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IMPORTANCE OF A MINDFUL MORNING Author: Mindful Morning, Life Coach, Megan Hall, Motivational Speaker The definition of mindful is conscious or aware of something. So what is a mindful morning? A mindful morning means we are being intentional about how we start our day so we can be conscious and aware of what’s going on while our day progresses. When we start our day off without a good morning routine we are in reactive mode. We are reacting to everything going on around us instead of being proactive. A mindful morning helps us be proactive by taking control of situations before they happen. ... read more

How to Stay Connected toMilitaryCultureAfter EAS (End of Active Service) It will come as little surprise that military and civilian cultures differ greatly. While the American military culture reflects the broader American culture, it also has developed its own ways of getting things done, which do not easily translate into civilian life. Like all strong cultural influences, the military culture becomes part of each member’s identity, especially when they serve a long and honorable career. Staying connected with military culture after the End of Active Service (EAS) can be a challenge. While ... read more

Military life: Honorable, exciting, ever-changing. Burdensome, terrifying, exhausting. Those are just some of the words that come to mind when you think about the emotions a MilSpouse or servicemember may experience during a military career. Military families are constantly on the move and deal with pressures that are seldom spoken about or addressed. Years spent away from loved ones, sleepless nights on the frontlines of war, and unforgettable images of poverty, death, and despair can take a toll on anyone’s mental health. And guess what? This is completely normal. The problem with mental he... read more

MilSpouses know that there's nothing quite like the long-awaited homecoming that occurs after a loved one returns from deployment. Reuniting after having been a part for so long can mean that you're flooded with feelings of excitement, anxiety, impatience, joy, and everything in between. Whether you've been through four deployments or are experiencing your first, long distance love isn't easy. As much as you want your spouse back home with you, returning to normal life takes time, patience, and understanding from both parties. Although there's no right way to plan a homecoming, you can make t... read more

The Best and Worst of Hill Air Force Base We never wanted or expected to live in Utah. It was a culture shock, but we made the best of it, as military families have to do. We lived there for four years. My husband deployed a few months after we arrived. On our anniversary. I spent the first winter of my life alone with four kids. Our cat died and the basement flooded while he was deployed. The Best of Hill AFB Outdoors Activities We’re not so much into winter, but I hear the skiing is wonderful. I did like how sunny winters are and it doesn’t feel very cold. We enjoyed hiking, fishing, and ca... read more