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    Mental Health: Is Social Media Stealing Your Happiness?

    As we kick off Mental Health Awareness Month I want to begin with some insight that my son had over the weekend into how social media really steals the joy from our lives. He shares this piece of writing with me and I was struck by how it opened my eyes to the connection between social media and our military mental health. His excerpt highlights the reality of living with the challenges of depression and how we can feel alone even in a room full of people. I read it and got a loud and clear message that I think we all need to hear. So I ask you… Military Mental Health: Is…

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    Fighting the Beast of Addiction

    As a mother of someone in recovery my heart broke today. Not for my son, not for my military family, not even for myself but for every other son and mother out there who continue to fight the beast of addiction. My son was (is – if I’m willing to accept that) addicted to prescription meds and alcohol. Even after 3.5 years of recovery under his belt, I still have a hard time using addict or alcoholic to describe him. My baby is so much more than an addict, in fact if you met him (even at his “bottom”) you probably wouldn’t have suspected the demons he battled. Which is why today my heart was shattered when…

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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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    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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    7 Ways to Bring Sexy Back into Your Military Marriage

    Recently my husband and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary – military family style. He worked late tending to an issue with one of his soldiers while I sipped on a glass or red cursing military life and the fact that the meal I prepared was going cold. I realize that I’m disappointed but not mad. Since becoming a military spouse I’ve learned that special occasions often unfold very differently than we had planned and I’ve saved myself a lot of grief knowing how important it is to manage my expectations. So I use the time to think back over our lives. It seems like yesterday that we said “I Do”, but a…

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    Military Life: Quick PCS Tips For Beating A Challenge You May Have Overlooked

    In military life, PCS season (Permanent Change of Station) brings with it an unexpected challenge that many military spouses don’t think about as we prepare our families to move. Sure we can pack up our goods better than most moving companies, but can we ever have enough quick pcs tips to make things easier for families? When moving cross-country often the last thing on our mind is how we will physically adjust to the new stomping grounds. So in true Direction Diva form, I’m not going to talk about PCS tips in the sense of how to work with the movers or the best way to go about finding out where to get good produce. What I’m talking about today…