(Editor’s note: Meet our new contributor, Rachel Leah! As with all our new writers, we asked Rachel to make her first post a “get to know me” one. Enjoy learning about Rachel!)
Let me start off by saying I knew nothing about the Army life. And by nothing I mean zip, not a thing.
If I could have a conversation with my naïve, pre-baby body, 21-year-old self I would share many important tips to make life in the future a little easier. Tips such as you will one day be an Army spouse along with marrying at a young age, becoming a mother, and spreading roots across the United States.
My life-altering news about becoming an Army spouse has turned out to be a joyous ride and I couldn’t be more thankful for the lessons, friendships, and love that have surrounded my adventure as an Army spouse. Now the adventure includes being able to share my experiences and learn from yours on the Army Wife Network.
Hello, I’m Rachel Leah! I was born and raised in the Midwest. I am also a licensed cosmetologist turned stay-at-home mother of two beautiful little ladies and one who will arrive in May!
I have been an Army spouse for six years and am currently residing at our third duty station.
A little about me (though this is difficult because I tend to talk about all the people and animals in my family before myself):
I adore my family. I love spending time with my family and my husband, when he is home. Family is first in our house every day and I know how lucky I am. We bike as a family, play tennis, and enjoy sporting events. I would consider us an active family, but we have toddlers so our schedule changes quickly. And let’s be real, toddlers also make you tired and sometimes sitting at home on your behind in your pajamas sounds like a blast.
We have three fluffy little dogs—YES, three—that we consider fur-children because what is life without puppy snuggles and being a crazy dog lady?!
A passion of mine is running. I LOVE running! I ran cross-country and track basically my entire life as well as in community college. Running relaxes me; I may or may not be addicted to the post-workout treat of endorphins.
I enjoy other workouts such as lifting and trying new classes at my gym like Zumba and Yoga.
When I have down-time I read, drink coffee, listen to music or live musicals, buy make-up from Sephora, and volunteer.
Volunteering is the most rewarding feeling! Giving my time to others is something that drives me and I hope to volunteer more in the future. I was previously an FRG leader and I love to round up my friends and plan other events together.
First and foremost, I consider myself a proud Army wife and mommy. (That title takes a majority of my time and I am perfectly fine with it.) Most days I live on coffee and wear yoga pants and I just want to make every day the best day of our lives.
I’m excited to share with you about my life and hope to learn about yours in return.