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    Why People Pleasing Is Ruining Your Life

    Have you ever noticed that sometimes in military life it seems as though every time you turn around someone or something  just keeps getting in the way of your dreams?  It may feel like for every idea you have or action you take there is someone out there telling you it can’t be done or how it won’t work.  They may even share a suggestion as to how to do it “the right way”. After church today, I reflected on something the pastor said that really hit home and got my wheels spinning.  He was talking about the disconnect that we all have when others tell us how we “should” act and what we “should”…

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    Stop Living Your Military Life On Autopilot

    Recently I read a quote by the Greek philosopher Epictetus which not only said one of the most powerful things I have heard in a long time but reminded me to stop living my military life on autopilot.  He shared “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters”.  So simple, but easily forgotten. As we go through our lives we are often on autopilot, and what happens “to us” dictates how we feel and what actions we take.  But shouldn’t we have more control than that?  I mean we all have the power of free will and choice, so why do we “react” to the world rather…

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    4 Simple Strategies For An A-Typical Holiday Season

    One of the greatest challenges I face as a military spouse is being separated from family and friends during the holiday season. It was tough during those first years and deployment but now that we are empty nesters – with children too many miles away – it’s even worse. You see my definition of a real holiday season is to host and attend many different types of parties where we come together with those we love and celebrate the good (and hug out the bad) times we’ve had throughout the year. It’s a time to reminisce and re-connect, and most of all create new memories. Whether it was days of prep for the…

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    Life Unplugged: The Reality of 10 Days Away From Social Media

    For a while now, social media has been a huge part of my business and personal life. I use it to keep in touch with friends and family as well as to promote my business and the products/services offered. Heck I blog about it regularly and even speak of the benefits that social media brings to a military spouse and online small biz owner. I even focus on the importance of personal interaction and the need to step away from technology and social media to find joy and connection in your day to day life. But the reality is I had personally never taken a break from technology. In fact prior to 10 days ago, my latest gadget,…

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    Military Life: 20 Amazing Bits of Advice I Wish I Knew

    A few days ago I was chatting with a group of military spouses, a few of whom were in their mid twenties. Our conversation was awesome and we laughed about the craziness of our lives, husbands and the fact that military life is what brought us all together and we shared some incredible bits of advice. I mean where else can you have so many people of different ages, backgrounds, education and careers with so much in common? At one point one of the girls asked me, “what do you wish you would have known when you were my age”? At the time I talked about being a mom and not sweating the small stuff, but…

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    Boldly Go Where You’ve Never Gone Before

    Military life brings with it many new challenges, it also provides us with some incredible opportunities to do things we have never done before. It reminds me of the times I spent sitting around the small television screen with my siblings eating popcorn and wondering if the crew of the Enterprise would survive their latest mission. I still laugh when I think of all of the episodes with the puff balls in every duct or when Captain Kirk inspired his crew to boldly go where they had never gone before. Anyway, .military life challenges us to carve new paths and boldly go and for this week the adventure is as…