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!


November 9, 2023 48 mins

I'm so happy to bring you my talk with Charlynda Scales, author of the brand new book, Rock Bottom Has a Trampoline, which has already ranked as a best new release in its category!

She’s a veteran, now a reservist, a former military spouse, and an ...

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It's no secret that military families love their pets! But what do you do if you're fac...

In this episode of Milspouse Matters, Jen talks with Brooke McLean, retired CMSgt and President/CEO of the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV), a one-of-a-kind-community which has a mission of providing safe, secure homes for surviving spouses of military retirees and ...

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Have you ever felt lost after a military move? Are you trying to figure out how to get connected? Do you feel "stuck"?

Susan Miller from Just Moved Ministry is here to talk about settling in, plugging in, and finding your new normal after a move...after the boxes are unpacked! As she says,...

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On this episode, I'm discussing the issues that spring up with deployment and reintegration with guest Terri Laurent, a seasoned military spouse who’s sharing a ton of wisdom.

This episode is a "best of" from waaaay back on Episode 34. 

Have you dealt with the emotional build up leading up t...

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Can you actually strengthen your marriage through a military deployment or separation? I believe, yes, you can! With mindfulness and intention.  

First, I'm sharing some tips from my experiences, then we’ll be hearing from other military spouses ...

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Life as a military spouse is an intricate dance of challenges and uncertainties, along with so many adventures. On this “best of” episode, we revisit one of my favorite interviews. I’m talking to author Lisa Molinari about her military spouse journey, and how she’s...

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It's PCS move season and it's the perfect time to share some helpful resources for your military family. 

Military life usually comes with a guarantee of change, and one of the most inevitable changes is moving. Whether you're a seasoned military family or embarking on your first Permanent Change of Station ...

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On this Best Of episode, we're bringing back some tips for making a move with a baby, all from experienced military spouses!

Whether you're relocating stateside or embarking on an overseas adventure, moving with a baby as a military family can be quite a challenge. The logi...

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On this "Best of" episode, join me and guest Elaine Brye as we delve into the unique challenges faced by parents with children serving in the military. We explore strategies, resources, and personal stories that provide support and guidance to parents on this extraordinary journey. Discover a commun...

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Have you moved with pets? There's always something new to learn when it comes to our furry family members. On this Quick Tips episode, I'm sharing a few resources to help make your military move with pets easier.

June 15, 2023 10 mins

We've hit the 100 episodes milestone of the Milspouse Matters podcast! I can’t thank you enough for the continued support throughout this podcast’s journey so far. And don’t miss the BIG GIVEAWAY I’m throwing to celebrate, including some gifts provided by my amazing publishe...

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After dealing with anxiety and panic attacks as a young adult, things came to a head for Marine Corps spouse Erin after some big military life changes. She was physically ill, having daily panic attacks, and struggling to leave her house when...

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teens and parent's deploymentOn this Quick Tips episode, we're talking about helping teens navigate a parent's deployment.

So often, deployment resources are geared towards younger children, and while that’s of course important, and ...

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Wendy Hively shares a behind the scenes look at how she started her successful business, Charliemadison Originals, while also working full-time as a scientist. As a longtime Navy spouse who's now the wife of a retiree, Wendy has a lot of wisdom about work/life balance, how she pivoted wh...

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On this Quick Tips episode, I'm answering a question a listener submitted for advice about getting established at a new duty station, even if it's not a place you would have chosen to live or you don't think it's the greatest l...

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On this episode we’re talking about some hot topics: managing and saving your money with my amazing guest Kate Horrell. 

Kate brings a sensibility to managing your finances, along with a deep understanding of military life since she has lived it herself. ...

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Planning for an Overseas Military Move Milspouse Matters Episode 94On this episode, we’re talking about planning for your overseas military move, both some practical tips as well as preparing yourself mentally for this big change in not only where you live, but also likely a...

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You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the H...

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On this episode, I’m thrilled to be speaking with Verenice Castillo, the founder of the Military Spouse Advocacy Network (MSAN).

If you're not familiar with MSAN, their motto is to Educate, Empower, Support, and they certainly do that!

Verenice and I talk about the importance of connecting...

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