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Milspouse Matters is the podcast dedicated to encouraging military spouses!

I'm your host, Jen McDonald, and I was a military spouse for 30 years until my husband’s retirement. We lived all around the world, raised four kids, and dealt with all the challenges and adventures of military life, just like you! I’m also the author of two books for military spouses. Over the years, I came to believe that we military spouses are tough, but we're only stronger together. Whether you’re a new or more seasoned spouse…Whatever life is throwing your way? Let’s talk about it!

Milspouse Matters Jen McDonald

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Milspouse Matters is the podcast dedicated to encouraging military spouses!

I'm your host, Jen McDonald, and I was a military spouse for 30 years until my husband’s retirement. We lived all around the world, raised four kids, and dealt with all the challenges and adventures of military life, just like you! I’m also the author of two books for military spouses. Over the years, I came to believe that we military spouses are tough, but we're only stronger together. Whether you’re a new or more seasoned spouse…Whatever life is throwing your way? Let’s talk about it!

    It's Not Goodbye - It's See You Later, Ep. 115

    It's Not Goodbye - It's See You Later, Ep. 115

    Tune into this special episode to hear what's going on with Jen, some reflections on the past five years and what's coming for the podcast, and how to stay connected. 
    Mentioned in this episode: 
    Get Jen's new book here! https://books2read.com/MilspouseMatters
    Get Jen's first book, You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse here: https://amzn.to/3T4zkzY 
    See Jen at the Tucson Book Festival, March 9-10, 2024! Come say hi to me at the W. Brand Publishing booth. Get more info here: https://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/
    All Milspouse Matters episodes and military spouse content is here: milspousematters.com
    Jen's writing, updates on book, and her author journey are here: jen-mcdonald.com
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    • 9 min
    Learn How to PCS Proof Your Fitness - Ep. 114

    Learn How to PCS Proof Your Fitness - Ep. 114

    Some of the most listened-to episodes for this podcast are on the topics of self-care and fitness, and so I’m delighted to bring you today's guest Grace Barnick-Damazo. We're talking all about how to “PCS proof” your fitness routine, along with some practical tips you can start using today. Grace is the Head Coach and Owner of FitPath Coaching, LLC. She’s spent years learning from the best in the fitness industry, so that she can get you the results that you deserve.
    Grace is a Navy spouse, and she understands the unique challenges that military life plays in reaching your health and fitness goals. It’s her mission to provide solutions that work for active duty women and military spouses, including her most recent fitness program, PCS Proof Fitness! 
    Grace was voted the 2018 Personal Trainer of the Year by her peers, and she’s committed to providing the highest level, science-backed, proven programs to women in military life in a supportive, approachable, and affordable way.
    Fitness doesn't have to be complicated, and Grace breaks it all down for us in this episode. As she says, "When in doubt, go for a walk!"
    Grace is generously offering your first month of #PCSProofFitness completely free!
    Use this exclusive promo code on her site when you check out: MSMFREE
    Connect with Grace and her programs at:  
    https://www.fitpathcoaching.com/pcs-proof-fitness
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracebfitness/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracebfitness
    Spouse-ly Store: https://spouse-ly.com/store/fitpath-coaching-llc/
     
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    Connect with Jen:
    Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd
    Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources 
    PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS 
    Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog 
    Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads 
    Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks 
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    Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube
    Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB

     

    • 37 min
    A Talk with the Authors of Unwavering: Taylor Kiland and Judy Gray- Ep. 113

    A Talk with the Authors of Unwavering: Taylor Kiland and Judy Gray- Ep. 113

    On this episode, I'm honored to be speaking to Judy Gray and Taylor Kiland, the authors of the newly released book, Unwavering: The Wives Who Fought to Ensure No Man is Left Behind.

    About the book: In a time when women faced countless challenges and societal limitations, these military wives dared to defy the status quo. They transformed from bystanders to frontline activists, passionately advocating for the return of their missing and captive husbands during the Vietnam War. Their unwavering determination made the fate of their men—and the others who were POWs and MIA— a national priority, despite the odds stacked against them. "Unwavering" is not just a book; it's a love letter to military spouses everywhere.
    Judy and Taylor, both military veterans themselves, take us on a journey behind the scenes of this incredible project. Discover what inspired them to tell this powerful story and what kept them motivated throughout the writing process. Get a sneak peek into the remarkable tales of perseverance and courage found within the pages of Unwavering. This is the quintessential American narrative of how a group of women, once silenced and sidelined, reshaped the way America fights its wars. 

    Watch the Unwavering book trailer and see this episode's complete show notes here.
    Get the Unwavering book on Amazon here.
    Connect with Unwavering, Judy, and Taylor:
    Unwavering book website: https://www.unwaveringbook.com X, Facebook, and Instagram as @Unwaveringbook Linked in: Judy Silverstein Gray, Taylor Kiland Mentioned in this episode:
    Military Moves and Deployments During the Holidays Jen’s new book, Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our Stories Get 20% off the 5-Day Deployment Devotional during December with code December23 here Connect:
    Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd
    Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources 
    PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS 
    Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog 
    Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads 
    Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks 
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    Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta 
    Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook 
    Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok 
    Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter 
    Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube
    Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB

    • 42 min
    Military Moves and Deployments During the Holidays - Ep. 112

    Military Moves and Deployments During the Holidays - Ep. 112

    Are you dealing with a military move or deployment right smack dab in the middle of the “most wonderful time of the year”? Let's talk about ways to cope and giving yourself permission to do what works for you and your family.  
    Mentioned in this episode: 
    Jen's new book, Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our Stories: https://books2read.com/MilspouseMatters 
    Get 20% off the 5-Day Deployment Devotional during December with code December23:  https://jen-mcdonald.com/product/deployment-devotional/ 
    Surviving a Military Move During the Holidays from MilitaryByOwner: https://blog.militarybyowner.com/surviving-a-military-move-during-the-holidays
    Getting Through the Holidays While Your Spouse Is Deployed: https://jen-mcdonald.com/getting-through-the-holidays-while-your-spouse-is-deployed/
    Episode 99: Dealing with Anxiety as a Military Spouse: https://jen-mcdonald.com/show-notes/episode-99-dealing-with-anxiety-as-a-military-spouse/
    The Christian Milspouse Podcast: https://jen-mcdonald.com/podcast/christian-milspouse-podcast/
    Free mental health help and counseling: 
    https://www.militaryonesource.mil/
    Telemynd (covered by TRICARE): https://www.telemynd.com/humanamilitary
    Having a Baby Overseas: What Military Spouses Should Know: https://jen-mcdonald.com/having-a-baby-overseas-what-military-spouses-should-know/
    Want me to speak at your next military spouse event, book club, or conference? I'm also happy to drop in virtually to your book club or meeting! Contact me here: https://jen-mcdonald.com/contact/
    Connect:
    Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd
    Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources 
    PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS 
    Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog 
    Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads 
    Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks 
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    Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta 
    Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook 
    Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok 
    Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter 
    Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube
    Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB

    • 23 min
    Coming Back from Rock Bottom with Charlynda Scales - Ep. 111

    Coming Back from Rock Bottom with Charlynda Scales - Ep. 111

    I'm so happy to bring you my talk with Charlynda Scales, author of the brand new book, Rock Bottom Has a Trampoline, which has already ranked as a best new release in its category!
    She’s a veteran, now a reservist, a former military spouse, and an entrepreneur.

    Charlynda is not only impressive, but she's a kind-hearted person who is wise beyond her years. But that wisdom has been hard-won. We discuss the stories behind her book, her journey to becoming an entrepreneur, aligning yourself with others who are like-hearted vs. like-minded, advice for entrepreneurs or anyone starting over, and how to come back when life has brought you to rock bottom. As Charlynda says about the idea of "rock bottom has a trampoline,"
    "I've heard the saying, 'rock bottom has a basement.' How freaking depressing is that statement? There's no faith in that. There's no light at the end of the tunnel in that quote. If you believe in something bigger than yourself, you'll never truly be at rock bottom. Rock bottom is not a place you go and stay. Rock bottom is a moment."
    Here’s more about Charlynda:
    Charlynda Scales is a serial entrepreneur: She serves as founder and CEO of Mutt's Sauce LLC and OH Taste LLC; Director of the OH Taste Foundation (501c3), and creator of The Empower Collection. She is the author of the business empowerment book, Rock Bottom Has a Trampoline.
    Charlynda is a sought-after speaker and mentor for women's empowerment and small businesses. Her military career spans over 15 years; she's currently an Air Force Reservist stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
    Her son, David, is, in her opinion, her finest achievement.
    I'm certain you're going to be so inspired by Charlynda, just as I was.
    Get Rock Bottom Has a Trampoline Here: https://amzn.to/3Qv3DNM
    Get Jen's new book, Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our Stories: https://books2read.com/MilspouseMatters 
    5-day Deployment Devotional, half off in the month of November with code November23: https://jen-mcdonald.com/product/deployment-devotional/ 
    PILLAR online FREE deployment retreat, Nov. 17-19, 2023  - sign up here! https://www.facebook.com/groups/209167998492858 
    Connect:
    Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd
    Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources 
    PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS 
    Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog 
    Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads 
    Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks 
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    Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta 
    Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook 
    Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok 
    Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter 
    Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube
    Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB

    • 48 min
    PACT for Animals: Fostering Pets for Military and Veterans- Ep. 110

    PACT for Animals: Fostering Pets for Military and Veterans- Ep. 110

    It's no secret that military families love their pets! But what do you do if you're facing a deployment and have no one to care for your pet? Or if you get an overseas assignment to a location your pet can't go? Enter PACT for Animals! PACT for Animals is dedicated to fostering pets for active duty U.S. military members on deployment or an assignment where they cannot bring their pet and veterans in medical crisis. 
    On this episode, I’m speaking with Julie Zantopoulos from PACT for Animals. Julie shares the mission of PACT for Animals, which functions in all 50 states, information on how to foster or find care for pets, and ways you can support PACT for Animals. They’re the only nationwide nonprofit that screens and matches pet fosters, facilitates the reunion, and also supports both the foster and pet’s family through the duration of the separation.
    Connect with PACT for Animals: 
    Reach Julie: julie@pactforanimals.org https://pactforanimals.org/ https://www.facebook.com/PACTforAnimals https://www.instagram.com/pactforanimals/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/pactforanimals/ https://twitter.com/PACTforAnimals https://www.youtube.com/@PACTforAnimals  Mentioned in this episode:  
    Get Jen's new book, Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our Stories: https://books2read.com/MilspouseMatters 
    5-day Deployment Devotional, half off in the month of November with code November23: https://jen-mcdonald.com/product/deployment-devotional/ 
    PILLAR online FREE deployment retreat, Nov. 17-19, 2023  - sign up here! https://www.facebook.com/groups/209167998492858 
    Podcast deployment episodes: https://jen-mcdonald.com/podcategory/deployment/
    Deployment blog posts: https://jen-mcdonald.com/category/deployment/
    See this episode's complete show notes: https://bit.ly/MMep110
    Connect with Jen and Milspouse Matters:
    Jen’s site: https://bit.ly/jenmcd Military spouse resources: https://bit.ly/MMPodresources  PCS move resources: https://bit.ly/MMPCS  Jen’s blog: https://bit.ly/MMPodblog  Digital downloads: https://bit.ly/MMPoddownloads Books: https://bit.ly/MMPodbooks  ----
    Socials:
    Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/MMPInsta 
    Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/MMPodFacebook 
    Follow on TikTok: https://bit.ly/MMPodTikTok 
    Follow on Twitter: https://bit.ly/MMPodTwitter 
    Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/MMPodYouTube
    Join the Christian Military Spouse Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/CMilspouseFB

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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52 Ratings

52 Ratings

MomLifeMilitaryWife ,

THANK YOU!

I know I have said it before - but I will say it again. THANK YOU. Thank you for creating a safe space for military spouses to come, listen, and learn.
When I was put into this life I was lost and needed someone who knew. I found your podcast and listened to every episode.
I took notes, followed people you interviewed, got resources, and most importantly your book.

When my husband left for BMT, I used your book to help me get through it. I also felt so much more prepared with our move and experience at the new base because of what your podcast taught me.

I became a key spouse because of your words & got key spouse of the year because I listened to you “get involved!”

I have had the BEST two years as a milspouse & I am so excited for more

Thang8787 ,

Loosing my mind

This podcast is exactly what I needed. I thought I was loosing my mind when I woke up one day almost 16 years into being a Navy wife and felt I just couldn’t do the military thing anymore, it’s exhausting. The show has so much helpful info and encouragement. Thank you

Ashley** ,

Every MilSpouse Should Listen

Literally they should send us the link to this podcast the day our solider enlists! It is the pick me up and you’re not alone that you need!!

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