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Military Spouse Profile: Wendi Iacobello from Strength 4 Spouses

There are so many amazing military spouses out there kicking butt on a daily basis that deserve to be recognized and I’m excited to feature one of them each month with my Military Spouse Profile series. If you’re interested in sharing your story (or know someone who might), please send me an email!

Introduce yourself to my readers! Tell us a little bit about who you are.

Hello everyone. My name is Wendi. I am an Army wife, freelance instructional designer, freelance writer, blogger, Beagle mom, and nature as well as exercise enthusiast.  I have a BS in Early Childhood Education, and a MA in Educational Media. My professional background is in Adult Education & Special Education.

When I’m not working, you can usually find me volunteering in the community, or in the outdoors strolling through the garden, running, or playing fetch with our darling Beagle.

What inspired you to start your blog or business?

I wanted to start Strength 4 Spouses for several reasons. First, I struggled with fitting in as a new military spouse and knew I couldn’t be the only one feeling that way. Second, strength comes in many forms and I knew that in order to survive this lifestyle I needed to find mine. I wanted to share that journey and resources in hopes of helping, inspiring, and empowering other military spouses going through the ups and downs of military life to find their inner strength too.

What’s the main message you hope your blog shares with your readers?

My message is one of inspiration, hope, strength, empowerment, and finding your happiness. The true goal of Strength 4 Spouses is to help others find their inner strength through education, resources, healthy living, and stories of perseverance.

What is your favorite part of being a military spouse?

My favorite part of being a military spouse is the learning curve.  As an educator, I can appreciate life situations that teach me something and boy is there ever a lot to learn as a military spouse.  Being a military spouse molds and shapes you into a much stronger and more resilient person than you could ever imagine yourself to be.

Tell us a little bit about your journey as a military spouse-the ups and downs, lessons learned, etc.

Fitting in and finding my place has been the toughest part of becoming a military spouse. My husband and I married later in life and we don’t have children.  I have always felt like I am the grandma of every military spouse group and I am also usually the only one without children.  Once I embraced who I am, I started venturing out and finding friends and groups that make me feel comfortable despite our differences.

What’s the number one piece of advice you would give a new military spouse?

Do not be afraid to seek help and find resources that you need. This life is tough and can be extremely isolating, but there are many support systems and resources available to help you if you simply reach out for help.

What or who has been the biggest help or source of support to you in your role as a military spouse?

My mother has always been my biggest supporter and she is such a shining example of strength. She steps in to support me when my husband is away and I cannot thank her enough for all that she does and continues to do to encourage and push me forward through the most difficult times.

Do you have a favorite place the military has taken you? What is it and why?

My husband and I have been stationed in North Carolina for quite some time.  I am okay with that though, since NC is my home state. There is truly no place like North Carolina. The weather is nice, the people are friendly, the cost of living is affordable, and you can access the beach, mountains, and city life all in less than four hours.

Just for fun:

  • Favorite Netflix binge-worthy watch? The last thing I binge watched on Netflix was American Horror Story and it got weird so I lost interest.
  • What’s your favorite hobby? Gardening
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Dark chocolate for sure.
  • Tell us a random fact about yourself. It is my dream to publish a series of children’s books someday.

Thank you to Wendi for joining me this month! I’m a big fan of her blog and love the positive attitude she brings to military life. I love that she views the learning curve military spouses face as a positive thing! Read more from her on her blog and be sure to check out her Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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