By Jen McDonald
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Encouragement for military spouses. Military families make up less than 1% of the U.S. population, and the challenges they face are unique. Whether you're looking for military family support or simply want to learn more, join host Jen McDonald as we discuss it all: getting through the separations that go along with training and deployments, moving around the world, seeing the one you love leave for war, raising kids in the military, finding your own place as a military spouse, and strengthening your military marriage. A military spouse of nearly three decades herself and the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, Jen doesn't shy away from the hard topics, while providing a practical, humorous look at military life. Military life can be hard, but it’s also amazing in so many ways. We're only stronger together. Tune in each week to hear a new personal journey.
||CleanWhen Military Life Scares You - Episode 17||Have the realities of life as a military spouse ever...scared you? Whether it's starting over in a different country or simply the overwhelm at all the details and the strange little world that is military life, you're not alone. On this...||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Peace with Military Life - Episode 16||If you've ever felt the pull of "military spouse denial," as guest Lindsay Swoboda so aptly words it, you'll relate to this episode! Maybe you've been there, too? It's that mindset of refusing to believe that military life will define you, change your..||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhere We've Been, What's Coming, and Special Offer for Military Parents! - Episode 15||What an amazing season it's been so far! It's hard to believe that the Milspouse Matters podcast is already coming up to episode #15. I'm so thankful for all the wonderful military spouses who've come on the show so far this season to talk about all...||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMilitary Family Holiday Memories and Crossover with the Dear MilFamily Podcast! - Episode 14||So excited to share this special holiday episode with you! Are you torn between traveling to see your extended family and staying put to create your own holiday memories? Alone over the holidays due to deployment or just moved and don't know a soul?...||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTips for Overseas Living...and There's Life After the Military! - Episode 13||Travel and overseas life as a military family? We're talking about it in this episode! Jen starts off with some tips for overseas moves from her own family's four overseas assignments. Then, she's talking to Angie Drake, who shares about her...||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmbrace Your Strength as a Military Spouse - Episode 12||Who were you before life told you who you had to be? The answer to that could be interesting! Join Jen for this informative, fun, and inspiration-filled episode with Kellie Artis, COO for MILLIE and co-founder of Milspo Gurus. Kellie has been a...||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn a Mission to Highlight the Stories of Military Women - Episode 11||Air Force veteran and military spouse Amanda Huffman is joining Jen this week to talk about her time as a service member, her decision to "trade in combat boots for a diaper bag," her series featuring women service members and veterans, and her...||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStaying Positive When Military Life Keeps You Guessing - Episode 10||What do you do when you're not sure where you'll be living a month from now? You face it head on, that's what! Since she's already moved 6 times in the 4 years of her husband's Marine Corps career, you could say Danielle Keech is something of an...||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Story Behind Milspouse Matters - Episode 9||In this episode, we're turning the tables and Jen McDonald is being interviewed! Find out more about Jen's story as a military spouse of three decades, which led to her writing a book for other spouses and starting the Milspouse Matters podcast. Lana...||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou Are More Than a Milspouse - Episode 8||In this episode, Jen's talking to Wendi Iacobello, who shares her message of support, empowerment, and encouragement for military spouses. Through her hashtag #morethanamilspouse, her hope is to remind other military spouses that it's ok to create a...||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdvocating for Military Kids' Education - Episode 7||This week, Jen's talking to Meg Flanagan of MilKidsEd, who shares with us her passion for education, especially as it relates to military kids. Originally a classroom teacher, Meg has taken her expertise and uses it now to address common school...||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHope for Military Spouses Dealing with Postpartum Depression - Episode 6||Lauren Cecora is a go-getter! But after giving birth to her first child, her world was rocked by postpartum depression. In this real and honest episode, you’ll hear about Lauren’s journey through PPD while her husband was deployed. Realizing...||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake Your Military House a Home - Episode 5||Dawn M. Smith is an Army spouse of nearly two decades, a freelance writer with a talent for creating real estate and home design content, and a mom living in the D.C. area. She's rebelling against the description of "seasoned spouse," though we still...||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Your Identity as a Military Spouse - Episode 4||Lana Simmons is a retired military spouse now living in Virginia. Through the years of her husband's military career, she grappled with the common questions many milspouses face: How do I keep a career going with constant moves, especially...||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourney Through PTSD - Episode 3||Christina Youngblood is an Army veteran and Air Force spouse. At the age of 20, she was sent on a 15-month deployment to Iraq and went through experiences that later culminated in a diagnosis of PTSD. Christina is very open about her journey dealing...||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Joy Again After Loss - Episode 2||Christine Barker Anderson ("Chris") is one of those people who lights up a room with her smile and warmth. She shares with us about her family's military life of over two decades, including moving around the world with her husband and four children...||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMoving Overseas and Back Again - Episode 1||This week Jen's chatting with Tara Howes, a retired Army spouse who's gotten through military life with lots of laughs and facing challenges with flexibility. Tara is the mother of four and the cohost of My Military Life Radio. Over the years of her...||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMilspouse Matters Trailer||Telling the stories of military families one spouse at a time.||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
What a great way to connect the stories of women behind the lines and what it takes to support their husband while they serve
Jen is a wonderful interviewer and holds your attention with her mix of lightness and also getting to the heart of the matter. She gives wise tips and helpful suggestions along the way and her experience as a loving military spouse, mother and friend shines out....very brightly through her words!!!
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Jen is amazing! This podcast has become my go to for help figuring out this crazy military life. I laugh, I cry and just enjoy every second of every episode. I can’t recommend this podcast enough! Thanks Jen for making this go to place.