“I was emotionally bankrupt and if something didn’t change I would eventually not wake up because there was nothing left of me. I took a deep breath, looked around the dinner table and said to myself, ‘I will never sit through another dinner like this again.’
“That was my moment of decision. Years of trying to fight a battle that wasn’t mine, I was ready to let go. I left an unhealthy marriage and started a new life for myself. I mourned the idea that the forever family I had always dreamed about would look different now.
“Fortunately for me I had a stable income working from home so finances were not an issue in my decision. For many women that is not the case. A majority of women stay in abusive or unhealthy relationships because of finances.
“I had a lot of healing to do. Day by day I would work on starting to feel again instead of numbing myself from all the pain. I know what it feels like to be lonely. I know how it feels to have all the responsibility of two little kids resting on your shoulders. I also know how it feels to come out of those circumstances and begin to rise.
“As my healing continued in walked a handsome Army fellow into my life. I didn’t want to fall in love and I didn’t want to trust again. However, this man proved to me that he could be trusted. He was strong, he was a protector and he accepted me just the way I was.
“We were married in July 2011 and a new family was born. My fairytale has twists and turns but every obstacle, mistake and pain-filled moment made me the woman I am today.
“I’ve witnessed spouses stay in bad situations because of lack of money. I’ve seen families choose to live in different states to provide for their families. I’ve seen parents separated from their children during deployments in order to provide health insurance and a stable income.
“It’s my dream to see everyone have the choice to make decisions based on what’s best for them and their families regardless of income. I’m dedicated to finding more remote work opportunities for military spouses. I’m passionate about eliminating unnecessary separations of families due to lack of income opportunities for their spouse. I want to see others have the ability to work from home, keep their career, be there for their families, and make life decisions based on wants not fear.
“To see my dreams and passions start to take form is an amazing feeling. Out of these dreams and a partnership with Erica McMannes, ‘MadSkills,’ an online platform to find and hire military spouses was born.
“At MadSkills, military spouses can find legitimate work from home positions within their career field directly on our site. Companies post jobs that they are looking to fill with a military spouse. It’s a win-win for everyone. Every time we connect an employer with a military spouse my heart is flooded with pride. I truly find joy helping others find the opportunities they’ve been looking for. When an employer tells me how great their military spouse has been for their business, I can’t help but smile and think, ‘I told you so.'”
Liza Rodewald is the Tech CoFounder of MadSkills. Visit
www.hiremadskills.com to learn more.