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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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    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…

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    Military Life: 4 Unusual Tips To Keep You Sane During Your Next PCS

    Last week I shared how technology saved my sanity more than once during our recent PCS. I also shared that this PCS was so different from any of our other moves because the short notice prevented us from being able to schedule movers AND meet my soldiers report date. At first it seemed like an impossible situation but as we sorted through so many different options we settled on a FULL DITY (aka Do it yourself). While I don’t know if its the perfect option for us it did have it’s perks – like the fact that I knew where everything was throughout the entire process! The military surely gives us so…

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    Military Life: How PCS Orders Triggered The Grieving Process

    PCS, Permanent Change of Station, Moving, Military Move, Orders. Call it what you want. Heck, since we began our military life it’s been referred to in many ways – I’ve even heard it called the “P-Word”.  But until this very moment I never really understood how a simple piece of paper could create feelings of sadness, depression and anxiety. Just to be clear NO this isn’t my first PCS and typically I’m not one to flip out over a last-minute change in plans. But like so many things in  military life until you experience something during YOUR perfect storm you can’t even begin to understand what another spouse is going through. In my past new orders were always met with…