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How To Survive and Thrive As A Couple During Initial Training

 Are you or your partner getting ready to leave for initial training? Are you going through a roller coaster of emotions from excited to nervous, to happy to mad? I can almost guarantee that just about all couples will experience a least a few of these emotions. We certainly did! The goal is to make sure you handle them to the best of your ability and use some necessary tools to get through the hard times. And then really celebrate the good times (aka being reunited once training is complete!) The best thing about the hard times, they have an expiration date and won't last forever.

When Michael left for BMT, our journey played out a lot differently from what was initially presented and expected. I had mentioned in a previous blog about "going with the flow" and being prepared for the unexpected...Well, this was the case for us, considering our timeline was longer than expected. Being flexible, understanding, and making the most out of a frustrating situation is something we'll...

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Military Life vs. Civilian Life: Why Joining the Military Might Be the Best Decision for You and Your Family

Have you ever been at a place in your life where you KNOW you need to make a change? Or maybe you reached a point where feeling "comfortable" with your day-to-day wasn't so comfortable after all? Have you been searching to feel more fulfilled? If you have, you certainly aren't alone.

Michael and I found ourselves in this exact position after spending nearly all the money we had in saving, renting a townhouse that we couldn't afford, and not having a clear plan in place for our future. We had no other choice but to move in with my mother-in-law (thank you, Rose) for a few months while we "figured things out." Things tend to work themselves out when you least expect them, and for us, it was when Michael was working a side job passing out samples of wine at our local grocery store. Maybe it was Michael's super short haircut (he used to go in phases with the length) or the fact that he stood nice and tall and proud while pouring a chilled sample of Chardonnay.

Nevertheless, he was...

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