. They were so popular that people encouraged me to turn them into a blog. I have since enjoyed connecting with spouses from all over the world in different military branches.
What’s the main message you hope your blog shares with your readers?
My blog’s motto is “We are all in this together.” My goal is to encourage and motivate military spouses as they navigate the different challenges of military life. Everything is hard the first time, but when you talk to someone who has been there before, it is empowering to realize that you can do it too!
What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?
Besides being married to my husband? And all the other amazing military spouses I have met? Haha, I actually like the opportunity to get a fresh start at each new duty station. Every PCS move is exhausting at the time, but in the end it is refreshing to clean out the house, start new habits, and explore a new town.
Tell us a little bit about your journey as a military spouse-the ups and downs, lessons learned, etc.
I’ve been a military spouse for almost 10 years, but before that I spent seven years as a long-distance military girlfriend. This journey has had so many different stages, filled with highs and lows. Some of the biggest challenges were when my boyfriend was wounded in Iraq, when I had our 3rd baby alone during a deployment, and PCSing overseas. Through all the big and little challenges I have learned a lot. Most importantly, I have learned that our family’s strength and love are stronger than distance, and we can grow closer together no matter where in the world we live. I have also learned a ton of strategies for uprooting and restarting life every few years.
What’s the number one piece of advice you would give a new military spouse?
Most important– be yourself and find people who support you! No military spouse should go through life alone, and we don’t have extra time or energy for anyone who is going to drag us down. Whether you get support from family, civilian friends, or other military spouses, find your support group that lets you be you and values you for who you are.
Do you have a favorite place the military has taken you? What is it and why?
Oh yes, by far our favorite duty station was Naval Station Rota, Spain! It’s in Southern Spain, on the beach, where it is warm and sunny for most of the year. Our family loved experiencing the local food, culture, and festivals. We traveled around the area to see historic towns and we even flew to other parts of Europe for memorable vacations.
With that said, living overseas had plenty of challenging and frustrating moments. After we had adjusted and lived there a few years, I started writing a book to help other military families find their way around. It is now published and available on Amazon. My book is called Welcome to Rota.
Just for fun:
- Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? Game of Thrones.
- What’s your favorite hobby? Baking.
- Chocolate or vanilla? CHOCOLATE
- Tell us a random fact about yourself. I was an English major in college and have always loved writing. But I never thought my 1st book would be about a military base!
Many thanks to Lizann for sharing her story! I’m a bit jealous of her time in Spain; there’s definitely part of me that would like to be stationed overseas. You can find Lizann on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.