The Lifegiver Podcast with Corie Weathers

Lifegiver aims to be a positive place where military (and first responder) couples can experience positive clinical advice on topics that are unique to their culture as well as high quality uplifting interviews from others who have brought purpose out of their circumstances. Are you a military spouse? A police officer? Firefighter? Service member? The Lifegiver Podcast aims to bring hope into your home.

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Season 6: STRONGER

This season is all about rising up your circumstances and striving to become the best version of you. 

 

 

-Listen to key interviews
-Follow Matt and I during our USO Deployment Series
-Heal soul injury during the Afghanistan Series
-Watch some episodes on the Corie Weathers, Lpc Youtube Channel!
S6 E25 FR Series- So You‘re New Here

Monday Oct 04, 2021

Sarah Foster, SWAT wife, joins the podcast with her positivity and humor to share lifegiving content to first responder marriages.  Military, this one is for you, too! We have so much we can learn from each other.    In this episode, Sarah goes back to the beginning to share what she wish she would have known when her service life first started. Catch the entire series here, including previous first responder content: https://www.life-giver.org/the-first-responder-series-with-sarah-foster/   Looking for a clinician that understands your lifestyle!  Search the Lifegiver Directory: www.lifegiverdirectory.com   Check out www.life-giver.org for more content, resources, digital resources, the Lifegiver Directory, and more! Increase your communication and intimacy in less than 5 minutes with my Lifegiver "5 Minute Check-In"   

S6 Ep24 Introducing Sarah Foster

Wednesday Sep 22, 2021

Introducing the latest series- the First Responder Series!!  Sarah Foster, SWAT wife, joins the podcast with her positivity and humor to share lifegiving content to first responder marriages.  Military, this one is for you, too! We have so much we can learn from each other.    WATCH this episode here: https://youtu.be/z7Ckvc1dEMA Catch the entire series here, including previous first responder content: https://www.life-giver.org/the-first-responder-series-with-sarah-foster/   Looking for a clinician that understands your lifestyle!  Search the Lifegiver Directory: www.lifegiverdirectory.com   Check out www.life-giver.org for more content, resources, digital resources, the Lifegiver Directory, and more! Increase your communication and intimacy in less than 5 minutes with my Lifegiver "5 Minute Check-In"   

Special Edition Afghanistan: Through the Eyes of a Leader

Saturday Sep 04, 2021

In May of 2009, 3rd Squadron 61st Cavalry Regiment deployed to Nuristan, Afghanistan a small eastern province bordering Pakistan. When they arrived, they occupied the most fringe outposts of Regional Command East, several of which were only accessible by helicopter, and then only during the cover of the darkest nights of each month, in order to avoid rocket propelled grenade attacks against the airframe.   The squadron commander for the deployment was then-lieutenant Robert “Brad” Brown. In preparation for that deployment, he, along with then-Colonel Randy George, went on the pre-deployment site survey to better understand the terrain and complex environment of which they were only months away from assuming responsibility. During that trip, they arrived at Combat Outpost Keating, a remote outpost named for Ben Keating, who had died attempting to drive one of the lumbering resupply vehicles down the treacherous road back to the forward operating base. Standing in that base built in a valley at the base of three mountains and backed up to two rivers, both men understood that there could be no delay in closing that base for the safety of their Troopers. Anyone who visited COP Keating knew full well that it was the tactically indefensible position in which you could ever place yourself.   But that wasn’t the only conundrum. COP Keating wasn’t alone. In order to close it, you would have to close the other two outposts in the surrounding area, almost simultaneously to ensure that they could provide reinforcing fires for one another. Concurrently, south of the forward operating base, one the observation posts that LTC Brown would be assuming responsibility for had recently been completely overrun by the Taliban, who attacked up a mountain as the Afghan National Army abandoned their post, forcing the remaining US Troopers to call for a broken arrow, requesting fire on their position as they were being overrun. And to complicate all of that, the going-in position of relieving the outgoing unit would have them arrayed across a vast swath of land, terribly difficult to resupply, with barely enough Troopers to simply pull security on their own position.   For multiple reasons they were unable to close COP Keating, OP Fritsche, and COP Lowell as quickly as they needed to. Unknown to the base closure planners of 3-61CAV, as they were simultaneously planning to close the three outposts in Kamdesh, the Taliban was planning a massive complex attack to prevent them from ever leaving.   On the morning of October 3rd, 2009 more than 400 insurgents attacked OP Fritsche and COP Keating simultaneously. A force of only 52 Troopers defended COP Keating, even after Afghan National Army abandoned their post and the insurgents broke through the perimeter, causing a small group of Troopers, led by Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha, to engage the enemy in close-quarters combat, retaking the COP. However, at the end of the day, the Troopers of Black Knight troop, 3rd squadron 61st cavalry regiment would be saying their final goodbyes to eight of their friends who had given their lives during that battle.   The diligent devotion of their squadron commander, however, ensured that this moment would not be easily erased from history. LTC Brown and his staff worked to guarantee the recognition of the heroic efforts of those who went above and beyond to place themselves in harm’s way to protect each other, destroy the enemy, and bring the remains of their friends home. Those efforts to ensure recognition succeeded.   What has since become known as the “Battle of Kamdesh,” resulted in the following awards:   Two Medals of Honor for SSG Clint Romesha and SSG Ty Carter Two Distinguished Service Crosses for 1LT Andrew Bundermann and SSG Justin Gellagos (posthumously awarded) Nine Silver Stars 18 bronze stars with “V” device for valor 37 Army Commendation Medals with “V” device for valor And 27 Purple hearts for wounds sustained in combat   SSG Romesha authored the book “Red Platoon” and Jake Tapper authored “The Outpost,” which has since been turned into a major motion picture.   The fall-out of the battle, including the loss of life, took it’s toll on everyone involved and amongst others within the squadron, however. The subsequent investigation held both COL George and LTC Brown responsible, even though the ISAF-commander at the time, GEN Stanley McChrystal, agreed there was nothing more they could have tactically done to prevent the disaster. Many of the Troopers completed their obligation and left the army, preferring lives of quiet and peace, away from the constant reminder of the toughest day of their life.   LTC Brown however, still had eight months left to command his squadron through a deployment in one of the most kinetic provinces in all of Afghanistan. The two artillery guns on his forward operating base fired over 6000 rounds total during their year-long deployment. He had lost two beloved Troopers before Keating, while sending back home dozens of wounded Troopers before and after the Battle for Kamdesh. To put it in context, in the first four months of his deployment, LTC Brown’s squadron of rag-tag cavalrymen were attacked more than 238 times across seven separate locations. And yet, he persevered with courage, humility, devotion, and determination. It is why those of us who served with him as the commander of 3rd squadron 61st cavalry regiment unabashedly and unquestionably remember him, to this day, as the best leader we ever served with. As his former chaplain, I can guarantee that he’s the real deal and I am humbled to know him. So without further ado, here is the one and only, Brad Brown.

Special Edition Afghanistan: Through the Eyes of One Who‘s Been There- Part2

Thursday Sep 02, 2021

In Part 2, Matt continues to share his thoughts about the Afghanistan withdrawal and the ending of a two decade war that he was a part of. After two difficult deployments there, he processes the emotions he has had and revisits the memories it brings up. He also shares what he believe will help him and others take the next healthy step. WATCH THIS EPISODE: https://youtu.be/Rts4CWDK_54 Catch up on all the other episodes of the Afghanistan Series here: https://www.life-giver.org/the-afghanistan-series/

Special Edition Afghanistan: Through the Eyes of One Who‘s Been There- Part 1

Wednesday Sep 01, 2021

Matt joins the series (finally, lol) to share his thoughts about the Afghanistan withdrawal and the ending of a two decade war that he was a part of. After two difficult deployments there, he processes the emotions he has had and revisits the memories it brings up. He also shares what he believe will help him and others take the next healthy step. WATCH THIS EPISODE: https://youtu.be/B0Ms7bJbqo0 Catch up on all the other episodes of the Afghanistan Series here: https://www.life-giver.org/the-afghanistan-series/

Special Edition: The Courage & Plight of the Afghan Women

Wednesday Aug 25, 2021

Please listen to my AMAZING interview with Dr. Bina Patel. This is an honest, yet inspiring conversation around the question "What do we do about the Afghan women and children?" It is a tough topic, but one you won't want to miss as you process your own thoughts and feelings about what is happening.   Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/PircCtrIuZA   You can catch all the episodes (video and audio) here: https://www.life-giver.org/the-afghanistan-series/    

Special Edition: Afghanistan- New Trauma

Tuesday Aug 24, 2021

Corie talks about those that are currently deployed and responding to the humanitarian crisis of Afghanistan. How do you proactively face trauma in a way that will reduce the likelihood PTSD? How do you support your spouse when they are exposed to the pain and suffering of civilians outside of combat?

Special Edition: Afghanistan Through a Saigon Pilot's Eyes

Wednesday Aug 18, 2021

My father, Vietnam Veteran Pilot Wendell Lewis, shares his experience evacuating Vietnamese citizens and orphans out of Saigon in Operation Baby Lift while the North Vietnamese closed in. Considering the disturbing footage of Afghans desperately trying to flee the country and Air Force crews making the difficult choice to evacuate those they could, Wendell shares what that felt like and answers the question, "Is this our Vietnam?" #operationbabylift More on Operation Baby Lift: https://youtu.be/t4-syR5h8mw   Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/1eWLn4fO6m8   Check out all the episodes and supplemental material on the Afghanistan Series page: https://www.life-giver.org/the-afghanistan-series/  

Special Edition: Afghanistan Through a Gold Star's Eyes

Tuesday Aug 17, 2021

Special Edition: Afghanistan Through a Gold Star's Eyes In light of this week's events, we are bringing you content that will help you process your biggest questions regarding the withdrawal of our troops in Afghanistan. In this unscripted, unedited episode, Krista S. Anderson processes the death of her husband in Afghanistan, her marriage to a soldier now who served there and her message to what many service members are feeling about the loss of soldiers they served with. WATCH THIS EPISODE HERE: https://youtu.be/YYEPSd9c9es If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the Lifegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E23 Restoration in Relationships, Part 3

Monday Aug 16, 2021

Today’s episode is part of a three part series on Restoration. In this series, Corie will unpack God’s design for restoration in relationships especially your marriage. Recorded at a faith-based event in Oregon, Corie shares how your marriage can move past hurt and into a more intimate and forgiving place. While the Lifegiver Podcast is not necessarily a faith based podcast, it is a place for honest conversation and we believe that conversation often needs to address the deeper questions of spirituality and deeper healing for the soul.      If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the Lifegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org  

S6 E22 Restoration in Relationships, Pt 2

Monday Aug 09, 2021

Today’s episode is part of a three part series on Restoration. In this series, Corie will unpack God’s design for restoration in relationships especially your marriage. Recorded at a faith-based event in Oregon, Corie shares how your marriage can move past hurt and into a more intimate and forgiving place. While the Lifegiver Podcast is not necessarily a faith based podcast, it is a place for honest conversation and we believe that conversation often needs to address the deeper questions of spirituality and deeper healing for the soul.  If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the Lifegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org  

S6 E21 Restoration in Relationships, Pt 1

Monday Aug 02, 2021

Today’s episode is part of a three part series on Restoration. In this series, Corie will unpack God’s design for restoration in relationships especially your marriage. Recorded at a faith-based event in Oregon, Corie shares how your marriage can move past hurt and into a more intimate and forgiving place. While the Lifegiver Podcast is not necessarily a faith based podcast, it is a place for honest conversation and we believe that conversation often needs to address the deeper questions of spirituality and deeper healing for the soul.  Here is a view of Maslow's Ladder, referenced in the episode. If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the Lifegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org  

S6 E20 Our New Normal USO Series Finale Pt2

Wednesday Jul 07, 2021

Matt and I join the USO to finish our series called "You're Leaving Again?" with sharing our lessons learned from the deployment as well as answering YOUR questions. Learn how to vision cast for your family and get your marriage to a new healthier place. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the Lifegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org  

S6 E19: Our New Normal USO Series Finale Pt 1

Wednesday Jul 07, 2021

Matt and I join the USO to finish our series called "You're Leaving Again?" with sharing our lessons learned from the deployment as well as answering YOUR questions. Learn how to vision cast for your family and get your marriage to a new healthier place. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the Lifegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org  

S6 E18 Reintegration, Pt 2

Monday Jun 07, 2021

Matt and I join the USO to talk about how we are handling Reintegration in the "You're Leaving, Again?" series!  Reintegration never gets easier, it just changes depending on the season you are in.  Coming off a year of COVID and a deployment, Matt seemed to be in a much better spot than I was.  In this episode we share our ups and downs and how we are navigating bringing our two separate worlds together.  Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E17 Reintegration, Pt 1

Monday Jun 07, 2021

Matt and I join the USO to talk about how we are handling Reintegration in the "You're Leaving, Again?" series.  Reintegration never gets easier, it just changes depending on the season you are in.  Coming off a year of COVID and a deployment, Matt seemed to be in a much better spot than I was.  In this episode we share our ups and downs and how we are navigating bringing our two separate worlds together.  Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org  

S6 E16: The Power of Awareness with Dan Shilling

Sunday May 30, 2021

In his thirty years in special operations Dan Schilling conducted combat and clandestine missions around the world, founded and then commanded two special operations squadrons—the second one of America's most clandestine special mission units—and worked alongside the CIA, FBI, and NSA to defeat terrorists as well as biological and nuclear weapons proliferation. An adrenaline enthusiast, Schilling is a professional demonstration skydiver, holds the Guinness World Record for most BASE jumps in twenty-four hours, and is a mountain speedwing pilot.  For more information on his projects, visit him at DanSchillingBooks.com. On this episode, we are talking about his newest book, "The Power of Awareness"- where he shares his training and experience on how to stay safe, know your surroundings, reduce your digital footprint, and trust your intuition. "The Power of Awareness" comes out the week of June 1, 2021.    If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org  

S6 E15 Launching Out of COVID Stronger

Tuesday May 25, 2021

It seems odd to officially launch Season 6 as the USO series is coming to a close but it could not be a more perfect time to talk about coming out of the last year and a half STRONGER.  That is the theme for this season.  Listen in as I give an update on the impact of change in my life and how the last year may have impacted your's. We will talk about tips for recovering and finding what brings you joy.  Even more, if you are a leader or wanting to get involved more in your community, this season is for you.  We will talk about what I am seeing will be needed in our culture to get us back to a place of valuing community and engaging in more face to face opportunities.   If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org  

S6 E14 Restoring Trust after Deep Wounds Pt 2

Sunday Apr 11, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. Restoring trust after it has been broken can be scary, confusing, and difficult to navigate.  Depending on if you are dealing small of large infractions, deep hurt in your relationship can be healed and restored.  In this episode, Matt and I talk about how you can ask for trust to be restored, or do the hard work to earn it back.  Even if you have been devastated by betrayal, there is hope.  Listen in and find out how.  To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again Forgiveness: https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-ajqyv-b8c9f1 My Strategy for Affair Recovery: https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-5jwg4-b63b20 Here are some of the resources mentioned throughout the episode: My interview with Dr. Mike Sytsma Here is also my podcast on “Sin in a Christian Marriage” Part 1 & Part 2  More Resources: • Torn Asunder by Dave Carder. There is also a workbook available for this book. (faith based) • Unfaithful: Hope and Healing After Infidelity by Gary & Mona Shriver (faith based) • Secrets to Surviving Infidelity by Scott Haltzman • After the Affair by Janis Spring Rebuilding Trust Video – Using the image of a “trust bucket,” Dr. Mike addresses rebuilding trust after an affair. Setbacks in Marriage- The Podcast EpisodeWomen & the Tough Bible Verses– (Topic of Submission and gender roles in the Bible- Authentic Intimacy)People Are More Important Than Marriage– Authentic Intimacy, When you shouldn’t fight for your marriageSexual Intimacy and Post Affair with Mike SytsmaHow do Affairs Happen? New Life Church, Brady Boyd Articles: So You’ve Hit a Marriage Setback: 3 StepsMilitary Marriage: When to SeparateMike Sytsma- Betrayal & Affair Recovery (articles and video)Protecting Your Marriage from an Affair  Books: Mission Ready Marriage: My Life As An Active Duty Wife Claire WoodSacred Spaces: My Journey to the Heart of Military Marriage Corie Weathers   If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E13 Restoring Trust after Deep Wounds

Sunday Apr 11, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. Restoring trust after it has been broken can be scary, confusing, and difficult to navigate.  Depending on if you are dealing small of large infractions, deep hurt in your relationship can be healed and restored.  In this episode, Matt and I talk about how you can ask for trust to be restored, or do the hard work to earn it back.  Even if you have been devastated by betrayal, there is hope.  Listen in and find out how.  To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again Forgiveness: https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-ajqyv-b8c9f1   My Strategy for Affair Recovery: https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-5jwg4-b63b20   Here are some of the resources mentioned throughout the episode: My interview with Dr. Mike Sytsma Here is also my podcast on “Sin in a Christian Marriage” Part 1 & Part 2  More Resources: • Torn Asunder by Dave Carder. There is also a workbook available for this book. (faith based) • Unfaithful: Hope and Healing After Infidelity by Gary & Mona Shriver (faith based) • Secrets to Surviving Infidelity by Scott Haltzman • After the Affair by Janis Spring   Rebuilding Trust Video – Using the image of a “trust bucket,” Dr. Mike addresses rebuilding trust after an affair. Setbacks in Marriage- The Podcast EpisodeWomen & the Tough Bible Verses– (Topic of Submission and gender roles in the Bible- Authentic Intimacy)People Are More Important Than Marriage– Authentic Intimacy, When you shouldn’t fight for your marriageSexual Intimacy and Post Affair with Mike SytsmaHow do Affairs Happen? New Life Church, Brady Boyd Articles: So You’ve Hit a Marriage Setback: 3 StepsMilitary Marriage: When to SeparateMike Sytsma- Betrayal & Affair Recovery (articles and video)Protecting Your Marriage from an Affair  Books: Mission Ready Marriage: My Life As An Active Duty Wife Claire WoodSacred Spaces: My Journey to the Heart of Military Marriage Corie Weathers   If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E12: Communication Part 2

Monday Mar 22, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. Communication is the top issue couples ask for help with.  We all have different types of communication styles and often that clashes into conflict and hurt.  On top of that, no one teaches us how to communicate in healthy assertive ways. Instead, we grow up with passive, passive-aggressive, or aggressive examples to model.  Join Matt and I as we share our challenges to communicating over the distance of a deployment and tips for how you can make improvements in your own connection with your spouse.    To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E11: Communication

Saturday Mar 13, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. Communication is the top issue couples ask for help with.  We all have different types of communication styles and often that clashes into conflict and hurt.  On top of that, no one teaches us how to communicate in healthy assertive ways. Instead, we grow up with passive, passive-aggressive, or aggressive examples to model.  Join Matt and I as we share our challenges to communicating over the distance of a deployment and tips for how you can make improvements in your own connection with your spouse.    To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E10: Intimacy Pt 2

Sunday Feb 14, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. Intimacy is a HUGE topic, especially for service couples.  In this episode, Matt and I address sexual intimacy and many of the other types of intimacy couples can use to connect.  Believe it or not, experts say there is between 5 and 40 different types of intimacy. We take some of the most popular questions surrounding intimacy, especially for couples who have to spend time apart. Don't miss this one!   To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E9: Intimacy Pt 1

Sunday Feb 14, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. Intimacy is a HUGE topic, especially for service couples.  In this episode, Matt and I address sexual intimacy and many of the other types of intimacy couples can use to connect.  Believe it or not, experts say there is between 5 and 40 different types of intimacy. We take some of the most popular questions surrounding intimacy, especially for couples who have to spend time apart. Don't miss this one!   To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E8 Parenting as a United Front Pt 2

Sunday Feb 14, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. This episode answers some of your biggest questions about parenting- especially while apart.  Regardless of which stage you are in, there will always be times where you parent out of an imprinting from your own childhood or clash with your spouse on parenting techniques.  Listen in as we share some of what we have learned.   To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E7 Parenting as a United Front

Sunday Feb 14, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. This episode answers some of your biggest questions about parenting- especially while apart.  Regardless of which stage you are in, there will always be times where you parent out of an imprinting from your own childhood or clash with your spouse on parenting techniques.  Listen in as we share some of what we have learned.   To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E6 Holidays Apart Pt 2

Sunday Feb 14, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. This episode covers how you as a couple can stay connected and on the same page during especially difficult Holidays, whether it is Christmas, Birthdays, or even an Anniversary.   Listen as Matt and I authentically share how we are doing and what tools we re using to stay connected.   To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E5: Holidays Apart

Saturday Feb 13, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. This episode covers how you as a couple can stay connected and on the same page during especially difficult Holidays, whether it is Christmas, Birthdays, or even an Anniversary.   Listen as Matt and I authentically share how we are doing and what tools we re using to stay connected.   To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E4: Ripping the Band-Aid Pt2

Tuesday Feb 09, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. This episode talks about the feelings that come with having to say goodbye.  Everyone knows it is hard, but what if you feel a little bit of relief?  Is that wrong?  How do you set your sights forward and get on mission?  Plus a special guest joins in the discussion...   To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E3: Ripping the Band-Aid Pt 1

Tuesday Feb 09, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. This episode talks about the feelings that come with having to say goodbye.  Everyone knows it is hard, but what if you feel a little bit of relief?  Is that wrong?  How do you set your sights forward and get on mission?  Plus a special guest joins in the discussion...   To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E2: The Tension Before You Go- Pt 2

Tuesday Feb 09, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. This episode is Part 2 of The Tension Before You Go- So many couples struggle with tension and emotions all over the place before you rip the bandaid to spent that time apart.  Matt and Corie cover what they went through and what many other couples describe as one of the most challenging times a couple can go through in the military. To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S6 E1: The Tension Before You Go- Pt 1

Tuesday Feb 09, 2021

The USO is launching a new virtual series with Corie and Matt Weathers on how military families can stay strong while apart. Corie and Matt Weathers will share how they are keeping their military marriage strong through a season apart - as well as tips for how you can do the same. Tools and concepts discussed during the series apply to all types of military-initiated separations; from deployments and trainings, to geo-bachelor tours, unaccompanied tours, and even third shift schedules. This episode is Part 1 of The Tension Before You Go- So many couples struggle with tension and emotions all over the place before you rip the bandaid to spent that time apart.  Matt and Corie cover what they went through and what many other couples describe as one of the most challenging times a couple can go through in the military. To access the Series dashboard, including the videos and handouts: https://www.uso.org/campaign/mvp-youre-leaving-again If you are looking for professional help, be sure to check out the LIfegiver Directory- full of clinicians that understand your lifestyle.  Many of them are military spouses and veterans. find it here: www.lifegiverdirectory.com Find out more about me www.corieweathers.com  or www.life-giver.org

S5 FINALE: Know When to Hold'em, Know When to Fold'em

Monday Dec 14, 2020

How do you decide when to hold steadfast and persevere?  When to walk away?  When to run away?  Life is a gamble, a risk.  We do everything we can to make good, right decisions with what we have in the moment.  Yet the hardest thing to do is walking away and saying "no".  It feels like too big of a risk.  Yet, this year has gotten too big for all of us- asking us to make a choice.  You can't do it all and neither can I. Listen in for updates on how 2020 affected me and what I am doing with the cards I have in hand.   Interested in Joining Fight Club- A Virtual Support Group for Military & First Responder Spouses?  Starts Jan 11, 2021 Apply here: https://forms.gle/RCf8jYnq5bdkEZiHA The Gambler, by Kenny Rogers On a warm summer's eveningOn a train bound for nowhereI met up with the gamblerWe were both too tired to sleepSo we took turns a-starin'Out the window at the darknessThe boredom overtook usAnd he began to speak He said, "Son, I've made a lifeOut of readin' people's facesKnowin' what the cards wereBy the way they held their eyesSo if you don't mind my sayin'I can see you're out of acesFor a taste of your whiskeyI'll give you some advice" So I handed him my bottleAnd he drank down my last swallowThen he bummed a cigaretteAnd asked me for a lightAnd the night got deathly quietAnd his face lost all expressionSaid, "If you're gonna play the game, boyYou gotta learn to play it right You've got to know when to hold 'emKnow when to fold 'emKnow when to walk awayAnd know when to runYou never count your moneyWhen you're sittin' at the tableThere'll be time enough for countin'When the dealin's done Every gambler knowsThat the secret to survivin'Is knowin' what to throw awayAnd knowin' what to keep'Cause every hand's a winnerAnd every hand's a loserAnd the best that you can hope forIs to die in your sleep" And when he'd finished speakin'He turned back toward the windowCrushed out his cigaretteFaded off to sleepAnd somewhere in the darknessThe gambler he broke evenBut in his final wordsI found an ace that I could keep You've got to know when to hold 'emKnow when to fold 'emKnow when to walk awayAnd know when to runYou never count your moneyWhen you're sittin' at the tableThere'll be time enough for countin'When the dealin's done   Find resources for your service marriage at www.life-giver.org Interested in joining the Lifegiver Facebook group to discuss this episode and more? Click here. Music by Rudy Vaughn

S5 E21 A CURE to the Cough: The Weinberger Method

Monday Nov 23, 2020

What if I told you I found the cure for the common cough?  Well, it actually wasn’t me, but after our son fought an “Asthmatic cough” for four years we finally came across Dr. Weinberger and the “Habit Cough”.  Joining me for this episode is Dennis Buettner, a Cough Research Director for Dr. Miles Weinberger, MD. and a veteran that works with NASA. Dennis’s daughter Bethany went through the same thing our son did- coughing up to 5,000 times a day with no answers. Like many of you out there who are trying to find answers, both of our families went through endless doctors, diagnoses, and medications before doctors finally threw up their hands with nothing left to offer.    Dennis finally stumbled on some research about a pulmonologist who found the cure for the cough through suggestive therapy- teaching kids to be attentive to their bodies and stopping the cough in as little as 10 minutes! Bethany was able to stop her cough, so was our son, and now Dennis is spreading the word about how if you or someone you know can answer one question of his- you can stop the cough too.   Seriously, Dr. Weinberger has changed our lives. More importantly, he gave my son back his. For more on Dr. Weinberger and the Habit Cough: https://www.habitcough.com/ Find resources for your service marriage at www.life-giver.org Interested in joining the Lifegiver Facebook group to discuss this episode and more? Click here. Interested in giving back?  Donate a couple of dollars to the podcast at Patreon. Music by Rudy Vaughn

S5 E20 The Fear of Transition: Derek Abbey Pt 2

Monday Nov 09, 2020

Derek Abbey, PhD joins me again!  I enjoyed my last conversation so much with Derek, I invited him back to share his research on transitioning into the veteran space. Derek says that there are important stages we should all go through in order to help us mature as well-functioning adults. The military sets the perfect conditions by providing almost everything we need as adults. It provides community, a way to progress through rank and accomplishment, and makes many of our decisions for us.    Although the military “saved his life”, Derek shares what he has learned from helping veterans take the next big step in their lives in higher education and helping veterans take the next big step in their lives. The result was a fascinating conversation on what we all need to do to evolve to a better version of ourselves.    Derek Abbey, PhD is a retired Marine and CEO of  Project Recover.   Find resources for your service marriage at www.life-giver.org Interested in joining the Lifegiver Facebook group to discuss this episode and more? Click here. Interested in giving back?  Donate a couple of dollars to the podcast at Patreon. Music by Rudy Vaughn

S5 E19 Legacy with Derek Abbey, Project Recover

Monday Oct 26, 2020

Derek Abbey, PhD is a retired Marine and CEO of Project Recover joins me for a fascinating interview where we talk about the importance of leaving a legacy and how Project Recover is healing families’ stories.    Project Recover, an international nonprofit that uses the latest in science, technology and archival research, with a mission to find and repatriate the remains of fallen American troops.   Derek Abbey says there are 82,000 Americans in uniform missing in the world today. Around 7,000 of those are from the Korean War, with another 1,600 missing from Vietnam and Southeast Asia. A staggering 72,000 are missing from World War II, a conflict in which sixteen million Americans served or about 12% of the population.   Here is a little of what we cover: How his 23 years of military service, including his deployments to Iraq and the Far East as a fighter pilot, saved his own life and have influenced him to support the mission of finding and returning fallen service members home. Derek holds more combat hours than hours in peaceful skies, and also served with the Marine Raiders in Afghanistan. WWII American troop discovery stories and first-hand insights on the overall recovery experience How families can be impacted by loss for generations after a war has ended Examples of how Project Recover leverages technology and partnerships with University of Delaware and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego in an attempt to find MIA soldiers How Derek’s values centered approach guides his professional and personal life   Find resources for your service marriage at www.life-giver.org Interested in joining the Lifegiver Facebook group to discuss this episode and more? Click here. Interested in giving back?  Donate a couple of dollars to the podcast at Patreon. Music by Rudy Vaughn

S5: E18 The Insanity Cycle: Matt and Corie

Monday Oct 12, 2020

Matt and I did a webinar and Q&A on the Insanity Cycle that happens too often in marriage conflict. It was a two hour event, the first hour public and the second a private Q&A over Zoom with registered participants. This is the first hour where Matt and I walk you through why couples find themselves looping sometimes on the same argument- for years. It is common for couples to get into an unhealthy pattern of triggering each other. Getting out of that pattern is the hard part. Once you start triggering each other, it is hard to get out of that downward spiral we call the Insanity Cycle. Are you ready to change the way you and your spouse fight? Are you ready to end the unhealthy patterns and get back to respecting each other?   Here is some of what we cover in this episode: A walk through the Insanity Cycle and how couples stay stuck in it How a couple tends to include a Pursuer and a Withdrawer  How you are both feeling and saying the same thing but not hearing each other How the Pursuer and Withdrawer trigger each other to continue the Insanity Cycle Ways you can stop the Cycle of hurt and destruction in your marriage How you can play the "Maturity Game" speak lifegiving truth to your spouse If you would like to hear Part 2, where we take your questions and dive deeper, you can find it on the LG Shop! This digital download includes Part 1 & 2 Videos as well as a listening guide to help you apply it to your life and marriage.  While you're there, take a look at some of the other digital downloads as well!    

BONUS: Anthony O'Neal College & COVID

Monday Oct 05, 2020

It's a BONUS episode of The Lifegiver Podcast!  We knew wrapping up the parenting series would not be complete without talking about our youth and college age kids. There is a lot of anxiety on returning to college during COVID season and that is on top of the stress families already have about paying for college!   Anthony O'Neal, author, speaker, and Dave Ramsey Personality joins us to talk about how right now could be one of the best times to go back to college debt-free.  Anthony wrote the best-selling book, "Destroy Your Student Loan Debt" and travels the country talking with parents and college students about how they can avoid the mistakes he did.   Listen in as he shares his story, tells you how college is way more affordable than you think, and how you can take advantage of this season to make it more affordable. By the way, Anthony also grew up as a military kid with his father in the Army and understands the stressors of military life!   Find out more about Anthony O'Neal Here: https://www.anthonyoneal.com/ or listen to his show on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/aonealministries Find resources for your service marriage at www.life-giver.orgInterested in joining the Lifegiver Facebook group to discuss this episode and more? Click here.Interested in giving back?  Donate a couple of dollars to the podcast at Patreon.Music by Rudy Vaughn  

S5 E17 Parenting Series: Corie Talks Raising Teens

Monday Sep 28, 2020

It is the end of the Parenting Series on the Lifegiver Podcast! There have been so many wonderful guests during this season and Corie wraps it up with an episode about raising teens. Reflecting on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, Corie explains how you can help your child through the difficulty of establishing better routines in the chaos of COVID and school as well as how helping them find their place of belonging can mean everything. Here is the Awareness Wheel, created by Couples communication that is referenced in this episode.   Listen to Corie's original episode on Maslow's Ladder: https://www.life-giver.org/the-secret-of-resilience/ Find resources for your service marriage at www.life-giver.orgInterested in joining the Lifegiver Facebook group to discuss this episode and more? Click here.Interested in giving back?  Donate a couple of dollars to the podcast at Patreon.Music by Rudy Vaughn

S5 Ep16 Parenting Series: Even the Bravest Kids Need a Knight

Monday Sep 14, 2020

Sleep issues and separation anxiety are a real thing for so many parents.  With today's anxiety and fear during COVID and back to school criteria, children's fears can manifest at night leaving you frustrated, exhausted and hopeless. Without a good night's sleep, you and your children will struggle to function.  In this episode, I talk with Colleen, a dedicated spouse of a veteran and mom of three boys with a master’s degree in psychology. After years of sleep deprivation and exhaustion with her own son, Colleen was inspired to write her first book about a magical knight- a bear that was determined to protect children from their fears. She wanted to help other moms and young children which led to the creation of Sir William the Brave Knight.  Listen in as she shares her story, hope for yours and some ways you can find your own peace and courage to help your children whatever they might be facing. If you would like to find out more or order your own Sir William the Brave Knight: https://magicalorderofbraveknights.com If you are interested in strengths coaching, please make an appointment at www.corieweathers.com. Find resources (including the Lifegiver Newsletter) for your service marriage at www.life-giver.org Interested in joining the Lifegiver Facebook group to discuss this episode and more? Click here. Interested in giving back?  Donate a couple of dollars to the podcast at Patreon. Music by Rudy Vaughn

S5 Ep15 Parenting Series: A New Way To Track Your Child's 'ESTEEM'

Monday Aug 31, 2020

“Few things are as difficult for parents as watching their kids struggle. It's especially hard not knowing how to help them!” Now more than ever, mental health and behavioral issues are climbing which can be pretty scary as a parent. Many military and first responder families take the leap to get help from their child only to have to move or start over.  Do you ever feel like you are wasting precious time waiting for all of them to communicate and start making progress? How many times has your child acted out on a weekend and you wish the professional could have seen it themselves but they aren’t open until Monday?  Meet Tommy Black. He’s a clinician that teamed up with some other really cool professionals that made an app to get your child’s wellness back into your hands again. ESTEEM is an app that helps parents track their child’s emotional and behavioral challenges.  Complete with resources, tracking software, and more, you can have complete control of your child’s healthcare at your fingertips.  Receive automated goals that encourage progress. Celebrate small wins that add up to big improvements! ESTEEM also makes it super easy to have teachers, counselors, and any other other professionals share important information about how your child is doing in one place so you can make the best decision for your child. Join us as we talk about why he created the app as well as some really encouraging words about how you can parent through the COVID crisis.  You will love this interview!   Download the ESTEEM App today: https://www.chooseesteem.com/   If you are interested in strengths coaching, please make an appointment at www.corieweathers.com. Find resources (including the Lifegiver Newsletter) for your service marriage at www.life-giver.org Interested in joining the Lifegiver Facebook group to discuss this episode and more? Click here. Interested in giving back?  Donate a couple of dollars to the podcast at Patreon. Music by Rudy Vaughn

S5 Ep 14 Parenting Series: COVID & Public School

Monday Aug 17, 2020

What kind of relationship do you have with the public school system?  Does it give you anxiety?  Do you feel like you are always trying to advocate for your child- especially if you relocate a lot?  What if we could all work together (better) just a little bit more? What if (like any other relationship) we listened more and built a relationship of understanding? I invited Dr. Keith Mispagel, superintendent of Fort Leavenworth School District 207 to the podcast. He has a doctorate in military child transition and studied what kids need to be resilient and thrive academically.  Even more, his district transitions almost 1,200 new military families every summer for the Command and General Staff College that teaches some of our military's most competitive officers  To put it plainly, he is a rockstar leading his staff in welcoming and helping children of all ages transition only to do it all again the next year.  I can honestly say it was the best year ever for my kids (who were weary of transition as it was).  He is now teaching other districts how to build better relationships with military parents and kids. Listen in as we talk about the school-parent relationship and what the public schools are going through to make the next year a safer one for our kids.   If you are interested in strengths coaching, please make an appointment at www.corieweathers.com  Find resources (including the Lifegiver Newsletter) for your service marriage at www.life-giver.org Interested in joining the Lifegiver Facebook group to discuss this episode and more?  Click here. Interested in giving back?  Donate a couple of dollars to the podcast at Patreon. Music by Rudy Vaughn

S5 E13 Parenting Series: Back to school & COVID

Monday Aug 03, 2020

Are you struggling with making a decision about whether your kids should go back to school with COVID numbers still climbing?  This is possibly one of the most stressful decisions our culture of parents have ever had to make. If your kids have been in private or public school settings pre-COVID, how do you decide whether they go back when there are reports of children dying?  In this Lifegiver LIVE, we talk about the questions I’m hearing in my sessions as well as questions you’ve submitted.  We talk about  How to talk with your kids about this decision  Their opinions about COVID How schools are shifting standards How to calm your anxiety about this decision If you are interested in strengths coaching, please make an appointment at www.corieweathers.com  Find resources (including the Lifegiver Newsletter) for your service marriage at www.life-giver.org Interested in joining the Lifegiver Facebook group to discuss this episode and more?  Click here. Interested in giving back?  Donate a couple of dollars to the podcast at Patreon. Music by Rudy Vaughn

S5 Ep 12 The PROS & CONS of How The Job Changes Us

Wednesday Jul 15, 2020

I couldn't be more excited to have Sarah back with me for another episode of the podcast.  Sarah joined me last season for the round table discussion and again on our faith based episode of Where is God in the Dark Places. Sarah is married to a SWAT officer and she shares some of what she wishes she would have known in her early days as a newly married LEO wife. Any job can "change you" and the service profession can definitely have an impact on a person's way of handling life, kids, other people, and even our marriage.  But in this conversation, Sarah shares how she has learned to embrace some of those changes as strengths and which have become an area she and her husband can work around or talk through if needed.   If you are interested in strengths coaching, please make an appointment at www.corieweathers.com  Interested in joining the Lifegiver Facebook group to discuss this episode and more?  Click here. Interested in giving back?  Donate a couple of dollars to the podcast at Patreon. Music by Rudy Vaughn  

S5E11: Soul Recovery- Brian Flanery from ReBoot

Tuesday Jun 30, 2020

I have been a long time fan of Reboot Recovery- "REBOOT helps people overcome trauma through faith-based programs. Our courses, training and online community are open to anyone connected to military or first responders. If the same old therapy or medication has left you feeling hopeless, you've come to the right place. At REBOOT, we’re overcoming trauma together and can't wait for you to join us." In this episode, Bryan Flanery a veteran who struggles with TBI, shares his story of trauma, faith, and how the genuine relationships of those behind Reboot changed his life.  You will be changed by this episode.  Contact Reboot for more on how you can get involved, find a small group and get the support you need as a military or first responder couple. Hear more of Bryan's story here: https://neveralonemilitary.com/stories/view/bryan-flanery  Interested in subscribing to the Lifegiver Newsletter? Subscribers get discounts on their first session with Corie and find more information on building a community of Lifegivers. Click here to subscribe.  Want to give back?  Send a monthly cup of coffee to keep us going by being a supporter on our patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/lifegiver

S5E10: Tips & Perspective from a NG Spouse (Cierra)

Monday Jun 15, 2020

My good friend Cierra joins the podcast to talk about her experiences as a National Guard spouse.  We so often hear about the challenges of National Guard families- that they don't have access to the programming active duty families have and that living in the civilian community can be isolating. So in this interview, Cierra shares her experience of deployment while living in the civilian community and the challenges National Guard life brings into their marriage.  National Guard and Reserves are now deploying just as much as active duty and Cierra gives fantastic tips on how she has learned to manage the home, school, and work while also building a connected marriage.   Interested in subscribing to the Lifegiver Newsletter? Subscribers get discounts on their first session with Corie and find more information on building a community of Lifegivers. Click here to subscribe.  Want to give back?  Send a monthly cup of coffee to keep us going by being a supporter on our patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/lifegiver

S5E9: Loss & Love Again with Mary-Anne Rubado Kline

Tuesday May 26, 2020

Loss can be a terribly difficult thing to talk about- especially when we exist in a lifestyle where it is both a fear and reality. We need to be able to talk about it and learn from those who have gone through it and found happiness again.  In this Memorial Day special, Mary-Ann Rubado Kline joins the podcast to share the loss of her first husband, Charlie, during their first deployment while stationed in Colorado. She is now married to Jeremiah, a veteran and first responder. I ask her tough questions about what it is like to love again, how Jeremiah allows space for the time she lived with Charlie, and more. It is important to hear the stories of those who have gone through great pain. It acknowledges a Sacred Space that they lived through and were changed by. Even though this may be difficult for some of you to hear, I hope you will listen.  There are so many wonderful truths and so much wisdom found in my interview with her. I have no doubt you will be encouraged and inspired to live and love more fully. Thank you Mary-Anne for sharing your heart and being so vulnerable with us! Interested in subscribing to the Lifegiver Newsletter? Subscribers get discounts on their first session with Corie and find more information on building a community of Lifegivers. Click here to subscribe.  Want to give back?  Send a monthly cup of coffee to keep us going by being a supporter on our patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/lifegiver

S5E8: Kellie Artis with Moving the MILLIE Way

Friday May 15, 2020

It is PCS (Permanent Change of Station) Season and if you listened to season 4 of Lifegiver, you know I struggle when it is time to uproot!  MILLIE has been growing over the years in their efforts to make it easier for you to transition, and I need a whole lot of that!  In this episode, Kellie Artis joins me to share not only how MILLIE can connect you to other service families in your new location, but how you can be fully prepared in finding housing, handling logistics, and more.  We even talk about the emotional and psychological impact of starting over.  Don't miss this one! For more on MILLIE: check out their website, Facebook group, and all their toolkits to help you in the process!   Interested in subscribing to the Lifegiver Newsletter? Subscribers get discounts on their first session with Corie and find more information on building a community of Lifegivers. Click here to subscribe.  Want to give back?  Send a monthly cup of coffee to keep us going by being a supporter on our patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/lifegiver

S5E7: Milkids, The Voluntold Force- with Becky Porter (MCEC)

Wednesday Apr 29, 2020

When you are a parent, you will do anything for your child(ren).  As a military family that moves a lot, a lot of thought and stress goes into making sure your child has everything they need to succeed.  Especially when you volunteered for this lifestyle and they were born into it.  In this episode, I invite Becky Porter, CEO of Military Child Education Coalition to share what they are doing to make all of this easier for military parents and educators.  If you are a first responder family, this episode is still for you!  Listen in to the vast resources that MCEC is offering that everyone can benefit from.   Interested in subscribing to the Lifegiver Newsletter? Subscribers get discounts on their first session with Corie and find more information on building a community of Lifegivers. Click here to subscribe.  Want to give back?  Send a monthly cup of coffee to keep us going by being a supporter on our patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/lifegiver

Bonus: Matt and Corie Join the USO to Answer Your Marriage Questions

Tuesday Apr 21, 2020

The world looks a whole lot different lately.  COVID-19 has the entire world on lockdown (or so it feels).  We are all doing our part to stay at home, some of you have PCS and deployment orders that are delayed.  Regardless of your situation, this has a great impact on your marriage.  You might be spending more time with your spouse than ever before and that can definitely cause tension.  In this episode, Matt and I share our conversation with the USO during their Coffee Connections Live event.  We answered questions about communication, growth in your marriage, holding each other accountable, as well as how to help your spouse open up. If you are looking for more support, check out the USO for not only ways to give back, but for how they are also looking to invest in your overall wellbeing with their programming for spouses! Here are a few of the resources mentioned:      Favorite Resources: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10Kl4WnHjnhUerU1cOc58nb3tHF7Ru8Tm/view?usp=sharing Sacred Spaces: https://www.life-giver.org/sacred-spaces/ Forgiveness: https://www.life-giver.org/forgiveness-in-affair-recovery-gods-design-in-marriage/

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