(Previously Published by Maggie Paine on September 18, 2014)
This piece by CBS News hits at the center of Maggie Paine’s mission to help those who are in transition reach their goals. In the news clip, you’ll hear former Army Helicopter Pilot Lacey Szekley perfectly capture the transition from military life to civilian, “It’s your job, it’s your identity, it’s who you are for a really long time, and when you get out, you lose that and you have to start from scratch.”
In 2011, I went through the same transition when I left the Army – and I think Lacey’s description captures the essence of what I felt at that time. It was a major change in just about every way, and it gave me a deep appreciation for others going through similar transitions of any kind.
As I’ve written before, I started Maggie Paine in the hopes of helping my fellow veterans feel less frustrated during their own transitions, and removing some of the mystery of the process. I drew from my personal experiences and I was encouraged by veterans with similar stories.
And then, a bit to my surprise, non-veterans started to contact me and I learned from helping them that the military-to-civilian transition is just one of many other tough transitions in life: stay-at-home moms and dads going back to work, college and graduate students on the job hunt (and on a strict budget), men and women of all ages looking for a second chance at love, and the list goes on.
Through my work, I’m reminded every day that transition is a part of life – and that transition, like other parts of life, can humble anyone. Above anything that has to do with fashion and style, my hope for Maggie Paine is that people know that they are not alone; because facing transition together can be a little less daunting and whole heck of a lot more fun. ;)
Until next time...