Meet our Guest:
Meet Genevieve, a newly retired military spouse of 17 years and mommy to two teen girls. Her husband retired last year with 22 1/2 years of Army service and they’ve made Huntsville, AL their permanent home. Genevieve is now learning all about her new home while working part-time as a Huntsville Visitor’s Center Assistant.
In this episode of With Pride & Grit, Genevieve shares her personal journey of navigating the challenges of transition and re-entering the workforce after being a stay-at-home parent for 13 years. Genevieve opens up about the difficulties she faced, including the sudden passing of her uncle and the loss of her beloved cat, as well as her own major surgery and physical recovery. She discusses the importance of open communication and self-care, emphasizing the need to address the needs and expectations of both spouses during the transition. Genevieve also shares her experiences in finding support as a military spouse and offers valuable insights on seeking counseling, connecting with others, and actively pursuing resources and opportunities to make the most of this new chapter in life.
Genevieve delves into her personal relationship with her spouse, Chris, as they faced multiple deployments throughout their relationship. She highlights the challenges they encountered, such as unresolved issues and the impact of deployments on their connection. Genevieve shares her struggles in finding self-worth and showcasing her value in a career transition, as well as the decision-making process of settling in Huntsville, Alabama as their new home. With vulnerability and authenticity, Genevieve takes the listeners through her journey of healing, seeking counseling, and rebuilding her marriage. Ultimately, she offers hope and encouragement for others going through similar transitions, emphasizing the importance of mindfulness, self-reflection, and a steadfast commitment to personal growth.