Fresh out of college, Taylor Miller was faced with a decision: stay with her dream job or pick up and move to the U.K. with her new husband. She trusted her gut and decided togo with her husband even though it meant unemployment. Upon returning to the states, Taylor struggled with her unemployment. Asher husband left for deployment, he advised her, “Don’t take the first job that comes your way. You have time. Find what’s right.”At first, she didn’t follow his advice and worked in a job that was not the right fit. But she found courage to leave that job and find her passions. She began volunteering at a local food bank, which eventually turned into her current job working in nonprofit development. Today, she is hopeful for military spouses and reminds herself that each person has a different journey. “I can’t compare myself tomy friends from college,” she says. Instead, she focuses on her peer group, other military spouses, who share inher struggles and join her advocating for more resources and more opportunities for spouses who want to work within the reality of military life.
As military spouses, we’ve seen first hand the joys and challenges of our lifestyle. We have spent countless hours discussing our dual roles as career professionals and military spouses. Out of these conversations, we’ve formed The Other Side of Service (OSS), a community for military spouse professionals.