I own a small library of books about marrying the military. I even have some that are specific to the Air Force. They all say the same thing, that a career is possible for a military spouse but is hard to get. I read that fact over and over and still didn't process it. I didn't even process it when we moved here and I noticed almost all the wives I know stay home and don't work. I still kept on applying for jobs and trying to understand why I was having no luck. I later realized my address is recognized as the base so it was very easy to see that I am a military spouse. While many companies claim they don't discriminate, really, they do. Why hire someone who you know for a fact is going to leave? So I asked a friend to use their address on my resume. Changed my address and still no luck. Maybe it's just my career field, but it's been frustrating trying for almost a year now with no luck.
So I've decided to take matters into my own hands. My mom is really good at knitting. She taught me once back in high school. I remember thinking it was kind of fun but I never really picked up on it...I was far too busy flirting with boys and going out with my friends to sit around the house and knit. As a result, I still remember the basic concepts but it's all rather rusty. However, after my mom promised me a "refresher course", I've decided to start my own business. Nothing major, just an Etsy shop (possibly Facebook too) where I'll sell things that I knit and possibly some other crafts too. I figured I love being crafty so why not make some money off of it? And it's an easy job to have in the military because it's all online so, no matter where I move, I can take my business with me. Also, when the time comes for kids I can work through my pregnancy and I can continue to work even when the baby comes. I've always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom so this job will allow just that...working from home! I may not make a lot of money off of this idea but it's something to do and even just a little extra spending money would be nice.
I've also considered, when I get the knitting down pretty well, making little baby hats and/or blankets to donate to the base hospital for the babies in NICU. I'm hoping my shop catches on and can maybe be a somewhat big business. I'm thinking I will start with blankets, scarves, hats, washclothes, and dish towels and go from there as I get better. I also may add in some of my other crafts...I guess we'll see where this adventurous idea takes me!