Freelance,  Military Life

4 Reasons I Created This Website.

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Hey guys, for my first blog post I decided that I should give you a little information about why I decided to start this website. I’ve outlined here the four main purposes that my brand new website serves. Let me know what you think!

1. As a Professional Resource.

Originally, the main purpose of this website was as an ePortfolio for some of my photography and social media work, and that remains one of its primary functions.

Over the past several months I’ve been working with a variety of clients doing freelance work ranging from Photography, Graphic Design, Social Media, and Web Management, and I’ve absolutely loved it! I’ve only been freelancing for a few months now, but it has already been such a rewarding experience.

For those of you who may not know, my husband is in the Army, and while I fully support my husband’s career, it does present several unique obstacles to building a stereotypical career for myselfFreelancing allows me the freedom to work from literally anywhere in the world (as long as there’s an internet connection!), so even if we get up and move tomorrow, I can pack my computer and have a job with me wherever we go.

Freelancing also gives me the opportunity to make my own schedule and pursue the types of jobs that I truly enjoy doing, and it has been great! I hope to continue freelancing and building my portfolio for years to come. 

2. As a Creative Outlet.

I would like to think of myself as a creative person, but sometimes, I just don’t have anything motivating me to pursue creativity. Therefore, one purpose for putting myself out there via this website is as a creative outlet.

I love doing creative freelance work to help businesses, but I also enjoy sharing my own writing, design, and photography. This blog gives me both the opportunity and motivation to put my creativity to use. Also, this can be achieved even if my blog is a total flop and no one reads it, so that’s a comforting fact.

I initially made the website just to practice making websites for the fun of it (I know, I’m a nerd), and I even made some pinterest graphics promoting an imaginary blog, so I thought – why not do this for real? And why wait to find a client I can work with doing these things – why not do them for myself? So here I am, putting my creative skills to good use and putting myself out there, one blog post at a time.

3. To Give Life Updates

Since moving 1500 miles from home last year, I think I’ve done a decent job of keeping up with my close friends and family from back home, but I definitely want to become better at this. So one very important purpose of the blog portion of this website is to keep people up to date on our life [hi mom!]. So to my family and friends out there reading this, feel free to stalk my freelance career, my travels, and my crazy life. Consider this a virtual Newsletter of the Martinez family adventures.

This is where I intend to share all the not-so-juicy details on what I’ve been up to – what books I’m reading, where I’ve traveled to lately, what God has been teaching me recently, and all of the ways that I’m continually striving to learn and grow and expand my horizons.

The final aspect of this window into my life is to act as a window into the life of military families in general. Many of my friends and family members from home don’t have any other immediate connections to the military, so I want to be able to share a glimpse into the military community for those who may not be a part of it. And for those who are, that brings me to the final reason I’ve created this website…

4. To Build Community

I know people talk about the importance of community all the time, yada yada yada, so I don’t want to sound like a broken record – but community is seriously important. A lot of people say that online community isn’t real community, and I can tend to agree with that. But I also have discovered that online community can lead to very real, genuine community.

Since moving to my husband’s first duty station I’ve met so many great friends through Facebook. Don’t judge. Before moving, I never would have even thought to meet friends online – the internet is a dark, scary place, right? Not true! Social media really can be a great tool to connect with others who are in the same boat, and the best part is that you can totally stalk them on social media before you ever meet IRL.

That being said, I want this blog/website to act as a place of encouragement and community for other military wives, other Christians, and other creatives. I hope to build friendships with some of you lovely followers and hopefully our paths will cross one day. As they always say, “It’s a small Army.”

If you’ve read this far, you’re already my favorite person. I hope you’ll continue to follow along as I go on this wild adventure called life.

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