A blog from Army&You’s spring edition by Jodie, @themilwife

When I first started my Instagram account, I never thought it would go anywhere. I thought I could just anonymously post about the highs and lows of being a military wife struggling with postnatal depression and anxiety.

Never in a million years did I think that I would make amazing new friends and build the fantastic community that I now have, but I did.

Until I found you all I never really thought about how the community plays such a big role in our lives, especially when we’re moving around so much. I’ve lost count of how many times I have heard the phrase “well you knew what you were signing up for when you married him” but having the support from everyone really got me through the nights alone with a new baby and a new business.

I’ve learnt we’re all in the same boat and having someone who knows how you feel about situations that only military life brings is amazing. I can’t thank you all enough. I’d probably still be a blubbering stressed out mess without some of the kind messages and words of encouragement I’ve had during the first months as a mumma of two. And my business, Willow Tree Aromas, would be nothing without you all.

I encourage you all to follow your dreams too, whether that be a small business like mine or a career of your own. No matter where you are or how many times you move around this crazy world, you can do it!

So thank you and remember if you need a little chat or a rant, I’m just a message away.


Jodie wins a £35 voucher to spend at Gillian Jones Designs — gillianjonesdesigns.com — for our best blog. Artist Gillian, a former Royal Navy officer and military spouse, specialises in vibrant and contemporary military art and design. If you can’t quite find what you’re looking for, she’s also happy to create bespoke commissions. Follow @gillianjonesdesigns on Instagram and Facebook, and @GillAJones on Twitter.

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