It all started with trying to find a way to keep busy while my servicemember was away. I'm a writer by profession, so blogging seemed to be a natural choice. But what began as an idea to write my way through our National Guard Annual Training ended up snowballing into a long term project to connect, motivate, and inspire military significant others (MilSOs) from all branches.
Enter my new project: Move It, MilSo!
We all know that there can be downsides to loving someone in the military, but the idea behind Move It, MilSO! is that if we can just stay positive, stay healthy and keep going, things will only get better.
Working with SpouseBuzz, my goal is to create a community space that focused on keeping MilSOs happy and healthy, both mentally and physically, so that they can continue to give their servicemembers near and far the best support possible. After all, you have to put the best in to get the best out!
To hit my aim of helping MilSOs maintain healthy minds and bodies and to make sure we have a comforting routine for readers, the site runs on a regular feature schedule catering to both needs. At the beginning of the week, visitors can come to the blog for Motivation Mondays to get an inspirational quote to start their week off on the right foot with a good attitude. In the middle of the week, Workout Wednesday posts share fitness tips to keep MilSOs active before the weekend slump. Feel Good Fridays close the week with happy MilSO stories to put the warm fuzzies back where they belong. On the intervening days, I post updates on my progress with my own journey through the Move It, MilSO! Get Fit Challenge, which includes a sampling of the healthy recipes I've been using. I also occasionally post short entries on interesting MilSO topics.
Of course, the whole point is to cater to MilSOs. I want to hear form them in the comments and through the Make Contact! page. I want to know what they want and need to read about. I want to know what motivates them, what inspires them. I want to know what tips they have to share. I want them to send their stories in. Most importantly, I want MilSOs to step up to support and encourage each other on the site in the comments. I want Move It, MilSO! to be a safe, positive space where questions are welcome and encouragement is readily available for any MilSO.
When my servicemember left, all I wanted to do was lay in bed. The blog keeps me motivated mentally and holds me accountable for my fitness. I'd like to share that drive to keep moving and stay healthy with as many MilSOs as possible to ensure that they remember to take care of themselves as well as their servicemembers (and kids). Why? Because MilSOs deserve to be looked after too.
Come over and join our Get Fit Challenge!
Want to keep moving? Visit www.moveitmilso.com.
Diana is a twenty-something publishing professional currently working as a writer and assistant at her local newspaper. A rural New Jersey native, she enjoys spending time with her handsome, goofy, lovable music critic of a servicemember, going on hikes with their dog, exploring new recipes and restaurants, reading books by or about various dead people, and learning random facts that will maybe someday (probably never) come in handy. Follow her on Twitter @SweetDiaMarie. Her latest project, Move It, MilSO!, aims to motivate MilSOs to fit lifestyles.