Right after graduating from Kings College in New York, military spouse Christina Crawford spent an entire year volunteering for Army Emergency Relief and Army Community Service at Fort Lewis where her husband was stationed. Army Emergency Relief ultimately employed her as a budget counselor, helping families figure out how to pay their bills, and assisting with credit counseling and bankruptcy filings. At the same time, she took an H&R Block tax course and did tax preparation work for six months before moving to Fort Benning, where she worked as a retail sales associate for five months. Moving to Germany, Christina became certified as an aerobics instructor and took over an aerobics class on the base from another instructor who was moving away.
Christina was successful in finding paid work every time she moved, finding her tax preparation skills and her aerobics instructor certification were particularly marketable. She was able to get work in one of these two areas whenever she moved, both on base and off. Ultimately, she became a demonstrator for Stampin' Up, selling rubber stamps at home parties used for handmade greeting cards, scrap booking, and craft projects. She became one of their top producers and kept that position as she moved from base to base over a 15 year period. Now that her husband's military service is over and she has settled in Northern Virginia, she runs the Chic Envy consignment center with her daughter; a successful venture that also allows her to give back to the community.