My Confession

I recently put out a survey and asked for your feedback on what you have enjoyed from the Lifegiver Podcast and what you would like to hear more of.  Overwhelmingly, many said they enjoy hearing real content and me opening up a little more.  In this episode, I get very real and share with you the 5 biggest lessons I learned this year.

I can tell you that this year was a massive character overhaul for me.  I had those in my most inner circle praying for me during times that I felt that I was having to find strength to overcome insecurity and develop the courage and confidence to complete the task in front of me.  So in this episode, I open up and talk about what that was like for me and the lessons I learned.  I firmly believe these are lessons that all of us need to learn at some point.  You will also hear about what the year ahead looks like and how you can join me in making our marriages great.

The Conflict of Money LMS 11

The top three conflicts that couples come into counseling for involve sex, family, and money.  Getting on the same page with our spouse when it comes to spending and saving money is not easy.  Many couples find themselves in debt due to student loans, multiple relocations, and as Dave Ramsey calls them stupid-tax decisions (spending choices we make and regret).

In this interview on Lifegiver and I am thrilled to have William (Bill) Lockard with 227 Financial Coaching join me in a fantastic discussion on how money impacts our relationships.  Bill is a retired Army Officer that experienced the stress of debt in his own life.  In this interview he shares his story of how he and his wife changed their perspective on money which set them up for success in their future.  As the head coach of 227 Financial Coaching, his passion now is to bring that hope to other families.

Listen now to my interview with Bill Lockard as he shares wisdom on financial topics that trip up many couples including:

  • What do I do if my spouse doesn't want to change money habits?
  • How can I get through a PCS (relocation) without going further into debt?
  • How can I plan for retirement/transitioning out of the military?
  • How can young families start now to make wise financial decisions?

The Village

The military spouse community has changed.  There are several generations involved and every single one of us plays a role.  Some of us will be called to rise to the occasion, pick up the mantle, and serve more.  Others are due for rest.  No matter how old you are, or how much experience you have had, you play a role in the village.

Mom, Teacher & Spouse

This week I interview Jennifer Hamrick- military spouse to an Army Chaplain, homeschool mom, and blogger.  She may not say it herself, she is far too humble, but she is a mentor to so many on so many things motherhood.  I have sough her wisdom on many occasions and watched as she patiently disciplined her 4 boys all while homeschooling them all.  With a Masters in Early Childhood Education, she has been on both sides of the issue and can speak to all of us regardless of where our children get their education.

In this candid talk, we discuss her journey in deciding to homeschool as well as how she has navigated balancing taking care of herself and marriage. She and I discuss the stigmas for both sides, including the assumption that homeschool students struggle with social skills as well as perceived judgement on both sides.  You will also find TONS of resources from Jennifer as she shares her best tried and true websites, curriculum, and books that have helped guide her and keep her successful as a mom and teacher.

 

More than anything, allow her words to encourage you as we can all learn from each other and find ways to speak life into each others’ situation.

Bonus Episode: Military Spouse Journey Reintegration

Corie and Matt discuss what it was like to switch roles and talk about the project of reversing roles.  Here is the audio of our video, also available on Youtube!

Day 5: At Sea with The Charles De Gaulle and USS Kearsarge

I had the most awesome day ever!  I got to ride in a MH-53  Helicopter - like 4 times!  I got to ride out to the Charles De Gaulle a French Aircraft Carrier Vessel in the Gulf.  What’s funny is that the press that I was with was playfully arguing over whether it was the Persian Gulf or the Arabian, so we just agreed its best to call it the Gulf.

Military Spouse Journey Day 5: At Sea with Marines and Navy

I had the most awesome day ever!  I got to ride in a MH-53  Helicopter - like 4 times!  I got to ride out to the Charles De Gaulle a French Aircraft Carrier Vessel in the Gulf.  What’s funny is that the press that I was with was playfully arguing over whether it was the Persian Gulf or the Arabian, so we just agreed its best to call it the Gulf.

Military Spouse Journey Day 4: FOB Fenty Afghanistan

Today was emotional for me.  Maybe it was the anticipation of knowing this day would resonate the most for me, maybe it was the jet lag.  I only had 2.5 hours of sleep.  There is a little bit of a lengthy backstory on why this was emotional and there is no way I can explain it all.  If you read “The Outpost” by Jake Tapper, you would understand how Matt’s experience during that first deployment made this visit special.  I think there is going to be a specific place (or couple of them) for a lot of military families where if it is meaningful to your spouse then it is meaningful to you.

Military Spouse Journey Day 3: Erbil, Iraq

Today I got to fly into Erbil, Iraq and spend a lot of time getting to know what deployment is like with our female soldiers at LSA Danger.  Seeing deployment living conditions for them was quite eye opening.  Not that they were poor, in fact our service members are well taken care of, but there are so many things we are told that they try to describe to us that can’t convey it accurately.  Honestly, it has been a challenge to figure out how I could convey them to you in a new way.

Bonus Episode #2 Military Spouse Journey

Day two was filled with plenty to think about.  Listen here as I debrief on what it was like for me to experience Iraq from my husband's perspective.