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Episode 97 – Starting Your Own Business as a Military Spouse

Milspouse Matters Episode 97 Starting Your Own Business with Wendy Hively

Milspouse Matters Ep. 97 with guest Wendy Hively

Have you considered entrepreneurship or starting your own business? Have you thought it would be too difficult as a military spouse?

Wendy Hively shares a behind the scenes look at how she started her successful business, Charliemadison Originals, while also working full-time as a scientist. As a longtime Navy spouse who’s now the wife of a retiree, Wendy has a lot of wisdom about work/life balance, talks about how she pivoted when the military took her family to Japan, avoiding burnout, the ways that entrepreneurship can be a great path for military spouses and the lessons she learned, while also being realistic about the hard work it requires. As Wendy reminds us, you don’t get a prize for working all the time! I so enjoyed talking with Wendy, and I think you’ll be inspired to take a look at your own work/life balance, whether you’re an entrepreneur or not.

Charliemadison Originals

About today’s guest: Wendy Hively is a retired Navy spouse, mom of two grown daughters, a full-time scientist, and owner and founder of Charliemadison Originals – an online shop named after her daughters that helps military families tell their unique stories through everyday jewelry that honors each season and transition of military life. She currently lives in Maryland and is proud to honor the three generations of her family who served in the military by giving back 5% of your purchase to organizations that support military service members and their families.

“No one cares if you’re working all the time.”

These might be surprising words coming from a woman who not only has a full-time career, but also runs a successful business on the side, but Wendy Hively really means it. She shares so much wisdom and practical tips on the latest episode of Milspouse Matters! Get a sneak peek in the short video below.

Connect with Wendy and Charliemadison Originals at and on Instagram and Facebook as @charliemadisonoriginals.

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