Lessons Learned from a Military Spouse | Cameron Cruse | TEDxSandhillsCommunityCollege

Lessons Learned from a Military Spouse | Cameron Cruse | TEDxSandhillsCommunityCollege

Cameron challenges us all to pursue ways in which we can lead purposeful lives amidst inevitable change.

Cameron Cruse is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of R. Riveter, a company with a dual mission to produce quality handbags/purses and provide portable careers to military spouses. A mother, designer, and proud Army wife, Cruse completed her Masters in Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and upon moving to Ft. Merrill, GA, founded R. Riveter with fellow military spouse, Lisa Bradley. In promoting and growing R. Riveter, Cruse has successfully funded a campaign on Kickstarter and secured the support of Mark Cuban on the Shark Tank.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


  1. What a smart guy say after finishing this video: ok, thx. Now i’ve learned a new thing and i’ll for sure use this knowledge to improve my life etc…
    What I say: ok… but she have a vagina

  2. This wouldn’t work overseas. I was stationed in Italy and they do not allow this sort of thing, not even Pampered Chef was allowed to be sold by us. They also reserved jobs for local nationals, before us. Ok for in the U.S., but not overseas.

  3. ❤️💙💚💛💜💓💕💞
    *Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.*

    Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

    He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

    After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

    He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

    “Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

    “Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

    “Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

    He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

    However, each one reacted differently.

    The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

    The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

    However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

    “Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “

    Moral:In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

    *Which one are you?*

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  5. Well said! I am a military spouse,​ I have been living this lifestyle for over 20 years. I just wrote a book Holding Down The Fort – The military Spouses Guide to Surviving and Thriving. It talks about many of the topics you touched on.

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