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Valerie's Vantage Point

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

Welcome to My World

Hey friends,

I am so glad you stopped by. I have toyed with the idea of writing a blog for years now. I guess you could say I am a bit late to the party, but better late than never I suppose. This blog is designed to give you an inside peek into my life. Yes, you can follow along on the highlight reel called social media but let's be real; that only shows the tidbits of life. I have designed this space as a way to share our military lifestyle, follow along on our grand adventures, and share exciting updates on my writing journey.

So, for those who don't know me, I am Valerie McNulty, aka The Airtag lady (I know, I know, you feel like you are in the presence of royalty). I still laugh when people refer to me by that name. One minute I am making a post on my personal Facebook page and the next I know Good Morning America is calling me asking for an interview. If you missed this wild ride of a story I will attempt to give you a brief recap. Here we go...

In January we moved to our new duty station in New York. Our PCS (Permanent Change of Station) was going smoothly and we were eager to receive our HHG (Household Goods). During the waiting process, we received a call from our driver carrying our HHG that he had just picked up our items in Colorado. He didn't realize that we had an air tag in our HHG (specifically my son's toy box) and could track the exact location of our items. We caught him in a lie and from there the story just got crazier.

Long story short, we received all of our items after a wild ride, and in turn, the little post that I had made on Facebook sharing a PCS tip with my fellow military friends ended up going viral. Fun fact, if you google my name there are articles upon articles all pertaining to this incident. After all the interviews/ press I just knew I was going to receive some kind of compensation from Apple due to their increasing air tag sales, but alas that wasn't the outcome.

I'm still trying to figure out the lesson in this whole scenario. The best I have come up with is don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. In the midst of this experience, I found myself doubting my ability to share my story. I kept saying that I am sure someone else would be much better at being the voice for military families and inspiring change in a broken system. What I learned is that although I doubted myself, others were not. I was relatable, I was truthful, and ultimately I was willing to speak up for those that didn't have a voice.

So tell me, how have you stepped out of your comfort zone? I would love to hear your stories in the comments.

Be bold,

Valerie McNulty


The Air Tag Lady

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