Monday, July 2, 2012

facing a fear {NavyWivesUnite update}

For the past year I have dreamed of starting up a military based website. A place where Navy Wives {or husbands too} can gather to support one another, find information and be proud of the life they lead as a military spouse.

This idea really started to grow in my heart just before Blogher11 last August. It has taken me almost a year to get all my ducks in a row. I am at the final steps of launching the site and I am beyond nervous. It has been a rocky start to get everything to come together. I really wanted to have it up this past spring. It was evident early on that wasn't going to happen. I began to freak out. I soon realized I needed to not get worked up. God clearly had other plans for when the site should go live.

I have to admit I have lots of great ideas, I am great at getting people excited about things {I have been told this numerous times, I don't always thinks so, ha} but I am not so fantastic at being orgnaized. There are some things I am super organized about, but trying to get all my thoughts down on "paper" sometimes proves to be a bit of a challange. I am pretty sure I have some severe adult ADD, I can't finish a task or project before I am adding another to my plate. I really need to stop this.

I consider myself to be some what of a knowledgable military spouse. I grew up in the military and have worked for various military support orgnaizations. Despite this knowledge I have I often find myself not knowing what to do in a situation.  Take our move for example. We received hard copies of our orders on May 4th. That same day I took the orders, my power of attourney and headed to the personal property office {household goods} to set up our move. I left 5 hours later exhausted but our move was set up, or so I thought. Despite having all the paperwork in, and being told things were all set they were not. 5 days before we were set to have movers arrive I had yet to hear from anyone about our move. Long story short I was on a wild goose chase to get this issue fixed because we did not have any extra time.

My point to that somewhat long winded scenario is despite knowing what I needed to do from the beginning and getting it done I was still put in a panic stricken situation and had about 2 days worth of heart attacks wondering if our stuff would in fact be packed up by June 15th. I know for a fact there are many spouses that have no idea how to set up a move. They have no idea what to do. This scares me.

There are certain things the service member must do but regardless you should still be informed and know how things work. This is what I want this site to do, educate other spouses. Bring them together. Encourage them to be proud to be a military spouse. Let them know they are not the only ones struggling with things like finding friends after a move, feeling alone, lost and overwhelmed after a move. We are all in this together and we are stronger together than we are alone.

kuddos if you got to the end of this post. it started off as just a quick post to give you a little look see at the logo design but then quickly morphed into me pouring my heart out to you.

I am so nervous to have the site go live. What if no one follows. What if I can't make my ideas a reality? oh gosh, I could go on and on about what ifs. For now I will keep plugging away at getting it all together and pray that God will send me in the right direction.

We don't have an exact launch date yet but you can keep up with what is going on via our facebook page


Stacey @flickerwhips said...

Starting something new can be scary, but ask yourself this question is it pride or fear? Now think of it under God's terms! A healthy dose of fear is okay, it keep us safe. However if you have fear because your afraid of putting yourself out there and messing up, that's pride and yep you guessed it, pride is a sinful. Don't let your pride stop you if this is something you feel called to do. God will give you the tools you need and hey, we aren't perfect if you make a mistake, call yourself out on it and move on! People will understand! Think of all the people not moving on God's behalf because of their pride(fear)!!!! You can do this! Don't be afraid to ask for help either, i'm sure you know some other gals that can help you in the areas you feel that you are lacking in! Good luck, i'll pray for ya! ~Keep Lookin Up~~Rella

Elizabeth, The Young Retiree said...

I am sure this will be an awesome new adventure and there will be about a billion and one spouses excited to get this information. I am so hands off as a spouse! I only handled phone calls about the move, but Hubby did the hard parts. I have never once in my life looked at (nor do I have the desire to look at) his LES. I know how to red it, but it's just not my bag to be checking it. He just takes care of things. It'll be neat to see the new site up and running!

Simply.Lovely.Things said...

Jen~ as with everything else you set your heart and mind to, you will knock this one out of the park. You turned it over to God so let him lead you. To my knowledge, he has never steered you wrong. You doing a million things at once makes you not only who you are but totally relatable and adds a certain human aspect to an otherwise super woman fa├žade!! I have faith it will all come together and shine!

Taylor said...

I am so, so, so excited for the lauch! I have no idea how to set up a move and I know many other spouses will benefit so much from NWU!

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