MILITARY SPOUSE2You know I love to shine the light on great inspiration and information here on the Direction Diva Blog, and today won’t disappoint!

I’m excited to share a blog post that was originally written by Starlett Henderson and shared on the ArmyWifeNetwork Website (which is a great place to go for tons of great info for navigating military life effectively)! Enjoy today’s post!

Military Spouse: Oath of Commitment
by Starlett Henderson:

I wondered recently how many spouses have read or asked about the promise our Soldiers have to make in order to join/rejoin the Army. To hear my husband tell it, there’s a lot of weight in those words. (I remember; I recited them once too.) We both did not want to flub them, and they were not taken lightly by anyone we knew. They’re on par with marriage vows in my opinion. All your earnestness is behind both.

What a commitment–the military life, splitting hairs between the military and the rest of your life.

So, I thought (for those who don’t know the Oath), it’d be good to read and ponder it.

ARMED FORCES OATH OF ENLISTMENT

 I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and

 defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies,

foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to

the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the

United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me,

according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

So help me God.

The emphasis is mine. This promise is that “blank check” you might have heard people talk about: A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’

More and more, there’s a sense that what is included in that “life” is a spouse, a family, a community. A Soldier doesn’t stand alone. They’re committing themselves and who or what makes them “them.” We (the spouse, the family, the community) are called upon to back that check and are invested in that Soldier. So, I wanted to put that into words. But, how? What would that level of commitment sound like? If I was called to swear an oath or make a promise to my Soldier, what would it include?

Here’s an attempt: [click to continue reading …]

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11 StrategiesWithin the last couple of weeks there has been a huge issue going on within the military community. Some would say it started with an article written by an insensitive reporter who doesn’t get what it’s like to be a military spouse. Others would say it’s yet another attack on the  “dependopatomus” image.

Everyone has challenges no matter what they are going through and sadly too often instead of coming together we as a community are our own worst enemy. A few years ago I ran across these 11 “realities”. We need to remember and apply them to our lives because they are perfect for those times when we need a bit of perspective :

11 Realities the Military Community Needs to Remember: [click to continue reading …]

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Because talking is my thing, you can imagine how excited I was when my fellow USAA influencer Ron Fugle invited me to be on an episode of Fire and Adjust. Ron has an amazing mission of helping his listeners save time, money, aggravation and possibly even your hair when starting their journey. And he’s providing this all to help and support the military community in a very tangible way.

I’ve heard many of his interviews and there is always so much wisdom and advice to gleen from the guests and himself. So I wanted to make sure you knew about what he is doing and had an opportunity to listen in to our show!

Interview with Judy Davis, The Direction Diva on Fire and Adjust:

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3 Simple Tools To Instantly Improve Blog
Being a lifestyle blogger means that I have to juggle lots of tasks. From planning and writing to marketing and analytics there is always something to be working on. Lately though, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends which has forced me to find tools that help me work smarter not harder. As you know, transitioning to life as a technology goddess has been a huge help thanks to my Verizon Buzz friends (read more about how I use tech, Twitter chats, Hotspots and Mastering the Cloud to be more productive).  And I’m always learning more. In fact in the last couple of months I’ve taken to utilizing 3 simple tools to help improve my overall blog quality and wanted to share them with you!

3 Simple Tools to Instantly Improve Your Blog Quality [click to continue reading …]

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