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am i a unicorn?

Am I a unicorn?

After six months of sending resumes to every media outlet within a 60-mile radius of Fort Campbell, I joined the Kentucky New Era as a staff writer in September 2013. The local daily served a city of 35,000 and a tri-county area of about 125,000 people. Like all entry-level reporter positions it paid peanuts, but it was exactly what I always dreamed of doing. I love news and struggled with leaving once orders dropped.

Three years later, I’m still struggling to find a media outlet that will take me. I get that I chose a profession with pre-existing struggles and dumped a whole other set of obstacles on top of it.

And don’t get me wrong, PCS Life is hard for everyone, but it wasn’t until we moved for the second time that I realized how difficult it would be to continue pursing reporting. Journalism was always the plan before the Army, and it’s hard to accept doing anything else.

At NAS Pensacola I spent the first four months after the move counting down the days, weeks and months until our future move to journalism mecca. I just had to hold on for three more months and we’d be in the D.C. area for good.

Or so I thought. Paperwork sat on a desk, and seven months turned to a year. I took a job through a temp agency at a local radio station so I didn’t murder my husband for self-fulfillment.

Packing up every two to three years, setting up a new house and maintaining a career through it all can seem impossible when you first start the military life journey. You go to school with one plan in mind and then life turns around and craps all over it. Good prep for military life I guess?

Well, sometimes it seems impossible. Disheartening. Defeating.

That’s why being surrounded by military spouses of all professions and backgrounds Monday afternoon was so uplifting. Co-hosted by Starbucks, the first meeting of In Gear Career’s National Capital Region chapter kicked off over free coffee and cake.
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IGC is a networking group for professional military spouses in pursuit of career advancement, not just a job. I first found the group at Fort Campbell when I wondered, “Could there be other spouses established in their careers and unwilling to let them go?”

Surrounded by about 20 other resilient, hard-working, eager spouses the answer was clear to me.

Yes, we’re here.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of In Gear Career. As always, the opinions and text are all mine. Photos by Sandy Davis Photography.

this is the one where i explain where i’ve been

Or so it’s supposed to be. As it usually does, life got in the way of blogging. Work/life balance and then a PCS? It happens. In lieu of an apology how about an update? 

Since March, we’ve been told we’re never leaving Fort Campbell, given three weeks to pack to leave Fort Campbell, PCSed to Florida and then my husband was put on hold for two months while the Army figures out where their paperwork went. Despite being back “home” in the Sunshine State, we’re still 10 hours away from South Florida so life is CrossFit, marathon training and make-at-home coffee (because budgeting for the future nursing home and no longer DINKs). 

It’s not a bad place to be but I’m bored. I keep telling myself it could be worse but I miss my friends, coworkers, running buddies and CrossFit Dunbar Cave Lab. No longer living on post makes it harder to meet people.

  I’ve found a new box, but it’s not the same. I’ve made a few acquaintances but it’s not the same. Now I’m crying in Starbucks (see: why I’ve been avoiding my blog).

Woosah.

On the horizon is the Army Ten Miler, NYC Marathon and a Fort Campbell family reunion (minus one important piece) at RNR Vegas so fall should be lots of fun. At least that’s what I keep telling myself after runs so humid I can wring the sweat out of my shirt and it looks like I went swimming.

What are you looking forward to this fall? Any tips for making friends when you don’t live on post?

2014 trot for the troops 10k

Fort Campbell (and the local YMCA) continue to put on fabulous races and this year’s Trot for the Troops was no exception. I did the Trot for the Troops 10K last year (with fabulous pre-race hair might I add) and it’s still my 10K PR.
My phone (and CardioTrainer) died at 5.7 miles, but while I’m pretty sure I came in around 57 minutes this year, clock time says 1:00:03. Eight seconds isn’t a huge deal but the runner in me really wants those eight seconds off my official time. Silly, I know. TrotfortheTroops2014The course was exactly the same as last year and it was just as cold, but I learned from my previous year’s mistakes and wore shorts since I knew I’d be warm soon enough.
trot1Trot for the Troops is hosted by the Hopkinsville Christian County Family YMCA as part of Fort Campbell’s Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. It’s a year-long schedule of local races and fitness activities with a medal for competing six or more. Last year I heard about the tour too late, and while I’ve done way more than six races this year, I’ll be right at six for this year’s tour.
trot2Along with being pretty affordable, I love that the local MWR posts free race pictures to their Facebook page. Otherwise, how else would you see all this sweaty beautifulness?
Official finish time: 1:00:03