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Military Wife Life

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Welcome to the Military Wife Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Military wives and partners.Listen in 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, cel… read more

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92.Reserve Life-how does it work?

May 12th, 2021

26:31

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to Reserve Army spouse Kim about how Reserve life actually works.

 

Kim and I also talk about;

  • Meeting her …

91.Becoming a Defence family a little later in life

May 5th, 2021

19:41

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to Navy spouse Cheree about what it’s like when your husband joins defence a little later in life.

 

Cheree …

90.The stories behind the Lots of Love Box nominations

April 21st, 2021

21:23

When the nominations for the MWL Lots of Love boxes land in my inbox it’s hard for me not to get attached to those stories.

Just reading about the connections and the amazing things spouses are doing that are prompting …

89.A mindset shift made all the difference

April 14th, 2021

29:59

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to RAAF spouse Nicole about why a mindset shift has totally changed the way she experiences defence life. 

 

88.Legacy-Who are they & Who do they support?

March 31st, 2021

13:02

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to NSW Legacy President Nikki Hollis about how Legacy started, what they’re about and who they support.

 

87.The Army is my Husbands job not mine

March 24th, 2021

28:28

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to spouse Amanda about why she doesn't allow her Army Husbands job to control her life.

 

Amanda and I also …

86.A Tindal Posting

March 17th, 2021

21:39

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to RAAF spouse Katie about being posted to Tindal, the location at the bottom of her preference sheet. 

 

85. Stories of Miscarriage & Defence Life

March 3rd, 2021

1:37:43

Today’s podcast episode is on a topic that isn’t often spoken about- Miscarriage.

1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage. The vast majority of miscarriages will happen in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, often at a …

84.Financial help for Defence Families

February 24th, 2021

22:02

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to Belinda Wilson, CEO of Veteran and Family financial support organisation Bravery Trust. 

 

Belinda and I …

83. Good Communication & MWDU

February 17th, 2021

42:13

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to Army couple Julia and Jai about why good communication is key.

 

We also talk about;

  • what happened when …

82.How to be ok with going with the flow!

February 10th, 2021

27:28

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to spouse Kim about being adaptable and being ok with "going with the flow."

 

Kim and I also talk about;

81.Buying a Business and Working from Home

February 3rd, 2021

26:52

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to spouse Ash about buying a business and the isolation of working from home.

 

Ash and I also talk about;

80.Infertility & Defence Life

January 28th, 2021

26:37

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to spouse Bianca about infertility and defence life.

 

Bianca and I also talk about;

  • coping with all that …

79.Being a Blended Family & the Military

January 20th, 2021

32:23

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to spouse Sarah about being a blended family and the military lifestyle.

 

Sarah and I also talk about;

  • The …

78.Maxx the service dog saved my Husband

January 14th, 2021

30:46

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to Army spouse Mel about a service dog called Maxx and how he saved her husband.

 

Mel and I also talk about;

77.Military Police, Finding work & Following your Passion

December 16th, 2020

22:25

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to Air Force spouse Renee about what it's like when your Husband is Military Police, her struggles when it …

76.The Australian Military Wives Choir

December 9th, 2020

27:38

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to National Music Director of the Australian Military Wives Choir Cath Parsons about her journey as a spouse and where the idea for the AMWChoir came from.

 

 

Cath and I …

75. Army Spouse Life & Spending 8 out of 12 months apart

December 2nd, 2020

31:42

In this week's podcast episode I talk to Zoe about the first few years of being an Army spouse and the ups and downs of spending 8 out of the last 12 months apart from her military husband.

 

 

Zoe and I also …

74.That sometimes taboo topic... MONEY

November 26th, 2020

11:56

This week's podcast episode is all about money! Some useful tips on how to spend it, save it and invest it.

 

 

Defence Bank's Stuart Payne, …

73.Full time Army to Reserves to Full time again

November 19th, 2020

24:26

In this week's podcast episode I talk to spouse Lauren about what it's like to go from being a fulltime defence family to a reserves family and …

72.Kookaburra Kids Foundation & Support for Defence Kids aged 8-18

November 11th, 2020

18:15

This week's podcast episode is all about the Kookaburra Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation supporting children aged 8-18 years, living in families affected by mental illness. 

 

 

I talk to …

71.The first few years of being a Navy spouse

November 4th, 2020

31:38

This week on the podcast, I talk to Morgan about the ups and downs of her first few years as a Military spouse.

 

Morgan and I talk about;

  • The 18 …

70.OPEN ARMS- When, How & Who can access support services

October 28th, 2020

25:47

This week's podcast episode is all about Open Arms, a FREE counselling service available to spouses, current ADF members, veterans and their families.

 

I talk to National Manager of Open Arms, Dr Stephanie …

69.A British spouse experiencing a posting in Australia

October 21st, 2020

22:08

This week on the podcast I talk to British spouse Cheryl about her Australian posting experience.

 

 

Cheryl and I also talk about;

 

 

68. 3-5year old Defence Kids-Research & Support

October 7th, 2020

37:16

After realising studies about Australian defence kids were rare, this week's podcast guest, Dr Marg Rogers from the University of New England, decided to change that. 

 

 

Dr Rogers focused her recent PhD studies on …

67.First posting, COVID & coming to terms with being a Defence Family

September 30th, 2020

26:03

This week on the podcast I talk to RAAF spouse Jess about her first posting experience and coming to terms with being a defence spouse.

 

 

Jess and …

66.Belinda Johnston on her role as DCO Patron, the juggle of being a Spouse & now the Parent of an ADF member

September 23rd, 2020

29:12

This week on the podcast I talk to current Patron of the Defence Community Organisation Belinda Johnston about the ups and downs of being a spouse …

65. PTSD and the Unspoken

September 16th, 2020

33:44

This week on the podcast I talk to Army spouse Kelly about her Husband's PTSD and the impact it has had on their relationship.

 

Kelly and I also …

64.Buying a House- ADF schemes & Grants explained

September 9th, 2020

16:45

So you've decided that now is the right time to look at buying a house....yay, go you!

 

But if you're like me, you have so many questions (so many) and a military member who isn't really down for providing ALL of the …

63.An Episode for the New Spouses

September 2nd, 2020

50:42

This week I talk to new spouse Jade about the transition from civilian couple to a Defence couple at a young age.

    Jade and I also talk about;   …

62.The Hamilton Report & its importance

August 27th, 2020

39:20

Today's podcast guest is someone who has undoubtedly had an impact on all of our lives. Spouses and Defence members. Past and present.

 

 

She isn't a spouse. She, at the time, had no prior connection to Defence but …

61.Business Support & Community for Spouses

August 19th, 2020

23:23

This week I talk with Jasmine Cooper Sutton, Director of charity Prince's Trust Australia. Prince's Trust Australia run FREE programs that support and inspire veterans and their families to explore or continue on the …

60. An Overseas Posting to the UK

August 13th, 2020

31:23

This week I talk with RAAF spouse Annabel about what it's like to do an overseas posting to the UK and experiencing lock down while being so far …

59.Support for Defence Families with Special Needs

August 5th, 2020

26:54

This week on the Podcast I talk to General Manager of the Defence Special Needs Support Group Kim Collins.

 

 

Kim talks about the …

58.A Military Couple talks Defence life & Deployment

July 29th, 2020

46:39

This week on the podcast I talk to Navy couple Courtney and Jay about defence life, how they nurture their relationship and Jay's recent 6 month deployment.

 

Spouse Courtney came on the podcast a few …

57.The important role of ADF partners, current support & areas in need of improvement

July 22nd, 2020

28:57
This week I talk with Minister For Defence Personnel & Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester about the important role partners and …

56.A new spouse navigating military life

July 16th, 2020

24:38

This week I talk to Brooke about finding her feet as a new spouse and navigating all that comes with being a defence family.   We also talk about:  

55.An international posting & finding your feet

July 2nd, 2020

28:05

In this weeks podcast episode I talk to New Zealand Navy spouse Rose about what it's like to do an international posting in Australia. We also talk about her career goals taking a backseat and the positives that have …

54.A Spouse exploring her passion

June 25th, 2020

24:57

This week I talk to Amelia about her spouse journey, defence life and following her heart to pursue her passion. After giving birth to her 3rd …

53.Partner Employment. It's complicated!

June 18th, 2020

30:56

Partner employment, if it was a relationship on socials it would be listed as "its complicated."

 

It's an area that almost all ADF partners will …

52.A PTSD diagnosis, Discharge & Moving home

June 11th, 2020

45:07

This week on the Podcast Part 2 of Sarah's story.

In Part 1 Sarah talked about how her last minute decision to join her Husband in a regional …

52.A Defence family with special needs & a Spouse who sees the silver lining in every situation

June 4th, 2020

39:18

This week on the Podcast I talk to spouse Sarah about how her last minute decision to join her Husband in a regional location ended up resulting in a …

51.Domestic Violence & Military Life

May 28th, 2020

1:01:15

In this weeks episode, as part of Domestic Violence Prevention month, I talk to Domestic Violence Case Manager and Military spouse Jess about the …

50.Celebrating 50 episodes of Military spouses being seen and HEARD!

May 21st, 2020

41:17

Welcome to something a little different!⁣

Today's episode is made up of some of the best moments from past episodes in celebration of the podcasts 50th episode. This week we also hit 20k downloads and this month marks …

49.Career red tape, chronic illness & finding a support network

May 14th, 2020

23:52

This week on the Podcast I talk to spouse Clare about the red tape and cost that comes with posting to different states when you're a Lawyer. Clare also talks about how she manages a chronic illness and the importance …

PART 3-Current Info & Support for ADF families during COVID19

April 16th, 2020

47:19

This week's podcast episode is the third in a series dedicated to bringing you current information relevant to you, as a spouse and as part of an ADF family, during COVID19.      This week I talk to Military spouse and …

Part 2-Current Info & Support for ADF families during COVID19

April 9th, 2020

48:51

This week's podcast episode is the second in a series dedicated to bringing you current information relevant to you, as a spouse and as part of an ADF family, during COVID19.    This week I talk to Vonnie Balmer, …

PART 1-Current Info & Support for ADF families during COVID19

April 2nd, 2020

33:14
This weeks podcast episode is the first in a series dedicated to bringing you current information relevant to you, as a spouse and as part of an ADF family, during COVID19.    Support, info and services are changing and …

45.An expert talks us through thriving as a Spouse

March 26th, 2020

28:26

This week on the Podcast I talk to Clinical Psychologist Dr Jodie Lowinger about how we can thrive as Military spouses. Whether we are just entering …

44.Gus the service dog saved my Husband and our Family

March 20th, 2020

32:07

This week on the Podcast I talk to Army spouse Bec about a service dog called Gus and how he saved her husband, her marriage and her family. Gus was matched to her Husband through the Defence Community Dog Program, a …

43.First posting, making friends & a plan to transition out of Defence

March 12th, 2020

13:57

This week on the Podcast I talk to spouse Hannah about her first posting, the isolation you can feel even though you might be living in a City, …

42.A Navy partner with a passion for supporting spouses.

March 5th, 2020

32:41

This week on the Podcast I talk to Claire, a Navy partner who is using her personal and business experience to make a difference for all of us. Claire has a passion for supporting woman achieve their goals through …

41.Army Spouse life & a cancer diagnosis while on deployment

February 27th, 2020

38:41

This week on the Podcast I talk to Army spouse Bec about what it's like to post in and out of the same few locations while juggling mum and work life, separation and deployments. Bec also talks about the day she was …

40.Defence Community Organisation-Who they are and What they provide

February 20th, 2020

31:47

This week on the Podcast I talk to Shayne Vining, Deputy Director of National Operations at the Defence Community Organisation to get the low down on …

36.Submariner Spouse life & what happens when your child has a medical emergency

January 22nd, 2020

34:21
This week on the Podcast I talk to Shari about what it's like to be the spouse of a Submariner. We talk no communication for months on end, the tight knit community that Shari calls the Navy within the Navy and how …

35. A young Military spouse trying to find where she fits while focusing on her goals

January 15th, 2020

39:13

This week on the Podcast I talk to Madeline about juggling being an Army spouse alongside being a young Uni student who lives at home with her parents. Madeline and her boyfriend live in the same town and have been …

34. Processing the devastating bush fires and how to support our Military members sent to help

January 8th, 2020

35:07

The Military Wife Life Podcast returns for 2020 with Clinical Psychologist Dr Jodie Lowinger who is talking us through coping with traumatic events …

33. When living apart from your Military person works for your family

December 18th, 2019

23:38

This week on the Podcast I talk to Navy spouse Sal about how living apart from her Husband (MWDU) for, so far, 8 years and two kids has become the norm for their family and actually really suits them. Sal talks about …

32. Posting away from a seriously ill parent & the emotional roller coaster that comes with that.

December 11th, 2019

36:28

This week on the Podcast I talk to Army spouse Steph about making the hard and emotional decision to move away from her seriously sick Mum in New South Wales and join her Fiance on his first posting all the way over in …

31. Part 2- Saying YES to LESS to make space for what is really important

December 4th, 2019

26:32

On Part 2 of Episode 31 of the podcast, Air Force spouse and Declutter expert and Life Coach Tara Tuttle and I talk about the just in case items we …

31. Part 1- Mental and Physical clutter and Military Life

December 4th, 2019

30:23

This week on the Podcast (Part 1) I talk to Air Force spouse Tara Tuttle about decluttering and letting go! Tara is a Declutter expert and Life Coach and know's the challenges living the military lifestyle can bring …

30. Finding your Military spouse tribe & following your career

November 27th, 2019

41:03
This week on the Podcast I talk to Air Force spouse Sonja about how moving to a place she never wanted to go ended up being her favourite posting. Sonja found her Military spouse tribe and embraced spouse life and there …

29.Finding meaningful employment, a long IVF journey and what happens to a frozen embryo when you post out?

November 20th, 2019

36:19
This week on the Podcast I talk to Army spouse Leah about moving and finding meaningful employment, her and her Husband's long IVF journey, what will …

28. Defence School Mentors- the lowdown on how they help Defence families..

November 13th, 2019

12:29

This week on the Podcast I talk to Jenny about the importance of Defence School Mentors (DSM) and their role within our schools across the country.  …

27.An unexpected deployment, learning to live with each other again and finding a way forward together

November 6th, 2019

41:06

This week I talk to Air Force spouse Stella about coming to terms with an unexpected deployment, what happened when her Husband came back and the long road to getting to know each other again. Stella also talks about …

26. The transition from Military Member to Spouse, finding employment and your feet in the civilian world.

October 30th, 2019

24:11

This week I talk to former Air Force Officer and now Army spouse Laura about her transition from Military Member to Spouse and finding her feet in the civilian world.

Laura talks about the road to finding employment, …

25. A Navy partner researching her way to a better picture of the modern Military Spouse

October 23rd, 2019

29:36

This week I talk to Navy spouse and University Lecturer Amy Johnson about what she found when she undertook her recent research into the ADF, Military families and our use of social media.   Amy's research led her to …

24. What happens when the deployed member's parent has a terminal illness?

October 15th, 2019

33:34

This week I talk to Navy spouse Sera about coping with her husband being posted to a ship, going MWDU and deploying all while she juggled running a business, teenage kids and supporting her in laws during her Father in …

23. Navigating MWDU, Kids, Work and a Side Hustle

October 2nd, 2019

30:30

This week I talk to Army spouse Arusha about the juggle that is MWDU, kids, working and how taking on a side hustle (when she was already stretched) …

22. How we can lead the life we want to live by getting intentional and taking responsibility

September 25th, 2019

31:29

This week I talk to US Air Force spouse and Life Coach Becca Brown about her experience as a spouse and how that led her to wanting something more. Fast forward to now and Becca is helping other spouses handle life …

21- From the heartbreak of infertility to adopting 6 kids

September 18th, 2019

31:39

This week I talk to Army spouse Lisa about the heart break of infertility and how she and her husband Nathan went from thinking maybe they wouldn't …

20. A life changing service injury, recovery & a new "normal"

September 10th, 2019

31:09

This week I talk to truly inspirational Air Force spouse Kerrie about the day her husband Nathan had a freak service injury that would completely …

19. Long distance from the start & taking that leap of faith to be with each other

September 4th, 2019

26:48

This week I talk to Elle about what it's like to be in a long distance relationship from the very start after she and her Army partner met at an interstate wedding late last year. Elle and Andrew stayed in contact and …

Ep18- Posting at 38 weeks pregnant & 5 years of being an Army family

August 27th, 2019

27:58

This week I talk to Anika who recaps 5 years of being an Army family. Anika definitely takes everything in her stride, including posting across country at 38 weeks pregnant with their first baby! We also talk about how …

17. Blended families, custody and what happens when MWDU isn't working

August 20th, 2019

29:03

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 …

16. Deployment from the Military Member's perspective

August 7th, 2019

28:30

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 …

15. The first 12 months of being a Military Spouse

July 30th, 2019

28:24

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 …

14. The Juggle is Real! A compilation of previous podcast guests and their take on self care.

July 23rd, 2019

22:59

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 …

13. Making MWDU work for you, starting a new business & PEAP funding

July 16th, 2019

32:40

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 …

Ep 12. PART 2. A PTSD diagnosis, marriage breakdown & a long awaited home coming

July 9th, 2019

33:05

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 …

12. PART 1- Deployment, a medical emergency, medical discharge & the road to healing

July 2nd, 2019

26:02

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 …

11. Staying strong, Making YOU a priority & Growth

June 25th, 2019

11:02

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 …

Ep10- Kate swiped right and just months later became an Army wife

June 19th, 2019

26:52

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 …

9. Married with a baby within a year, splitting up & Army to Navy Wife

June 4th, 2019

27:14

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 …

8. DFA and their role in advocating for Defence Families

May 28th, 2019

23:24

This week I talk to Michelle, Communications Manager from advocacy organisation Defence Families of Australia.

Michelle talks about the role DFA …

Episode 7- Long distance, Moving and Working from home

May 16th, 2019

40:02

Ashley met her Military guy while on a girls weekend in Sydney. They chatted via text/online for 6 months before even coming back together to go on their first date, dated and did long distance for another 6 months and …

Episode 6- A scandalous start, custody arrangements & breaking point

May 7th, 2019

31:56

In Episode 6 of Military Wife- The Podcast

I talk to Joanna who has been a Navy spouse for a little under 5 years and has certainly experienced the ups and downs of spouse life during that time.

Joanna and her now …

Episode 5- Tough decisions and making Military life work FOR you

April 30th, 2019

11:03

This weeks episode of Military Wife Life- The Podcast is all about how making a tough and scary decision in my life would ultimately lead me to …

Ep 4. A mental health diagnosis and being a Spouse and Navy member

April 25th, 2019

36:01

In Episode 4 of Military Wife Life- The Podcast

I talk to Kasey who has had some twists and turns in her journey as not only a Navy spouse but also a Navy member. From falling pregnant unexpectedly while doing her …

Episode 3- Living MWDU, Health scares & Afghanistan

April 17th, 2019

42:42

"Make sure you are open and honest with yourself and to other people. Tell your partner how you are feeling about them going. Ask them how they are feeling about it too. It does work both ways."

"Make sure you have got …

Episode 2 - Navy Life, Separation, Trying for a Baby and Fertility

April 8th, 2019

36:00

"Mother Nature is going to decide this and not the Navy. I was getting frustrated with how his job was indirectly dictating our family planning but it all worked out."

"It was definitely a challenge to get him back to …

1.I Will Feel Empowered If I Can Get Through This

April 8th, 2019

49:17

"After the first deployment, I was left believing I couldn't do it ever again.

I really believed I couldn't survive another one. By the time this …

Welcome to the Military Wife Life Podcast

December 12th, 2018

9:46

Welcome to the Military Wife Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Military wives and partners.


Listen in to hear from others who are living this military life, juggling all the things on the daily, …

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