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Call to Marriage - Navigating Life as a Military Spouse

Call to Marriage - Navigating Life as a Military Spouse

By Callie Meredith
A new military wife faking it till I make it. I am learning how to be a spouse to an officer in the military one milestone at a time and want to take you on this crazy journey with me!
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Being an Entrepreneurial Spouse
In this episode of Call to Marriage, I talk with Cori. Cori is the creator of MilspoMade and creates unique, one-of-a-kind, minimalist jewelry. She talks about her journey to being a business owner, what made her start this journey, and so much more!  Have a question or need support? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram/TikTok @calltomarriage
18:48
September 4, 2021
Fighting Spouse Expectations with Humor
In this episode I talk with TikTok-er Bree about her take on the pressure that spouses face to be perfect and how she uses humor to create a more real and candid view of what actually makes a good spouse.  Find Bree on TikTok @bree_mcj Have a question? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @calltomarriage
25:30
August 28, 2021
Dependa Who - Facing the Stigmas
In this episode of Call to Marriage, I kick off our Dependa Who series by talking about stigmas that military spouses face, ones I have been accused of, and what I do to combat them.  Have a question? email me at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM me on Instagram or TikTok @calltomarriage
15:34
August 21, 2021
Identity in Marriage - Making Time for You
In this episode I talk with Lindsay from the Married to Military podcast about how to take time to develop your identity in marriage outside of your relationship and how it can actually help grow your marriage if you take time for you. Such a fun episode to close out our Marriage Bootcamp series! Have a question? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @calltomarriage
23:51
August 14, 2021
Dual Military Marriage
In this episode I talk with Brittney, a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force about what it is like to be dual military, what is in her marriage tool belt, and so much more!  Have a question? email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @calltomarriage
13:19
August 7, 2021
Helping a Spouse through PTSD
In this episode I talk with Stacy Just about her journey helping her spouse through PTSD, and what she has learned that helps and what doesn't. Trigger warning - we talk about PTSD and spousal struggles through PTSD.  Have a question? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @calltomarriage
36:28
August 4, 2021
Having a Blended Family
In this episode I bring back Jayla Rae to talk about the unique challenges that can come with having a blended family, what that can look like for a military family, and so much more!  Have a question? Send us an email at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @calltomarriage
22:15
July 31, 2021
Military Marriage : Later in Career Spouse
I think episode I chat with Jayla Rae about becoming a Later in Career military spouse, the challenges that it brought, and what she was able to do and create from her experiences.  Have questions? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @calltomarriage
25:31
July 24, 2021
The Art of Fighting
In this episode, I bring back Courtney to talk about how to productively "fight" in your marriage, how your upbringing can influence  your values, how to apologize, and so much more!  Check out Courtney's other episode - Intimacy, Body Image, & #dependa?  Have a question? Email Call to Marriage at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @calltomarriage
22:05
July 17, 2021
Being a Team
In this episode I bring back Mary Elaine and her husband Brett to talk about what it looks like to be a team in marriage, building your marriage tool belt, and so much more.  Mary Elaine mentions the app Love Nudge as a tool to help build intimacy - Check it out!  Have a question? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @calltomarriage 
29:17
July 10, 2021
Looking Back - Year 1
In this episode I give a candid account of Year 1 of marriage to kick off our Marriage Bootcamp series
18:13
July 3, 2021
New Series - Marriage Bootcamp
Call to Marriage is sending you to marriage basic training! Stay tuned for this new series - coming July!
00:34
June 30, 2021
PCS 101 - OCONUS
In this episode I bring back my friend Bianca, host of the podcast Please Don't Kick Me Out, to talk about the preparation that went into her PCS move to Hawaii, dealing with the pandemic on top of an OCONUS PCS move, and so much more.  Check out my previous episode with Bianca here : https://open.spotify.com/episode/4FUXpNz0wcdRAm63DV4KYD?si=0ae7ae1f9ed14acc Have questions? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @calltomarriage
40:34
June 29, 2021
Making a PCS House a Home
In this episode I chat with Maria Reed from Moving With the Military about helpful ways to settle into a new home, DIY ideas to liven up a new space, and so much more! This PSC 101 series has been so much fun and I hope that you all loved it as much as I did!  Have questions? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram @calltomarriage
25:00
June 26, 2021
PCS 101: DiTY Move
In this episode I talk in more detail about our DiTY move, what to remember, how it differs from a “normal” move and so much more. Have a question? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or reach out to us on Instagram and Facebook @CalltoMarriage
11:15
June 19, 2021
Making the PCS an Adventure - PCS with Kids
In this episode, Tia talks about her top tips and tricks to making PCS an adventure and have it run smoothly, with an emphasis on PCSing with kids.  Have a question? Email Call to Marriage at ask.ctmpodcacst@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram or Facebook @CalltoMarriage
20:55
June 12, 2021
PCS 101 - Preparing for a PCS
In this episode Elizabeth Cook, founder of List & File, walks me through the preparations that go into a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and shares her resources for how to make it run smoothly.  Have a question? Email Call to Marriage at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram or Facebook @CalltoMarriage
25:32
June 5, 2021
Deployment Logistics
In this episode I talk with Liz from List & File about the prep work that goes into a deployment, key things  that can be missed or forgotten about, and so much more!  Want to connect with us? Email at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @CalltoMarriage 
27:13
May 29, 2021
Managing Deployment Money
In this episode I talk with Lacey Langford from The Military Money Show about managing finances during a  deployment. She walks us through ways to manage spending, having realistic conversations about money, the "I deserve it" factor, and so much more.  Want to connect? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram @CalltoMarriage 
19:13
May 22, 2021
Interviewing my Husband on Reintegration
On this episode of Call to Marriage, I interview my husband about our experiences as a couple dealing with deployment and reintegration and what we learned. We share what worked for us, and what to prepare for - from our experience.  Have a question? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or DM us on Instagram or Facebook @CalltoMarriage 
15:39
May 19, 2021
PCS 101 Coming Soon!
The month of June is all about PCSing Have a question? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or on Instagram and Facebook @CalltoMarriage
01:57
May 16, 2021
Promotion Ceremony 101
In today’s episode I talk about my husband’s promotion ceremony, what it was like, the order of events, and so much more! Have a question? Email me at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or find us on Instagram and Facebook @CalltoMarriage
14:12
May 15, 2021
My Reintegration Experience
In this episode I talk about my personal reintegration experience! Want to chat? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or find us on Facebook & Instagram @CalltoMarriage
12:53
May 8, 2021
Remembering the Little Things
In this episode I talk about the importance of remembering the little things during a deployment, like car maintenance and house maintenance, and some tricks that I used to help me remember!  Want to connect? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on Facebook or Instagram @CalltoMarriage
12:41
May 1, 2021
Feeling Like You Don't Belong
In this episode I talk with Bianca, the host of the podcast Please Don't Kick Me Out, about how as a new military spouse it can be awkward and uncomfortable to find your place in the community. We talk about misconceptions about being a military spouse, finding your tribe, as well as how to break the mindset that you don't belong.  Want to connect? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or find us on Facebook and Instagram @CalltoMarriage 
37:04
April 24, 2021
Internal Battle of Joy vs. Jealousy
In this episode I talk about battling the conflicting emotions of Joy and Jealousy while I try to feel excited for spouses getting their deployed loved ones home... while still waiting for mine. I talk about what I am doing to combat those emotions and what has helped.  Want to connect? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or find us on Facebook and Instagram @calltomarriage 
11:43
April 17, 2021
Telling Military Spouse Stories
Today I talk with the owner of The American Milspouse about why she decided to start a podcast about telling the stories of other military spouses, and why what she does is so important! Want to connect with us? Find us on Instagram and Facebook at CalltoMarriage or email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com
29:09
April 10, 2021
What is a POA?
In this episode I talk about my personal experiences of using  a Power of Attorney document and why I think they are so crucial to getting before a deployment.  Want to connect? Email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram @CalltoMarriage
11:35
April 3, 2021
Marketing yourself as a Milspo
In this episode, Mary Elaine speaks to how to better market yourself as a military spouse, how the shift to remote work is beneficial for spouses, as well as how her company VAUSA aims to provide opportunities for spouses. Want to connect with Call to Marriage? Find us on Facebook and Instagram at CalltoMarriage or email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com
23:11
March 27, 2021
Preparing for Reintegration!
My guest is Lizann Lightfoot, owner of Seasoned Spouse, and she walks us through the good and the uncomfortable that comes with reintegration. She gives great advice on how to manage expectations as well as how we as spouses can assist in making the transition a smooth one.
25:45
March 20, 2021
Intimacy, Body Image, & #dependa?
Today I talk with Courtney, a relationship and sexuality coach, about maintaining strength and intimacy during a deployment as well as combating negative headspace around body image. We also talk about reclaiming the phrase dependa and what it actually means. Want to connect? Find us on Instagram and Facebook at CalltoMarriage or email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com
27:29
March 13, 2021
Being a Military Girlfriend
My friend Tori and I breakdown our experiences as military girlfriends and go into how to get involved as well as how to survive a deployment where communication is very limited. Have a question or just looking for a community full of support? Find us on Instagram and Facebook at Call to Marriage, or email us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com
22:05
March 6, 2021
Mindful Eating when Stressed
Today I talk with my friend Mary-Catherine who is a registered dietician and we have an AWESOME conversation about mindful eating. She gives us tips on how to combat emotional eating, how to throw away the mindset of restrictive eating, and so much more. Check her out at Busy Babes Nutrition LLC to learn more or join her group of ex-dieters!  Want to connect with us - send us an email at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com! 
16:55
February 27, 2021
Raising a Deployment Baby
In this episode I talk with my friend Makena about what it is like to have a deployment baby, how she helps her spouse feel involved, delivering with Tricare Prime, and so much more.  Have a comment, question, or just want to say hi? Email me at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com 
14:45
February 20, 2021
More than a Spouse
Sometimes it’s easy to feel like we have lost a bit of our identity when we become a military spouse and we turn into this singular identity of “Just a spouse” .. well today I want to remind you that you are so much more! Have a story, question, or just want to say hi? Email me at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com
11:49
February 13, 2021
Preparing for Redeployment!
So you can see the light at the end of the deployment tunnel but now you are faced with a whole new situation to ponder - redeployment. How do you prepare to pull your spouse back into your routine, what are things you should be doing? Want to connect? Email me at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com
11:21
February 7, 2021
Candid Conversation: Career Military Spouse
In this episode I talk with Tammie who has been a military spouse for over 30 years! Wow! We talk travel, FRGs, adventures.. everything.  I would love to connect! Reach out at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com
22:58
January 23, 2021
Candid Conversation: PCSing Overseas!
In this episode I talk with Robin, an 18 year army spouse, all about what it is like to PCS overseas, and the excitement and change that comes with that kind of assignment.  I would love to connect with you! Send questions, comments, or your own stories you would like me to share on the podcast to the email ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com! 
22:18
January 16, 2021
Candid Conversation: Tricare, EFMP, Echo Oh My!
Today I have a candid conversation with Jordan, a spouse with a unique story with EFMP. She talks about the different programs, the  benefits, and sheds some light on why she thinks there is a negative opinion on those programs. I would love to hear from you and answer any questions reach out to the podcast email at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com. 
19:41
January 9, 2021
Candid Conversation Series : Having a Career as a Military Spouse
In this episode, I have a candid conversation with my friend Emma about being a military spouse and having a career. We touch on challenges that we have seen and faced, the struggles of job searching as a military spouse, the need for fulfillment and how our fulfillment matters and so much more. I invite you along this journey with me and encourage you to reach out with your own questions! Join our community at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com 
31:36
December 12, 2020
New Series Coming!!!
In this episode I talk about spending Thanksgiving alone but also!! We have a new series coming with some seasoned spouses y’all! Send me all of the questions - ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com
07:52
December 5, 2020
I Feel Guilty for Having Fun
Your spouse is deployed and you are trying everything you can to find an ounce of joy to distract you. However, sometimes when you have fun without your spouse you can feel a little bit of guilt for having fun without them. Today I hold a candid conversation about those feelings and somethings that I am doing to help with those feelings. Join our community by emailing us at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com! 
15:18
November 22, 2020
Pre-Deployment Checklist
You are mentally preparing yourself for when your spouse leaves, but what about all the little tangible things in between? In this episode I break down the pre-deployment checklist into a short list of must-do's in order to prepare for when the service member leaves to help make the transition a little easier. Have questions or just looking for a community of fellow new spouses? Reach out to me at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com 
15:49
November 14, 2020
Care Packages 101
Today I talk all about tackling care packages and how to send them. What can you send, what can you not send, how the heck do I get the dang packages over there?! I break down the process into a simple checklist. New to the community? Have a question? I would love to hear from you at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com
15:13
November 8, 2020
Newlywed Deployment?!
You get married and start building this fantastic life together... and then BOOM! Deployment strikes. How do you build and develop a strong marriage while your spouse is thousands of miles away??? Let's talk about it! Reach out to our community at ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com!
14:49
November 2, 2020
The Pandemic Wedding - My Groom had Appendicitis!?
From almost being kicked out of the airbnb to the groom being in the ER 2 hours before the ceremony ... this wedding was a crazy day for sure! Make sure to reach out - ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com
16:21
October 21, 2020
DItY Move - So Many Boxes!
When we got our new duty station we decided that we were going to move ourselves and honestly - it was a lot y’all!
12:55
September 20, 2020
Life Update - I’m Back!
A puppy, a wedding, a move - Oh My! A little life update on my crazy journey as a military spouse.
08:27
August 4, 2020
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT - Q&A IS HERE!
We officially have an email! Send your questions/comments to ask.ctmpodcast@gmail.com so that we can continue to grow this military family here at the Call to Marriage Podcast. Love y'all!
03:19
May 10, 2020
Navigating a Career as a Military Spouse
Whether you already have a career, are just starting out, or are looking to change courses entirely - this episode is for you. I talk about navigating  the search for a job as well as resources that are available through Military OneSource, Facebook, and other sites that will help you as you navigate this workforce! 
12:59
May 10, 2020
Acronyms.. Why are There so Many Acronyms!
Navigating  military life as a new spouse is hard enough. Throw in all their acronyms and it is like navigating a foreign language. I spend today's episode creating a cheat sheet for acronyms that are across all branches of the military to help offer some clarity. 
16:39
March 29, 2020
COVID-19 Postponed My Wedding!
I have had a vision of what my wedding would look like since  I was 10 years old. However, with everything going on in the world today, that vision has had to change a little. In this episode, I talk about the difficult decision to postpone my wedding due to the Coronavirus. 
15:01
March 20, 2020
How to be Flexible when Things are Always Changing
Today things change so fast and it can feel a little hectic. In this episode, I talk about what has helped me to become more flexible as well as moments of change that I have faced and my friends have faced to provide examples of how it can sometimes be hard to feel flexible, but at the end of the day why being flexible is so much better. 
13:52
March 15, 2020
Wedding Bells: Planning a Wedding Around the Military
Planning a wedding is crazy enough, but sprinkle in the military and it feels like it can turn into a circus! I talk about my own experience planning my wedding, as well as touch on the experiences of some of my friends, to highlight 4 things that can help set a more calm tone when starting to plan the big day. 
13:47
December 10, 2019
Welcome to the Call to Marriage Podcast
This podcast is a passion project all about helping military spouses figure out how to be military spouses. I am excited to take y'all on this journey with me!
00:43
November 11, 2019
Dating in the Military: Long Distance Sucks!
I talk about what it is like to be in a relationship with someone in the military, and how it is different than dating someone who is 'normal.' I go over what made it challenging and what drove me crazy! I also talk about long distance dating and some tips I learned through my experience when my significant other went overseas. 
18:35
November 11, 2019