Tag Archives : Military Life

Facing Challenges

Facing Challenges in a Comfortable World and why it’s so Important


Facing challenges, big and small, is an important part of life and our personal growth. Today I want to share some of my thoughts about it because recently I have been thinking quite a lot about how challenges or scary things have a powerful ability to shape us. Well, I suppose it’s our response to the challenges or scary things actually that…

survive deployment

How to Survive Deployment – The Brutal First 48 Hours


If you follow me on social media, I’m sure you’re aware that last week was rough on me. My husband left for deployment just 3 months after we moved here to Italy. We had been apart for 10 months prior and it felt like we had just settled in to our new home together then *poof* he was gone, and there I…

Traveling with pets

My Top 7 Tips for Traveling with Pets


When we found out we were moving to Italy my first priority was getting my two furry princesses, Bella and Coco Chanel, ready to move. We had 30+ hours of travel ahead of us with the dogs at our feet, followed by a transition phase of living in a hotel so it definitely got a little tricky and stressful for…

Life in Italy First Impressions

Life in Italy – My First Impressions


Ciao from Italy! Before I get started, I want to say a HUGE thank you for baring with my while the blog has been slow due to my current Internet drought. Seriously, the Internet desert is no bueno when you’re trying to create posts! I am hoping that we can get that situation fixed soon so that I can get…

Living in Hawaii

100 Wonderful Things That Happened to Me While Living in Hawaii


So by now you guys know my story of how I came to live in Hawai’i and that my time in that beautiful paradise has come to an end. When I think about it, I can’t believe I lived there for just over two and a half years – where did the time go? What a big adventure it was though. I…

5 Friends You Need in Your Life

5 Friends You Need in Your Life (And 5 You Don’t)


Good friends can make such a huge difference in life. They can encourage you, teach you, support you and provide great company on the ride of life. When I left Australia, I was faced with the challenge of making new friends and to be honest it took a long time to find a group of people that I clicked with.…

How Living In Hawaii Changed My Life

Expat Thoughts – How Living in Hawaii Changed my Life


Lately, I have been feeling very reflective. I think it is because I have been organizing my green card renewal documents so I have had to document the last 2 and a half years of living in Hawaii. Looking back over all the photos I printed to submit to the immigration department had me thinking about my time here in…

Thriving in a Long Distance Relationship

The Secret to Thriving in a Long Distance Relationship


I have a little bit of Katie trivia for you today. My husband and I have been together for almost 4 years and you know what, we have only been able to spend a little over 1 year of that time actually together. Between an international relationship, deployment and training exercises, most of our relationship has occurred over a long…