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Military Spouse Profile: Lily from Sytbiz

October 2, 2017

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! My name is Lily. I run a WordPress web design business with my twin sister. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for over 10 years and we have three kids, 2 boys and 1 girl. I originally studied Government and International Politics with the intent of attending law school but life threw me a curve when I married my husband (who was active duty at the time). Plans changed and now here we are.

What inspired you to start your blog or business?

It was during my husband’s second overseas tour. Since getting married I had relocated four times. I had to leave my job and it was difficult to find a new one every time we moved, especially because I never knew how long we would be in one place. So I decided, it was time to make my own opportunities.

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

The message I hope to send is that it is possible to run a business on your own terms. My son has multiple medical issues and it’s only because of my business that I am able to make him a priority. It gives me the flexibility I need to be there for my family.

What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?

My favorite part of being a military spouse is the friends that I’ve made. Being a military spouse is a unique experience that can only be understood by others who have been in the same situation.

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

My journey has definitely been a rough one. During the first five years of our marriage, we spent more than half of it apart. Moving to different duty stations, far away from my extended family and support system, was a struggle for me. Even the ending to our military journey was a surprise as my husband was medically discharged due to his injuries. At the time we thought we had a few more years of the military life left. But it hasn’t been all bad. The support that the military community provides, even after getting out, has been a huge help.

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

Connect with others who are going through the same thing as you. The hardest part of a deployment (besides worrying about your spouse of course) is the loneliness. Don’t try to get through it by yourself.

 

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

My twin sister. She’s not only my business partner, she’s been my biggest source of support especially in my journey as a caregiver to my husband and my son as well.

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

Colorado Springs. I absolutely loved the scenery and the school system was amazing. We seriously debated staying there permanently except that all of our extended family is in Maryland.

Just for fun:

  • Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? Currently, Person of Interest. Previously, Bob’s Burgers before it was removed.
  • What’s your favorite hobby? Reading 
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate.
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself. As a kid I wanted to be an author, a doctor, a lawyer and a paleontologist. Clearly none of those panned out!

Many thanks to Lily for sharing her story! I think it’s so cool that Lily and her twin sister have made their own opportunities and started their own business. So many military spouses have become entrepreneurs and we can all learn a lot from each other.  If you’re in the market for a new website, you have to check out her web designs! You can find Lily on her website, Facebook and Pinterest.

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