This podcast is devoted to helping Military and First Responder families and loved ones thrive.
104. How to Hold Onto Hope When Affected by Suicide with Military Spouse Kristen Christy
Military spouse Kristen Christy shares her touching story of losing her first husband to suicide and how that effected her and her family. Kristen's story is filled will darkness, but also and bright and powerful amount of hope for all in the military community.
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Practicing Resilience During A Deployment In A Pandemic with Air Force Wife Charlotte
A deployment is challenging enough, but a deployment during a pandemic presented many unique challenges for Charlotte and her family. She describes how she models reality and resilience to her children so they can work through their own personal life challenges.
"I don't think that we need to always be perfect and strong in front of our kids, little or teenagers, because I think that they need to see that that's ok and that's real."
-Charlotte Hancey @charlotte.shares
Rallying Support And Showing Love After Loss with Law Enforcement Wife Jenn
Jenn always felt the strength of "blue family", but it wasn't until her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that she saw the depth of those ties. She shares with us how the law enforcement community showed up in both big and small ways to support her husband and their family through their hardest challenges, and the lessons she learned along the way.
"Say yes to the adventures. And say yes to the memories, and just really live." -Jenn Henricksen @jenn_henricksen
Honoring Those Who Have Given Their Lives For Freedom with Gold Star Mother Debbie
Debbie shares the story of her son, Marc Lee, who willingly gave his life for others while serving as a Navy Seal.
"There is no deeper pain than the loss of a child. And I could've curled up in a ball, I could've felt sorry for myself, but that wouldn't have brought Marc back... And so my choice was to put on Marc's boots, and pick up his weapon, and stay in the fight for every man and woman that serves, stay in the fight for every other family who has lost a loved one." -Debbie Lee @americasmighty
How To Improve Your Personal Life By Getting Outside with Army National Guard Wife Amy
Amy has made it her mission to explore the benefits of being outside every single day. She explains the direct influence she has seen it have on her own family and in her personal life.
"I have seen just countless benefits: mental health, physical health, relationships, creativity, grittiness, perseverance. You name it, it's impacted by the experience of going outside and doing things that are outside of your comfort zone."
-Amy Bushatz @humansoutside
Military Kids Don't Get Ruined By Military Life with Marine Wife Jolynn
We wrap our our Month of the Military Child series with Jolynn Lee, a returning guest on the podcast. She addresses the common concern of "Is military life going to mess up my kids?" Spoiler, it won't.
"No, it's not going to be like this forever. No, I'm not screwing my kid up forever. It's just a moment." -Jolynn Lee
So much good stuff!
With so many things to figure out and juggle (often on your own), Michelle offers podcast after podcast full of useful information, ideas, and hope for this crazy life! Thanks so much for all your support to this commmunity, Michelle!
You will not be disappointed, I promise. Her content is so genuine, honest and inspirational.
SO thankful for you, Michelle. You are making my deployment a little more hopeful and helping me appreciate the time I have to grow and giving me tools to put those plans into actions.
Learn, Thrive, Enjoy
This podcast will help any Waiting Warrior THRIVE and not just “survive” in their crucial role as spouse/loved one of a military member or first responder. Interviews provide a mix of insightful lessons learned in the stories of everyday spouses and pro-tip guidance of seasoned experts (by experience and/or education) on a variety of topics.
Fun Fact: Michelle (The Waiting Warriors Podcast host) is my wife! I can honestly say with my behind the scenes vantage point that her heart, effort, time, and passion are constantly and sincerely poured into this project to inform, bless, and benefit the lives of others who, like her, want to do and be their best as well as enjoy the life of supporting a spouse whose career is often difficult and demanding in unique ways.