Who is Sylvia Longmire? That’s a question I ask myself quite often, as I seem to be leading a sort of double or triple life these days. I have a number of passions and specialties, and you can learn more about them in other spaces. However, I’ve found that I needed this space to collect all the thoughts and writings that can’t be so easily categorized anywhere else. For the purposes of this blog, this is who I am.
I’m one of those lucky bastards who managed to start making a living out of a hobby. I spend several months collectively every year traveling to different countries just to explore their wheelchair accessibility. I write about all of these experiences for my travel blog, Spin the Globe. After making enough accessible arrangements for myself, I was able to turn this into a business, and I opened up my travel agency just over a year ago in August 2017.
I have two sons, ages 10 and 8, and while they don’t live with me full-time, I’m lucky to spend a good amount of time with the privilege of being their mom. Raising children when you can’t walk comes with some pretty unique challenges, and I’m fortunate that I have the best two kids in the world to help me through that journey.
I served just over eight years in the United States Air Force as an officer and Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in January 2005 and medically retired from the Air Force in June 2005. As a veteran, I’m fortunate to receive several benefits through the Veterans Administration that make my life considerably easier.
In the past 10 years, I have started five companies, including sole proprietorships, a limited liability company, and a nonprofit corporation. I love being my own boss, and love helping other people who want to work from home start on their own entrepreneurial journeys.
Any of my friends will tell you that I’m a fighter, but I also believe it’s not enough just to fight for yourself. I feel that I have enough of a public platform that I have a responsibility to fight for other wheelchair users and people with chronic illnesses. I have raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and am currently the president of The PreJax Foundation, a nonprofit that provides college scholarships to exceptional students who either have multiple sclerosis or a parent with MS.
Are you wondering why this is last? Visually it may be the most obvious thing about me, but to me, my wheelchair is just another accessory. I can’t walk at all due to the effects of multiple sclerosis, but it doesn’t keep me from living a full life. Far from it. However, being a wheelchair user is the focal point of this blog. I write about the world around me as I experience it from the seat of my power wheelchair.