As I sit here amongst boxes filled with our belongings, I try to find the ability to unwind from all the chaos that comes with moving across the country. You might think I’d be used to moving. But every time we move life is different. I have begun to realize the importance of certain items and experiences that have allowed me to embrace who I truly am while learning to let go of the experiences that don’t help me grow.
One experience I think of is after leaving the military. For women, who are leaving the military or who have already left, like myself, it’s crucial to know what those meaningful investments are. And how they can impact your life to help you become the best version of YOU!
Leaving the military lifestyle I became accustomed to for years wasn’t a walk in the park. It can be overwhelmingly, lonely, and depressing. Taking the time to remind yourself of your worth and purpose will meaningfully impact your life. Once I opened up about the real-life struggles I was facing after leaving the military. I was able to embrace my new life. And easily remembered why I chose to pursue this new life of being a stay at home mom and military spouse.
Appreciating the things I love about myself became a habit and I was able to focus on what’s most important, like being a role model for my children. Practicing positive affirmations is a best practice that should be instilled in every family. Telling yourself you’re beautiful and you’re powerful can go a long way for our mental health and overall well being. To get started, try writing down what you’re grateful for everyday! It is easy and only takes a few minutes and it can change the whole outlook of your day! Investing in yourself is ultimately the best kind of self-love!
Modern technology to build your community
I wanted to bring back an app I introduced earlier this year and recommend a couple others. As a woman who values community, having close relationships is a priority for me. These relationships can even impact your financial stability! Being lonely can lead to impulsive spending, so having the support of a group of self-disciplined people can give you enough motivation to conquer your goals. The Komae App really saved my sanity when I felt like getting a babysitter was too expensive. Swapping with friends was a great alternative.
Apps like Hello Mamas and Peanut are developed specifically for moms who move to a new
Staple wardrobe items that make you feel your best
Now that I’m not wearing a uniform every day, athleisure wear has become some of my favorite wardrobe items. Because I it is comfortable to wear athleisure wear and if I don’t have anywhere to go am I really going to pull out my jeans? A comfortable pair of yoga pants are a must for moms. Chasing the kids around all day is no joke. My last pair of yoga pants came from the swap table at our Mothers of Preschoolers group. And although they were great it is time to find something new. I’m thinking about trying out this line made by Spanx and they have a ton of different styles to choose from!
I know a number of women who decided to leave the military behind once they started their family. Making sure you’re comfortable enough to care for your children shouldn’t be at the forefront of your mind. Wearing a
supportive bra that can transition from a playdate at the park to a night out with new friends is another staple wardrobe item on my list.
Transitioning from the military to motherhood and beyond is a journey to be proud of. With the right mind-set and a good set of clothes. You’ll be sure to succeed in all aspects of your brand new lifestyle!
What meaningful investments have helped you on your own journey?