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Military Spouse Profile: Kelsey From By Land, Air Or Sea

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 y’all! I’m Kelsey Ramirez, a Coast Guard wife, mother of two beautiful young girls, elementary teacher, ombudsman, technology enthusiast, football fanatic, Clemson loving, iced Latte and Mango tea drinking southern girl!

What inspired you to start your blog or business?

When I took a hiatus from teaching to go on extended maternity leave at 4 months pregnant, I wanted something to fulfill my passion and time.  I love helping others and wanted to put my tech skills to use.  I have started off small, and I am continuing to build and grow solo.

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

My main message is to be a contributor to military families and making their life easier.  My website was initially built to help with all issues dealing with PCSing (my unit information pages), traveling, education, buying and selling, and overall tips to make life easier.  My father was an Air Force Pilot, my husband is a Petty Officer in the Coast Guard, and my brother is an infantryman.  I have lots of tidbits of advice to help newcomers.

What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?

My favorite part of being a military spouse is knowing that my husband is part of a great purpose.  He has conducted search and rescue operations and has saved many families (which he won’t boast about), and he has protected our borders from drug operations.  Traveling comes in a close second.

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

It took some getting used to being in the military.  Being away from the love of your life isn’t easy (yes, the Coast Guard deploys – 2-6 months at a time).  The second thing was to surround myself with spouses who were encouraging and positive.  Spouses come in all varieties – just like in the civilian sector – be kind, be helpful, be supportive.  I learned that if I am these things, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how they are.

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

Learn to be flexible, as hard as it is.  I remind myself of that many days.  They cannot control their schedule, and they need our support.

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

Other spouses.  Living on bases I found other spouses that I could rely on, hang out with, chit-chat, and ask advice from.  I had many take me under their wing as a new spouse and then as a new spouse to an area. I have been fortunate in that way.

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

Oak Island, NC.  I grew up in Myrtle Beach as a child, then I moved away.  It was fun to come back to the area as an adult and enjoy all it had to offer.

Just for fun:

  • Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? Grey’s Anatomy
  • What’s your favorite hobby? My website (hopefully, it will become more than a hobby).
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla – for sure! 
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself. I am a music sponge – I can pick up most songs after hearing them twice.

Many thanks to Kelsey for sharing her story this month! I’m a little biased because she’s a fellow Clemson fan, but I highly recommend checking her out on social media or on her blog.  I could feel the pride in her words about her husband being part of a greater purpose; that sense of pride is something so many of us can relate to. You can find her on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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