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Jenn always felt the strength of "blue family", but it wasn't until her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that she saw the depth of those ties. She shares with us how the law enforcement community showed up in both big and small ways to support her husband and their family through their hardest challenges, and the lessons she learned alo…
 
In recognition of Memorial Day, Debbie shares the story of her son, Marc Lee, who willingly gave his life for others while serving as a Navy Seal. She explains the life she has chosen to live because of his example of love and service, and offers ways to honor and serve those who have sacrificed everything no matter what our circumstances might be.…
 
Amy has made it her mission to explore the benefits of being outside every single day. She explains the direct influence she has seen it have on her own family and in her personal life. "I have seen just countless benefits: mental health, physical health, relationships, creativity, grittiness, perseverance. You name it, it's impacted by the experie…
 
We wrap our our Month of the Military Child series with Jolynn Lee, a returning guest on the podcast. She addresses the common concern of "Is military life going to mess up my kids?" Spoiler, it won't. "No, it's not going to be like this forever. No, I'm not screwing my kid up forever. It's just a moment." -Jolynn Lee contact@jolynnlee.com www.joly…
 
Abi and Daena, co founders of Legacy Kids Magazine, share both their personal experiences as moms and professional expertise in mental health and counseling in regard to all of the incredibly positive ways that military life can affect our military kids. "Parents play a huge role in helping the child navigate their narrative. So the parents have th…
 
Stephanie shares how the way she approaches her own life as a military spouse has affected her children's outlook on their experiences as a military family. "I cannot change the fact that [my husband] is doing what he does. I can change my reaction and how we choose to face it." -Stephanie Howell @stephaniehowell…
 
We start our Month of the Military Child series with Amy Harding, mother of 7 and military spouse of over 20 years. She shares her experiences of developing strong family rituals and bonds and how that has helped her children handle the constant changes of military life. "When you make a conscious focus as a family, there's a thousand different dai…
 
Liz likes to be organized, but has learned over several PCS moves that life doesn't always go according to plan. She shares her experiences and tips for how to plan for the unexpected. "A lot of it is out of our control, but it's our response to those things that kind of shape our attitude and they shape our growth. Either we grow from it and we be…
 
PCS season can be stressful, emotional, and downright difficult, and if you have kids it can be even more so. Michelle shares four tips that she has personally used to help her own kids deal with the craziness of moving. "Negative emotion isn't something we need to keep from happening, but we can learn for ourselves and can teach our kids how to pr…
 
After 13 moves in 13 years, Mallory is the DITY queen. She shares why she chooses to DITY each time, as well as tips on how to stay organized and simplify the move process. "My goal is to make [DITY moves] less overwhelming. So I'm not saying that you're not going to be overwhelmed...moving is hard and there's a lot that goes into it and it's hard …
 
As an army veteran herself and now a military spouse, Megan has loads of experience with PCSing. Listen as she shares detailed ways to keep track of current regulations, keep control of your move, and get through your PCS with as little stress as possible. "What I tell people to not be stressed about [a PCS] is it goes into a lot of planning for yo…
 
As an experienced army wife and as the executive director of InDependent (a non-profit passionate about military spouse wellness), Evie has come to understand that wellness is not a one-size-fits-all situation. She shares her tips on finding what wellness can look like in your own life, and how it can change depending on your current circumstance a…
 
It's just Michelle today as we dive into ways to keep your marriage thriving and happy. As military spouses and first responder spouse we need to focus on making choices and being intentional with how we interact and love our spouses. Michelle also gives specific ideas on how to stay connected whether you are together or apart during deployments an…
 
Shea is no stranger to the unexpected changes and challenges that life as a military spouse can bring. She shares her stories of learning to see the roadblocks that are getting in the way of her goals and finding detours around them. "Life is written in pencil and we get to rewrite our expectations." -Shea Sines @teamboxops www.boxops.etsy.com…
 
Katie shares her experiences of learning to communicate her needs and ask for help- both in her marriage and with her friends and family- as she navigated her early years as a military spouse. "I had to learn that if I'm feeling something I need to say it, even if I'm scared of what the reaction might be." -Katie Hubbs @forthubbs…
 
"I created my own community. I was like, if we don't have one I'm going to create one for us and create one for other families...I essentially created something that didn't exist for me." -Ashley Weinert @countingourheroeshome As the spouse of a Reserve National Guard, Ashley's experience as a Waiting Warrior has been more isolated than most. She s…
 
"Every day, if you're trying to do better than the last, then that's progress and that's what we want to achieve to make yourself happier." -Elizabeth Shaw @elizaeshaw Elizabeth shares how she learned to carve out time as a military spouse and a working mom for herself, and how focusing on personal wellness changed her life in many ways.…
 
"As a military spouse we let our mental barriers stop us so much because we're beaten down, we're exhausted, we put ourselves last- and I was tired of putting myself last." -Flossie Hall @flossie_hall As an entrepreneur, military spouse, and mom of 4 Flossie has a lot of experience with the roadblocks that come with pursuing personal goals. She exp…
 
"Don't give up. There's always a reason and a purpose for what you're going through. We may not see it, we may never see it, we may never know, but just keep pushing through." -Aleida Aleida shares the struggle she had with getting pregnant, especially during regular moves with the military. She walks us through her journey with IVF and how she was…
 
"Just enjoy the changes, embrace it...Even though it feels like it's going to be forever, it's really not." -Joanna @jomygosh1 Joanna shares the realistic truth of working through hard changes as a military spouse. She explains her process of going from grieving change to embracing it. www.jomygosh.com www.military.com…
 
“A bonus lesson learned, is really taking ownership of the life that we do have- regardless of what’s going on around us- and making the most of it.” -Austin Bowler @thewaitingwarrior Your host, Michelle, and her Army Chaplain husband Austin share what this crazy year has taught them in their own lives and invite you to think over what 2020 has tau…
 
"First adjusting to depending on someone else and then to adjust back [to independence] when the Army takes them...just being able to pick up and say "I remember how to do these things. These are muscles that haven't gone away, I just haven't used them in a while." -Julia @spouseserve The transition from independence to a military dependent when sh…
 
"Whatever you give your energy to- whether it's positive or negative- you put it out it's going to come back to you." -Vanessa @vanessasholisticliving Vanessa explains how she changed her life by focusing on a positive mindfulness, and how that changed affected her life in almost every way. She gives examples of how she has found peace and connecti…
 
"Just because we sign up for something doesn't mean it's not hard. It just means we're going through it regardless and it's going to be hard the whole time, but we're going to get through it anyway." -Christina @themilitaryyogi Christina is no stranger to the feelings of resentment, anger, and abandonment that often come from a life in the military…
 
"Don't ever wish away one year or two years or whatever of your life, because you're not going to get that back." -Yvonne Coombes @eevee_coombes Yvonne shares her experiences of finding the good in every circumstance, no matter where you are. She describes her experience at a less-than-desirable assignment, which turned into one of her favorite pla…
 
"Anything you can do to impact someone else's day or life, that matters." -Jessica Manfre @jess_manfre Jessica shares with us her passion for service, and the benefits gained by both those being served and those doing the service. She gives small, easy ways that we can serve those in our military community. Please join us on Giving Tuesday and find…
 
“[Force] the confrontation and [have] the conversations while you can have them.” -Suzanne @gracefinancialcoaching Suzanne explains how she and her husband communicate and stay connected even though much of their relationship has been apart from each other. She emphasizes the importance of not waiting to have the hard conversations until there is s…
 
“It isn’t up to someone else to make you happy, it is up to you to be happy with yourself.” -Marla Bautista @marla.bautista.author It is easy get lost in the life of a military spouse, and Marla knows all about it. She walks us through her early life of struggling with homelessness and building her independence and her later experiences of losing h…
 
“We’re working on a public health level to change things, but it also takes your every day connections to each other to save lives.” -Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee @yeeingrid We conclude our series for National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month with Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee, who has dedicated much of her adult life working in suicide prevention. She sh…
 
"When we share our broken moment…it helps others realize that they’re not broken alone." -Jolynn Lee @starfishtalks Jolynn joins our September series for National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. She shares her family's experience with trauma, and how she believes the military community can influence the conversation around trauma and healin…
 
“I can never ever ever get my dad back…but what I can do is live my life with purpose, spread my message, and try to change the world for the better so that we’re seeing less and less of this devastating epidemic.” -Kati Poston @the.eight.postons September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, and we are kicking off a series on suicid…
 
“Be ok with where you’re at, what you’re doing.” -Amy @tiny_troops_soccer As a military spouse of 18 years, Amy knows how hard and lonely the military life can be. Listen as she gives her best tips on how to find what works for you, especially during separations and deployment. She also shares her passion, Tiny Troops Soccer, and explains how you a…
 
“Anybody can make an impact. Really.” -Christal Christal explains that foster care while serving in the Army is not only possible, but is much more accessible than people think. She walks us through her process of becoming a foster parent and the unique challenges and advantages that come with foster care in the military community. She also gives c…
 
“Community is everything. And just being there to support one another whether it is with business or whether it’s with life…at the end of the day we always have somebody, hopefully, to lean on.” -Monica @spouse.ly Monica explains her inspiration behind the creation of Spouse-ly, an online marketplace to support Miltary/Veteran spouse and service me…
 
”No matter what is going on in our life -no matter what the issues are, the circumstances that we are facing- they are not bigger than our marriage.” -Ashley Wallis @_ashleywallis Ashley takes us through her military spouse journey of discovering how to communicate fully with her husband, even amidst extreme hardship such as constant moves, 3 hyper…
 
“When we see a friend or someone we love is hurting, we want to jump in there and fix it. And in this situation there is really nothing you can say or do that is going to fix it.” -Wendi @strength4spouses Wendi shares her experiences as an army wife dealing with infertility and pregnancy loss when surrounded by families with children in the militar…
 
“You can NOT compare suffering. There’s no limit to the world’s empathy. We all deserve a piece of it, and every little pain that we feel and we think shouldn’t exist…that’s just not how emotion works.” -Morgan Slade @morganslade_ Morgan explains why military spouses and first responder spouses need to give themselves some grace and realize that be…
 
“No matter how hard it is you dig deep and you find that resilience in you, that perseverance. Because it’s always there, you have just now decided that you are going to pull it from the depths and put it to work.” -Hannah Listen in while Hannah shares her experiences of being a twin mom and Air Force wife, and how her experiences have taught her h…
 
"Our loved ones have been called to help others, and so they're not always there to help us. So [self care] is...giving us back our power to be able to fill our souls and get us human again." -Noralee from @MrsNavyMama Listen as Noralee and I talk about our personal experiences of learning the importance or self care and how Noralee has broken down…
 
“If my husband’s watching your husband’s back and he’s watching my husband’s back, we need to have each other’s backs. That makes us family.” - Meagan Davis Listen as Meagan Davis shares how she gets her family involved in serving the community, and the experiences that have taught her just how vital it is for us to open our hearts and eyes to othe…
 
"Never ever let them start a shift without kissing them, and never ever let them end a shift without kissing them and telling them that you love them.“ Julia Listen as Julia, an ex cop and wife to a police man/national guardsman, shares her personal and professional experiences with loved ones fighting off demons. While this is one of the "heavier"…
 
“What you see in other people’s marriages- good, bad, or indifferent- that doesn’t mean that that’s what it has to be for you.” Bree Carroll from @HeartsStripes Bree is passionate about strong Waiting Warrior marriages and shares how she went from having no desire to be married, to having a thriving partnership with her husband. Listen as she share…
 
“Being a military spouse, or being a first responder spouse, is a hat you put on. It’s not who you are. And it does become a part of your identity, but it cannot become your identity.” Serena West from @ShopWestHouse Serena is no stranger to feeling of realizing that the life you envisioned for yourself is impossible while being a Waiting Warrior. …
 
"It's very, very scary to put yourself out there and to try to make friends and put yourself in new situations, and awkward situations, and anxious situations." Kara @hey.pointdexter Kara is a naturally shy, stays in her comfort zone kind of woman, but military life (specifically moving to a small village in Germany with a brand new husband and the…
 
"If we can always keep the benefits and good things at the forefront of our minds then it just makes dealing with the challenges that little bit easier." Gems Collins This week Gems shares her perspective as an UK immigrant military spouse. She shares her experience with having to adapt to US life and military life, but also her strong belief of th…
 
“If we are starting to get twisted up about x, y, or z and we pause and realize whether or not we have actually said it out loud, and we come to notice we haven’t said it out loud, then we are really at fault” -Austin Austin and I realized a lot of similarities between what's happening with covid 19 and handling a reintegration from a military depl…
 
"It's important, when he's not communicating, to realize he's not doing it on purpose." Morgan This week on the podcast Morgan gives us some really good reminders of communication basics, that we often forget or loose sight of when we are in the middle of the whirlwinds. Be sure to get more Waiting Warrior content on Instagram : https://www.instagr…
 
"We definetly worked through it but it definetly cause some problems. It's not all rainbows and butterflies." Tara from @Realtalkwiththe_ms_s This quote is a perfect summary for this episode: it's completely honest but still hopeful. Tara gives us a real and open look at how lonely this life can be and how important it is to communicate effectively…
 
"It's not so much that I don't care what other people think...but I'm not going to care to that point that what they think of me is going to affect the way that I view myself." Sabrina Listen as Sabrina shares how she's had many rocky transitions, but it's led her to a deep appreciation for every kind of woman and military spouse. Her outlook is no…
 
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