We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Walsh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I want my legacy to be one of usefulness and kindness. Being a parent in this decade and beyond is not an easy task. There are so many resources out there, but it can be overwhelming. And for the military community, parenting has additional challenges of frequent moves, school changes, resources availability changes, and just overall a lot of changes. For anyone starting over in a new location where I have lived or moved, I want them to find resources that help them feel included and part of their local community quickly so they feel supported as an individual and family.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am most proud of the growth and learning that I have gone through. Since I was young, I have been writing and enjoyed writing and have continued to do it for fun. While social media has grown as a network for families to connect and learn, it isn’t easy to search and find exactly what you are looking for if you don’t have the right search terms. So, in collaboration with two other military spouses and friends, we began to build MilMomAdventures to share the local SoCal area’s nitty-gritty details to help families explore and learn about the area. It has grown from just sharing Southern California with the help of others in the community. It is a challenge to move every 1-3 years and “start over,” as it were. But in starting over, we share a common bond not just with military spouses, but with many others who move for new jobs or better lifestyle. MilMomAdventures is there to share real-life affordable experience, information on little things like parking and bathroom facilities, and what is worth the splurge. Health and Wellness includes mental health and community belonging, and helping with that is what MilMomAdventures is for.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego has so much to offer! We would check out Balboa Park to enjoy all the outdoor space and museums. Next, we would head to Liberty Station to walk the paths along the water, enjoying the parks along the way. We would check out one or two of the restaurants at Liberty Station to enjoy local food of a variety of types – this prior Naval Station offers beautiful architecture and seasonal activities like ice skating and outdoor dance performances throughout the year. North in San Clemente, my favorite drive-through coffee-shop, Zebra House coffee would be a stop to caffeinate and grab my favorite muffin before heading out to hike Torrey Pines State Reserve. We would probably eat at Harumama and grab sweet treats from Extraordinary Desserts.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am so thankful to everyone who has ever read anything I have written and been encouraged and inspired to explore where they live. When they reach out after reading a tip or check out a new space, it encourages me to continue. Shoutout! USO Camp Pendleton encouraged me to branch out by joining them to create a mixer for families on the north side of Camp Pendleton while sharing a favorite small business Zebra House and also provided opportunities to learn through experiences with them and sharing them. I enjoyed meeting small business owners that reached out as part of small business highlights, expanding my knowledge base of what skillful people we have in our community and also sharing that talent with others.
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