Mission Ready: Finding Aquatic Resources Near You

Knowing how to save yourself in an aquatic environment is important but it’s very different from swimming proficiently. I encourage everyone to learn to swim a moderate distance, gain endurance, and skill development enough to sustain yourself. Open water such as a beach or lake creates different challenges than a pool environment. Read More

IML Must-Read: You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse

When you marry a military member, your life is suddenly no longer your own. You not only marry the one you love, but also a whole new way of life—one filled with separations, moves, deployments, and other challenges. How to cope with this ever-changing life? Jen McDonald is right there with you. . Read More

How to Hack a Gratitude Practice to Keep Your Health, Fitness, Performance (& Life!) on Track

What are some simple ways you will practice gratitude? Aim to keep it realistic, as enjoyable as possible, and flexible…you’ll be surprised at the benefits it will create in your life!
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How are you connected to military family life?

We have launched the latest iteration of its biennial Military Family Support Programming Survey, a national study that has helped shape the narrative around military life. All active-duty service members, veterans, and their families are encouraged to participate… Read More

IML Must-Read: The Military Child Chronicles – Mission: Mistletoe

“A young boy, Atticus, experiences his first Christmas away from his grandparents in a new location. The story creatively depicts the challenges and complex emotions that military children may face during the holiday season and offers adaptive solutions to an adverse climate. Mission: Mistletoe also provides family activities to help build excitement and comradery in a military community. Come join Atticus as regains his holiday spirit and saves Christmas!” Read More

Streamline Teams: Navy Swimming & Diving

Extremely tight-knit, highly functioning teams are the expected norm in the military including the United States Naval Academy. In any branch of the military past or present, this point of emphasis is spelled out both in writing and through word. There may be variations in how the message is crafted and presented. However, it is my observation that the theme, the directive, the expectation remains the same: we cannot achieve our goals without working as one.
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The Journey Behind Flow Art Expression

Acrylic Art Pouring is my imaginative escape and opportunity to express myself. I am self-taught and draw inspiration from deep within myself, thus, no two pieces of this motion-filled art will ever be the same. My acrylic pour creations have a sense of depth, are alive, have a name, and tell a story. Read More

Why You Lose (or Gain) Weight while Your Spouse is Deployed

Before your spouse leaves, things are probably a bit chaotic. Routine may be tossed out the window because you’re focusing on packing lists, seeing people, pre-deployment leave, and quality time with each other. After they’ve been gone for a bit, you start to get into a new routine. Depending on your occupation, your schedule is likely more consistent, making it easier to create new routines.  Read More

Retirement Options for Women

Women work fewer years and contribute less toward their retirement, resulting in lower lifetime savings.  On average, a female retiring at age 65 can expect to live another 21 years, nearly 3 years longer than a man the same age. Savings can increase a woman’s chances of having enough money to last during her retirement. Normally, women invest more conservatively than men. Read More

Mission Ready: Aquatics Is Essential

Many individual service members struggle with different aquatics skills, making teaching in a group setting difficult. Many factors contribute to apprehension in the water – ranging from financial access to social expectations. So, by the time they enlist, many can’t swim at all, much less carry the required gear in, around, or underwater. Read More