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 […]

IML Must-Read: Open When: Letters of Encouragement for Military Spouses

There’s a new book for military spouses, and it’s making waves in the milspouse community! Open When: Letters of Encouragement for Military Spouses released September 21st from Elva Resa Publishing of Military Family Books. The book is a collection of short letters for military spouses and significant others to “open when” they face common military life challenges. There are topics for every stage of the military life journey… Read More

A Day in the Life of West Point Swimming & Diving

Streamline Teams is The Swim Coach Network. We developed a platform for coaches to network, learn from each other, and help each other be successful! Our mission is to connect coaches to coaches globally. Our content is giving Swim Teams educational resources created by coaches, for coaches. Read More

Breath Awareness + Coming Home

Breath impacts how we digest things (foods, thoughts, and feelings). Breath is a birthright that can train our nervous system and body towards optimal health and resilience. Breath is a superpower for keeping you centered, relaxed and clear. This is just the beginning. Here is a simple tool to find your breath this week.  Read More

Networking the MilSpouse Style

The military spouse community is a network that is rich in knowledge, experience, and support. My thriving network of military spouses has taught me so much about myself, this military life, resilience, and the importance of relying on community. Military spouses are the most understanding, flexible, supportive, and loyal people I have ever known. Read More

Make it Your Practice + Mental Meal Plans

“Just like the body takes in nutrients and resources to be digested, so does the mind. We put a lot of emphasis on clean eating in our culture, and just as important as clean eating is clean thinking. Our mind is constantly taking in feedback from our environment, experiences, and interactions. This information shapes and informs the bodily systems within us, our… Read More

Cultivating Self Trust

… allows you to live well, live clear and live-in alignment. All leading to deeper intuition, knowing, and being. These things are accessible to all of us, and I want to remind you how powerful you are. To trust yourself. You are beautiful. You are loved. You are love.  Read More

The Phone and the Doorbell

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the crisis in Afghanistan.  While I’m not going to bog you down with my political views in light of this situation, I will tell you about my personal perspective on the loss of our service members and how it has affected this retired Navy spouse. 23 years ago, my husband left for Bootcamp.  We were both kids, and at the time, it seemed like the world was…  Read More

Spouses & Service Members Have a Brand-New Way to Optimize Their Performance

A few months ago, Louise Valentine got word she had successfully reversed a precancerous condition of her stomach after being told by her doctors there was nothing she could do about it. Incredibly, at the same time, she started running her fastest times ever as a competitive runner. Named a Top 10 Performance Coach to Follow in 2021 and a fierce, military spouse, Louise is no stranger to… Read More

What is Meditation + Overcoming Overthinking

Meditation is truly a non-doing, which goes against our social norms and can be challenging for those beginning. The practice takes shape in so many ways from sitting in self-reflection to listening to guided meditations and so many more. If one style does not work for you, explore others. Note that meditation is… Read More

EFMP

Exceptional Family Member Program  a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical, and personnel services to Families with special needs. Each branch of the military has an EFMP Family Support Provider to help with resources, enrollment, referrals and any information related […]