This is a blog written in retrospection and follows my journey, learnings, and growth since becoming a Defence Partner.
My goal is to take the hindsight I gained, advice I have, and to detail the processes as someone whose been there, for anyone needing it, which definitely makes these reads a good use of your time!
I honestly didn’t know how much there would be to share but before I knew it the list had become 165 topics long and counting!
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we fall silent to acknowledge Defence Force service from the Western Front to those still serving today. Honouring our service personnel each Remembrance Day has always been a part of my life and always will be. As we paused to remember this year,…Keep reading
Check the entire house before the packers arrive, to make sure there is nothing there they shouldn’t pack. Murphy’s Law says even if you’ve designated and clearly marked it “DO NOT MOVE” or they shouldn’t move it because #commonsense, they’ll pack it. That loaf of bread you left on the counter to make lunches with,…Keep reading
It’s posting season, which is one of the most stressful and dreaded seasons for Defence families. First round posting orders typically come out from July with second round in September, with moves typically occurring between December and early February. The duration of posting season is as long as many deployments and neither are a picnic.…Keep reading
Picture this … You have just gotten home from work and let the pups inside. As you make your way across the end of your bed to the ensuite, your Kelpie has raced you there and is standing on the end of the bed, wagging her tail excitedly in hopes of a pat. You bend…Keep reading
Remembering and Reflecting on ANZAC Day Anzac Day is a time to reflect on our servicemen and servicewomen, past and present. The above words and this ANZAC Day reduced me to tears as I remembered the service and reflected on my husband’s service. We attended the battalion dawn service on base. As I watched my…Keep reading
Defence Assistance to the Civil Community (DACC), specifically how the ADF can respond and when, the wrong use of ADF images or footage and the correct direction of anger, which isn’t at our Defence Force! I shouldn’t have to but after everything this Defence Spouse saw from the media, elected members of Parliament, influencers, social…Keep reading
Hi, Hello My name is Julia, and I’ve been riding the wave of challenges and emotions that comes with being a Defence partner since 2012. My husband and I met in 2012 while we were each home visiting family. I was on uni break and he was 10 days out from deployment – timing! Living…Keep reading
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