The Art of Volunteerism

By: Jenna Soliani, IML Guest Writer Those of you who follow us here at It’s a Military Life know that we are avid supports of the veteran community. Christina’s initiative, the Veteran Pen Pal Project (VPPP), pairs our nation’s veterans with pen pals from around the country with the mission to spread joy with the […]

The First Ever IML Internship Cohort Pilot Program

Our Cohort showed us that when we come together and support each other, anything is possible. Over the last several weeks I have the privilege to work alongside some amazing women. Their drive to succeed, build and encourage each other has been so rewarding.

Jenny Lynne Stroup: Military Spouse and Mental Health Advocate

Mental health is such an important topic to discuss, especially for our military servicemembers, families, and veterans. IML is excited to have Jenny Lynne Stroup join us today about mental health within the military community and beyond. Jenny Lynne is an outreach coordinator for a military family clinic. She is a mental health advocate with personal and professional experiences that have provided her with the resources and knowledge to help those in the military community and beyond.

It’s a Military Life: Be the Lead in Your Own Story, Origin of IML

Our Family Portrait @amandacreatesart: @amandacreatesart Written By: Christina Etchberger, Lifestyle Blogger and Founder of It’s a Military Life   Be the lead in your own story, while guiding others to also find themselves. Christina Etchberger, Founder of It’s a Military Life My name is Christina – Army wife, boy mom x 2, former full-time educator […]

America’s Dinner Table: Submit Your Family’s Recipe!

Written By: Christina Etchberger @itsamilitarylife All great change in America begin at the dinner table. Ronald Reagan Submit Your Recipes HERE for America’s Dinner Table Cookbook by Christina Etchberger One of my favorite memories as a child involved my mother’s home-cooked meals. We all gathered around the dinner table, prayed as a family, and discussed […]

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.
Read More

Resume Builder

Resumebuilder.com has created guides to help our active-duty military and veterans craft the perfect cover letter and resume to help them successfully transition back into civilian careers. We’ve created a detailed guide that will walk through every step of creating an effective military to civilian cover letter and resume, from choosing the correct format to avoiding red flags that may cost getting that dream job. Read More

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

Hauoli Socially Inspired

My business, Hauoli Socially Inspired, came about accidentally. An old colleague from my former career asked me to manage his restaurant’s social media and website. When I realized I could make this a business and acquire more clients, I knew I wanted to name my business after my father. Hauoli which means happy in Hawaiian. It incorporated my Hawaiian culture and the way I operate whatever project I’m involved in. Read More

7 Self-Care Practices

Mindfulness invites us to stay in our hearts- not just in our heads. The mind builds narratives to convince us we are in control- but in the heart lives the everlasting trust that life unfolds from our own presence and our own will of participation with experiences around us. Read More