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The American MilSpouse Elizabeth Smith

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

Listen to uniquely personal stories from the spouses supporting our nation’s military. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/theamericanmilspouse/support

    Meet Cindy

    Meet Cindy

    I'm so excited and honored to bring you this episode! Cindy has been an Air Force spouse for 37 years and she is a passionate advocate for service members and their families. She managed a presidential service award program at the White House and also worked as a senior writer for proclamations and messages in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. She has developed innovative support programs for military families and is an incredible mentor for spouses. Having been through multiple deployments and countless TDY's, she shares with us her lessons and tips.

    Cindy is married to General Ken Wilsbach who currently serves as commander of Pacific Air Forces. They reside at Hickam Air Force in Hawaii; it's their 23rd move in their nomadic military life. 

    What do you do when your partner is deployed for a year? What do you do if you do not like the city you moved into or feel powerless in front of the unknown?Cindy answers these questions with brilliance and brings up so much wisdom! I can't wait for you to hear her!

    I'm also joined by the wonderful Jen and Kirst from Wives of the Air Force who helped make this interview happen. Keep up with them on instagram @wivesoftheairforce and keep up with Cindy @altogetherlovely.blog. 

    Highlights of the episode include:

    ● Introducing Jen (2:39)

    ● Introducing Kirst (4:14)

    ● Introducing Elizabeth (5:20)

    ● Meet Cindy (6:41)

    ● The challenges of moving as an airforce wife (8:23)

    ● cindy's advice for this lifestyle (11:34)

    ● Ways to cope with difficult situations (16:01)

    ● The power of a spouse group (21:05)

    ● Don't be afraid to reach out to other spouses (27:32)

    ● Be open to the unexpected of what your life could be in a location (32:54)

    ● How did Cindy discuss crossroads in her relationship (36:21)

    ● How to accept the volunteer role as a military spouse (40:01)

    ● How did Cindy make it through her partner's several deployments? (48:45)

    ● Cindy's regrets (60:15)

    ● conclusions (63:00)

    Did I not tell you that Cindy's insights would have a lot of wisdom? If you loved this episode as much as I did, if it helped you shift your perspective on difficult situations that being a milspouse brings, let me know on social media!


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Meet Elizabeth Amidst the Chaos

    Meet Elizabeth Amidst the Chaos

    Breaking the mold this month! ⁠



    Join me for a quick one-take, 20 minute solo episode amidst the chaos of our current PCS. I was stressing about getting the next episode out and ready for you in it's typically neat bow but the reality that it just wasn't going to happen became quite clear. Initially I planned to just take the month off but on a whim decided to hop on and dump my thoughts out for you. ⁠



    I hope sharing our current state of things brings anyone else in the midst of PCS chaos some comfort that you aren't alone. ⁠



    Cheers to embracing what we can and being real about the parts that, frankly, kind of suck. :-) This was a leap for me and I'd love to hear your thoughts. 3 ⁠


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    • 22 min
    Meet Ashley G

    Meet Ashley G

    Ashley Gutermuth is a stand-up comedian and actor who gives excellent advice to military spouses on the internet. Ashley is a fellow spouse. She is also the winner of the Tonight Show's Seinfeld challenge, which is, we think, just super cool. She does such a great job of offering hilarious advice for military spouses and helps you remember to take it all in stride.

    Do you embrace the craziness of life through comedy? Don't miss this episode as we chat with Ashley Gutermuth about how she uses many online platforms to encourage, educate and influence through humor. Ashley shares her insight about embracing the lifestyle of being a milspouse and setting boundaries, and combatting negative feedback.

    If you have ever felt like you need to laugh at the chaos of being a milspouse, this episode is for you. I can't wait to hear what you think!

    "You have to be upfront about everything. Being upfront about it and addressing it is how you move forward. Hiding it and pretending like things don't exist doesn't get us anywhere." - Ashley Gutermuth.

    Highlights from this episode include:


    Introducing Ashley G (0:21)
    Connecting with Ashley (1:27)
    Creating good, fun comedy (2:53)
    Embracing the lifestyle of being a milspouse (6:27)
    Combatting comments online (12:30)
    Respecting privacy while still creating content (18:30)
    Keeping content with Public Affairs (23:44)
    Influencing through humor (28:06)
    Avoiding being a hoarder and the wardrobe inventory (31:16)
    Ashley's boundaries in her comedy (36:15)
    Ashley's advice to other milspouses (40:09)
    The significance of being a milspouse (44:31)
    The reservist lifestyle (47:49)
    Using the platforms of today to serve (51:14)


    Before you slide over to binge-watch Ashley's content, I would love to know if you loved this episode and if Ashley's insight has helped you find community in those who can find humor in the day-to-day of being a milspouse! Join me on social!


    Connect with Ashley

    Website

    TikTok

    Connect with Jen & Kirst

    Wives of the Air Force Group on Facebook

    Instagram

    Website

    Connect with Elizabeth

    Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Thanks for joining me on this episode of, The American MILSpouse! If you enjoyed this episode, please give me a 5-star, and leave a review to help me reach even more military spouses. Also, don't forget to check out my website or continue the conversation with me on Instagram to stay connected with others in the community.


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    • 55 min
    Meet Stacey M

    Meet Stacey M

    Stacy Morgan is an army spouse, mom, and author. She's also an astronaut spouse and knows all about feeling out of place in her community. She has recently written a book called The Astronaut's Wife, where she shares how launching her husband into outer space changed the way she lives on Earth. Stacey and her husband were both cadets at West Point, where they first met.

    Does filling out emergency contact paperwork make you realize how alone you are in your community? Don't miss this episode as Stacey and I talk about her experience in the military community and the astronaut spouse community. Stacey shares her incredible insight with us about what she calls the loneliness epidemic affecting women in America.

    This episode is for you if you have ever felt like a victim of loneliness in your community, and I can't wait to hear what you think!

    Highlights from this episode include:


    Introducing Stacey (0:09)
    Applying for NASA (2:58)
    Being all in during the application process (6:28)
    Being a stranger in a strange land (9:49)
    Inspiration to write a book (13:19)
    Finding support and community from other astronaut spouses (18:58)
    Feeling alone in a new community dynamic (25:04)
    Unearthing the epidemic of loneliness among women (28:36)
    Choosing to connect (34:16)
    Forming friendships through the vulnerability of not wanting to be alone (38:38)
    Advice for new military spouses (44:06)
    Prioritizing people and not the place (46:35)
    Stacey's Fast Five (48:10)

    Are you ready to get out there and start inviting people over for coffee? Before you rush out to buy more mugs and meet new friends, I would love to know if you loved this episode and if Stacey's insight has helped you as much as it helped me! Join me on social!



    Connect with Stacey

    The Astronaut's Wife

    Instagram 



    Connect with Elizabeth

    Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Thanks for joining me on this episode of, The American MILSpouse! If you enjoyed this episode, please give me a 5-star, and leave a review to help me reach even more military spouses. Also, don't forget to check out my website or continue the conversation with me on Instagram to stay connected with others in the community.


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    • 56 min
    Meet Emily P.

    Meet Emily P.

    Emily Probst is an Air Force spouse, mother, former teacher, and rockstar realtor. Emily is the one who helped us find our house in Florida, and she is such a pro! Emily and her family's journey has been unique, and I can't wait for you to hear all about it.

    Don't miss this episode as Emily and I talk about how life is crazy and ever-changing, what it's like being a working mom and wife, balancing the MILSpouse community, and balancing that shift in roles, especially as you go back into the workforce.

    This episode is for you if you are ready to feel more aligned with your schedule and roles or want more information on VA loans!

    Highlights from today include:


    About Emily (3:02)
    Transitioning into Real Estate (9:26)
    Serving military families (10:55)
    Sanity and identities of a MILSpouse (12:23)
    Finding outlets during downtime (16:26)
    Identifying and balancing your capacities (17:38)
    Buying a house with Emily during uncertain times (22:18)
    Helping first time home buyers (24:32)
    Takeaways for buying a house right now (26:11)
    Conventional loan vs. VA loan (29:23)
    VA appraisals (31:27)
    The limits and eligibility for a VA loan (36:04)
    The balance between real estate and being a MILSpouse (43:14)
    Transforming our roles and schedules (46:14)
    Getting everything done as a MILSpouse (50:57)
    Communicating to work together (56:24)
    Carving out alone time (1:00:39)
    Setting expectations to align schedules (1:01:48)
    Rapid-fire questions (1:03:26)

    I told you Emily is a rockstar! How do you feel your schedule and relationship are aligning? I hope that you loved this episode as much as I do. I would love to know! Join me on social!

    Connect with Emily

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Work with Emily

    Connect with Elizabeth

    Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Thanks for joining me on today's episode of, The American MILSpouse! If you enjoyed today's episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen, give me a 5-star, and leave a review to help me reach even more military spouses. Also, don't forget to check out my website or hang out with me on Instagram to stay connected with others in the community.


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    WAFs on Current Events

    WAFs on Current Events

    Today's episode is the first of a new collaboration journey that the American MilSpouse podcast is taking with Wives of the Air Force, or WAFs as they're affectionately known. If you think their voices sound familiar, you're right! They were on the podcast early last year. We will dive into how we have managed our mental health and some feedback that we've gotten from you.

    Jen and Kirst are Air Force spouses, working moms, and the faces of @wivesoftheairforce. WAFs started as a blog meant to serve as a resource for Air Force spouses. Check out their first episode on The American MilSpouse linked below.

    Be sure to tune in to this episode as Jen, Kirst, and I sit down and discuss current events, things going on in Ukraine, and what that's looked and felt like for us. You don't want to miss this special episode.

    Highlights from today include:


    About Jen & Kirst (3:02)
    Collaborating and finding a community (5:53)
    Trying to live normally even with insight (8:02)
    Obligation to stay informed of current events (10:00)
    Being grateful and spreading positivity (12:03)
    Being a trusted person to give digestible information (16:52)
    Social media and monitoring mental and emotional health (21:31)
    Face to face conversations are an opportunity for learning and growth (27:40)
    Navigating how accessible military families are to other people (30:08)
    Communicating with your partner and being a team (33:25)
    What can you control? (34:56)
    Connecting in a community where the struggles are so different (38:54)
    Making sense of the hard (42:27)
    The impact on different levels of being a military spouse (44:36)
    Being sensitive about what information you're sharing on social media (47:14)
    Understanding what they need not understand it as a helper (49:40)
    Friends who understand to hold space for you when you're ready (53:18)
    One takeaway that's helping Jen and Kirst walk through this time (58:08)

    What did you think about today's episode? I hope that you love it as much as we do! We would love to know! Join us on social and let us know!


    Resources mentioned 

    Meet Jen & Kirst

    Connect with Jen & Kirst

    Wives of the Air Force Group on Facebook

    Instagram

    Website

    Connect with me

    Website

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Thanks for joining me on today's episode of, The American MILSpouse! If you enjoyed today's episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen, give me a 5 star, and leave a review to help me reach even more military spouses. Also, don't forget to check out my website or hang out with me on Instagram to stay connected with others in the community.


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    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Basia000 ,

Such a pleasant listen!

I’m always on the search for a podcast to listen to while doing my work. One episode of Elizabeths podcast and I was glued to it. Being a military spouse as well it’s very comforting to hear others backgrounds and experiences with the military life. Honestly, I find some of these podcasts healing. It’s nice to hear that I’m not alone in this and my feelings are very similar to others. Thank you for this podcast! I cannot wait to hear more. Listening to this and working long hours makes my day go by so much smoother.

MMMIBCLCRN ,

A Needed Milspouse Perspective

Elizabeth Smith of The American MilSpouse is entertaining and witty and easy to listen too. This podcast is a needed voice for military spouses showing the multitude of perspectives and roles milspouses come from and hold, yet the common thread and themes that bind us all. Thank you for this refreshing listen on military life! Its a must listen for all that love someone in the uniform!

Deb122782 ,

Insightful Podcast

I look forward to every episode of this insightful podcast. Each person interviewed offers a different perspective on life as a military spouse and how they navigate the ever changing climate of life in the military. So many aspects of their lives are out of their control and yet they find ways to adapt the goals and dreams they have to align with their spouses. Keep ‘em coming!

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