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Lindsay Swoboda

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LINDSAY SWOBODA is a writer, editor, and military spouse. She is the mother of two and lives wherever the Marine Corps sends their family next. Her work has been featured in Legacy Magazine, Coffee + Crumbs, The Line Literary Review and Books Make a Difference Magazine. She is the former editor-in-chief for the U.S. Embassy Quito Newsletter. Lindsay hosts The Choosing Brave Podcast and welcomes connection on Instagram and on her personal blog. When she is not writing Lindsay is either seeking time in nature or pursuing her other favorite hobbies: reading and sewing. She tries not to miss having tea in the afternoon with a cookie.
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Trusting the Transition

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Our grey Toyota Corolla shuddered to a stop again, wrenching my body. I looked at my dad with tears in my eyes. “I’m never going to get this!” I said. Dad exhaled through his...
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Friday Favorites: 5 Excellent Playgrounds + Parks in Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton

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When we received orders to Virginia, my first feeling was relief. After nine consecutive years overseas, I was ready for a break and some American amenities.  It was easy to think of certain things...
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Halfway in: The 1,000 Hour Outside Challenge

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The power cuts out mid-cupcake baking session.  The oven clicks off, the mixer stops whirring, and the sound machine upstairs falls silent. Twenty seconds later, the first wail erupts from my son’s room. “Looks like brother...
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Chasing Down Self Help

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I watched Sex and the City on repeat in my college years. My girlfriends and I would gather around our living room TV with bowls of popcorn and glasses of wine. We would stay...
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Finding Yourself Through Writing

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There was a small spare room upstairs in our house in Morocco. From the minute I walked into it, I knew what I wanted it to be. I knew what it needed to be.  “Can...
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Friday Favorites – Guided Journals for Anyone + Everyone

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“Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.” – Jen Williamson Have you ever wanted to journal? I have kept my dearest thoughts, wishes, and hopes in the...
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Open When: Letters of Encouragement for Military Spouses + Interview with Author Lizann Lightfoot

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...through all those experiences, you have learned something again: love will help you do what is difficult. Lizann Lightfoot is the author of Open When: Letters of Encouragement for Military Spouses. Her book takes readers...
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Set Your Own Pace, and You’re Never Last

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Another runner dodged past me. I watched as her ponytail swung back and forth, the space increasing between us with each step. I urged my feet and legs forward, but my running stride turned...
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Friday Favorites – Encouraging Books for Homeschool Mamas

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This article may contain affiliate links. By clicking on these links and purchasing products, the owners of The Military Mom Collective may be compensated, at no cost to you. Thank you! I remember the first...
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Homeschooling After Covid (and Perhaps Permanently)

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This is a post about our family’s choice to homeschool. We are fortunate to make the choice that is best for us, and we remain supportive about whatever is best for you and your...
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Awesome Audiobooks for Your Next Road Trip

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Our family is hitting the road on a trek to the grandparents house. Everyone is excited for the epic adventure to come, but the 17+ hours ahead of us in the car makes me...
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Friday Favorites – Lindsay’s Aldi Favorites

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Get your quarter ready- it's time to explore Aldi! Our family lives an hour away from the closest commissary, so we have had to get creative to stay on budget for grocery shopping. There is...