Praise for MSWS18
Learn about MSWS18 "Renew You"
held March 5-11, 2018
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!
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...
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
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!
It’s time to break the cycle of exhaustion. Let’s renew YOU!
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Every day, we’ll be giving away health and wellness-related prizes to VIP registrants in our private Facebook group. Giveaways include the following:
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
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
design + tech extraodinaire
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
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.
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!