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Military Spouse Profile: Britni From OakTree Network

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.

Hi, I’m Britni! I’m originally from Atlanta, GA and graduated from Auburn University in 2004 with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Family Business. I’ve been a Navy spouse since 2007, and my husband and I have a three-year-old daughter.

Since 2006, I’ve worked for a corporate housing provider. Additionally, I’m a Zumba and Spin loving wanna be yogi, and a volunteer Mentor for Military Spouse Advocacy Network’s New Military Spouse Support Program.

What inspired you to start your blog or business?

Powered by the underemployment and unemployment issues in the military spouse community, I created MilSpouse Resource in 2015. The site’s motto is “Let’s Support and Inspire Each Other” and is aimed to share remote work and entrepreneurial ideas, as well as providing other helpful information to military spouses. MilSpouse Resource’s new sister site, OakTree Network, is a website and android app created exclusively for military spouses to connect with other local spouses. MilSpouses can share location specific service talents, and support & inspire each other.

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

“Let’s Support and Inspire Each Other”. We are all in this together – we should be coming together to provide support, share experiences, and offer encouragement.

What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?

I love learning something new about myself at every duty station. A little piece of me is revealed with each PCS since new locations offer new experiences unique to those locations.

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

I learn something just about every day. I’m almost 11 years in as a military spouse, and I still have a lot to learn. I have learned that I love being alone, but I still need friends and an in-person support system. I have made the mistake of isolating myself during a deployment, which made my experience much worse than it should have been. I learned that I am most happy when I am surrounded by others who share in my experience and can offer love, support and understanding, and I can provide the same in return. I have learned that I like staying busy, and despite working full time and having a family, I like to volunteer in my spare time – it makes my heart happy. I have learned that I have friends all over the world and have creating (and am still creating) an amazing network.

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

My advice for new military spouses is to get involved. Whether it be volunteering in your new community, or joining the spouse group, or going to church, or playing on a sports team. Do something and learn about your surroundings. Experience each location as a tourist and as a local. Get to know the locals and you’ll likely have a different experience rather than just treating it like a temporary stop. Ask for help – don’t try to do it alone. There are several resources available to military spouses both in person and online.

 

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

My military spouse network has been my biggest support. We have a common ground and a solid understanding that the lives we live are different than most, and we are sensitive to that. Military spouses are the strongest, smartest, most resilient people I have ever known.

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

Each place we have lived has offered its own experiences, which were also impacted by where we were in our lives (engaged, newly married, young, no kids, kids). I have favorite things about each place, and it’s all because of the people I knew there at that time. I can’t choose just one.

Just for fun:

  • Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? Parenthood is a go to – I watched them all when I was on maternity leave, so it brings back memories from that time. I can pop on any episode and feel comforted.
  • What’s your favorite hobby? I love reading, spinning, yoga, and Zumba.
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla. With sprinkles, whipped cream and a cherry!
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself. I have gone skydiving! 

Thank you to Britni for sharing her story this month! If you haven’t checked out OakTree Network or MilSpouse Resource, you need to, especially if you’re in a new spot or looking to get more involved. You can find Britni in a bunch of spots on the internet: OakTree Network, MilSpouse Resource, LinkedIn, MilSpouse Resource Facebook, OakTree Network Facebook, OakTree Network Instagram and the OakTree Network app.

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