By Taylor Matzelle, Freedom Maker
Never in a million years did I think I would be living this lifestyle. I mean seriously, who actually dreams of marrying an active-duty Marine where you will be forced to spend limitless time apart? Not me. Way back when, in the summer of 2008, I had decided to head east to the beaches of Emerald Isle to serve cocktails and beer at the infamous beach bar, The Emerald Club. I was not expecting to find my forever love. I was there to save money to pay back the thousands I owed in college tuition. I was not aware that this particular place was the go-to-hang out for our American heroes stationed at Camp Lejeune. I remember asking a co-worker how she knew which customers were Marines and ones that were just there on vacation? I remember the laughter because she was completely blown away that I did not even notice the traditional haircuts that they all seemed to be rocking. From then on out I was schooled on how to spot a Marine from a mile away.
Fast-forward to 2011 and I married my active-duty Marine and chose to put my career on the backburner and focus on his career and our future family. This was all by choice because I could have pursued my dreams and goals but living this life of changing locations every two-three years is not for the faint of heart. Trying to find a new job after every move, keeping up with credentials, and the costs of childcare was overwhelming.
If only I had known then what I know now I would have joined Freedom Makers a lot sooner. Two words. Virtual Assistant. Being a Virtual Assistant is the absolute dream job for a military spouse. I am able to work from the comfort of my home while caring for my three-year-old son and also my six-year-old when he’s out of school for holidays or summer break. It’s the best of both worlds. I wanted the ability to stay home and be the best mother and wife possible but at the same time, I wanted something for myself to help me continue to grow as a person. This is it. It motivates and challenges me to keep growing and gives me something of my own. I’ll never regret my decision to stay home with my kids while they are little, but I must admit that it is nice to have a job that forces me to go outside my comfort zone and keeps my brain flowing.