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.
Hello, I’m Christine from Her Money Moves. I’m an Army Wife of almost eight years and mom to a toddler boy and two wild dogs. In just under eight years of marriage we’ve managed to live in six different duty stations. I love to travel, cook, “taste wine”, and I live for a good deal or sale. If I find one, you will know about it, promise.
I’ve had a million different careers because of military moves, but right now I work a remote 9-5 job for a University. In my free time I offer unsolicited advice on personal finances and careers for military spouses at my blog, HerMoneyMoves.com!
What inspired you to start your blog or business?
I found that so many of my friends (military or not) totally ignore very important aspects of personal finance because they just don’t understand it or it’s boring to them. I wanted to share my knowledge of personal finance in a fun and conversational way that would get people interested in taking charge of their own money and futures.
What’s the main message you hope your blog shares with your readers?
Life is so much easier and less stressful when your finances are under control. I want to share all my tips, advice, experiences and even financial mistakes with my readers so that they can be financially fit and prepared to take care of themselves and their families. When finances aren’t tended to, people could be paying far too much for certain products and services, and some people aren’t paying enough bills. This could lead to people using Credit Cards for No Credit to rebuild their credit score because it has been damaged so much.
What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?
I love all the amazing friendships I’ve made over the years. My civilian friends always ask me if it gets lonely moving so much since it’s so hard to make friends as an adult. I tell them absolutely not. Each time we PCS I have at least 5 friends from previous duty stations I know I can connect with right away!
Tell us a little bit about your journey as a military spouse-the ups and downs, lessons learned, etc.
Early on in my military spouse journey, I rebelled against the idea of being a “military spouse”. I didn’t feel like I fit the stereotypical military spouse image. So, I didn’t attend events or try to make friends with other military spouses. Now I realize that I really just hurt myself in the beginning and missed out on possible new friendships. As I’ve grown up, now I know that military spouses are a very diverse group of people and we don’t all fit into one stereotypical box.
What’s the number one piece of advice you would give a new military spouse?
Put yourself out there, really listen to others, stop judging, and allow real friendships to happen. If you stay in your own little bubble, you will miss out, period.
Do you have a favorite place the military has taken you? What is it and why?
Three months after we were married, the Army sent us to Seoul, South Korea. I was nervous at first, but we ended up LOVING our time there. In just two years, we had so many amazing experiences as we traveled and ate our way through South Korea, and even Cambodia, The Philippines, and China too. Many of the South Korean friends I made there, I still keep in touch with over seven years later. Plus, if you say the words, “kim-chi”, my mouth will water. I still crave good Korean food all the time!
Just for fun:
- Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce. It’s so funny and juicy. I have to reassure my husband that it doesn’t mean anything that I like to watch it!
- What’s your favorite hobby? I love learning new things! I like to spend my extra time learning new skills, whether it be cooking, coding, or crafting. Teach me all the things!
- Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate and if I can make it mint chocolate – even better
- Tell us a random fact about yourself. I can still walk on my hands and do a back-handspring.
If you don’t already follow Christine, you need to! I was lucky enough to hang out with her at the Military Influencer Conference last year and loved getting to know her! She has amazing financial tips and advice that everyone could benefit from, regardless of whether you’re affiliated with the military or not. You can find her on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
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