Prosper Where You Are Planted

Life within the military community, means frequent moves; often without a say in where you are moving too. Depending on the locale, and more importantly your attitude can make the next tour fantastic or hellish.

So how do you make your new duty station your home? Well, it could be as easy as perspective.

1) Look for the positives of where you are. Sure you may miss your friends at your last duty station, or the job you left behind; but try to look at this as a new door opening with limitless possibilities.

2) Get involved. Part of what makes a PCS daunting is the lack of personal connections with others. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert meeting new people will take effort on your end. There are a multitude of opportunities to connect you with others in your community- get there and find them.

3) Recognize humanity. Each person you encounter will come from a different background, we each have our flaws. Take time to get to know each other. You’re trying to form relationships here, not a friendship one night stand. Jumping into any form of a relationship, may burn you out in the end.

4) Smile. People respond to smiles. Smiles make you look happy, and approachable. So turn that frown upside down.

Liz Snell

Military Spouses of Strength Founder and CEO

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