Gratitude in Military Life

January 11, 2024

Gratitude probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think about military family life. Deployments, frequent moves, stress, and unpredictable schedules often consume our day-to-day thoughts. Military life is hard, but you're also surrounded by abundance if you only take the time to look. "Acknowledging the good…...

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Finding Work-Life Balance as a Military Spouse

December 12, 2023

As I approach 5 years of being a military spouse, I find myself reflecting on the changes it has brought me over the years. I knew life as a military spouse meant frequent moves and uncertainty, but I didn’t know just how much it would change me as a person.…...

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How Operation Kid Comfort Helped My Military Family: Part 2

December 7, 2023

The countdown to deployment had already begun. Burdened with the weight of a lengthy checklist and a limited time, my husband and I were overjoyed that we had something positive to look forward to. We were thankful that the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) has a program like Operation Kid Comfort…...

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Military Retirement: Life After the Military

December 5, 2023

For military families, the journey toward military retirement is one of both anticipation and adaptation, honoring years of service while navigating the complexities of establishing a new way of life. It’s a whirlwind of change, leaving many to wonder… What comes next? Good question! The military retirement process is full…...

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Creating Meaningful Holiday Traditions as a Military Family

December 4, 2023

The most wonderful time of year is fast approaching, and holiday family traditions are on our minds! Some stores are already advertising and selling holiday decorations, cookware, and supplies. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. However, I remember from my childhood in…...

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ASYMCA Military Spouse Symposium Recap

November 8, 2023

Life in the military can be challenging for spouses’ careers, with frequent relocations and military demands often interrupting professional paths. As a dedicated supporter of junior enlisted military families, the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) provides help for military spouses in advancing their educational and career-oriented goals. Having personally experienced these…...

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How to Build a Business as a Military Spouse Entrepreneur

November 7, 2023

Throughout my journey as a military spouse, I’ve come to realize that versatility is my greatest superpower. During the seven years of my husband’s contract and having four children, we have mostly survived on one solid income. This was quite an adjustment — not just financially but emotionally as well.…...

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Military Retirement: A Military Spouse’s Bittersweet Farewell

November 6, 2023

When my husband volunteered for his first deployment, I remember thinking… I’m not ready for this. When orders came down for recruiting duty, I remember thinking… I’m not ready for this. When we moved yet again after I found a job I loved, I remember thinking… I’m not ready for…...

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Fall Travel Ideas for Military Families

October 25, 2023

The weather is growing colder, leaves are starting to change colors, and days are growing shorter — the season of fall is quickly approaching. Why not seize the opportunity presented by the cooler weather and beautiful scenery to make some travel plans with your family this autumn? Here are a…...

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How Operation Kid Comfort Helped My Military Family: Part 1

October 24, 2023

  There is nothing quite like wrapping up in a personalized cozy blanket; the reassuring weight and warmth of a hand-sewn quilt, combined with being surrounded by images of loved ones, creates a comfort seldom found elsewhere. Since so many military families endure long-term duty related separation, especially during deployments,…...

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