Journaling Power for Mental Health

*Guest Post from Author Mari McCarthy* Too often, we think about our health in terms of separate categories: physical health, emotional health, and mental health. But our health is holistic and interconnected. When you take care of your mind, you also take care of your body – and vice versa. Journaling is a simple but

Pregnancy after Loss

Pregnancy and infant loss are two of the most devastating situations moms can face. It takes so much strength to recover from that type of tragedy. When a woman does get pregnant again after loss, how is the next pregnancy for her emotionally? This month’s post in the “Finding Your Strength” series will detail what

7 Meaningful Ways to Volunteer in the Fort Bragg Community

Over the last 3 years, I have found my own strength in military life through volunteer service to the local military community. The great thing about Fort Bragg is that there are ample opportunities to volunteer, no matter what your schedule may be. Many special events need volunteers throughout the year, while other organizations simply

Experienced Military Moms Offer Advice to Military Spouse Moms-to-Be

Military moms have more than the transition of motherhood to adjust to. Often times than not, they have to adjust to motherhood while separated from their spouse due to deployments or TDY’s. Many do not live near their family or support system, which can make this transition very scary. In hopes of helping new military

Review of “Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies”

Pregnancy loss is a subject that is near and dear to my heart, which is why I am ecstatic to review and support such a lovely book that opens up this conversation within families.  No matter how much time passes, you always remember that little baby that never made it to your arms. The wonderful

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