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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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    2 Simple Tips Every Small Business Owner and Entrepreneur NEEDS Right Now!

    I know that for my military family, living in the realm of Judy can’t be easy. I am the ever ready bunny and I am a small business owner and entrepreneur. I work hard to balance the crazy and I survive my daily life with a to do list a mile long. Truth be told I’m horrible at slowing down long enough to appreciate the little things in my life and this can mess with my world. Truth be told I am the kind of entrepreneur who tends to dive into my work with laser focus letting everything else slide – even my personal life.           What about you? What happens to…

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    A Simple 4 Step Decision Making Process plus BONUS tips about Military Life

    Decisions. Decisions. Love them or hate them decisions are a big part of our military life aren’t they? The older I get I’m beginning to realize that the decision making process is truly an art form. It’s not the act of just saying yes or no to something, it’s about learning to feel good about the decisions you make that’s challenging. The hardest part of the entire decision making process for me is that moment after I make a choice I start to wonder if it was actually the right one. I often second guess myself and look to others to validate my choice. The decision doesn’t have to be a big one, in fact many of them aren’t, but…

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    Milspouse Reflections: Don’t Let Your Fear of Change Hold You Back

    Fear of change is the greatest challenge I face as a military spouse and it’s often the thing that holds me back from having a great experience. Change in the military environment used to be a recipe for disaster. You see I like routine, consistency and knowing that my actions will produce the results I am looking for. But change is one of the things that trips many of us up and we all know that as milspouses change is part of our everyday existence.  Whether it’s a pcs, deployment, TDY orders, a new baby, or any situation life throws at us, change is something that we can’t ignore. Over the last 6 1/2  years we have had LOTS…