Milspouse Matters

Milspouse Matters

Join host Jen McDonald on the podcast dedicated to encouraging military spouses. We're talking about it all: deployments, moves, raising kids in the military, living overseas, military spouse employment issues, and strengthening your military marriage. Military life can be hard, but it’s also amazing in so many ways. We're only stronger together!... Show More

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September 23, 2020 32 min

Hello everyone! On this special bonus episode, I’m so glad to be talking to Jessica Strong, an Army spouse, mom of three, and the Co-Director of Applied Research at Blue Star Families. 

Blue Star Families was founded by military spouses in 2009 to empower military families to thrive as they serve. Their groundbreaking research and their annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey are raising the nation's awareness of the unique cha...

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On this episode, I’m answering your questions! We’re talking about the isolation felt living overseas, dealing with deployment…and you can find out what my favorite duty station was and maybe something you don’t know about me. Keep the questions coming!

Next, I’m joined by recurring guest and veteran Army spouse Tara Howes, and we discuss some realistic ideas for self care for military spouses during this time of quarantine. With e...

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On this episode, I'm joined by Jennifer Brantley of More Than a Mrs. and The DiscardIt podcast to talk about “Where do we go from here?” as we all figure out how to move beyond hashtags and social media posts, in hopes of making an actual difference and combat racism in our corners of the world.

I'm so thankful for her insight and willingness to discuss this important topic. Her wisdom and kindness shine through in how she ...

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On this episode, we’re talking all about relocation and househunting after PCS, with some expert tips from Sharon Gran of MilitaryByOwner Advertising, Inc.

I also share a few thoughts about living in military housing, including making the decision, pros and cons, and how to be a good neighbor when living in base housing.

I’ve been working for MilitaryByOwner for over 5 years now as their Content Editor for all the resources, blogs,...

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One thing that's usually certain about military life is that you will move at some point! Today, I have SO much information to share with you, and I really hope you will get something out of it, whether it’s your first move or tenth!

Having been through 13 moves as a military family, I'm sharing practical tips for your PCS move, sprinkled with some funny stories and wise advice from other military spouses and listeners.

We’...

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Difficult Conversations—Are you having them? 

Today’s episode is a bit shorter and different than originally intended. In light of what’s been going on in our country the past couple of weeks, I just couldn't continue with it as if things were normal. 

With the killing of George Floyd on May 25 at the hands of a police officer while other police looked on, and the resulting protests and riots, the topics of racism and race rela...

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This episode is a special remembrance for Memorial Day. I’m sharing a little bit of the history of Memorial Day (once called Decoration Day), along with some excerpts from my upcoming book. This week, let’s remember the fallen, along with their families who must carry on without them.

How do we honor those who’ve sacrificed their lives for our country? How do we truly live and respect what they gave up? Join me for this short episo...

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Lisa Molinari describes herself as a “garden variety military spouse” who was never nominated for Military Spouse of the Year. Yet, through decades of military life, she looked for the humor inherent in hard and even absurd circumstances and discovered her own unique ways of coping with the challenges that are common to us all: worries about our kids, living far from family, feeling inadequate around other spouses…you get it! She f...

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On this episode, I’m talking to Mark Steffe from First Command, who’s sharing some very practical financial and money-saving tips for military families. We can all use some help with our budgets, right? He talks about ways to stay on track with your financial goals, even during this historic time of job losses and furloughs due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

We also discuss how to handle your finances if you happen to have extra inc...

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On this episode, I’m talking to Stacy Huisman and Amanda Trimillos, coauthors of the book, Seasons of My Military Student. It was so fun to hear how they came together to write this important book that’s so helpful for military families and teachers alike.

They share about that process and then give some great advice about how we can help our military kids through the transitions that go along with changing schools, settling into n...

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If you suddenly find yourself in charge of supervising your kids' schooling due to the coronavirus pandemic, this episode is for you!

This week, Jen talks to Claire Wood, who is both a teacher and a homeschooling mom. Claire shares some great tips about 'temporary schooling from home,' including managing expectations, how to stay flexible while complying with what your school requires, keeping rhythms vs. worrying about...

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On this episode, Jen shares encouragement and resources for U.S. military families as we navigate the “new normal” of life in the Coronavirus pandemic.

Maybe your PCS move is on hold, the military member has been called up or is on extra duty, you’re suddenly working from home (or you’re out of work), your kids are out of school and it's up to you to keep them on task at home. Life has surely changed in many ways. 

Where can yo...

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Have you dealt with the emotional build up leading up to deployment? Have you wondered why the service member's homecoming isn't like what you see on TV or the movies?

Maybe you're struggling, and you think you're the only one.

Then take a listen to this discussion with experienced military wife Terri Laurent, who's been through multiple deployments with her husband. (This is part two of our talk--listen to part...

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Who doesn’t love a good love story? Recently, I put a callout on social media for military spouses to tell the stories of how they met their loves, and boy, did you come through!

On this episode, you’ll hear from other spouses in their own words about how they met, and even some well-earned perspective on how to strengthen your own military marriage. From blind dates to chance meetings to online connections and more, you’ll love he...

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This week’s episode is all about deployment resources and support! Whether you’re facing your first deployment as a military spouse or a recent rapid deployment, I’m hoping you’ll find some new ideas and support here. I’m sharing some of my favorites, as well as tips and resources from listeners.

Wherever in the world this finds you, please know that my heart is with you as you face deployment, and I hope these resources can help y...

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As you walk through military life, who do you look up to? How do you find someone who can help you navigate the nuances of the military world, answer questions, or be a support?

Finding a trusted mentor can be so important. And then, as you get more experienced, passing that knowledge on is so needed! On this episode, Jen talks with guest Terri Laurent about the qualities that make a good role model and friend. Terri shares storie...

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October 20, 2019 26 min

Life as a military spouse can be so amazing and exciting, but also isolating at times. What do you do when you just feel…alone? It can appear that everyone else has it together, but guess what? They don’t, either!

One of the biggest themes of my military spouse life has been lack of control. Just when I think I've settled in and figured things out, everything changes. Maybe you relate! Whether you’ve recently moved, your spouse...

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The traditional PCS season is winding down, so let’s talk about making friends! Whether you’ve just moved or you’re the one left behind, getting yourself out there and connecting can feel challenging.

On this episode, I’m joined by Tara Howes (who was the first guest on the podcast on Episode 1!) and between us, we share over 50 years of experience at navigating the military spouse world (yes, 50, that’s not a typo!). We’re longti...

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As military women and wives, our own health can sometimes take the back burner, especially in light of other pressing issues, like an impending PCS or deployment. This is your reminder that you're important, too!

Join Jen as she talks to Ashley Gammon about giving ourselves permission to take time to refuel, ask for help, and find ways to incorporate self care, even if you're a busy mom with lots of little ones.

Ashley has ...

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This week, we’re talking about the importance of military friendships! If you don’t know Stacy Taylor, then hang on, because you’ll grow to love her! You may be familiar with this longtime Army spouse and her family from hearing the viral story of how the military spouse community rallied around and helped throw her Marine Corps son’s wedding at Fort Hood after he was displaced by Hurricane Florence in 2018.

Stacy talks about the i...

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