32 episodios

Encouragement for military spouses.

Military families make up less than 1% of the U.S. population, and the challenges they face are unique. Whether you're looking for military family support or simply want to learn more, join host Jen McDonald as we discuss it all: getting through the separations that go along with training and deployments, moving around the world, seeing the one you love leave for war, raising kids in the military, finding your own place as a military spouse, and strengthening your military marriage.

A military spouse of nearly three decades herself and the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, Jen doesn't shy away from the hard topics, while providing a practical, humorous look at military life. Military life can be hard, but it’s also amazing in so many ways. We're only stronger together. Tune in each week to hear a new personal journey.

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Encouragement for military spouses.

Military families make up less than 1% of the U.S. population, and the challenges they face are unique. Whether you're looking for military family support or simply want to learn more, join host Jen McDonald as we discuss it all: getting through the separations that go along with training and deployments, moving around the world, seeing the one you love leave for war, raising kids in the military, finding your own place as a military spouse, and strengthening your military marriage.

A military spouse of nearly three decades herself and the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, Jen doesn't shy away from the hard topics, while providing a practical, humorous look at military life. Military life can be hard, but it’s also amazing in so many ways. We're only stronger together. Tune in each week to hear a new personal journey.

    Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor - Episode 31

    Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor - Episode 31

    On this episode, Jen talks with guest Terri Laurent about the qualities that make a good role model and friend. Terri shares stories from her nearly 3 decades of military spouse life, including what she did right and even what didn’t go so well! She also talks about managing expectations and the importance of taking a leap to form relationships.

    • 39 min
    When You Feel Alone - Episode 30

    When You Feel Alone - Episode 30

    Life as a military spouse can be so amazing and exciting, but also isolating at times. What do you do when you just feel…alone? It can appear that everyone else has it together, but guess what? They don’t, either!

    On this episode, we're talking about those relatable feelings, along with strategies to move forward. Most of all, be reminded that you are not alone!

    • 26 min
    How to Make Friends as a Military Spouse - Episode 29

    How to Make Friends as a Military Spouse - Episode 29

    The traditional PCS season is winding down, so let’s talk about making friends! Whether you’ve just moved or you’re the one left behind, getting yourself out there and connecting can feel challenging. On this episode, I’m joined by Tara Howes (who was the first guest on the podcast on Episode 1!) and between us, we share over 50 years of experience at navigating the military spouse world (yes, 50, that’s not a typo!). Come along for a laugh and some very practical tips for connecting with others.

    • 37 min
    Self-Care and Wellness for Military Spouses - Episode 28

    Self-Care and Wellness for Military Spouses - Episode 28

    As military women and wives, our own health can sometimes take the back burner, especially in light of other pressing issues, like an impending PCS or deployment. This is your reminder that you're important, too!

    Join Jen as she talks to Ashley Gammon about giving ourselves permission to take time to refuel, ask for help, and find ways to incorporate self care, even if you're a busy mom with lots of little ones.

    • 39 min
    The Importance of Military Spouse Friendships - Episode 27

    The Importance of Military Spouse Friendships - Episode 27

    This week, we’re talking about the importance of military friendships! Stacy Taylor talks about the importance of friendships and faith through her years of being a military spouse. She’s also honest about her transition from being active duty herself to civilian life, and even some of the misconceptions she had about military spouses, and then how she came to embrace the life.

    • 30 min
    Connecting with Your Faith Community - Episode 26

    Connecting with Your Faith Community - Episode 26

    What role does faith play in your life as a military spouse? Are you tired of “church shopping” every time you move?

    This week, Jen's talking to Rebecca Alwine, Army spouse, mom of three, and freelance writer. They discuss finding your "tribe" and how important a faith community can be in your marriage and personal life. We touch on mentoring and being a mentor to someone else, as well as how your faith can uphold you through the hard seasons.

    • 28 min

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