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    Military Life: No Wonder We’re Tired

    You’ve probably seen Army Wives or read a book depicting the adventures of military life, but if you’ve been in the military for longer than a minute, you know that they only tell part of the story. They show the romantic and glamorous side, sprinkled with a little bit of heartache. And a true military spouse knows that they leave out much of the hard truth. They leave out the gut wrenching sobs that finally escape once the kids go to sleep the day he leaves for deployment. They don’t talk about the anxious worry that your soldier will return home and things will be different. They never discuss the…

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    Military Life: The Countdown to Deployment (Part 1)

    It’s happening again…SRP, NTC, POA’s.  All of you fellow military spouses know that the increase in the number of acronyms flying around my house means only one thing.  Deployment is just around the corner. Field time has been intense and yesterday was the first SRP (Soldier Readiness Processing).  I don’t know about you, but even though we haven’t got the official “orders”, SRP and knowing that in just a few weeks they leave for a month of deployment prep at NTC (National Training Center) makes it all real. And this time, I feel like throwing a tantrum.  Yep, laying on the ground, pounding my fists and flaying my legs and just having a fit. I want to…

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    Want Success? Change The Last 5 Minutes of Your Day!

    Did you know that the last 5 minutes of your day create your tomorrow? I didn’t. In fact I had no idea that the way I ended my day would affect my military life and my small business to such a large extent.  The reality is that often I go to bed worried about well pretty much everything, and it got me wondering…How do you spend the last 5 minutes of your day?  Do you re-hash all the crappy things that occurred throughout the day or do you focus on what is going right in your world. At a recent seminar I learned that almost 85% of us spend the last 5…

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    Military Life: A Military Man’s Promise

    So often the life of a military spouse is filled with tears.  Tears of joy, tears of longing, tears of goodbye.  The tears can be happy or sad or even a mixture of both.  This poem has been titled a few different ways and has circulated around our community but the original author gave me permission to share it because it depicts this military life we lead. This life is not for the faint of heart, and every military spouse can relate to it in some way.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did (though I did go through a tissue or 2!)     Military Life: A Military Man’s Promise Megan Williams© 2011, all rights…

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    Military Family: Silent Emotions of Parenting Alone

    As a military spouse we learn to suck it up. We learn to wait to express our feelings until no one is around, and we learn to hold it together for the sake of others. Often it’s our “silent emotions” that allow us to deal with life as a military family. Last week one of my best battle buddies had to take her daughter to college….Alone. As military spouses so often we must handle the “big moments” without our better half. This time, her soldierman was at NTC preparing for an upcoming deployment and while I could be there to chat on the phone throughout the trip, it wasn’t the same as having…

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    Military Life: Overcoming The Distance

    The reality of Military Life is that home is where they put us, challenges come up and the rewards are many. Military spouses are a resilient bunch, and most of the time I can honestly say I enjoy the new adventure that come with moving and knowing that “home” could be on a base anywhere in the world. But every now and then, I long to have a life with the same neighbors, the same doctors, the same friends and the same community. I long to be there for our nieces birthdays, nephews graduations, cousins weddings, family dinners, crowded holidays and even the chaos that all of those events bring. Last week when I was in the labor…