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Military Spouse Profile: Elizabeth From Our Darling Adventure

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 Countdowns and Cupcakes readers, I’m Elizabeth-the blogger and creative mind behind Our Darling Adventure. When I’m not writing (for the blog or just for fun), you can find me trying to get my two-year old to eat her veggies, watching Netflix on the couch with the husband or heading off on our next great adventure around upstate New York.

What inspired you to start your blog or business?

Honestly, the loneliness of military life inspired me to start blogging. I was a brand new milspouse living far away from family and friends with a husband preparing for deployment. I stumbled upon a blog written by a military spouse and was inspired to join the community. The rest, as they say, is history! Blogging really is a great way to express yourself to an audience, and I’m so glad I’ve done it! You don’t even need to be a computer wizard to have a great blog – there are many great programs that are easy to use and can help you get your blog out there, and you might want to have a look at the best concrete 5 hosting providers should that be the content publishing system you go for.

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

My passion is helping women of all stages and military affiliation strengthen their marriages and family life. I love sharing my own personal adventures as a military spouse and first-time mom to encourage other spouses.

What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?

Definitely getting the chance to explore the world with my family!

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

Oof, where do I start? I’ve learned so much in the six years I’ve spent as a military spouse but probably the most important lesson I’ve learned is to always look for the silver linings because there always is one.

I had a horrible attitude about being stationed in Hawaii for the first two years we were there and it really affected my physical and mental health. After I changed my attitude, I learned to love living in Hawaii and my husband and I even made the decision to move back at the end of the year!

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

Attitude is everything. In military life, we rarely have as much control over our lives as we’d like but keeping a good attitude will help us make the most of difficult situations.

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

Along with my husband Zach, I’d have to say that the military spouse blogging community have been a huge help to me through the past few years. The military spouse friendships I’ve made through blogging have supported me through some tough times and I’m so glad I found this community.

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

So far, I’ve lived in Hawaii and upstate New York so picking Hawaii is a total no-brainer! (This former New England girl has been spoiled by all the aloha beaches.) I’m so excited to be going back and spending more time exploring the islands and really taking advantage of the experiences Hawaii has to offer.

Just for fun:

  • Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? I’m a big fan of Parks and Recreation but I’ve also loved binge-watching The Crown lately. (Anyone else excited for Season 3?)
  • What’s your favorite hobby? Other than blogging, my favorite hobby would have to be memory keeping. I love telling stories about my family’s adventures! Graphic design is a very close second though.
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla-no contest.
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself. When I was in middle school, I wanted to be either an FBI Agent or a writer. The FBI thing obviously didn’t work out but writing is still my passion!

Thank you to Elizabeth for joining us this month! I love her comment about attitude being everything – that’s a lesson I have really taken to heart since becoming a military spouse. Plus anyone who’s a fan of The Crown gets a thumbs up in my book! Check her out on her blog, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Pinterest.

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