Hi I'm Donna Hoffmeyer, founder of Taking Off The Armor. I am a Mom, nurse, veteran, educator and life long learner wanting to talk about issues with transitioning. Although I do relate this blog in a way veterans can understand, the topics are really there for anyone that has dealt with any transition in their life. Everything is on the table to discuss.
In 2020 I retired from a 21 year Air Force nursing career. Writing was a creative, healthy outlet and therapy for my transition. I had already co-authored a resource book in 2017 specificially to help military members transitioning. It was my "learning" book. Everything that could go wrong did. However, at the end of it all, I found my love for writing.
In April 2020, I started this blog. I had a list of 25 topics, and since starting I have never used that list. My inspiration comes from listening, talking and engaging with people.
In Otober 2020, I decided it was time to start my business and REBel LLC was born. The goal is to equip, educate and empower veterans as they transition out of the military.
Life has an interesting way of unfolding and in Oct/Nov of 2021 I was approached by a podcast to come on their team and start my own podcast. December 2021, Beyond the Frontline was born.
Writing still plays a central role in my life. In Feb 2022, I released my second book, Pandemic Parodies. This one a humourous take on our family navigating the start of the pandemic.
After going through the self-publishing process twice, I am now adding another branch onto my business to help other struggling writers that would like to self-publish, but have no idea where to start.
Although my platform is small on Medium, I thoroughly enjoy writing here. Even though you may not be military, I do feel many of these articles can apply to many of us. I would love to hear more from this community.