With Veterans Day in a few days, we’ll all spend time honoring those who have sacrificed so much for their country. First, I want to say thank you to all of the veterans in our community for their honorable sacrifice and service.
In addition to thanking our veterans, I'd also like to shed light and spread gratitude for another member of the military community, the military spouse.
I feel grateful to be a part of that community myself, and I know there are many others in our industry that fall into this community as well. That’s why I wanted to spend a little time this week giving a shout out and sharing some resources I think they might find useful.
Many people know being a military spouse presents a unique set of challenges. From frequent moves across the country or even the world to your spouse working incredibly long hours, or even being deployed for months or years at a time. It takes strength, resilience, and excellent communication with your spouse to keep your marriage strong.
In addition to the challenges that come with an active duty spouse’s career, there’s also the fact that the average military family moves every two years.
This brings on a whole new set of challenges for an aesthetician including getting your license transferred to a new state, finding a new spa that is a reasonable distance from your spouse’s job assignment, building your clientele, often times from scratch, because you just landed in a city or state where you don’t know a single person other than your immediate family.
Then you can add in the everyday challenges that we all deal with like balancing a career, managing a household, and spending quality time with our loved ones and you’ve got a tall order to fill.
Over the past year, I’ve been fortunate enough to create genuine connections with other military spouses in the Aestheticians Connect Facebook group, and I after listening to their challenges, it's impossible not to be inspired by their strength and drive to keep doing what they love.
One of the aestheticians I had a phone conversation with is determined to start her own business on base and I watched her navigate through all the red tape to make that happen.
Another aesthetician I spoke with was working through the challenge of having only worked in a medical environment for her entire career doing laser work and then being moved to a state that did not allow aestheticians to do lasers.
I’ve also connected with an aesthetician who has decided she wants to go into the training side of being an aesthetician because she doesn't want to have to start over again with each new move.
Despite all of their unique scenarios and challenges they were facing, not one of them complained. They were all focused on finding the solution that would allow them to continue doing the work they love while making it work with their lifestyle.
As you can see, I find these aestheticians incredibly inspiring, so that’s why I want to acknowledge them today in addition to honoring our veterans.
If you’re a military spouse, be sure to connect in the Aestheticians Connect Facebook group (because it’s always wonderful to connect with other spouses in the same industry), but also be sure to connect and join in on the many additional communities that can uniquely help your business as a military spouse.
- One of my favorites is an organization created for military spouse entrepreneurs called The MilSpo Project. They have local chapter meetups, online educational resources, live leadership events, and tons of other opportunities to meet people online and in real-life.
- The National Military Family Association is another excellent organization that was founded by military spouses and provides resources and programs to strengthen military families including active duty service members, veterans, families of the fallen, as well as military spouses and children. One of their most popular resources is their military spouse career and business funding scholarships. (Scholarship applications are open now through January 15, 2017, so take a look at what’s needed to apply here.)
- NextGen MilSpouse is another useful resource that serves as an online hub for the career-oriented or business-building military spouse. Here you can find tons of helpful articles, podcasts, and more to help you navigate the path of being a working military spouse.
I would love to know if you have any additional resources that would be beneficial to military spouses or aestheticians in the military community. If so, be sure to let me know in the comments!