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Episode 69- A Seasoned Military Spouse Perspective


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Milspouse Matters Episode 69

It’s so important to feel connected as a military spouse! We’re talking about that today with Lizann Lightfoot and hearing about her brand new book, Open When: Letters of Encouragement for Military Spouses, a collection of letters for military spouses straight from her heart and experience. You don’t want to miss this!

On this episode, we talk about the process and her vision behind this book, as well as many other military life topics. I am certain you will be encouraged by the wisdom and warmth Lizann shares, no matter where you are on the journey of military life..

You may remember Lizann from episode 19 when she shared some great advice for military marriage and deployment. She’s also shared some tips in our holiday and PCS episodes, and is a long-time friend of the podcast!

Lizann is a military spouse, mom of 5 kids, professional writer and speaker, and the creator of the Seasoned Spouse blog. She’s been writing articles for the military community for five years. Her newest book was published at the end of September 2021, as we were recording!

A little bit more about Lizann’s new book, Open When- Letters of encouragement for military spouses:

From the publisher, Elva Resa:

This collection of letters for military spouses offers encouraging words and practical advice throughout your military life journey. Whether you are celebrating a milestone, surviving an unfamiliar challenge, or feeling unheard, you are not alone.

Choose the topics and letters to read when you need guidance tailored to the military life situations you are facing at the time, from planning a military wedding, to attending your first military ball, giving birth while your spouse is deployed, or moving across country (or an ocean) on short notice. Author Lizann Lightfoot knows what it’s like when you are challenged to make new friends—again and again, find strength to support other spouses in the community, prepare to leave active duty, and many other military life moments in between.

Lizann’s Open When letters deliver that special message from a friend who understands, whenever you need reassurance, helpful ideas, or a simple reminder of your own strength.

Connect with Lizann on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Get my book, You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse


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