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Military Spouse Profile: Emileigh from Lead With the Left

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.

Hey, I’m Emileigh Rogers. I’m a twenty-something currently living in Missouri, and I love traveling and vintage fashion. My husband is an Air Force chaplain candidate with one year left in his Masters degree. I recently got accepted as an Air Force Public Affairs officer and am waiting for official training dates!

What inspired you to start blogging?

I actually started blogging about vintage fashion about four years ago to coordinate with an Etsy shop. I grew to love blogging itself, and as my husband and I start/continue our military careers we wanted a way to expound on that part of our lives, to connect with others in the military community, and keep our families in the loop. So now we co-author a blog for warriors and families called Lead With the Left.

What’s the main message you hope your blog shares with your readers?

I hope that people feel empowered for military life after reading our blog. I want to be honest about the struggles, but I always want to communicate a sense of hope and strength to handle whatever comes. Whether this comes from sharing my personal experiences, tips from more experienced warriors and family members, or lessons from history, I want people to walk away feeling a bit more understood, stronger, and ready to face the future.

What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?

I love the built-in connections you can have with complete strangers. I can talk to a new military spouse or a retired one with decades of experience and still feel a connection with both. It’s even better when that connection develops into a deep relationship.

Tell us a little bit about your journey as a military spouse-the ups and downs, lessons learned, etc.

My grandmother, who had married an Army veteran, always talked up military men and assured me, “There’s nothing so fine as a man in uniform.” Growing up, I was great with the idea of marrying a military guy, and later I began considering joining the military myself. When I met newly-enlisted Jacob, I changed my mind about the “Chair Force” and decided it was okay after all (ha!).   We ended up getting married three years later, and I connected with the military community at the seminary he is attending for his Masters degree. I felt out of place at first, but over time I’ve developed some of the deepest and strongest friendships I’ve ever had.

Before we married, I also brought the idea of joining the Air Force up to Jacob to see if he was supportive. He was very excited about the idea, and when the time was right I began my recruitment process. Happily, after a long process, I was finally accepted!

What’s the number one piece of advice you would give a new military spouse?

Don’t worry about what a military spouse is “supposed” to be. Just be who you are and allow yourself time to grow into the life. It doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a process. If you don’t seem to look/act/think like the other military spouses or bloggers or whoever you encounter and feel out of place… don’t worry about it. You’ll discover over time how you want to live military life and find places you thrive.

What or who has been the biggest help or source of support to you in your role as a military spouse?

I have especially appreciated the help of the chaplain spouses I’ve met. Many of them feel just as called as their loved ones to care for the military community, and it shows in their thoughtfulness. The newer spouses are fun to discover military life with, and the older ones have given me invaluable advice and insight along my way.

Do you have a favorite place the military has taken you? What is it and why?

So far we haven’t had to move for the military as Jacob and I won’t go active duty until his degree is completed or I finish training, whichever comes first. I’m dearly wishing to live overseas, but we’ll just have to wait and see!

Just for fun:

  • Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? Call the Midwife
  • What’s your favorite hobby? Sewing vintage clothing.
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate, definitely.
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself. As a high schooler I lived in Egypt and Sudan with my family.

Many thanks to Emileigh for sharing her story! I love her unique style so much and think it’s awesome that she’s joining the military as well. I look forward to following her as she and Jacob become a dual-military couple.  You can find Emileigh on her blog, Facebook, TwitterPinterest and Instagram.

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