My name is Kaui Eiklor, Daughter of the Most High God, Wife of my wonderful Soldier Travis, step-mom to that beautiful blond in our family photo, and Mother to 2 precious children, Ariela and Ryan.
ABOUT ORGANIZING MILITARY MOMMY:
My main reason for managing this blog is to teach others what I have learned over my lifetime. When I first started my own life and got married, my outlook on family was totally skewed and unrealistic. As a result I struggled, suffered, and learned the hardest way possible how to be a good wife, manage a home properly, and care for my children.
Since I do not want to be selfish by keeping everything I’ve learned to myself, I am sharing it through blogging. It will reach far more people than I could ever imagine to do any other way, and I am thrilled to be able to give my advice totally free of charge.
I am completely convinced that if I help others and pay it forward, I will be rich in the end. Every time someone thanks me for what I do I am blessed. Every time I find out from my readers that I have helped them in some way (small as it may seem) it reminds me of why I love what I do. Helping others helps myself in return.
I cover a wide range of topics here from organizing, saving money, proper spending, parenting, and military 101 (among other things). However, the main focus of my blog due to my intense passion for it is organizing.
Here is my story of my journey to becoming a Professional Organizer:
I grew up in a home managed by very hard working and loving parents, and though they did their best, they were not organized. There were no schedules, rarely did we eat together, everyone was always doing their own things, and to top it all off, my dad was (and still is ;)) a pack rat.
I always knew that I had a passion for pretty things, particularly things having to do with the home. It was a dream come true to be able to get my degree in Interior Design. But when I entered the work force as a designer I quickly realized that it didn’t matter how beautiful a house was, if I couldn’t organize it it would still be ugly!
From that point on I lost my passion for interior design and felt completely unqualified to do my job. When I got pregnant with my oldest my focus turned to the home…where my REAL training began!
Mommy-land was not what I thought it would be and I felt like I was sinking more than swimming. After a year of being a SAHM, I felt compelled to learn how to organize and be organized for good so I wasn’t drowning anymore. After at least 5 years of educating myself through blogs and other resources I finally felt qualified enough to become a professional organizer.
It is the greatest feeling to be able to help someone gain more time with their family because I was able to efficiently organize their home. I cannot believe that I am making a living doing something that I LOVE doing! it truly is a dream come true!
As far as the military is concerned, obviously I have a special place in my heart for them. Because of the life I have lived as a military wife I know that it can not only be difficult, but very lonely at times. If you are a military spouse, I can sympathize with and relate to you. Having been a military wife for 7 years now I can honestly say that I have loads of advice to offer that can and will help you survive.
I want this to be a source of help and support for anyone living this life, particularly the spouses. My hope is to reduce your stress so you don’t have to search through the sea of military confusion to get your questions answered. Following all of my tips for managing a home properly applies to military spouses even more than the rest of the world. So listen up to everything, not just my military tips. You will be so glad you did.
And even better, I not only specialize in helping moms organize their busy lives, but soldiers and their families as well. Military gear can bury you if you’re not careful (it did me at one point, lol!). So be sure that you read up about organizing for the military. My new ebook shows you exactly how to organize military gear and paperwork using simple systems that work. There is a lot of excitement surrounding this resource and I just love hearing how it has helped so many people, including those who are not military.
WHY ORGANIZING, MILITARY, AND MOMMY?
Simply put, I combined all the things I love and am passionate about in one blog. I love teaching others how to organize, design, and manage a home properly.
Since I am also “married” to the military and find great joy in helping other milpouses, I also make this a place for military families to come and network and learn more about how to survive this life.
And the last one, “mommy,” is pretty obvious, right? I love being a mom (ehem, which is subject to change when I temporarily go insane during TDY’s and deployments).
MY JOURNEY AS A MILITARY (ARMY) WIFE:
When I first met my husband he was in the marine corps. When we got married he switched into family mode and decided the military wasn’t so conducive for a family, so he got out (of course I had a lot of say in that decision). Technically he was still a part of the military as an inactive reservist, but he was “labeled” a civilian.
Our lives as civilians was not what we expected it to be and so we struggled. We had difficulty relating to anyone, finding jobs, fitting in, or managing our money. After a very long and difficult couple of years, when I was 5 months pregnant with our first baby girl our lives changed forever. It came in the form of a packet of papers stating that hubby was being recalled and sent to Iraq.
That year spun by in a blur and the fear I experienced was absolutely debilitating. As I grew and learned with God’s help I made a promise that I would some day help other military spouses in the same situation.
After the deployment, hubby still didn’t want to stay with the military so he got out again. However, after yet another very long and unfulfilling year we realized God wanted the military life for us (yeah, we’re slow learners, lol!). Since the marine corps wasn’t taking prior service members Travis aimed for the army with an MOS in EOD and he was accepted.
If you would like to get to know me better personally then check out the series I wrote about our story called “30 Days Down Memory Lane.”
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