Hiring Military Spouses is Good for Business

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MilSpouse Diversity at it’s Finest, Meet Maralis Self

by | Sep 23, 2020 | Career, Military Spouses | 0 comments

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Diversity makes people better.

I discovered Maralis through the Military Spouse of the Year program. As a fellow Army spouse and MSOY, I found Maralis to radiate positivity in all things, all the time, rain or shine. Just speaking with Maralis makes me a better person, her positivity is infectious.

This year has been a heck of a year for me, Begin Within has gone through some major pivots, I PCS’d internationally from Germany to Texas, and also had a baby during that relocation. I needed help.

Enter Maralis.

Meet Maralis Self.

Maralis is a hustler. She’s the founder of two businesses, Empowered Energy which focuses on wellness, mind, body and spirit through Reiki and Yoga, and MSVA (that stands for Maralis Self Virtual Assistant) which provides Virtual Assistant services.

I commisioned the help of Maralis for her VA services to help me through the move, and maternity leave. Although it was supposed to be temporary, I kept her around way longer than I intended because working with her was rad. 

And, oh by the way. Since I’m featuring diversity, let me tell you some more amazing things about Maralis. She’s a proud Latina, and LGBTQ+ advocate within the military community. She is currently participating in the United Collective: a group of yoga and wellness instructors raising awareness and visibility, and connecting with all communities, while contributing proceeds to worth causes that support BLM. 

You can follow her on Intagram at: IG: @empoweredenergy.me @maralis_virtualassistant

“What benefit do you believe military spouses bring to the workforce?”

I asked Maralis the question, “What benefit do you believe military spouses bring to the workforce?” Here’s what she said:

“In my many years as a military spouse, I have not seen a more diverse, resilient, capable and talented population. Military spouses become masters of multi-tasking: scheduling, problem-solving, course correcting, crisis aversion, building rapport and adapting in various situations, simply because we are military spouses. These are all strong attributes that anyone should want in their workforce. A military spouse, no matter the length of employment with an organization, will always bring unique and useful contributions. We understand the value of making a positive impact and meaningful connections. We show up ready to contribute, to work, for as long as we are in the position, and we commit. There is no doubt in my mind that for every job there is, there is a military spouse for that!.” ~Maralis Self