I’m the happiest I’ve ever been

“I grew up in Belvedere, Illinois, 90 miles outside of Chicago. My husband’s sister and I worked together as bartenders. He came to visit one night when we were working and we hit it off right away.

He left for Iraq for nine months and we got to know each other through email. When he came back, we started dating long distance and then he asked me to marry him. We got married and then he deployed for 11 months.

That deployment wasn’t that bad. I hadn’t moved yet so I was surrounded by my family and his family. I had so much support and help.

And then we moved.

Moving was awful. I’d lived in my hometown my whole entire life, and Virginia was so different from Illinois. Getting to know people and trust people while he was gone all the time was so hard. We had a little boy and I didn’t know anyone. It was definitely tough, and even scary.

I got involved with the Family Readiness Group and went to the Christmas party the first year we were here, and I didn’t know anyone there. My husband was volunteering at the party, so he sent his friend to come and get me. His friend took me to a table and sat me next to his wife. Both she and I have that face that’s very unapproachable, and all I could think sarcastically was, ‘Oh great, this is going to be fantastic.’ But we had the same drink and she right away said, ‘I think I’m going to like you.’

We became the best of friends, and she was at my house the next day. It snowballed into this incredible friendship and now she literally lives across the street. It’s funny how it only takes one person and one moment to change your whole experience somewhere.

I’d been a stay at home mom for a few years, so when our son went to kindergarten I wanted to do something outside the house. I started as a seasonal employee at Macy’s before being hired on as a part-time global sales associate and then to the home department. From there, I was hired on full-time in the men’s department where I became a specialist. After moving from the men’s department to fine jewelry, I’m now a proud sales supervisor for ladies shoes. Macy’s is really big on developing their talent. They want to know where you want to be in five years and want to help you get there.

More than anything, Macy’s is so supportive of both our military and our military families. My team leader at Macy’s Lynnhaven makes family and work life balance a priority while being flexible and supportive.

Macy’s focuses on several in-store events each year in support of those who serve in the military and their families, from kids writing cards to deployed troops overseas to The Big Give Back Campaign that is currently running. From Thursday, June 28 through Sunday, July 8, customers who donate $3 will receive an extra 25% off select regular-priced and sale items, or an extra 15% off select departments. All donations will support Blue Star Families, Bunker Labs or Team Rubicon – all military-focused organizations doing incredible work for our community.

Having a job at Macy’s as a military spouse has meant everything to me. A lot of the times when you have a husband or wife in the military, the military is the whole world and it’s easy to lose yourself in it. I lost myself completely, but this job has given me my own identity. I’m not just a military spouse. I’m a sales supervisor for ladies shoes at Macy’s. I work for the greatest company in the world and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”

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This post is sponsored by Blue Star Families. To learn more about Macy’s The Big Give Back Campaign, visit www.macys.com/veterans

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