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Welcome to the Military Wife Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Military wives and partners.
Listen in to hear from others who are living this military life, juggling all the things on the daily, just like you and I.
Let's connect and support each other by telling our stories, celebrating our strength, focusing on self care & lifting each other up.

Military Wife Life Beck Rayner

    • Kids & Family
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Welcome to the Military Wife Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Military wives and partners.
Listen in to hear from others who are living this military life, juggling all the things on the daily, just like you and I.
Let's connect and support each other by telling our stories, celebrating our strength, focusing on self care & lifting each other up.

    That taboo topic... money

    That taboo topic... money

    This week's podcast episode is all about money! Some useful tips on how to spend it, save it and invest it.

     
     
    Defence Bank's Stuart Payne, Celia Cannavan and Emma Dalglish talk us through;

    Budgeting and how to work out our money goals
    How to make use of free helpful resources like https://moneysmart.gov.au/ How to come up with an achievable savings plan Credit Cards and why you should pay more than the minimum Credit scores explained and how using facilities like afterpay can impact it Simple steps you can take to help your credit score Investing and how to work out which type is right for you Your super and the ways you can boost it even when self-employed or unemployed  
    PLEASE NOTE: Any information and advice offered in this episode is not intended to replace more in-depth consultation with your chosen bank or financial advisor but it is to set you on the path to researching more about budgeting, money goals, credit cards and credit scores, investing and super contributions. You and your military member need to consider all options and do what's right for your family.

     
    Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx
    www.militarywifelife.com.au

    • 11 min
    Fulltime Army to Reserves to Fulltime again

    Fulltime Army to Reserves to Fulltime again

    In this week's podcast episode I talk to spouse Lauren about what it's like to go from being a fulltime defence family to a reserves family and then back to fulltime defence.

     
     
    Lauren and I also talk about;
    What changes when you're no longer fulltime defence
    How it works when your partner is now a reservist
    The freedom and opportunities reserve time brings
    Why they decided to go back to being a fulltime defence family How COVID played into their decision Why Lauren decided against going MWDU What that now means for the future plans they had made Why making the decision to post interstate was the hardest one yet  
    Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx
    www.militarywifelife.com.au

    • 24 min
    Kookaburra Kids Foundation & Support for Defence Kids aged 8-18

    Kookaburra Kids Foundation & Support for Defence Kids aged 8-18

    This week's podcast episode is all about the Kookaburra Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation supporting children aged 8-18 years, living in families affected by mental illness. 
     
     
    I talk to Community Engagement Manager, Sarah Hartley about;
    Why they introduced a program just for defence kids What the Kookaburra Kids Defence Kids Program is all about
    Why age-appropriate prevention and early intervention mental health services are important
    Why support for kids living in families affected by mental illness makes a difference How Kookaburra Kids make use of a peer-based social and activity-based format to help kids
    Why you DON'T need a formal mental health diagnosis to access support for your kids What other programs Kookaburra Kids offers and the online option defence kids can access  
    To find out more info about the Kookaburra Kids Foundation or to access their programs visit their website www.kookaburrakids.org.au
     
    Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx
    www.militarywifelife.com.au

    • 18 min
    The first few years of being a Navy spouse

    The first few years of being a Navy spouse

    This week on the podcast, I talk to Morgan about the ups and downs of her first few years as a Military spouse.
     
    Morgan and I talk about;
    The 18 month wait for her partner to leave for initial training The transition from civilian couple to a military couple Her partner leaving for Cerberus and having no contact Morgan's last-minute decision to move with her partner while he completed IET's Not being able to find work and the impact that had on their relationship Their first posting to Sydney and first deployment experience What happened when Morgan found out she was pregnant just weeks into the deployment Making plans to move back to be with family while she was pregnant Experiencing a miscarriage with no close friends or family in location How her miscarriage created a fast friendship with another spouse The support Morgan received from her partner's ship, chaplain and defence Her partner's emergency trip home to support her through the miscarriage Posting back to their home state and how friendships changed What now and what Morgan has learnt along the way TRIGGER WARNING- This podcast episode talks about miscarriage. If this episode brings anything up for you or you feel you need to reach out for support please call the FREE counselling service OPEN ARMS. This service is available to spouses, ADF members & Veterans 24/7 on 1800 011 046.
    Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx
    www.militarywifelife.com.au

    • 31 min
    OPEN ARMS- When, How & Who can access services

    OPEN ARMS- When, How & Who can access services

    This week's podcast episode is all about Open Arms, a FREE counselling service available to spouses, current ADF members, veterans and their families.
     
    I talk to National Manager of Open Arms, Dr Stephanie Hodson about;
     
    Who can access support and services through Open Arms
    Why the service changed its name from VVCS to Open Arms What type of support you can access in-person and over the phone
    When you should reach out for support & some signs to look out for 
    How to access Open Arms support and services and the process Why accessing Open Arms, before you reach breaking point, is encouraged The extra resources and programs available to the military community via Open Arms
     
     
    Open Arms is a 24-hour, 7 day a week service. For further information or to access support and services, you can call 1800 011 046.
     
    Please note: Anyone who has served at least one day in the ADF, their spouses and families can access support via Open Arms. Even if you are new to military life and haven't completed your paperwork (to be recognised as a couple) you can still reach out for support and Open Arms will talk you through whatever you are struggling with and also, if needed, refer you onto other services. 

     
    Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx
    www.militarywifelife.com.au

    • 25 min
    A British spouse experiencing a posting in Australia

    A British spouse experiencing a posting in Australia

    This week on the podcast I talk to British spouse Cheryl about her Australian posting experience.
     
     
    Cheryl and I also talk about;

     
     
    Her military member being sent to Iraq in the first year of their relationship Some of the differences between the British and Australian military Why a lot of military families choose MWDU in the UK What it was like to move to Australia and find her feet in Oz How COVID and living in Victoria during lockdown has impacted their Australian Posting experience Her positive review of living on base at Puckapunyal The uncertainty surrounding when they will be allowed to post out Why Cheryl isn't rushing to return home and is happy to stay in Australia longer Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx
    www.militarywifelife.com.au

    • 22 min

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