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Military Life

141 EpisodesProduced by Beck RaynerWebsite

Welcome to the Military Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Australian Military partners.Listen in to hear from others who are living this military life (Defence Life), juggling all the things on the daily, just like you and I. Let's connect and support each other by telling our … read more


122.The long road to becoming a Defence Family, Mental Health Challenges and Focusing on the Good

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to RAAF spouse Hana about the long road to becoming a defence family, mental health challenges and focusing on the good.


Hana and I also talk about;

  • Their chance meeting while they were both working overseas
  • How Hana helped uncover her partner’s passion for aircraft
  • Arriving back in Australia and the decision to pursue a career in the RAAF
  • The long 3-year journey just to get into defence and delays due to injury
  • Getting the news her partner finally had a place at Officer Training School
  • Welcoming their first baby and what happened when he left just 3 months later
  • The stress of solo parenting, coping with anxiety and a postpartum depression diagnosis
  • Why Hana put up a good front so her husband didn’t feel bad about being away
  • What happened when her husband came home and realised things weren’t ok
  • Accessing the medical help, the DMFS Helpline and the support of a Chaplain
  • Being an outsider and feeling disconnected from the defence community
  • Realising her plan to become a registered builder wasn’t going to fit with defence life
  • Figuring out how important work is for her and her mental health
  • How Defence Life gave Hana the push she needed to start her own business
  • The importance of connecting with the defence community even before posting
  • Making friends fast and the importance of building a support network
  • Seeing the positive in every situation, surrendering and trusting in the universe
  • Posting to Brisbane, everything falling into place and settling into the new location

To find out more about Hana’s biz Suburban Witchery check it out on Instagram here or on Facebook here or via her website here or listen to Hana’s Witch Talks Podcast here.

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