Two Latina military spouses are rewriting the rules on careers and military spouses. Rather than continue reinventing their professional identities with each move, they’ve opted out of the job search hustle and launched the first global military spouse blogger network and professional agency built by military spouses for military spouses.
Both women firmly believe that the military spouse community is an untapped resource, full of intelligent and innovative professionals who all face one major problem: establishing themselves in the workforce due to the demands of the military family lifestyle.
“Any military spouse can tell you how challenging it is to tackle the ‘PCS Job Hustle’,” says Adrianna Domingos-Lupher. “I’ve been standing on the edge of a professional cliff. I knew that I desired the flexibility of self-employment, but found myself frozen in fear of failure, or even worse, success. All of a sudden, here comes Carmen, sprinting past me. She grabbed my hand and we fearlessly jumped off the edge together.”
Military Spouses Unleashing the Power of Social Media
Carmen Grant and Adrianna Domingos-Lupher have never met in person. Carmen resides in San Diego, California. Adrianna lives in Tampa, Florida. Carmen’s husband is in the Navy. Adrianna’s husband is in the Air Force. Carmen has two boys; Adrianna has two girls. Carmen is a fiscal conservative. Adrianna is a social liberal. Despite their differences, they have one very real experience in common: they are proud military wives who refuse to sacrifice their professional identities.
Through the power of social media, Carmen and Adrianna connected, built their professional and personal relationship, and launched MSB New Media, LLC and it’s flagship network: Military Spouse Bloggers.
Carmen, a graduate of the University of California-Davis, has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. She fondly recalls selling candy at school to earn spending money. She believed that her degree in International Relations would lend itself to the globetrotting lifestyle of a military spouse.
“I got married, started to grow our family, and turned to writing as an outlet. Blogging provided me the outlet I needed to both engage my brain and keep my professional identity intact. I immediately jumped in and started doing what I do best: research, study, and overcome.”
Adrianna got married, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master of Arts in Teaching, and packed up her college apartment to move to her husband’s first duty assignment in England.
“I was so confident that I’d land a teaching job, but it never quite worked out. Instead of teaching, my first job was working as a work/life consultant at the base Family Support Center,” recalls Adrianna. “My current resume looks like a patchwork quilt that tells the story of each move and each location’s industry, or lack thereof.”
“The more Adrianna and I talked, the more we saw the need to build a professional network of military spouse bloggers and new media professionals. Surely, we weren’t the only military spouses looking for a flexible career option to fit the demands of our military lifestyle,” Carmen explained.
Military Spouse Bloggers: Beyond Networking
Military Spouse Bloggers is not only a professional network and agency; it provides professional development and educational opportunities for its members. Carmen and Adrianna created Military Spouse Bloggers to train, develop, and connect military spouses across the globe and provide them with the tools they need to build a successful career in new media.
“We’re not doing anybody any favors by feeding them without teaching them how to hunt,” quips Grant. “Online media is constantly changing. The rules are constantly changing. So who better to be in New Media but a military spouse whose life is built on change?”
Adrianna added, “Professional development is the key to any successful career. Given the nature of new media, there’s always something to learn and MSB is the one-stop virtual classroom for military spouse bloggers. We know that MSB will provide spouses with every tool they need to create a career they can grab, grow, and go.”