Re-Defining Bravery during Deployment

  **Guest Post by Kara Ludlow** It wasn’t supposed to be this way. After all, I had selected the word, “brave” as our family’s word for the year. Grace, my ten-year-old, had painted the word in gold letters on white cardstock and artfully framed it with fabric backing. BRAVE hung on the wall in the

Recap of the Virtual Military Spouse Wellness Summit

This year was InDependent’s 3rd annual virtual Military Spouse Wellness Summit. This is an online summit with speakers, a wellness lounge, and giveaways especially geared to the military spouse and first-responder spouse community. This year consisted of a fantastic line-up of 12 different speakers that all had expertise with the theme “Living a Life with

Personal Growth through the Decades

Do you ever look back at your life and reflect on the ways in which you have grown through the decades? Life is such an amazing adventure and learning occurs in many different stages throughout every year of life. If you had to group your learning into decades, what would each decade represent? What are

Military Spouse Career Struggles & Knowing Your Value

God knew it would take something BIG to get me to walk away from my career. While I don’t believe that he is the reason tragedy strikes good people, I do believe that he will redirect your path as necessary. I remember telling my husband, “I’ll do everything to build my life with you. I’ll

The Male Military Spouse Perspective-Part II

Each year, I am so fortunate to meet a male military spouse within the military community. They are becoming increasingly common as females serving in the armed forces has also increased and their opinions are valuable. It is my absolute pleasure to share their stories and viewpoints in a special series titled “The Male Military

New Year, New Mindset

*Guest Post by Heather.* As we head into the new year, everyone has the best of intentions for “new year, new me”.  I disagree with this philosophy. Most of the time there isn’t anything wrong with the “you” from the past year. If you look back at all the things you accomplished, there is a

6 Strategies for Maintaining a High College GPA

College can be such a wonderful experience, but it can also be tough juggling school, work, and family. What most college students don’t realize is that graduating with a high grade point average can set you ahead of the competition and come in handy as you further your studies in the future. When I first

Recap of MilSpouse Fest at Fort Bragg

What exactly is MilSpouse Fest?  It was founded by Jen Pilcher as MilitaryOneClick, which is an online resource center to find information all in one place to help you with military life. Then, MilSpouse Fest was an extension of the online resource to provide a day of celebrating, learning, resource sharing, connecting, and winning prizes

The Challenge of Finding a Mobile Career

Naturally, I’m a planner. I even made a career out of planning by getting my Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. As sweet, unpredictable life goes, I happened to meet my Marine during my last year in school and all of my graduation plans began to change. I told my Dad I thought he was the