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 Christy! I’m originally from Kirkland, WA. I was born in Tampa, FL. I graduated from Northern, AZ University in K-8th grade Education (a very long time ago.) I ran middle distance track and cross country on a scholarship for my four years, while in college. I have been an Army spouse since 2001. My husband and I have two daughters ages 15 and 11 and a chocolate lab named Finn.
What inspired you to start your blog or business?
Art has always been a part of me. I can’t remember not wanting to do art. Art is a natural thing for me to pursue and I can do it anywhere!
Over the years, I have taken classes and workshops to expand my talents and experimented with many different mediums. Each phase of my journey has lended form to a style all my own. Art is my outlet and keeps me grounded through all of our military moves. I love the joy I get when a collector sends me a photo of my art displayed in their home.
I am a mixed media artist. I specialize in the design of original works of art for indoor spaces.
What’s the main message you hope your blog shares with your readers?
One of the ways I express my world is through the artwork I make. When you experience my art you see a glimpse of the world through my eyes and this includes my personal perspective on memory, emotion, place, hope.
My art tells a story and my hope is, that you will feel a connection with my work.
There are many benefits to owning original art; however the most important one by far is simply for the love of it. Original works of art should be appreciated and give many years of joy to the collector.
What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?
I love meeting new people and exploring new places! I use the inspiration I get from each new environment, to create new works of art. Moving also allows me to network with new galleries and art opportunities.
Tell us a little bit about your journey as a military spouse-the ups and downs, lessons learned, etc.
I have learned that I can be stronger than I think and also need to take time to take care of myself. I have learned to not let go of my passions, which for me is my art. And that it is a journey and a process to continue to foster and I try to do something weekly towards my goals as an artist. I have learned that living in the moment is so important, but not easy, and to make meaningful memories at each new location. I have learned that as we come and go from each new home it brings feelings of sadness, anxiety, excitement, and joy. I try to remember that “this too will pass”.
What’s the number one piece of advice you would give a new military spouse?
My advice to a new spouse would be to not lose sight of who you are and who you want to be. Continue to chip away at your goals and use your moves as a way to help you instead of hindering. Get involved in your new community, but also learn to say no and that it is okay. Say yes to what you can handle and what brings you joy. Take care of yourself and your family first.
What or who has been the biggest help or source of support to you in your role as a military spouse?
The friends I meet in each new place are my biggest support, along with my family in Kirkland, WA. My mom, dad, and two sisters. Even though I don’t get to see them as often as I would like, they support me in their own way from a far. My husband is also very supportive of my art business, and makes sure that I always have a “space” to paint wherever we live.
Do you have a favorite place the military has taken you? What is it and why?
This is a hard one! Each place has memories and things that I have loved. It is the people that make the place. I am really enjoying are current location, Tampa, FL. But if I had to go back to one place, I would say that El Paso, TX. at Fort Bliss was my favorite.
Just for fun:
- Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? Master of None!
- What’s your favorite hobby? Art of course! I also love exploring new places.
- Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla for ice cream for sure. Vanilla malts are the very best! But a good chocolate bar is delicious.
- Tell us a random fact about yourself. I taught English for one year in South Korea and back packed through Korea and Thailand by myself in 1998.
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