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New Spouse Series: First Duty Station / PCS

The New Spouse Series has walked you through the stages of recruitment, and basic training / AIT.  Now that your soldier has completed all their training, the next stage of your Army journey is the first PCS, Permanent Change of Station, to your first duty assignment. You have orders in hand and are absolutely clueless […]

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When April Showers Bring May Mudslides

Yes, my version of the saying is a little darker than the original “April showers bring May flowers.” But the reality is that life is not always going to be flowers. Even the happiest, most successful person is going to deal with disaster in their life at some point, and, unfortunately, these disasters usually take […]

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A Letter to my 9 Year-Old Self

If you’ve read past posts of mine (especially from April!), you’d probably notice that I’m a proud military brat turned military spouse. I’ve been open about all the lessons I’ve learned while living the lifestyle and also how grateful I am to have experienced everything that I have as a child of a service member. […]

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How to Tell if You Have a Hobby, Job or Business

So, you want to start a business…oh wait, would you rather have a job?…but hobbies are fun, maybe I can make money with that. Just to be clear, hobbies, jobs and businesses are all great endeavors. But they all need to be approached in different ways.   Per Webster: Hobby – a pursuit outside one’s […]

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Your Annual Check-up!

Performing planned or scheduled maintenance is part of the daily routine for many military personnel. We learn very quickly that proper and timely upkeep on equipment and systems will go a long way to reduce downtime. It also leads to stellar scores on those pesky operational readiness inspections. A funny thing happens when we focus […]

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The Military Recruits…the Family Retains

Resources that help bring service members home to strong families! When I’m not “on the road” speaking, I work from an office in my home. Yesterday, I glanced out the window over my desk to see a strange and somewhat scary sight: two short, wiggly legs sticking out of a street drain! In the gutter outside, […]

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Vacay or Staycay?

Believe it or not…I returned recently from my very first vacation. Ever! As a young military wife with four children, the only vacations we ever took were trips “home.” Who could afford to go on a real vacation? Not us. Nowadays there are so many resources for military families! Gone are the days of having […]

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The Leave Curse

I think we have all experienced the ‘deployment (or TDY, training, etc…) gnome’, but we have come to accept the leave curse as well. My husband had an overage of leave and was able to take it during a bubble (break in flight school training).  I had planned on being able to tell about all sorts […]

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Spring Cleaning My Life

Being a mom, a student, and really just an adult in general keeps me pretty busy. I find that that the days rush by, and my to-do list gets longer, and longer, and longer. This cycle usually occurs every year, and by spring the list looks scary and overwhelming. I usually begin to dread attacking […]

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Vacation You, Meet Vacation Me

What is it about vacation? Why do we need to go someplace we’ve never been, far from everything we know, to remember things we didn’t even realize we had forgotten? On vacation, daily life hassles are put on pause. On vacation, there is no laundry to fold, no dishes to be done, no incomplete checklist […]

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