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    Military Life: Three PCS Strategies You Need!

    As I pour my second cup of coffee I am torn between cursing the fact that I’ve lost a precious hour of much needed beauty sleep and shouting for joy because spring forward means warmer temperatures are on the way. I should have thought about this whole time change thing last night when we decided ONE more episode (Netflix is like that) because I’m dragging today. And with a mile long to-do list that isn’t a good thing. Who am I kidding – when don’t I have a mile long to-do list? Since we began our military life in 2008 I can’t recall when I didn’t have a list of tasks that is divided into levels of…

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    10 Things Parents NEED to Know About Raising Kids

    Raising kids is the toughest job you will ever love. Whether you are a military family or not you as a parent will always wonder if you are doing a good job. From the moment you find out that you have a baby on board everything changes. What you eat and drink, even how you think about your future and your entire life.  Then when they are born, you are responsible for another human beings needs. You are responsible for guiding them and showing them everything from how to walk to how to talk. Your children are your biggest worry and your greatest joy. And everything in between. Over the last week I’ve watched…

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    Military Life: 10 Things Service Members Need to Know – From a Milspouse Perspective

    This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking about military life at a National Guard formal event. I spoke to a group of senior leaders sharing some tips and insight that would not only help them do a better job leading soldiers and their families but will save them a lot of grief when it comes to finding that sweet spot between balancing the mission with their personal life. What was interesting is that so many of them came up to me after the presentation stating that they never thought of military spouses as an asset, nor did they consider many of the points I brought up. Which got me thinking that…

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    Military Life: Using Logic to Handle Change More Effectively

    A while back I had the privilege of attending a recognition dinner where a wonderful speaker talked about how to deal with changes that come up in our lives. Immediately I knew that I could apply her brilliance to my military life in so many ways. For me when things are changing my emotions get the best of me and I struggle to get things done. I wander from “project” to “project” never quite finishing anything to completion.  I can’t think, can’t be productive and certainly can’t focus on much of anything. And then I get more stressed because of my lack of activity. As I listened there were tons of great insights, but two things stood…

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    Small Business Fail: What I Realized A Day After A Failed Marketing Campaign

    As a small business owner, there isn’t a greater feeling than running a successful campaign that results in sales. It starts with having a good quality product and ends with the acknowledgement that your efforts weren’t for not. As a blogger I hope that a post goes viral and my team does a happy dance when our landing pages convert to sales. But what do you do when you plan and execute with precision, there are no glitches or issues with driving traffic, the buzz is palpable and in the end the sales conversion is a flat-line? A complete failure. What do you do? You cry. Seriously. As an entrepreneur you cry. And then you try to figure out what the…

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    Are You Ready To Be Happy In Military Life?

    I’ll be the first to admit that when I became a military spouse I had no idea how to handle the logistics, change and stress that came with the military life. I was the epitome of fake it ’til you make it and often made things so much harder on myself than they needed to be.  But over the years I’ve gone from overwhelmed and stressed out to resilient in ways I never knew possible. I have felt powerless and learned to overcome situations and challenges and I’ve become stronger.   At my husbands promotion ceremony the other day I was asked what I do besides take care of my military family.…