Praise for MSWS18

[The Summit] was very well done, I was surprised at how some of my own experiences were reflected in the event/ speakers - it definitely brought a lot to light I didn’t even realize. It was also wonderful to be able to do it on my own timeline, at my own pace (I’m definitely not finished yet but that’s ok - I have the time and space and availability to do it in my own time).
— CARLEY, USAF SPOUSE
Honestly, you ladies know how to put on a good party! I loved the interviews, but my favorite part was the VIP FB group where I could interact with the participants and the organizers. Truly, this was a life-changing experience and made me change the way I think about my health and wellness.
— WENDY, US Navy VETERAN SPOUSE
Great information was offered in a manner that made it easy to fit into a busy life. Y’all couldn’t have made it easier or more accessible if you tried. Even if someone could only pick a couple of the topics that resonated with them to listen to, they’d still go away with that knowledge. And, with the basic level being free, there was absolutely no risk involved even if it wasn’t your cup of tea.
— JESSICA, NAVY SPOUSE

Learn about MSWS18 "Renew You"

held March 5-11, 2018

 photo courtesy  Legacy Magazine

photo courtesy Legacy Magazine

Imagine sitting outside as the sun goes down with a warm cup of tea, fresh glass of wine, or an ice-cold beer. Whatever your drink of choice – you’re in paradise. You’re alone. No screaming children are demanding your attention. No hungry spouse waiting for dinner. No co-workers asking for your time.

Now, imagine this blissful solitude for a full week.

Is it really possible? Yes, it is!

Why?

Because you deserve it. 

You’re the spouse of a service member or first responder. Thus, you’ve probably become accustomed to being everything to everyone. Hence, the reason you give, give, give.

But, this mentality is NOT okay!

It’what causes burnout. And, you can’t afford to go down. 

So, here’s an innovative solution...

TREAT-YO-SELF!  

You deserve a week of rest. You deserve a break from putting everyone else’s needs first. You deserve to feast without guilt, sleep in peace, and time to tone your mind and body. And you deserve all this without having to miss work, schedule childcare, or travel across the globe. 

Sounds good, right?

Yep. We thought so, too!


That’s why we created

The Military Spouse Wellness Summit


 Evie, Leslie, and Michele: the milspo minds behind MSWS18

Evie, Leslie, and Michele: the milspo minds behind MSWS18

We’re three military spouses just like you. We’ve moved every couple of years, endured long-term separations, volunteered ad nauseam, given up careers, and conquered living overseas. It’s exhausting!

So, for years, we dreamed of escaping to an all-inclusive retreat together for a week of relaxation. But, after calculating the accommodations ($2,000+) and travel ($600+), it just wasn’t feasible.

Instead, we created our own in-home retreat experience.

That was two years ago! 

Since then, more than 3,000 spouses – living around the world – have joined us from the comfort of their homes for a week of bliss! 

Keep up the truly great work you’re doing for all the military spouses out there! This event was groundbreaking and amazing. It is inspiring to see technology link us all together even though we are all spread around the country. Already looking forward to the next event! -
— Laura, National Guard Spouse

It’s time to break the cycle of exhaustion. Let’s renew YOU!

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photo courtesy Legacy Magazine


Is the Military Spouse Wellness Summit for you?

It is if you want to learn how to …

 

Achieve health + wealth  

Minimize + organize  

Tone muscles + burn fat

Eat intuitively + sleep peacefully

Connect purposefullY + love deeply

 

If you answered “YES!” to at least one of the above, then please join us for a week of healthy inspiration. You’ll be united with like-minded spouses located around the world – all experiencing the same Summit from home.

Registration is open to ALL spouses from every service branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy): including active, national guard, and reserve. And we believe once a spouse always a spouse, so retired veteran spouses are welcome too.

We’ve also expanded the event to include first responder spouses (police officers, firefighters, 9-1-1 dispatchers, and EMS members). Because we understand the sacrifices, you make as well. You are wanted and welcomed to participate! 


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photo courtesy Legacy Magazine

The Location

Participate anywhere, anytime during event week.  

It’s virtual, so join from home or on the go. All you need is WIFI access.

VIP Participants will receive private admission to an online community via Facebook. Here you’ll connect with other participants, ask questions, compete for prizes, and participate in fitness and cooking demonstrations.  

Before the event, you’ll receive a guide for your in-home luxury retreat that will prepare you for the week ahead.  

Plus, each day you’ll get an itinerary delivered to your email inbox. Fresh with a daily dose of inspiration, fitness, and nutrition.


The Experts

Every day, for five days, you’ll receive inspiration from two experts who’ll reveal their secrets to a balanced mind and body. Each presentation will arrive in your email inbox via audio and video.

This year's topics include:

 

HOW TO PRIORITIZE, SAY NO, AND GET RID OF SHOULD

with Lara Casey

Lara Casey gives insights into how to sift through distractions and really learn what truly matters. She is a military spouse, author, founder of Southern Weddings magazine, and creator of the Powersheets Goal Setting Planner. She was addicted to saying ‘Yes,’ until everything felt so overwhelming and it lead to burnout. Lara shares:

  • How to cultivate what matters and take care of yourself

  • The first steps after burnout

  • How to create order out of chaos

  • Recognizing and accepting different seasons of life


HOW DO I GET PEOPLE - INCLUDING MYSELF - TO DO WHAT I WANT?

with gretchen rubin

Gretchen, the author of Better Than Before and The Four Tendencies, asks in her interview, “How do you respond to expectations?” The answer will depend on the tendency you fit into – upholder, questioner, obliger, or rebel. Find out which one you are and how it impacts your habits. You may be surprised to learn what does and does not motivate you.

During her discussion, Gretchen teaches you how to use this explosive self-knowledge to:

  • Take better care of yourself

  • Relate better to others

  • Attain your personal goals


NACHOS AND INTENTIONS: SEEKING PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION

with Liz Wolfe, NTP

Liz Wolfe, a fellow military spouse, knows what it’s like to deal with uncertainty, stress, and overwhelm and in her interview she discloses what you can do to break that cycle. She’s a mom and a health and wellness writer with a passion for real food, safe beauty, and healthy babies. A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), her work includes the Wall Street Journal bestseller Eat the Yolks, the Purely Primal Skincare Guide, and the online community "Baby Making and Beyond." During her discussion, Liz shares:

  • How to come to peace with the uncertainty of a military life

  • The ways that anxiety and stress can catch you off guard

  • How she sought help when feeling overwhelmed personally and professionally

  • That self-care is more than just working out and eating right

  • Seeking intention


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MILITARY + FIRST RESPONDER - WE HAVE MORE IN COMMON THAN YOU THINK

WITH KYLIE + JONATHAN TOWNS

Kylie and Jonathan Towns discuss how they’re navigating the highs and lows of parenting, shift work, and the impact it can have on family live and marriage. Shortly after their wedding, Jonathan became frustrated with his career as a small business manager and expressed a desire to Kylie to pursue a more fulfilling career in public service. Kylie fully supported Jonathan’s ambitions and he set out for a new career path in law enforcement. In this interview they will share:

  • How to find a rhythm when your life is constantly changing

  • Different types of exhausting and the importance of renewing your marriage to avoid relationship burnout

  • Parenting when your spouse isn’t around, and the different stresses of parenting teenagers

  • Letting go of perfect parenting and recognizing your limits

  • The importance of supporting each other’s different forms of self-care


HOW TO EXPERIENCE CALM IN THE MESSINESS OF LIFE

with ROHAN GUNATILLAKE

Rohan Gunatillake, the author of Modern Mindfulness and founder of the buddhify app joins us for an interview about incorporating meditation and mindfulness into the heart of everything we do. He shares ideas and techniques that can lead to a more peaceful and joyful life. In this interview, Rohan discusses:

  • Making mindfulness and meditation accessible to everyone, without a huge time commitment

  • How to recognize and appreciate the calm moments in life we commonly miss

  • The question at the center of mindfulness

  • How to focus on what we have control over

  • How mindfulness can help with sleep, eating, pain management, and more


BECOMING YOUR OWN BOSS AND LOOKING GOOD WHILE DOING IT

WITH JESS ATKINS

Jess Atkins, the co-Founder of Stylebook App, a virtual closet for your wardrobe, gives solid advice for entrepreneurs, helpful organization tips for your ever changing closet, and fun fashion guidance.  She interned at Vogue and then started a job at Lucky Magazine before taking the leap into full-time entrepreneurship with her spouse, Bill. During her interview she shares how to:

  • Deal with the pressures of being creative and brain burnout

  • The decision to go from employed to self-employed

  • The #1 tip for businesses to get the word out about what you are doing

  • How to wear yoga pants when you aren’t going to the gym

  • Organizing your changing closet to fit your life and your closet size


TRAGEDY, BURNOUT, AND FINDING JOY AGAIN

with TIFFANY SMILEY

Tiffany Smiley shares her inspiring journey as a caretaker for her husband after he was wounded in action soon after they got married. She encountered personal struggles and surprising joys. She also experienced burnout at the most unexpected time. This interview will help you learn how to recognize caretaker burnout in yourself or others, communicate effectively, and address the signs before they take over. Tiffany shares:

  • Recognizing isolation and loneliness in a caregiver

  • How to embrace the difficult and accept the change of a dream

  • How to take care of yourself when your spouse is on a separate recovery journey

  • How to communicate the caretaker’s journey with those who don’t understand

 


FACING FEARS AND FINDING YOUR VOICE

WITH BRITTANY BOCCHER

Brittany Boccher, an Air Force spouse and proud mom of two, explains what it’s like to be a mom to a special needs child. Both of her children are a blessing after a long battle with fertility. Her youngest, a boy, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and several other disabilities. She also vulnerably shares the impact it’s had on her identity and how she’s learned to:

  • Measure success
  • Give herself grace
  • Nurture her marriage
  • Ask for help

TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR MONEY

with MARY BETH STORJOHANN, CFP

 A military spouse and Certified Financial Planner, Mary Beth Storjohann shares how after years of being stressed about money, you can live a life in which you control your money instead of it controlling you. She gives valuable steps you can take right now to live a more stress-free life whether you are managing the finances at home or at a business. Mary Beth’s interview includes:

  • How we can look at our finances and know how they change based on an unstable life

  • Managing the budget as a team and when you are solo

  • Addressing fear of missing out in your personal life and starting a business

  • How to build in pro-bono work so it doesn’t stress you out

  • How to know your numbers so you can feel confident about your finances


THREE MILITARY PAY AND BENEFIT MISCONCEPTIONS DEBUNKED

WITH KATE HORRELL

Kate Horrell, a mother, military spouse, and a self-proclaimed finance geek, in her interview identifies money as one of the BIGGEST stressors married couples face. Eight years ago, she started her financial education business as the voice behind The Paycheck Chronicles published on military.com. She debunks the top three misconceptions spouses have about military pay and benefits, specifically:

  • Transferring the GI Bill

  • Tricare supplement plans

  • Housing allowances

 

 photo courtesy  Legacy Magazine

photo courtesy Legacy Magazine

The Body

As a VIP registrant, each day will feature a virtual wellness workshop led by Ashley Matejka of Wellevance. Ashley will introduce you to five of the eight dimensions of wellness and facilitate deep self-reflection. You will be able to put pen to paper on your printable Wellevance Worksheet to craft your intentions for these five dimensions. We will also include a workout of the day designed by Ashley in our retreat guide.


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photo courtesy Legacy Magazine

The Food

VIP registrants will be treated each day to a virtual cooking class led by Amanda Koch of My Well Balanced Life, where you will learn how to make healthy and fun dishes. You will be able to participate in the classes via our private Facebook group. We'll even include a grocery list in our retreat guide.


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photo courtesy Legacy Magazine

The Prizes

Every VIP registrant is entered to win the Grand Prize of all expenses paid trip to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation Empowered Spouses Retreat.

During the Empowered Spouses Retreat, participants take part in outdoor activities that take them out of their comfort zone while providing opportunities for self care, facilitated sessions with a culturally competent mental health clinician, and community with others just like them. 

 

Click video above to learn more

 

Every day, we’ll be giving away health and wellness-related prizes to VIP registrants in our private Facebook group. Giveaways include the following:

 

Spa Day Basket

Courtesy of Teak & Twine

Handmade Throw Blanket

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Legacy Gift Basket

courtesy of Legacy Magazine

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Anti Eye-Strain Computer Glasses  

courtesy of Felix Gray

$150 Activewear Gift Certificate

Courtesy of Amari Activewear

Canvas + Leather Handbag

courtesy of r.riveter

 

 

Plus, VIP participants also receive access to purchase exclusive summit apparel by Charliemadison Originals and Grins & Grace,  and will gain access to a MSWS18 Swag Bag, filled with exclusive discounts from some of our favorite health and wellness companies, including:

Beautycounter | care/of vitamins | Felix Gray | Kinx | Primal Kitchen | Quip 

and many more. 


Meet The Host

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Corie Weathers

Corie is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a sought after speaker, and a consultant and author of Sacred Spaces: My Journey to the Heart of Military Marriage. Corie started her career as a counselor specializing in marriage, divorce, women's issues, and substance abuse for 15 years. She married a US Army Chaplain and together, they have worked to support service members and families involved with the War on Terrorism. In 2015, Corie was named Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® where she advocated for mental health issues and served as a media correspondent writing online and print publications, consulting for command teams, and speaking to groups on issues like PTSD, grief, and marriage.

 

Meet The Team

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Michele Bradfield

event guru

Leslie Brians

design + tech extraodinaire

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Evie King

Master of fun 


If you’re ready to RENEW YOU, then this event is for you! Join us for a week of wellness made easy.

Choose the package that’s right for you:

VIP (All-Access) Ticket

$79.00

10 inspirational presentations (downloadable audio files)

Access to the VIP only, private MSWS18 Facebook group

5 virtual workout classes (via the FB group)

5 virtual cooking demonstrations (via the FB group)

Access to exclusive discounts on top wellness brands in our Virtual Swag Bag

A guide for your in-home luxury retreat

Access to purchase exclusive MSWS18 apparel

Entered to win daily wellness-related giveaways plus the Grand Prize.

Buy my VIP ticket

General Admission

FREE

10 inspirational presentations (available only until March 18, 2018)

Save my spot!

registration is required

The Military Spouse Wellness Summit is a nonprofit fundraiser for InDependent. A portion of EVERY VIP ticket will go to help fund the development of health and wellness programs for military spouses. THANK YOU for your generous contribution!


The Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors

 

title sponsor


grand prize sponsor


Day Sponsors

 
 
 

breakout session sponsors

 
 

 

wellness resource sponsors

 

 

media sponsors

 
 
 
 
 

 

corporate sponsor

 
 

It's not too late to become a sponsor!


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