Duty Station: USAG-Miami
Number of Deployments: 0
Number of PCS's: 2
About the nominee: I am Sierra Redmond a 22 year old Army Wife and Mother of 1 sweet little boy. I have an Associates and Bachelors Degree from Drury University in Mass Communications. My passion for media led me to finding my dream portable career as a blogger. I created The Daily Impressions Lifestyle Blog in 2016 to offer tips, tricks, stories and advice on topics like motherhood, travel and life in the Military. I truly love what I do because I am able to use my voice to reach and encourage other Military Spouses to not only succeed in Military Life but to also build stronger family units.
Hobbies: My hobbies include: -Spending Time with my Family -Travel -Writing -Volunteering with Church -Photography -Advocating for Breastfeeding
Interesting Facts: I spent 17 years of my life as an All-Star Competitive Cheerleader. In that, I have traveled a lot of cool places, won Gold medals and been on ESPN for competition coverage. My competitive cheerleading background is what build my foundation of teamwork, hardworking and determination.
What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? Something that I have learned from being a Military Spouse is how admirable Military families are. I think the outside world has a perception of Military Families, especially Military Wives. A lot of them think that we are uneducated, jobless and spoiled but I know a lot of truly exceptional women. Women who are highly educated, children who can thrive everywhere they go, and men and women who are really love what they do to serve their countries. Prior to becoming a Military Spouse, I had no idea what to expect about the Military (Only what I heard) and I know now that Military life is much different than outsiders think.
In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? One of the most important issues facing military families is the fact that a lot of families are still living paycheck to paycheck. With a high Military Spouse unemployment rate, a lot of soldiers are left to take care of entire families themselves and the pay does not increase based on the amount of dependents, only by rank. I feel that there needs to be more programs that teach families how to stay away from debt , how to effectively use their pay to live a comfortable life and how to fund their post military dreams.
What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? One of the best aspects of being a Military family is being able to travel and the life changing experiences we have while on this military journey. While living away from family members can sometimes be a hassle, I truly believe that it has been the best gift to our family. Moving so often has brought my husband, son and I much closer together. We depend on each other and love each other.We also experience some of the most beautiful places together creating memories of a lifetime. Also, the relationships that we form in the Military are golden. We have made friends that will last a lifetime. We have been there for weddings, the birth of children and comfort in the bad times. It is truly a beautiful experience.
What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? Regarding Military spouses, I am very passionate about helping Military Spouses reach their highest potential and being fulfilled with the lives that they are living. A lot of Military Spouses are discouraged because they feel that they cannot reach their goals or have their dream careers being that we move so often. This is simply not true! I would like to hold workshops that help Military Spouses in their goal planning process to not only realize their dreams but thrive in accomplishing them regardless of supporting their spouse's careers. I am also passionate about helping Military Children. In high school, I lost my mother to a very rare disease leaving me without both parents. Although her death was not related to the military, Children in the military lose parents more often that I would like to admit as a sacrifice to out great country. I would like to create a program to help them regain purpose in their lives, become resilient when dealing with the grieving process and ensure that they have the proper support that they need to cope with such a loss.
Reasons for nominating:
With being her husband I am extremely bias. Well let me tell you my wife is the most caring person in the world when it comes to being a mother and wife. While living in Miami, Florida the military has constantly thrown hurdles in her career. Daily Impression is her blog that she manages while raising our son that is a handful like all 1 year olds. Spouses everyday are constantly behind the making a soldier a better person. Sierra is growing her business by working with multiple companies to increase family travel and mother support. Constantly sharing her points of views as a wife and mother to help new moms who do not have anyone to ask. Just as being a wife she assist me with my job and juggling her life with my changing schedule. Now this nomination may seem all over the place but that's what spouses have to deal with every day. All spouses are deserving but my wife is the best one that I know. While she holds our family together, she still finds time to use her blog as an outlet to help other spouses and military families. Donating time and effort goes a long way and that is what my wife displays on a regular basis. No matter what she puts her mind to she puts her best effort. I’m proud to be her husband because I have sat up with her at 2 am after cooking dinner and turning a midterm just days before graduation. Woman are strong and can accomplish any give task in the worst in conditions. The choice is out of my hands but to me she will always be my favorite military spouse. -- Elijah Redmond, Family