How to make the leap from MilSpouse to Milspreneur

Military spouses are discovering their passions as milspreneurs.

It's so easy to get lost in your family, spouse's career and all the busyness of life. When you're a mom, you just get wrapped up with everyone else's needs and events. They all seem to come before yours. And that's ok, that's what moms do, right? Add moving every three years on top of it. That can be discouraging when it comes to your life or career. So as military spouses, we have to thrive wherever we are planted in any situation. Many spouses revert to becoming entrepreneurs, which is what I ended up doing. We milsprenuers are popping up everywhere and doing everything you can imagine. It amazes me!

For 11 years, I was a stay-at-home mom. And one day I decided that I just wanted more for myself. I wanted to do something, but I had no idea what that something was. I was stuck! So I had to really dig deep and figure it out. Here's what I did. It was a process that took some work, but in the end finding what I was passionate about gave me a sense of accomplishment.

Finding Your Passion

No. 1 – Get out of your OWN way
This one is the hardest to do but it is the most vital. You have to think positive when you feel trapped, in a slump or have no idea what is your passion. The first thing to do, is to stop thinking negatively, having self-doubt and making excuses. The truth is you are capable of doing those things you want to do. You just have to get out of your OWN way and believe in yourself!

No. 2 – What do you WANT to do?
This is a simple yet difficult question. Think of something you were passionate about years ago or a hobby you once did well.  Write a list of the things you enjoy doing. This can be cooking, writing, exercising or shopping…the possibilities are endless.  What do people say you are good at? What are your strengths? Write those down as well, this will help you hone in on finding what you are passionate about. Don't be afraid to invest in yourself and step out of your comfort zone. You will be surprised with what you come up with and how it will motivate you to move forward in creating the life or career you want!

No. 3 – Make sure it is something that brings you JOY
Do what makes you happy no matter what it is. You definitely don't want to get stuck with something you aren't excited to share with others or do every day. Finding joy in what you want to do will keep you optimistic and excited about your new-found passion. It will just be the beginning of endless possibilities for your new venture. Who knows where it could go and what it could become unless you try?

So if anything, focus on what your purpose is today.

We are all passionate about something. I'm passionate about fashion, writing and helping people grow their business. What are you passionate about? What steps do you feel would help you with finding your passion?


About the Author
Guest blogger MoniMoni is a proud Puerto Rican Air Force Spouse and mother of three brilliant children who has found time as a SAHM to finish her Bachelors in Public Relations. She has moved over 13 times as an Army brat and now an Air Force MilSpouse. This has allowed her to see things from different views. During her husband's last deployment, she was inspired to write about her military lifestyle from a candid, sassy, bold and witty perspective. She hopes that by sharing her experiences that it will encourage other spouses to find their voice in this journey of constant change and uncertainty … all this has been accomplished with buckets of prayer, glasses of wine and a few colorful words.