As I listened to my gut alongside the military spouse community as the new Founder & CEO of the Paradigm Switch I clearly identified the problem but was still at a loss for the solution. As a result, I looked at our competition.

What were they doing and how were they solving the problem? I found that we were all solving a massive problem with military spouse unemployment- but in so many different ways. I asked myself questions like, “what is working and what is not working?” and “what areas are organizations that are thriving needing help in today?”

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This is a word that I thought was only reserved for a few. I thought it was reserved for people who painted, sketched, built things with their hands, and could draw. In my head, the word creativity was directly related to art and art only. I had a narrow view of what creativity was.

I was a businesswoman, not an artist, and the two did not seem symbiotic.

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It’s Saturday morning at 6:30 am and I have been up for an hour with the urge to write. Hell, I have had the urge to write a book for over a year. But somehow, I talk myself out of it every time. I have wasted so much time justifying why I shouldn’t write this book- precious time that I could have spent encouraging myself to do it or better yet, actually putting pen to paper.

Why is that? Why would I talk myself out of doing something that I would be proud of?

Why would I talk myself out…

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Let’s be honest.

COVID-19 changed everything. The economy, the way we communicate, the way we work, the way our children go to school, and absolutely even the way we lead.

Have you slowed down enough to really let that sink in?

If your answer is no, then that is your first problem.

Stop reading this blog.

Get off the computer or your phone and go read a book. Or better yet, go make a homemade meal for yourself, your best friend, or your family.

Pre COVID we were all burnt out.

Seriously, we can’t lie… the burnout was real only…

Making Something out of Nothing

At the Protecting Courage Podcast this month our September series is focused on “Something From Nothing” and as the weeks go by I have been thinking deeper about what that really means to me. I am asking myself how I have made something from nothing in my life and I found that my answers might surprise you so I thought I would share it with you today.

As you know, my definition of Innovation is, “creating something that didn’t exist before. I am on a mission to redefine the word innovation. I don’t think it…

© 2020 Justine Evirs, LLC | Courage to Create

This is My Story

I have to be honest, I wish I was more mature and was in a place in my life where I didn’t feel the need to build an entire website to tell my story. Truth is that I know I will get there but I am just not there yet and I am okay with that.

I have spent the last 15 years clawing and screaming for a seat at the table. In those 15 years, somehow I have managed to transition out of the U.S. Navy, be the 1st person to graduate college in my…

A photo shared on Twitter by the Friends of the National World War II Memorial shows vandalism to the monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Do Black Veterans Count?

Echoing the demand for justice and equitable treatment for Black veterans

On Saturday, June 6th my family and I joined thousands of Americans in Washington, D.C. at Black Lives Matter Plaza. That day we marched to the White House demanding justice for George Floyd and the countless other Black lives that have been murdered by police. As a bi-racial woman veteran and mother of three, taking my children to demonstrate their civic right of peaceful protest and to see democracy in action is a moment that I will never forget.

As we pulled into Farragut West…

Welcome to both my black and non-black brothers and sisters. I have written this message of unity for you both but first I would like to address the non-black community.

Dear Non-Black People,

I know some of you are confused right now. I know that some of you are not racist, and I also know that some of you feel hurt right now too.

This isn’t about looters or disrespecting the flag.

It never was … it was always about us using our rights as Americans and shining a light on parts of our country every one has been avoiding…

Statement by the Board of Directors at The Paradigm Switch

In Times of Uncertainty, We Stick to our Values

At The Paradigm Switch, we are men, women, and queer; we include all races, cultures, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, and gender identities. During painful times such as this, it is important to remember that change starts with us. We do not advocate for status quo solutions. We are committed to unapologetically building long-lasting careers that we can take anywhere in the world while upholding our values as a company. We value honest conversations and authenticity even when doing so is painful. …

General Assembly partners with The Paradigm Switch to create learning pathways and bolster career success for military spouses.

Military spouses are no strangers to sacrifice. Between frequent moves, deployments, and all the other stressors that come from supporting our nation’s servicemembers, military spouses constantly put the needs of their families and their nation before themselves.

One of the first things to be put on the back burner is their career aspirations. According to a report from non-profit organization Blue Star Families (BSF), 47% of military spouses are unemployed and 55% of those who are employed are actually underemployed (overqualified, underpaid, or underutilized in their current position).

These statistics are unacceptable — and The Paradigm Switch (TPS) and General…

Justine Evirs

A powerhouse innovator and visionary who is on a mission to inspire people to use the power of innovation to defy the odds.

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