By Marysa Stevens
SpouseLink Guest Blogger

Search online and you’ll find a plethora of blogs and articles about the trials and hardships of military spouses. It’s not an easy life, and there are a lot of perspectives others share. We are driven by the same call our spouses have to serve, sacrifice, and persist through adversity to achieve goals.

In this vein, a military spouse and businessperson or entrepreneur share a lot of similar qualities. During my husband’s nine-month deployment, I raised our newborn daughter alone, while our closest family was more than 2,000 miles away. The timing was far from ideal, but when faced with no choice, I dug deep into an inner strength I never knew I had. The challenges and lessons I learned along the way taught me lessons applicable to professional life:

  • There will always be changes — the only certainty is uncertainty
  • Inner strength and adversity is easy to find when you have no choice
  • Priorities become clearer
  • Networking reigns queen
  • Ask for and accept help

Throughout the deployment I was able to continue working for select clients, build on my portfolio of work and earn income. I set weekly and monthly goals, and I trusted my gut when it came to networking and where I valued my time. These are lifelong lessons I’ll carry with me throughout my career.

About Marysa Stevens

Marysa Stevens is the owner of Stevens Signature Marketing, a freelance writing and marketing company she started to avoid career stagnation as the military spouse of an active duty Army physician. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada. You can find her at

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