A Change of Pace: Tales from a US Military Wife

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It’s my pleasure to introduce to you today’s featured blogger, Samantha.  Samantha blogs at A Change of Pace and tell us that she “is a ‘US military brat’ turned Navy wife whose life never fails to turn topsy-turvy on a whim.  Her life centers around her family, her passion for writing, living the military life of constant change, and striving to reach a renewed sense of health and happiness”.

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What can readers expect to find when visiting your blog for the first time?
My blog is a hodgepodge of personal journaling and life musings with a little bit of healthy living and recipes sprinkled in between. It’s my little corner of the Internet where I can pursue my passion for writing, document my life, and deal with the changes I endure as a military spouse. Currently, it’s undergoing a slight shift in topics due to an exciting new chapter in my life; my husband and I are currently expecting our first child, who’s due to arrive in July! Adjusting to the idea of becoming a mom, documenting my pregnancy, and preparing for his arrival have completely taken over my life, my thoughts, and my blog.

Why did you start your blog?
Writing has always been my passion and my lifeline. Since I was little, my free time was spent sprawled out across my bed, surrounded by notebooks filled with intimate thoughts and creative stories. In the years following my college graduation, I slowly drifted from this passion, but in April of 2009, I finally realized that writing is so much a part of me that I feel toxic if I don’t do it. Starting A Change of Pace was a means of finding my way back to what I love and need. It’s also a way for me to better document my life as I live it and better embrace life’s changes.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?
Above all, I enjoy interacting with my readers and other bloggers. Through my blog and blogging communities like SITS, I’ve met so many women with interests and lifestyles similar to mine, cultivated so many friendships, and received so much useful advice.

How has your degree in Journalism played a part in your blog?
Thanks to my education, I hold myself to a high standard of ethics, and I always strive to be honest and fair to the best of my ability. It also makes me cringe when I stumble upon incorrect spelling and grammar; I always feel the need to scour my writing for errors before posting!

Favorite Posts:
Ten Things I Would Do If I Weren’t Afraid: This is a beautiful, honest list.
The Story of Us: The Night We Met (Part 1)(Part 2): I love hearing about how love bloomed!
Inspiration is Wonderful When It Happens: Samantha’s poetry is inspired!


  1. their dog’s a cutie^^
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  2. Oh, I remember her (but it’s been ages since I’ve stopped by to visit). Soooo happy to hear the news that she’s now pregnant! How beautiful and radiant she looks in these pics.

    Happy SITS day–off to check you out now! *HUGS*
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  3. Weehh congratulations on your pregnancy! =D what a sweet couple! =D

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  4. Congrats on your first little one! I’m sure it will be an amazing ride! Motherhood is the best! =)
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  5. Heading over to check out this cute little corner!
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  6. She’s beautiful! I can’t wait to check out her blog! :)
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  7. Sweet blogger. I love her list.

  8. Can’t wait to check out this blog! Very cute picts! :)

    Reflections on Writing
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  9. Yay! A fellow military wife :)
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  10. neat!!
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  11. Love the pregnancy photo!
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  12. I never understood what it was like to be a military wife until I moved to a town near a military base.

  13. i love it! definitely going to check it out!
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  14. Yay! gotta love finding more Mil spouse’s to follow!
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  15. It’s been a long day.
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  16. I love th list!
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  17. I’m late today! Can’t wait to go check out “the story of us” and “Ten Things I Would Do If I Weren’t Afraid” – ought to be VERY interesting and good. Great topics!
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  18. Lovely blog! Very honest and very well written. Well done.
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  19. Great blog! I love to hear the stories of those families that serve our great country, God Bless You!
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  20. Congrats! Enjoy your day on the front page!
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  21. Hiya ladies! Anyone else having a low day today?
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  22. That is the cutest little baby bump EVAR :)
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  23. YAY! Another fellow journalism major in the mix! I’m excited to go check her out. Congrats on your SITS day! :)
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  24. What an adorable couple! Can’t wait to stop by and visit her blog. Boy do I miss those days as a military spouse.
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  25. Congrats on the baby!
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  26. HAPPY SIT Day! I am off to check out your blog & Congrats to a new mommy!
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  27. Happy Thursday! Can’t wait for the week to be over.
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  28. Roll Calling :)
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  29. Love the cute pics of “the bump”! Great job!
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  30. She has got to be THE most adorable pregnant person ever! Off to go check out her blog.
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  31. I definitely need to be better about editing my posts! But I usually, can’t help myself and get sooo excited I post prior to rereading. le sigh.
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  32. Off to check out her blog!

  33. Seriously cute baby belly! She is a gorgeous preggo! I am eager to start the blog!!

    To all: please enjoy the rest of your day and remember that smiling can help in any situation!
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  34. Congrats on your day! Looking forward to reading the blog! Journalism majors unite! :)
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  35. Her “Ten Things I Would Do If I Weren’t Afraid” post is great! I’ve always been a little bit like that myself.
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  36. Congratulations on your upcoming family addition!
    It is fun to be a mom…and a mom who blogs!

  37. such a cute blog :D off to check it out now!!
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  38. What a cute little baby bump!! :) Love it!
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  39. I love her blog name. And what a cute pregnancy photo!
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  40. Happy, Happy SITs Day to you!!
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  41. Congrats on the pregnancy! So exciting!
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  42. I wish I was better at the WRITING part of blogging (the most important part!!) hahaha!

    And I know what you mean that you don’t feel right if you don’t blog for a day! :)
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  43. Wow, I love her blog. Having no family members in the military, it is so foreign to me, which makes it even more interesting!
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  44. Congratulations on your pregnancy! My mom was a stickler for grammar. I think I inherited that and my skin crawls when I see people interviewed on TV using bad grammar. It makes them seem so uneducated!
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  45. She sounds like a fantastic blogger. I am heading there now.

    I am doing Flash Fiction at my place today. The Assignment: Something Stolen.
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  46. Great blogger!! Looking forward to reading her posts!
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  47. Looks great! off to check it out.
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