About A Girl

A Girl is a 20 something blogger who began blogging in 2008 as a means of coping with a deployment. She is a Veterinary Technician by trade and loves her work in Emergency and Critical Care. She is married to a USMC Reservist with 10 years of service, whom she met shortly after he returned from a deployment. They have been married for four years, have three, very bratty dogs, and are currently trying to muddle through the aftermath of a difficult deployment for both. You can view her ramblings about reserve life and life in general at A Boy, A Girl and the Marine Corps: A love triangle.

Advice for the Military Wife

By |February 16th, 2014|

It’s a funny thing, advice. Everybody wants to give you advice for how to live your life, how to do something better, how to cope, how to manage, how to deal with whatever life is throwing at you. But all of that advice is going to stem from their experiences not yours which usually means it’s advice that is well-meaning, but might not apply.  It’s not to say that all advice is useless. It’s not to say that nothing anybody has to tell you is of value.
But if you know nothing else about me, you need know that I have to learn everything the hard way. It’s not that I don’t take advice. It’s not that I don’t hear it. It’s not that I don’t value it.  It’s that I just can’t seem to apply it to my life when the time is right. But what I can do is reflect and learn from my mistakes and look at my life lessons and laugh.

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The Quiet Struggle in the Reserve Community

By |December 23rd, 2013|

I don’t preach often.  In fact, short of my belief that stupid should hurt, I rarely push my beliefs on others in general, let alone in my writings.  Today, I am going to make an exception.  For, once in a great while, something happens that I can’t ignore, I can’t turn a blind eye to, and I can’t refuse to speak on.
By now, everyone is aware that the military, the DoD and just about anything that can be related to money spent on the military or DoD, truly related or not, is under fire.  When people are looking from an objective view at the government pie charts, it’s easy to see that lots of money goes to the DoD and lots of money goes to military salaries and benefits.  That’s not in question.  But, there are times when looking objectively doesn’t give you the necessary information to make an informed decision.  And when that happens, we have Ketchup Gate.  We have groups shouting to slash at others incomes with no understanding of what that money really goes to.

Is My Husband a Veteran?

By |September 10th, 2013|

I’ve never lied about who I am, or who I am married to.  On my […]

Sometimes I Forget That I’m Married

By |June 21st, 2013|

Sometimes I forget that I’m married. I’m not saying that I’m unfaithful, I’m saying he […]

Learning to Live as a New Military Spouse: My Takeaway

By |May 28th, 2013|

Do you remember what it was like to be a new military spouse?  Do you […]

What Defines You as a Military Spouse?

By |April 5th, 2013|

I’m well known in my personal life for making up words and/or changing definitions of […]

A Minority Within the Military Community

By |March 15th, 2013|

No, I’m not discussing my thoughts on being a minority woman, small business owner today. […]

Am I a “Seasoned” Military Spouse?

By |February 22nd, 2013|

I had a wonderful opportunity to welcome a new spouse into the military lifestyle. A […]

Is There An Interpreter in the House?

By |February 4th, 2013|

Though I don’t share my real name, I will share with you a secret, my […]

Three Things My Husband Does That Bug Me

By |January 15th, 2013|

With my 5 year anniversary just around the corner, I have been reflecting on half […]

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