by: Kelly Wilson
As we know all too well, the military lifestyle can be challenging in ways different from those we experienced in our prior civilian lives. We regularly read articles about ourselves that outline exactly why our lifestyle makes family and career success evasive. The truth, however, is that a silver lining truly does exist for military spouses. It is often true that adversity breeds creativity and what I like to call “scrappiness” – our community is full of success stories and mentors.
Flossie Hall is an amazing example of the above characteristics and her story illustrates perfectly how our unique lifestyle can actually lead to amazing opportunities and ideas that we never would have had without the additional push of being a “scrappy” military spouse.
Flossie is the proud owner of Healthy Momma, a San Diego-based meal prep company. She is also the mother of four children and wife of a Navy CM. During her time in undergrad, she focused on the sciences and had her sights set on attending medical school. Life happened, however, and that path started to look less likely as her family grew and she became entrenched in the military lifestyle.
Flossie began to reevaluate her future goals and to think about how she liked to spend her time and what she was good at. In the process, she kept coming back to her own personal struggle with weight loss and how she had changed her lifestyle by implementing a healthy yet delicious diet. She determined that was something she was passionate about helping others with and in April 2015, she started a catering service in her home to provide her community with healthy, tasty, and affordable food options.
What she lacked in a formal culinary background, Flossie more than made up for in determination and passion. By January 2016, she had single handedly grown her business to the point that she had to move into a commercial space.
Healthy Momma is now hiring for 10 – 25% growth per week and focuses on hiring military spouses and veterans in the San Diego community. In addition, she is putting an estimated $50,000 dollars per month back into the community by way of her monthly payroll.
Looking back, she knows she would not have pursued opening her own business if it weren’t for the specific challenges of being a military spouse. Her situation forced her to become creative about how she would build a career that she could be passionate about while also being able to take care of her family. She now loves that she never has to worry about calling in sick to work if one of her children is ill and strives to create a work environment in which other military spouses can thrive and grow.
Her advice to military spouses is to understand that we have all experienced times in our lives that feel insurmountable, but during those times is when it is most important to reach out to other military families, to attend command events, and to make a friend. It is through these relationships you will find strength, ideas, and encouragement and hopefully your next big idea!