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.
My name is Tiffany. I’ve been a military spouse for almost four years now. My husband is a military police officer in the Army. We are currently stationed at Fort Campbell, and we really love it here. I work as a blogger and virtual assistant. I blog about faith, marriage, and military life. I’ve also been writing a lot about pregnancy because we are expecting our first child soon. (Note: Tiffany and her husband welcomed their sweet little girl Raylee just a few weeks ago!)
What inspired you to start blogging?
I began blogging in college just for fun. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and actually I have a degree in journalism. In 2012, I started my own self-hosted blog – Seeing Sunshine – with the hopes of encouraging others, specifically singles. The funny thing is, though, I wasn’t single for long and ended up getting married the next year. That’s when the purpose of my blog shifted a little, but I still focus on trying to encourage and uplift others.
What’s the main message you hope your blog shares with your readers?
Seeing Sunshine got its name because I started it during a somewhat dark time in my life. I wanted to remind myself to see the sunshine. I wanted to remind others to look for the positives and watch for God’s blessings. That is still my main goal for my little corner of the internet.
What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?
My favorite part of being a military spouse is definitely the opportunities we have been given to travel and explore new places. We have had the money to go on a vacation almost every year, not to mention being able to explore so many different parts of the country (or world) thanks to being stationed at different places. Traveling is something we both really enjoy.
Tell us a little bit about your journey as a military spouse-the ups and downs, lessons learned, etc.
When I married my husband, he was already stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, so I moved there to be with him. It was my first time being away from family, and I had no clue what military life would be like. I found it difficult to make friends, but my husband and I were too busy being in that “honeymoon” stage and exploring the area for me to feel too lonely.
Next, Travis, my husband, was stationed in Korea for one year. Because I hadn’t made many friends in Georgia, I moved back home to Indiana to live near family. I was able to visit my husband in Korea for two months – once in the spring and once in the fall. However, that was the hardest year for our marriage. Honestly, God worked a miracle and saved our marriage that year!
We went to Missouri next while Travis was in the Captain’s Career Course. I really enjoyed our six months there. Now, we are living in Tennessee. It’s crazy what a difference my experience as a military wife is comparing now to that first year. I have many friends here and feel much more involved. I’m a lot more comfortable in this role of Army wife.
What’s the number one piece of advice you would give a new military spouse?
It’s all about your attitude. Military life can be extremely frustrating. There have been so many times I’ve hated the Army, been disappointed with orders, or had to change plans … again. It’s very hard not having control over certain aspects of your life. But it all comes down to your attitude and perspective. If we choose to let those things get to us, we will be miserable. But if we choose to “hunt the good stuff” or “see the sunshine,” we can have a military life full of opportunities and adventures.
What or who has been the biggest help or source of support to you in your role as a military spouse?
Right now, I’m involved in a military wife Bible study called The Lantern. It’s the first time I’ve felt truly understood and supported as a Christian military wife. I love those ladies and our time together each week.
Do you have a favorite place the military has taken you? What is it and why?
While Travis was stationed in Korea, they sent him TDY to Hawaii for some classes. It just so happened to land on one of the weeks I was visiting him. Of course, there was no way I was letting him go to Hawaii without me. Hawaii has always been on my bucket list. We were able to go together. I explored the island while he was in class, and each evening I’d pick him up so we could go explore together. It was really fun, and just so exciting to finally get to be in Hawaii.
Just for fun:
- Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? I went through a Lost phase one time, and binge-watched all the seasons. It was so suspenseful and mysterious! By the end, though, it got pretty lame.
- What’s your favorite hobby? I love going to the beach or laying poolside with a good book. Does that count as a hobby?
- Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate. Dark chocolate.
- Tell us a random fact about yourself. I’ve never had a hamburger from a fast food place.
A huge thank you to Tiffany for sharing her story with us today. I’ve followed Tiffany for quite some time now and am always inspired and encouraged by her upbeat attitude, no matter what life throws her way. Make sure to check Tiffany out on her blog, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.