Travel and overseas life as a military family? We're talking about it in this episode! Angie Drake shares about her family's unique moves to South America (twice!), and how she's taken those experiences to start her own sustainable travel consulting business, Not Your Average American, since her husband's recent military retirement. As she says, "itchy feet need places to travel!"Read More
Who were you before life told you who you had to be?
The answer to that could be interesting! Join Jen for this informative, fun, and inspiration-filled episode with Kellie Artis, COO for MILLIE and co-founder of Milspo Gurus.Read More
Air Force veteran and military spouse Amanda Huffman is joining Jen this week to talk about her time as a service member, her decision to "trade in combat boots for a diaper bag," her series featuring women service members and veterans, and her upcoming podcast about women in the military!Read More
What do you do when you're not sure where you'll be living a month from now? You face it head on, that's what!
Since she's already moved 6 times in the 4 years of her husband's Marine Corps career, you could say Danielle Keech is something of an expert on short-notice PCS moves!Read More
In this episode, we're turning the tables and Jen is being interviewed! Find out more about Jen's story as a military spouse of three decades, which led to her writing a book for other spouses and starting the Milspouse Matters podcast. Lana Simmons, cohost of the Reinventing Midlife podcast, puts Jen on the hot seat.
We'll talk about feeling like a fish out of water as a new military spouse, adapting to the quirks of military culture, all the moves, living overseas, raising military kids, deployments, her family's homeschooling journey, and the second career she’s found.Read More
In this episode, Jen's talking to Wendi Iacobello, who shares her message of support, empowerment, and encouragement for military spouses. Through her hashtag #morethanamilspouse, her hope is to remind other military spouses that it's ok to create a life for you, too!Read More
This week, Jen's talking to Meg Flanagan of MilKidsEd, who shares with us her passion for education, especially as it relates to military kids. Meg also discusses the learning gaps that are common with kids that move often and practical ways to connect with your child's teachers. Learn more about her book, Talk to the Teacher, and how it can help any parent with ideas to set up their child for success in school.Read More
Lauren Cecora is a go-getter!
But after giving birth to her first child, her world was rocked by postpartum depression. In this real and honest episode, you’ll hear about Lauren’s journey through PPD while her husband was deployed. Realizing quickly that something was off more than the typical postpartum “baby blues,” Lauren reached out for help, made the necessary changes in her life to get well and healthy, and then through her experience became an advocate for other new moms.Read More
Dawn M. Smith is an Army spouse of nearly two decades, a freelance writer with a talent for creating real estate and home design content, and a mom living in the D.C. area. She's rebelling against the description of "seasoned spouse," though we still haven't landed on a better term!
Dawn shares her tips for creating a home wherever the Army sends her family (and gives you permission to shop!), as well as provides her hard-won wisdom for spouses navigating military life.Read More
Lana Simmons is a retired military spouse now living in Virginia. Through the years of her husband's military career, she grappled with the common questions many milspouses face: How do I keep a career going with constant moves, especially overseas? What if I decide to stay home with my kids? Should I volunteer? Where do I find friends?Read More
Christina Youngblood is an Army veteran and Air Force spouse. At the age of 20, she was sent on a 15-month deployment to Iraq and went through experiences that later culminated in a diagnosis of PTSD. Christina is very open about her journey dealing with PTSD and how she has gotten to the point where it doesn't control her anymore.Read More
Christine Barker Anderson ("Chris") is one of those people who lights up a room with her smile and warmth. She shares with us about her family's military life of over two decades, including moving around the world with her husband and four children and going through several deployments, until her husband's unexpected death while still on active duty.
Candid and humorous, Chris always points us to faith and family as the answer to get us through the hard times of sorrow and loss, while providing hope and encouragement to those going through their own dark times.Read More
This week Jen's chatting with Tara Howes, a retired Army spouse who's gotten through military life with lots of laughs and facing challenges with flexibility. Tara is the mother of four and the cohost of My Military Life Radio.Read More
Join Jen McDonald as she shares encouragement for military spouses. With less than 1% of our country serving on active duty, we're highlighting the stories of military families so you can hear from them firsthand.Read More