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Military Life

139 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


107.Connecting with the Defence Community

In this week's podcast episode, I talk with Navy Spouse Chantelle about making the transition from single and solo to figuring out defence life and finding your community.


Chantelle and I also talk about;

  • How a chance meeting would lead to a whirlwind romance that Chantelle tried her best to avoid
  • Why it took her Defence member 6 months to tell her he wasn’t just a “government” employee and was in the Navy
  • Coming to terms with now being in love with a defence member and someone who will go away for months on end
  • How an overseas trip for work and being away from each other helped Chantelle make her mind up about her feelings
  • Being together 6 months, going defacto, moving in together and deciding to move states together
  • The isolation Chantelle felt after moving to a location where she knew no one
  • Realising what being a defence partner really meant and making the transition
  • Coming to terms with the amount of time spent apart and finding out separations aren’t just deployments but are also workups, courses and more
  • Getting on the same page and managing differing expectations
  • The positive impact a trainer from Cerberus had on her defence member and their relationship
  • Finding out she was 5 months pregnant with her second child a short time after moving away from family and friends
  • Her family having a hard time coming to terms with her changed goals and priorities
  • Working up the courage to go along to a Defence community house and the positive impact it had on her mental health and life
  • Finding her community after struggling with the isolation of defence life
  • The difference having support makes during deployments, separations and on hard days
  • The importance of being your own person, doing your own thing, focusing on what you can control and realising you have a choice


Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx


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