Life Hacks for Military Spouses
Advice, Wit, and Humor from Those Who Served Behind the Scenes
Allison Wood, Tracey Enerson Wood, Kristen Riffle, Kaitlin Walsh
- 160 Pages
- April 20, 2021
- ISBN: 9781510762350
- Trim Size: 5in x 8in x 0in
A colorful collection of tips and tricks for getting the most out of the nomadic military lifestyle. Told through humorous anecdotes by those with years of unique experiences, these life hacks reveal a special culture with expectations and numerous obstacles to be faced along the way.
Military life boasts of travel to exotic places, immersion in the worldly cultures, and cuisine that most Americans can only dream about . . . and on the government’s dime, to boot!
At least, that’s what the common perception is. But those who have served know that while the above may be true, military life comes with its own set of challenges and can be a hardship as much as it is rewarding.
Here to help is the advice, guidance, and personal stories of spouses from all walks of life, in stages from the newlywed to the retired and properly salty. They share tips on overcoming the numerous obstacles, and navigating the special culture, traditions, and the one-of-a-kind lingo of military service.
Gathered mostly from those who are affiliated with the military, but also from those with similar diplomatic lifestyles, the anecdotes reveal the special bond they share with their fellow spouses, and the wisdom gained to pass to the next generation.
The very special illustrations were created by a talented Air Force wife, and reflect both the strong beauty and earnestness of those who are engaged in our nation’s most serious business, and yet, have learned not take themselves too seriously.
Kristen Riffle is a Navy spouse of fifteen years, currently living the good life in Oslo, Norway, with her husband and all they’ve picked up along the way: four kids, a corgi, and an enormous Norwegian Forest cat.
Allison Wood is a mother of four, a marketing specialist, and was an Army spouse for seven years. Born into a military family, she has a lifetime of experience adjusting to new environments, seeking new opportunities, and making new friends.
Tracey Enerson Wood worked as a registered nurse, started her own interior design company, raised two children, and bounced around the world as a military wife. She has authored magazine columns and other nonfiction, wrote and directed plays of all lengths. Her co-authored anthology/cookbook Homefront Cooking: Recipes, Wit, and Wisdom from American Veterans and their Loved Ones, was released by Skyhorse Publishing in May, 2018. All authors’ profits are donated to organizations that support veterans. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Engineer’s Wife, was released by Sourcebooks in April, 2020.
Kaitlin Walsh, a former Air Force spouse, is now an independent artist specializing in abstract anatomy watercolors. From a young age, she exhibited an immense fascination with both art and science. She focused her studies on both disciplines, taking medical courses alongside fine art ones. Kaitlin feels incredibly lucky to find success doing what she loves while getting to spend time with her family