Video by Sandi Moynihan
On paper, Alexis Miller looked like she had it all: a new college degree in journalism and a dream to become a National Geographic photographer. A loving husband and an exciting life as an Air Force spouse. She even had a home to call her own.
But despite outward appearances, when the young couple just moved to their first duty station in North Carolina in late 2015, Miller admits she was not doing well at all, particularly when it came to establishing herself professionally.
“I was applying for jobs – like all day, every day – and I was just getting rejected. I wasn’t hearing back from people. I really went into a slump of like, ‘I suck,’” Miller said.
Just as her job search seemed futile, Miller stumbled upon an opportunity to get her 200-hour yoga teacher certification. Even though teaching yoga was the complete opposite of any job she imagined herself doing, Miller embraced the opportunity.
“Teaching yoga has been fabulous. It’s opened up so many opportunities for me,” Miller said.
After she completed the training and began teaching, Miller landed a remote, part-time job doing social media and digital marketing for the yoga nonprofit, Warriors at Ease. A few months later, she applied and got a second remote, part-time job doing similar work for MILLIE, a company that helps military families with permanent change of station (PCS) moves.
As Miller and her husband prepare to move to their next duty station at Yokota Air Base in Japan, she has no doubt her various remote roles will be a part of her professional life overseas.
“The more that you open yourself up to things that you may be good at, that might not have just been your first dream or your first passion, the more opportunities you’re going to find you have,” Miller said.
“Things can come together into a job that you may never have dreamed of.”
More from the USO
May 14, 2018
Military Spouses Band Together Through Deployments, Grief
Because of the unique challenges military families face, military spouses lean on each other as if they were family. Whether it be helping to alleviate everyday stresses or helping each other through a time of grief, spouses play a crucial role in taking care of troops and their families.
Jan 31, 2018
The USO's Military Spouse Networking Program Builds Community and Fosters Connections
For military spouses, who often move every 2-3 years, meeting new people, sustaining meaningful employment and finding a sense of community in their current location can be a challenge. Luckily, there's the USO Military Spouse Networking Program.