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Exploring Life & Business with Kristal Leon of A Sailors Wife Blog

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristal Leon.

Hi Kristal, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am a proud Military Wife and Mom. I also like to think of myself as the boss and CEO of the Leon house. (Or so I think I am!) I created A Sailors Wife Blog as a resource for parents and spouses of both Military and non Military families.

Some time ago, I found myself in a whirlwind of emotions when I found out my husband was deploying. I had never experienced deployment and I definitely was not an experienced Military Wife. Throughout our journey of deployment, I found myself lost and trying to make sense of all the turmoil. I seriously thought my relationship would not make it through deployment but we did. At the time I was going through this journey, I wished I would have had the resources, tips and tricks to make my life easier as a parent, as a mom and as a Military wife. This is what inspired me to create A Sailors Wife Blog.

My goal is to provide my community with the best tips, resources, and advice to help you achieve your goals- whether it is providing a positive parenting relationship with your children or successfully overcoming deployment and maintaining a strong marriage and family foundation.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road whatsoever! Although my blog started as a hobby, it quickly progressed to a full-time gig. I found myself overwhelmed at times because I wanted to do so much. I tend to be a perfectionist, and that definitely both made me a better blogger but also brought a lot of stress. I had no idea how to run a blog, so everything has been trial and error for the most part. I have been learning as I go. Being a blogger is not just about writing there is so much more that goes into it. Not only are bloggers writers, but we are marketers in that we have to learn to write in a way that gets other’s attention. We need to research and fact-check our sources. We also have to reach out to new platforms, bloggers, and the community to build our network. And, of course, we become accountants, attempting to balance our transactions and expenses and record every purchase we make just like any other business.

And while every blogger’s story is a little different, these challenges that we face are consistent. What really changes is based on our attitude and who we have in our corner. The blogging world can be a very fulfilling career and can carve a path to many wonderful things. Or it can be the grueling process that seems unimaginable.

How it goes is entirely up to you.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
A Sailors Wife was created to help others. It has always been that way and always will be. One of the things that is most important to me is that my blog gives back to the community and I really feel like it sets us apart from any other military blogger out there. In the past two years, we have donated over 500 books to Book First Chicago, an organization that creates libraries in low-income schools here in Chicago. We have also raised over $3,500 for Lurie Children’s Hospital and over $1000 for Rady’s Children’s Hospital. We also raised over $2000 for the USO, a non for profit that supports military members and their families. Our efforts are ongoing and we hope to continue to give back to our community as much as we can.

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