Welcome to the Military Wife Life Podcast
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 17
This week I talk to Bec who has been with her Army partner for 3 years. Both came into the relationship with children from previous partners and just a few months after being together they fell pregnant and went on to have a baby together. Bec talks about their decision to go MWDU at the start of this year, how they came to the decision that MWDU just wasn’t working for them and what now needs to happen custody wise for her children and her partner’s children now that she is moving to be with him.
Bec also spoke about the harsh reality that leaving her children with their Dad may just end up being the best decision she can make for them for their stability and their schooling. I thank Bec for being so open, honest and brave in this episode and really letting us all know about some of the complex, tough, unspoken decisions that so many spouses with blended families face.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 16
This week I talk to my Husband Scott who has, just days ago, returned from a 6 month deployment. We talk about deployment from the Military member’s perspective. What happens when that ship pulls away from the wharf and sets off on its journey. How it feels for the Military member to be away from their family for long stretches and all those little questions you might have but never get the chance to ask.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 15
This week I talk to Susan who has just hit the one year mark of being a Navy spouse. Susan talks us through the huge changes she and her Husband have gone through during the past 12 months and what she expected Military life to be like versus the reality. From months and months of separation, giving birth to their second child without her Husband by her side, a few tears and a couple of hospital trips she has risen to the challenge and tackled everything that has been thrown at her like a true Military spouse does.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 14
This week’s podcast episode is a compilation of some of the words of wisdom offered by the beautiful military spouses I have already had on the podcast. What they do to make life easier. How they juggle all they have to juggle while living this military life. What self care means to them and how they look after themselves so they can continue to look after everyone else.
We are all in this together!
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 13
This week I talk to Taryn, an Air Force spouse, who embarked on what was supposed to be a one year MWDU stint that eventually turned into three years with a deployment thrown into the mix. Taryn talks about how she cope’s with MWDU and two young kids, a new business that is helping other defence partners on their re-employment journey, PEAP funding and how she still finds small but important ways to make sure she is looking after herself and her mental health.
PLEASE NOTE- Soon after recording this episode the PEAP funding was changed a little. You now have 24 months (from when you get your posting orders) to make use of it instead of 12 months.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 12 PART 2
Following on from last week’s Podcast Episode I talk to Kiri about her Husband Luke’s medical discharge from the Army, his decision to admit himself into hospital to get the help he needed and what happened when he told her he was walking away from their marriage. Kiri stood by her Husband for nearly two years while he got the help that he needed for his PTSD and got himself well enough to be able to participate in life again. There was no guarantee he was going to come back home but Kiri just knew that she needed to wait. This is Part 2 of their story.
To hear more about Luke’s charity Heroes on the Homefront click on this link www.hearts4heros.com.au/
If you are interested in finding out more information about assistance dogs through the Royal Society for the Blind’s program Operation K9 you can do so by clicking on this link www.rsb.org.au/operation-k9
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 12 PART 1
A re-connection via Facebook sparked a romance between Kiri and Luke and before she knew it she was moving from Adelaide to Darwin to be with her Army guy, only for him to get word that he would be deploying to Afghanistan just 6 weeks after she moved to be with him! That deployment would change Kiri’s now Husband forever after two of his mate’s were killed in action. He would also go onto have a medical emergency out in the field, face medical discharge and so much more.
Luke put his hand up for help and Kiri says she will forever be grateful and proud of him for that. It has been a long road to healing but Kiri stood strong beside Luke even when he wanted to walk away. This is Part 1 of their story.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 11
This week I’m on the podcast talking about a medical emergency involving my 4 and a half year old and how it could have been the total unraveling of me. I talk about how laying some strong foundations over the last year and a half and consistently saying YES to me allowed me to pull myself out of a spiral of self pity and get back on track straight away.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 10
This week I talk to Kate about meeting her now Army Husband Byron online, dating for a few short months, getting engaged, moving to be with Byron and getting married. This time last year Kate was still single and now she is in the thick of Army Wife life and loving it.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 9
Mel met her Military guy online and after a few months they went on their first date. The next day he left town with the Army to take part in the clean-up following the Brisbane floods and Mel didn’t know when she would see him again. Once he returned they knew they wanted to be together and within a year were pregnant, engaged, married and her Husband was deployed to Afghanistan. In this episode I talk to Mel about what happened when he got back from deployment, the breakdown of their marriage and how they both had to go away and work on their mental health before coming back together 2 years after splitting.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 8
In this Episode I talk to Michelle, Communications Manager from Advocacy organisation Defence Families of Australia. Michelle talks about the role DFA plays as the advisory body FOR US, what that means for us and how it helps us and the major topics they are bringing to the fore on our behalf.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 7
In this Episode I talk to Ashley about starting out long distance, leaving her family, friends and job to be with her Military person, working from home, isolation and remembering to look after yourself.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 6
In this Episode I talk to Joanna, a Navy spouse for a little under 5 years, about her and her Fiance’s scandalous start, a brief breakup, navigating custody arrangements, deployments and so much more.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 5
In this Episode it is all about how making a tough and scary decision in my life would ultimately lead me to really being my TRUE self and has now allowed me to shift my mindset and make Military spouse life work FOR me.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 4
In this Episode I talk with Navy Wife and Navy member Kasey about dealing with a mental health diagnosis and the juggle of being a Spouse and a Navy member.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 3
In this episode I talk to Katrina, a family focussed, coffee catchup lover and book worm who admits she hardly gets time to read! Well duh her Husband is deployed, she works full time, has two kids and is juggling all the Navy wife balls. Katrina has experienced a lot in her 15+ years of being a military spouse- an interstate move within the first 2 years of meeting her Navy guy, supported her Husband through a changeover, lived through MWDU, some major health scares and is currently half way through a deployment which has seen her Husband posted to Afghanistan.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 2
In this episode I talk to Teagan, a Marketing Manager, self confessed fitness addict who loves animals and describes herself as a wine enthusiast, feminist and an IVF and fertility advocate. Canadian born Teagan has experienced a lot in her 3 and a bit years of being a Navy spouse. From meeting her Navy guy, 8 international trips back and forth, getting engagement, married, an international move, sorting out immigration details for not only herself but her dogs, deployment, trying for a baby and IVF.
Military Wife Life- The Podcast Episode 1
In Episode 1 I talk to trained art teacher, beach lover, plant obsessed, chai latte addict Natalie about the highs and lows of military life. Natalie has experienced separation, multiple deployments, surprise pregnancies, mental health struggles and so much more in the 15+ years she has been a Navy Spouse.
If anything we touched on in this episode has prompted you to want to seek help or support please keep the following contacts in mind.
24 hour support via the Defence Family Helpline 1800 624 608
Your local GP and your local DCO office
You can also access 24 hour support via Open Arms helpline 1800 011 046
Military Wife Life- The Podcast INTRODUCTION
Welcome to the Military Wife Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Military wives and partners. Listen to hear from others who are living this military life, juggling all the things on the daily, just like you and I. Let’s connect and support each other by telling our stories, celebrating our strength, focusing on self care & lifting each other up.