Let me introduce you to Lindsay Prieksat. I love meeting other women with the same name as me. Well, I don’t know if it is all in my head, or if we really are all wonderful and awesome! I asked Lindsay, the founder of Just Simply Happenstance, to give us a brief summary and answer a quick Q&A.
So, here’s a little bit of info about Lindsay:
I am a Mama to three cute littles! We have a four-year-old boy, and two baby girls: an 18-month-old and 4 months old. We have our hands full!
My husband and I are both active duty Nebraska Army National Guard. I have been a recruiter for just over five years and I love what I do.
I’ve been in the service for 12 years, and will definitely retire with it!
I started my lifestyle blog officially this year and named it, Just Simply Happenstance. I started blogging two years ago, but couldn’t narrow down anything about it, haha! It was taking me forever to figure out WORDPRESS, photography, what I wanted to write about, etc…Then once I went on my maternity leave with our last baby, Paisley, something just clicked. I felt like I had the need and want to blog. I fell in love with everything about it and suddenly had the confidence to do it! That’s why I went with, Just Simply Happenstance:) Took me a long time, but I made the dive and I’m so excited to continue this crazy journey.
I also do photography part time…when I have the time:)
Being a working mama who has her hands in about everything can be difficult at times, but I’m slowly figuring it out:) My husband is amazing and really helps around the house, so I am blessed to have that help.
What made you want to join the National Guard?
I LOVE getting this question asked because the National Guard is my entire life! Well, when I am not spending time with my hubby and our three crazy littles! I joined the National Guard when I was just 18 years old and a Senior in High School. As we all know, we have no idea what we want to be at just 18 years old, but we think we do:)
Growing up in a small midwestern town, I have always had a love for our country in more ways than one. Showing pride and believing in our nation was instilled in me through the community, family, and friends. I just knew I needed to give back in some way, and I fell in love with the mission of the National Guard!
However, I didn’t think it would turn into a career. In fact, I thought I would get out of the service after doing my initial 6-year enlistment. But, here I am 12 years later and a full-time recruiter for the organization. I am so glad I took the plunge at such a young age as it has helped shape my life in such a positive way.
Is the National Guard how you met your husband?
Yes! We met in 2009 in the Chemical Company and I am so thankful that we both landed in that unit together. I am beyond blessed that somehow and someway we started dating. We have so much in common, including a love for our country. The military is a huge part of our lives, and I love that we get to both share some of the same experiences.
It’s great having a spouse who actually knows what you are talking about in all aspects of my job. The military can get confusing at times with the customs and culture that we experience! Having a husband who is also a military member is extremely beneficial with communication for the both of us.
With your life so crazy busy you must have found some way to relax at the end of the day. What do you do to take care of yourself?
I LOVE to workout. Of course, it is difficult to squeeze in a workout, but when I do, it makes me feel so much better. I like doing just about anything active: running, walking, lifting weights, cardio, etc..However, I recently started taking a barre class that I really enjoy! It’s such a stress reliever! I’m also a big believer that you will be the best version of yourself when you are healthy and in shape. For me, I’m a much happier and confident individual when I feel good about my body.
You mentioned that your husband is a big help. Does he help cook? If so, what is your favorite thing he can prepare?
I can honestly say he does most of the cooking…score, right? He can cook just about anything, but I am in love with his love of the grill! Our two older kids and I both love grilled meats and vegetables. Some of our favorites are chicken and potatoes or pork chops and asparagus. Our 4 year old just told us the other day that he only likes pork chops with black on them (from the grill). Looks like we must be doing something right! Haha!
What is something about you that always surprises people when they find out?
A lot of times people are surprised that I do photography part time. I think mainly because I work for the Army National Guard and photography is so different than my full-time job! It’s fun getting to photograph weddings and family sessions as I get to do something totally different. I’m very passionate about photography, and love being able to do it for more than just a hobby!
If you could spend the day with a famous figure, alive or dead, who would it be?
I’m a huge Jackie O fan. When I was in the fifth grade, I chose to dress up as her for a class activity, and I started admiring her from that point on. She lived such an interesting and hidden life, and she has always been someone I have loved to learn about. And let’s be honest, her style and elegance was captivating:)
If you enjoyed getting to know Lindsay, then you should check her out her website and Instagram:
As you might have noticed; It’s not Sunday. When I was preparing this spotlight on Lindsay Prieksat I decided that Sundays were not the best days for spotlights. So I am changing the name to Super Spotlights! If you like it, let me know. If you think we should change it, put your suggestions in the comments. For now, you can still find all the spotlights here.