119 episodes

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
    • 4.3 • 8 Ratings

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.

    Open Communication, Making Friends & Family First

    Open Communication, Making Friends & Family First

    In this week's podcast episode, I talk to Air Force Spouse Catherine about keeping the lines of communication open with your defence member, making friends and putting family first.
     
    Catherine and I also talk about;
    Meeting her now-husband in an unusual way in an unexpected place Becoming friends and learning that they had so much in common Being upfront and honest about the extra challenges they may face as a defence couple Dating, becoming engaged soon after and just months later getting married Spending more time apart than together during their first year of marriage An overseas posting with 3 weeks notice and how she made it work Coming to terms with leaving her job and not working while overseas Making the most of their time overseas and the challenge of making friends A possible promotion on the horizon and what that will mean for their family What is best for their family and whether that includes defence Her teaching career and being upfront with employers about long term commitments The challenge of making friends and nurturing relationships when posting in and out Not knowing what support you need until you need it and figuring out how to find it  
    Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx     www.militarywifelife.com.au

    • 41 min
    Defence Families of Australia-New Leadership & How DFA advocate for Defence Families

    Defence Families of Australia-New Leadership & How DFA advocate for Defence Families

    In this week's podcast episode, I talk to DFA’s newly appointed Defence Family Advocate of Australia Sandi Laaksonen-Sherrin.
     
    Sandi and I talk about;
    What her vision is when it comes to stepping into the role of Defence Family Advocate of Australia for DFA (Defence Families of Australia) Why it’s important that there is an advocacy group for defence partners and families How DFA remains independent of defence and provides frank advice to the Minister DFA’s advocacy pillars and what DFA will be pushing hardest on in the immediate future How DFA know what to advocate for on behalf of defence partners and families Why you don’t need to have personal experience to contact DFA about a defence partner or family issue you would like to bring attention to How defence partners and families can have their say on particular topics or issues of concern What the next 12 months look like for DFA and advocating for defence partners and families DFA’s short term and long-term goals for defence partners and families How DFA ensures they are representative of the defence partner and family community Why DFA is working on new opportunities to make it easier for defence partners and families to have a voice The work DFA have been doing to create an Advocacy Map due to be released in late November 2021 How the advocacy map will be used as a tool by DFA to empower defence partners and families to get involved Some of the key area's DFA has had an impact on in recent times thanks to their advocacy DFA’s involvement when it comes to the Royal Commission into Veteran suicide and why it is important to provide a voice for defence families and veterans Her thoughts on whether it’s time family policy, support & services undergo a review Why DFA’s employment program ended and what is happening next when it comes to DFA and partner employment How Defence partners and families stay informed about all that DFA is currently advocating for  
    To find out more about DFA and the work that they do or to talk to them about an issue or concern you would like DFA to advocate for you or the wider defence community on, get in contact with your State/Territory rep by visiting the DFA website. Or to stay across any DFA updates and the release of their Advocacy Map sign up for their newsletter here or jump across to their socials and follow along.
     
    Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx     www.militarywifelife.com.au

    • 57 min
    Finding Connection, Community & Her mission to help other Defence Couples

    Finding Connection, Community & Her mission to help other Defence Couples

    In this week's podcast episode, I talk to Air Force Spouse Elise about making defence life work for her, connection, community and her passion to help other defence couples navigate challenges through strong communication.
     
    Elise and I also talk about;
    How she met her Defence Member by chance at the races Forming a great friendship and both getting busy with their careers Losing touch and then eventually reconnecting and deciding to be together Getting engaged, married and having a baby all in a few years The reality of Defence life and getting comfortable with being solo a lot Deployment challenges and refusing to accept surface-level communication The isolation of working from home, solo parenting and the impact on her mental health Deciding not to miss out on life just because her Husband wasn’t home How connecting with the Defence community had an unexpected and positive impact Finding support and friendship with people who GOT IT The frustration she felt knowing her career would always come second The importance of finding a way for her career to work with defence life Deciding to start a business to help defence couples better communicate Why her online program Partners Elsewhere is about prevention to avoid crisis Partnering with a Psychologist to help defence couples build strong foundations How her program helps defence couples to understand what each other is feeling Why the program aims to make the defence members transition home after separation easier and the flow on How to get your defence member on board with giving the program a go  
    To find out more about Elise’s business PE Health and her specific online program for Defence Couples called Partners Elsewhere Military Relationship Program click on the link below.
    https://www.pehealth.org/military-couples
    For those interested in signing up for the program Elise is offering the MWL Community a 50% off discount code for the first 100 couples to sign up to the Partners Elsewhere Military Relationship Program. Use code MWL50
    *Code starts 11/11/21
    Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx     www.militarywifelife.com.au
     

    • 43 min
    Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley shares her Defence Partner journey

    Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley shares her Defence Partner journey

    This week on the Podcast, Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley shares her Defence Partner journey.
     
    After meeting at a function and bonding over our defence life experiences I took a chance and asked Mrs Hurley if she might consider coming on the MWL podcast to tell her story. It was the end of the night and she had mingled and chatted for hours and I was the last in a line of eager people wanting a few minutes of her time.
     
    I was bursting to tell Mrs Hurley in person that I admired the way she had worked, all those years ago, to bring defence partners together through a typed magazine she had helped establish called the Spouses of Somalia. It was a magazine meant for defence partners and families of those troops on deployment in Somalia of which His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley Commanded the 1st Battalion during Operation SOLACE in 1993.
     
    Mrs Hurley and I chatted and laughed and took comfort in that sense of shared knowing. That knowing that doesn’t even need to be explained between defence partners. We know what each other has experienced. We know that feeling of missing your person. We know the excitement and adventure that is often balanced with so much unknown and the feeling of new. We know the challenges faced and the celebrations experienced. The leaving and the coming home. The tears. The amazing community. The moving and the starting over. It is that sense that we know even without explanation. We just know.
     
    Mrs Hurley and I were engrossed in our conversation so much so that even a tap on the shoulder and a waiting Governor-General wasn’t going to pull Mrs Hurley away. We connected over the fact that the MWL Podcast was like a modern-day version of the typed magazine she had helped put together in an effort to connect and inform defence partners. The Spouses of Somalia magazine acknowledged that defence partners and families played a huge role in the support of the defence member and their successes. It gave those experiencing separation and the unknown a sense of belonging and information.
     
    Mrs Hurley may live a very public life alongside the Governor-General but I wanted to ask her about the life that came before the fancy titles. The life that included a defence house in Wagga, posting adventures overseas, emotional reunions and welcome home dinners at Pizza Hut. I wanted to hear about her life and her defence partner journey. I’m honoured to welcome Mrs Hurley onto the Podcast and share her story.
     
     
     

    • 32 min
    Connecting with the Defence Community

    Connecting with the Defence Community

    In this week's podcast episode, I talk with Navy Spouse Chantelle about making the transition from single and solo to figuring out defence life and finding your community.
     
    Chantelle and I also talk about;
    How a chance meeting would lead to a whirlwind romance that Chantelle tried her best to avoid Why it took her Defence member 6 months to tell her he wasn’t just a “government” employee and was in the Navy Coming to terms with now being in love with a defence member and someone who will go away for months on end How an overseas trip for work and being away from each other helped Chantelle make her mind up about her feelings Being together 6 months, going defacto, moving in together and deciding to move states together The isolation Chantelle felt after moving to a location where she knew no one Realising what being a defence partner really meant and making the transition Coming to terms with the amount of time spent apart and finding out separations aren’t just deployments but are also workups, courses and more Getting on the same page and managing differing expectations The positive impact a trainer from Cerberus had on her defence member and their relationship Finding out she was 5 months pregnant with her second child a short time after moving away from family and friends Her family having a hard time coming to terms with her changed goals and priorities Working up the courage to go along to a Defence community house and the positive impact it had on her mental health and life Finding her community after struggling with the isolation of defence life The difference having support makes during deployments, separations and on hard days The importance of being your own person, doing your own thing, focusing on what you can control and realising you have a choice  
    Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx     www.militarywifelife.com.au
     

    • 32 min
    The Younger Heroes-Helping ADF Parents connect with their Children

    The Younger Heroes-Helping ADF Parents connect with their Children

    In this week's podcast episode, I talk to the Founder and Manager of the not-for-profit organisation The Younger Heroes, a program designed to reconnect current and former ADF members with their children.
     
    Damien and I also talk about;
    How his experience as a military kid and the death of a mate led him to start the Younger Heroes Why starting an organisation that brought parents and children together for a 3 day/2 night experience in nature was the answer The time, research and tears that went into developing the Younger Heroes program How the Younger Heroes program allows current and former ADF members the space to reconnect with their children in a technology-free environment The change the program has undergone along the way and why it went from being a Father/Son program to including all ADF members and their children How the program works on creating and strengthening the bonds with your children The household trauma some children experience watching a parent face mental health struggles and why this program helps The lack of support and programs that exist for Veteran parents and their children Teaching parents and children how to communicate and talk about their problems Why the program isn’t just for those Veterans who have PTSD but also for those who have had deployments, separations and periods of disconnect from their children The importance of having a positive impact on a child’s wellbeing early on to prevent future mental health challenges or trauma Future plans for Younger Heroes and why Damien would love to offer a program for Defence Partners and Defence Families. Who can signup for the Younger Heroes program and how  
    To find out more about the Younger Heroes program or to signup for a future program visit the website by clicking this link 
    Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx     www.militarywifelife.com.au
     

    • 23 min

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