When An Introverted Military Spouse Needs To Make Friends

“Why are you so quiet?” I was asked this SO many times as a kid and you know what, I hated it so much. I was so shy, I had social anxiety I am sure, and I was an introvert. And because of that, I struggled a bit. Sure, with my best friends and family I could be super loud. I remember my parents telling me they were going to tape record (yep, 80s kid here) me and give it to my teachers. My shyness was really a struggle. I can remember people asking me questions and being TERRIFIED to …

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Finding Meaningful Friendships In Military Spouse Life

Finding Meaningful Friendships In Military Spouse Life We all need people. People we can depend on, people we can connect with, and people we can have meaningful relationships with. We might make a new friend, and find out they are moving in three months. We might have the perfect group of friends, knowing we will PCS in just a few months. We might be brand new to our duty station and feel overwhelmed with starting over yet another time. The truth is, we need to find these meaningful friendships to help us through our military spouse lives. Having a deployment buddy …

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To My Military Spouse Friends, You Are The Best

To My Military Spouse Friends, You Are The Best

To My Military Spouse Friends, You Are The Best As a new Army wife, I didn’t know a whole lot about the military lifestyle. Sure, I knew the basics, but standing at our first duty station in Schweinfurt, Germany, I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. I can remember standing there, watching a group of soldiers going by, and knowing everything had changed for us. I was lucky though. Within those first months of being an Army wife in Germany, I found friends. I found other spouses who not only knew what military life was like but …

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When Military Spouse Friends Have To Say Goodbye

When Military Spouse Friends Have To Say Goodbye I was listening to Jen Hatmaker’s new podcast about friendship. The episode was an interview with Vicki Lovine who wrote the Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy and other Girlfriend’s books. As Jen is doing a series on girlfriends, she is the perfect guest to talk about the subject. During the episode, Vicki talks about how a lot of her friends she met when her children were very young on the playground. How they connected then and just grew through the years together. This reminded me so much of my mom and her friends. She …

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Why Military Spouse Friendships Are Important

Why Military Spouse Friendships Are Important The first military friends I ever met were after I moved to Germany when I was 26 years old. I met most of these ladies through the FRG. I also met people through play groups and PWOC. Over the years I have been able to make friends at places like swim lessons, MOPS, and our local Bunco group. Sometimes it can take a while to find those people that you will connect with. When you move somewhere new, thinking about finding those friends can feel pretty overwhelming. Where do you go? How do you …

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Finding Your Military Spouse Tribe

Finding Your Military Spouse Tribe

Finding Your Military Spouse Tribe “Find friends,” they say. “You need friends to get through military life,” they say. You understand why they say this. Life IS better with the support of other people. The problem is, you have been at your duty station for six months now and are still struggling to find your people. You had people, but they all moved away. You are so busy with your kids that time with friends seems to never come. You have never been one to make friends quickly. You are choosy and don’t trust a lot of people. You have …

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