The InDependent Spouse Podcast

The InDependent Spouse Podcast

The InDependent Spouse podcast by The Milspo Business Network is a series of fun, informative podcasts for all military spouses, partners and other-halves. The InDependent Spouse podcast was born from a need to hear something new. A need to hear from the inspirational men and women who experience service life from the ‘home-front’ while creating successful businesses, running amazing charities and taking on their own challenges. To give a voice to those who are already achieving astonishing things, and to inspire those who dream of doing the same. As the traditional role of the ‘military spouse’ continues to evolve in line with the military itself, it seems only fitting to reflect these changes in a modern way. What’s also clear is the importance of developing their own role; one that gives the spouse, partner or other-half their own voice while also complimenting that of the service member. In this series, Jess explores military life by chatting with inspiring people in the community. So, sit back and listen to their personal stories. Hopefully, one day, we’ll hear from you! Download. Subscribe. Enjoy!

Episodes

February 22, 2024 4 mins

I am Jess Sands, and this podcast is where all things business and armed forces life combine to inspire you in your modern military life. I'm a business owner, military wife, a new mum living in my Magnolia married quarter, running two successful businesses and creating the most impactful work of my life. But it wasn't always like this...

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Milspos, entrepreneurs and dreamers, listeners old and new, welcome back to the InDependent Spouse podcast! I'm thrilled to announce, with a heart full of excitement, that I'm back in action! So, put on your headphones, turn up the volume, and get ready for an inspirational episode.

Have you ever felt the surge of inspiration that comes with discovering a new book? Well, get ready to experience that and more. Our podcast is embarki...

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December 10, 2021 34 mins

Hello you lovely lot, today I am chatting to the fab Nicola from Made with Mud. Nicola has a fascinating story about her business and how social media has both helped and hindered her business in the most dramatic way.

But first, a little mention of the sponsors of this series – the RBL.

After 100 years of supporting the Armed Forces community, the Royal British Legion understands and recognises the challenges faced by serving peop...

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December 3, 2021 31 mins

Hello, you wonderful lot, today’s podcast is all about the power of networking, and it’s great to be able to share with you the interview that I did with the fantastic Carrie Moss from the Military Matchmaker.

But, before we get stuck in a little message from the RBL, who sponsor this series.

The Royal British Legion offers all members of our Armed Forces community support. But we also understand that sometimes what’s needed is jus...

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November 26, 2021 32 mins

Welcome back to The InDependent Spouse – and what an episode we have for you today! If you’re a business owner, you’ll know that as soon as we get past Halloween, there’s another scary event on the horizon – tax season! Luckily, I know the most fantastic accountant, who also happens to be a military spouse, and Milspo Ambassador – and that’s who I am talking to today.

But first off, a note from the sponsors, the Royal British Legio...

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November 12, 2021 21 mins

Hello you wonderful lot,

I hope you are well, no matter where you find yourself in the world. It always astounds me when I check the stats on the podcast how many of you are listening, here in the UK and further afield. It’s great to see how these inspirational stories are being spread across the world and hopefully helping you feel a little bit more positive in your military life.

Last week I felt especially honoured to talk at th...

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October 29, 2021 30 mins

Hello you wonderful lot, welcome back to The Independent Spouse. Today I am chatting to the fab Rachel Luke – Virtual Assistant, Social Media expert, and Milspo Ambassador. You are going to love this interview if you’re a business owner as it’s stuffed full with our best business tips associated with social media.

Before we kick off with the interview, here’s a little note from the RBL, who sponsor this series.

The Royal British Le...

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October 22, 2021 26 mins

Happy Friday you wonderful lot, I hope you’re keeping well and enjoying this new series of The InDependent Spouse.

This entire series has been sponsored by the Royal British Legion, who are gearing up for their busiest time of year.

The Royal British Legion have been the national champions of Remembrance for 100 years , but they are about much more than just poppies. They’re here 365 days a year to support us and our families. Whet...

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October 15, 2021 17 mins

Hello you wonderful lot, welcome to a new episode of the InDependent Spouse. This week I have been talking to founder of YourNorth, and RAF Veteran Kelly Farr.

Before we get stuck in to the episode I should tell you about the wonderful sponsors of this series – the RBL.

The Royal British Legion offer all members of our Armed Forces community support. But they also understand that sometimes what’s needed is just a bit of advice. Whe...

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October 8, 2021 25 mins

Hello you lovely lot, welcome to episode 6 of this 5th series of The InDependent Spouse.

Today is a great episode if you are a parent, or a parent to be. I’ve been chatting to Dr Jill. Maternity doctor and founder of The Birth Café.

But, just before the interview I need to tell you about the amazing work from The Royal British Legion, who sponsor this series.

The RBL know that families are the most important support structure withi...

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October 1, 2021 26 mins

Hello you wonderful lot, I hope you’re keeping well and enjoying the podcast series so far. I’ve heard some amazing feedback and really appreciate all of your comments. It really is an inspiring series, and todays episode is no different.

Before we chat to Naomi, I need to tell you about the wonderful Royal British Legion.

The Royal British Legion offer all members of our Armed Forces community support. But they also understand tha...

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September 24, 2021 27 mins

Hello you lovely lot, and welcome to a new episode of the InDependent Spouse podcast.

Today I have been chatting to the lovely Meredith from the Royal British Legion.

After 100 years supporting the Armed Forces community, the Royal British Legion understands and recognises the challenges faced by serving people and their families. That’s why they’re still here to support us in any way they can. From financial support to housing adv...

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September 17, 2021 37 mins

Hello you lovely lot, and welcome to todays episode with the wonderful Nikki from the charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Its an emotional one today, but a very important episode that I think you will all gain a lot from, but first, a message from the RBL.

The Royal British Legion have been the national champions of Remembrance for 100 years , but they are about much more than just poppies. They’re here 365 days a year to support us ...

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September 10, 2021 31 mins

Welcome to the second episode in this series of the InDependent Spouse.

Today I have been talking to a wonderful charity founder who flipped the adversity of the pandemic into a project that has helped thousands of front-line healthcare workers across the country.

Project Wingman took flight at the start of the pandemic, providing specialist VIP lounges, run by grounded airline staff to provide first class service for front line NH...

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September 3, 2021 45 mins
 
Today I've been chatting to my wonderful friend Emma Gray from Rainbow ...
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March 17, 2021 52 mins

Time for something a little different. Jess, host of The InDependent Spouse was asked to be a guest on the Give Us Time podcast series and what follows is the complete episode.

Give Us Time is a charity that offers free holidays to the military community, to help us connect with our serving partners and have quality time together as a family.

Huge thanks to Give Us Time for allowing us to share this episode.

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November 20, 2020 22 mins

Today I have been talking to the wonderful Sarah from Blooms from the base. 

This last episode of series four is a very positive episode that will have you dreaming of Spring! It's going to bring you an awful lot of happiness, especially at this time of year when the weather is looking a little bit miserable. 

It's another great example of when military life gets a bit much and  if you are about to experience deployment it is defia...

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November 13, 2020 18 mins

Today I have been chatting to the lovely Helen, who created Career Pursuit, a guide especially for all military spouses all over the world. It helps you gain clarity on your career  or in which way you might want to take your business.

It is an amazing guide, chock full of information and you should definitely go and have a look.

The following interview explains why she started it, and the sorts of information you can find in the g...

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November 6, 2020 21 mins

Today I have been talking to the very lovely Chris Keen from The Military Husband, BFBS and #SpouseHour.

We talk all things 'military husband' and how that can impact on life, but also the positives around re-writing the way that military spouses and partners are represented.

This is a great episode if you are a parent, or looking for a new perspective on Armed Forces life!

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October 28, 2020 23 mins

Today I have been talking to the lovely Nadine from Forces Family Finance!

Nadine is one of those amazing business owners who has worked really hard to build one of those profitable businesses that can pay her a salary. It supports her family, it works really well with military life - but it's been tough, she's had to grow it with three tiny children around her ankles, but she has done so well! So this episode is chock full of tips...

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