Editor’s Note: Military Spouse Entrepreneur Spotlight is a monthly Q&A designed to celebrate the successes and acknowledge the challenges of a military spouse entrepreneur.
In the past, we have highlighted Amy Rowland of Play Across America, Jessica Bartram of Fayetteville Hypnosis, Patrice J. Carter of Breakpoint Coaching and Speaking, Maggie Varona of ServingTalent, and Dr. Jude Black of E-Therapy Cafe. This month, NextGen MilSpouse features Erika Spring of Revolutionary Hygiene.
Name: Erika Spring, RDH BS
Military Branch Affiliation: USMC
Years as a Military Spouse: 5
Business Name: Revolutionary Hygiene
Year Established: 2016
Tell us about your business: Revolutionary Hygiene is a dental hygiene coaching web-based company I began with the vision to help hygienists be the best hygienst they can be while providing the best care. My mission is to provide interactive, revolutionary and innovative strategies for the team and work place.
As a hygienist of 18 years and a former educator, I am the friend, mentor and coach that new graduates or seasoned dental hygienists can come to for guidance, assistance and further career advancement.
As a Marine Corps wife I know first hand how challenging it is to re-license when you PCS. And as a former educator, I had numerous Navy students who were active duty and are now stationed across the country and overseas and they too seek the guidance when they return to the private sector.
What’s your biggest lesson learned as an entrepreneur so far?
Persistence, networking and patience !
On managing work and life – is it all about blending or all about balancing? Why?
Both! Learning to adjust your expectations is important because some things, especially military related, are out of our control!
Sometimes you balance, sometimes you blend.
I have found that outside sources, close friends and other military wives can help balance out the day to day nonsense that we struggle with.
The blend comes from knowing ourselves and our families and learning to have an outlet as well as down time. Even if you have to put it on the calendar or “schedule” a date night!
Tell us the one thing that makes your dual-working military family successful?
Time for us. When the Marine Corps calls, family comes second. My husband and I work hard to have great communication. We have learned to not to take the “day’s happenings” out on one another. We have learned to turn off the TV, put downtime phones, and talk. Even if it’s just 15 minutes before the evening craziness starts!
We have a plan and talk about it! (and usually a back-up plan!)
Choose one: coffee, wine, water or soda?
Coffee! But wine is a close second come 5 p.m.!
Tell us one piece of tech you couldn’t live without:
Must-have song on your productivity playlist:
I really don’t have one song; but have learned that wealth and success management audio books are a must!
Leave us with some wise words…
I have learned that you can never invest too much in yourself.
You have control, even as a military spouse, of your own destiny.
There are numerous resources out there to help; whether it’s education, child care, health care or personal counseling. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, seek out companionship and fight for those you love. Our spouses fight for our freedom and it is a sacrifice we all make.
In today’s society it is all too easy to give up, but if you can fight through, it is worth it in the end!