The Milspouse Brief Aug 19, 2022
Season 4: Episode 11- 2022 Recap & 2023 Goals!
Wow it’s been a little while! This episode gives a recap of 2022, what I have been up to for the last 2 months and what my goals are for 2023. Super excited for this upcoming year and all I have going on. I hope you enjoy this episode!
Jan 06, 202328:58
Season 4: Episode 10- Special Guest Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis joins me on the podcast today to talk all about his almost 15 year Navy Career. He was a prior MC Chief and now a PAO. We met while at OCS and now are at our school house up in the DC/Baltimore area. He shares all about what he’s learn and what he hopes to accomplish! Hope you enjoy!
Oct 21, 202255:42
Season 4- Episode 9: 23 things I’ve learned in 23 years
For my annual birthday episode, I talk all about the things I’ve learned throughout my 23 years on earth! Some of the things I talk about are investing, different books I have read, finding a mentor & learning how to say no. Hope you enjoy!
Oct 10, 202236:16
Season 4: Episode 8- Special Guest Luke Bienstock
On today’s episode, one of my current co-workers come on the podcast! Luke is super fun to work with, always has funny stories and the best outlook on life. I hope you enjoy learning about his story and take something away.
Oct 05, 202238:53
Season 4- Episode 7: Special Guest Malcolm Clinton
On todays episode, we have ENS Clinton on! A prior enlisted sailor who just recently graduated OCS and is now a Surface Warfare Officer aboard DDG 64. He talks all about his experience, what the Navy & OCS has taught him and what it was like being my Candidate Officer.
Sep 27, 202201:02:57
Season 4: Episode 6- Active Duty to Military Spouse
On today’s episode, Mackenzie’s husband Cade comes on the podcast to talk about his experience from watching her leave for OCS and what it was like to be active duty, to now being a military spouse. He talks about what the differences are and what was challenging about the transition. Cade is absolutely hilarious and really shows on this episode!
Sep 16, 202246:12
Season 4: Episode 5: Adjusting to life after OCS with Justin Craft
On todays episode, I am joined by one of my favorite people, Justin Craft! We met at OCS and he is hands down a hard charger. He is very inspirational and I’m so grateful for his friendship. We dive into life after OCS, what it’s like, what helped us adjust and all the pros and cons to “I-stops”. Hope you enjoy!
Sep 09, 202255:11
Season 4: Episode 4- Candidate Officer Phase
The last phase of Officer Candidate School for the Navy! This phase was definitely the best. Its a lot more work with less sleep but overall had so many fun and great moments. I loved being in leadership positions and bonding with my classmates. Tune in to hear all of the details!
Aug 26, 202253:41
Season 4: Episode 3- Senior Officer Candidate Phase
Join ENS Bowen & I as we discuss what it was like during the 3rd phase of our training at OCS. We were picked for leadership and it was quite the experience. We dive into what the academics were like & how we handled the stress of the infamous “Hell week”. Hope you enjoy!
Aug 19, 202201:23:21
Season 4: Episode 2- Junior Officer Candidate Phase
This episode is all about the second phase of Navy Officer Candidate School. Kenzie dives into what the academics are like, how drill went & something she learned about herself while at OCS.
Aug 12, 202240:18
Season 4: Episode 1- Indoctrination Candidate Phase
Welcome to season 4 of the Milspouse Brief! I’m so excited that you are here. The start of this season is about my transition from milspouse to service member. I go through my time at OCS and what I experienced, what I learned and some of my favorite memories. I hope you enjoy!
Aug 08, 202257:31
Season 3: Episode 5- Home Buying Experience with Tiffany Palao
To close out the home buying experience episodes, I have one of my best friends Tiffany on today! We bought our first homes around the same time and talk all about what we went through. Buying a home for the time is a lot and I’m so grateful we had each other to lean on. I also share a little life update! Enjoy!!
Mar 28, 202241:53
Season 3- Episode 4: Story of our first home!
Todays episode is with Kenzie’s husband, Cade! We talk about what started our house journey, what we learned, what happened during our closing and how it’s been so far in our house. Hope you enjoy!!
Mar 14, 202231:45
Episode 3: Jermarcus Tate with Leviitate Real Estate & The Warrior Group
On todays episode, Cade and I’d realtor comes on to talk all about his military career along with his new career as a real estate agent. He got us our first home and it was such an amazing experience. Jermarcus is a retired 1st Sgt and has such a love for the Marine Corps. We dive into tips for first time home buyers and what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to buying a home. Tune in to hear, it’s a great episode!!
Feb 23, 202258:19
Season 3: Episode 2- Katie Skipper & Wholly You Fitness LLC
Happy Valentines Day! I hope you enjoy this episode with my personal trainer. Katie is wonderful and I am so grateful she came into my life. We talk all about what’s going on currently, what our workout routine is, what we are doing to have better recovery days and different lessons we have learned recently. I hope you enjoy!
Feb 14, 202255:29
Season 3: Life, Learning & Lessons- Episode 1: Update + Kenzie’s new life lessons.
Welcome to season 3!!! I am so grateful to be back and to bring this season to you. I have had so many life changes, new lessons and a lot of learning in the past few months. On this episode I give our current life update and share some new things I have implemented in my life to help with life, learning & lessons. I also share what some of the upcoming episodes will be about! Check it out and let me know what tips you’ve implemented in your life.
Feb 07, 202232:54
Episode 8: The holidays
The holidays can be a hard time for military families and civilians! I discuss all the different traditions people sent in, new things to consider during the holidays & how to make this season best for you and your family. I shared some of my favorite holiday traditions and I think it’s important to realize that change is inevitable but you can still have a wonderful holiday season no matter what the circumstances are. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
Dec 13, 202126:02
Episode 7: Homecomings & Adjustment Period
Homecomings are some of the best part of military life but can easily be glamorized. The adjustment period is tough after a homecoming and it’s what is talked about on the podcast today! I answer some questions about deployments & homecomings. Then I dive into dealing with the adjustment period, the perspective of the service members and how to properly communicate expectations. I also share a big secret going on in our life! Check out episode 7!
Nov 29, 202130:07
Episode 6: Money talk!
In this episode I dive into credit cards, budgets, investing, HYSA, grocery store prep, status matching and loans. Money talk can be scary but I hope these tips and tricks help you to learn more. I know I feel so much better when I am aware of my finances and feel in control. I love making money goals and hope to continue to learn and grow. Let me know your favorite money tip!
Nov 15, 202128:42
Episode 5: Handyman Tips
When you are a milspouse there are a lot of time that you are alone and having to do things by yourself. Here are some tips that I have learned and used to help clean my house, fix things, packing tips and other handyman ideas! Hope you enjoy!
Nov 05, 202127:55
Episode 4: Identity & Sense of Self
On the 4th episode of season 2, I go into detail about how common it is to lose your identity or sense of self when being a military spouse. I discuss what causes this and then some solutions that I have found or seen done to help combat this problem. I also tell you what the secret is and give you some more insight into my life. Hope you enjoy!!
Oct 29, 202132:46
Episode 3: Morning Routine, Night Routine & Chronotypes
On episode 3 I dive into chronotypes and how to be successful when finding your routine & rhythm. It’s important to learn how to function the best and I shared my tips & tricks into creating the best morning/night routine for me! I discuss how the current trend to be “that girl” can be combated by finding the routine and schedule that allows you to be successful even if it doesn’t fall into societies realm of being the most aesthetically pleasing.
Oct 22, 202127:40
Episode 2: Military Balls
In this episode, I go into detail about what to expect when attending a military ball, what to wear, how to act and what to be prepared for! I hope COVID-19 hasn’t cancelled your ball and you get to attend this year. Drop in the comments your favorite ball memory!
Oct 15, 202120:08
Episode 1- Kenzie’s 22 rules to live by!
In honor of my 22nd birthday, this episode is kicking off season 2 by me talking about all the things I live by, have applied to my life, or think are very important! I talk all about beauty, fitness, health, relationships and money. These are all things I’ve learned from others and find they bring me to success!
Oct 08, 202137:36
Episode 36: Bianca Cassara -Infertility
This episode is all about infertility, miscarriages, rainbow babies, Tricare and how to advocate for yourself when it comes to being pregnant and giving birth. Bianca was kind enough to talk about her struggles with infertility and how they were able to get through it and what she learned. She started a blog about it so be sure to check it out! This is the last episode of season 1!
Oct 01, 202153:23
Episode 35: Special Guest Marty Yorton
Marty was an active duty in the Air Force before getting out and becoming a military spouse! Her husband just retired from the Air Force and now they live in Raleigh, North Carolina. She goes into detail all about the experiences as an active duty parent, what it was like being dual military, living all around the world, being a military spouse and experiencing unaccompanied orders. Tune into this amazing podcast! There is so much to learn and listen about.
Sep 24, 202101:34:18
Episode 34: Special Guest Bridget Ross
Bridget is a nurse practitioner at the Naval hospital and just gave birth to an adorable baby girl, Piper! Her husband Jeremy is a Major in the Marine Corps and they met at the Dunkin’ Donuts on base! They have a wonderful story and have experienced so much when it comes to military life! Tune in to hear about her birth, Jeremy’s deployments, military life and what becoming parents is like!
Sep 10, 202101:07:39
Episode 33: Navy Life Update
Kenzie recognizes the 13 service members who lost their lives in Afghanistan this past week. She then explains how the rest of the Navy process went and how she is feeling! She goes into detail about her medical miracle and how excited she is. Tune in to hear the update!
Sep 03, 202128:56
Episode 32: Special Guest Vili Marquez
Vili and I met in highschool in Ohio! Her boyfriend is in the Army Reserves and we talk all about what the reserves are like. I learned so much about this hidden gem and feel like more people need to know what it’s like!! Tune in to episode 32 and learn what life in the reserves is like! I hope you enjoy!!
Aug 27, 202146:04
Episode 31: Wedding tips
Kenzie dives into her life for the past 2 weeks & the weddings she was able to attend in Utah. She talks about her wedding and the things she learned while going through that process along with attending a bunch of her friends. She shares what she would do differently and what are some musts when having a wedding. Check it out and drop some of your wedding wisdoms in the comments!
Aug 20, 202137:19
Episode #30: Special Guest Tiffany Palao
Tiffany is an amazing entrepreneur who is dedicated to becoming the best version of herself. She focuses on self care while expanding her corporate job along with her own entrepreneurial efforts. She has big goals in life and talks about how she accomplishes those while being a military spouse. Tune into episode 30 to hear more about her dedication and aspirations!!
Aug 13, 202146:20
Episode 29: Special Guest Takako Cannon
She is an esthetician who lives on Camp Pendleton currently. She has been giving Kenzie facials since she moved to California! We dive into all things esthetician facials and how she got into the beauty industry. Check out episode 29 to learn more about the process of a facial and some tips to get through esthetician school.
Aug 06, 202158:16
Episode 28: Special Guest Steffanie McCauley
On this episode we dive into the world of photography. Steffanie gives all the inside details of what photographers go through along with tips that are helpful if you are wanting your pictures done professionally. We talk about moving to California and life with Marines. Tune in, she gives great advice you won’t want to miss!!
Jul 30, 202101:19:12
Episode 27: Special Guest Katie Skipper
Katie is a fitness trainer and lives currently on Camp Pendleton. She runs Wholly You Fitness and is amazing. She holds in person and online courses. I have been going to Katie to help me with the preparing for the Navy and she is the best trainer I have ever worked with! She talks all about her journey and gives great advice. Take a listen!
Jul 16, 202101:10:07
Episode 26: Kenzie’s Big Surprise
Tune in to hear about Kenzie’s new surprise in your life and what’s currently going. She goes into why she choose this path, all that it entails and how excited and nervous she is. Check it out and post your comments!!
Jul 09, 202132:44
Episode 25: Special Guest Zoee Stockton
Kenzie’s first friend in California comes on the podcast to talk all about living in California, long distance relationships, doing what’s best for her family and her interior design business. Check out the episode and leave your thoughts in the comments!
Jul 02, 202153:22
Episode 24: Special Guest Bianca Cassara
This episode we discuss deployment, life in Hawaii, infertility, miscarriages and life in the military. Bianca is a huge advocate for women going through infertility and wants to break stigmas and share information. She has been through 5 deployments and just recently moved to Hawaii. Listen in on episode 24 to gain a new perspective on military life!
Jun 25, 202154:14
Episode 23: Question&Answer/ Fathers Day
In this episode, Kenzie dives into more questions about military life and gives answers based on her opinion and experience. She ends the episode discussing the men in her life to celebrate Father’s Day.
Jun 18, 202139:39
Episode 22: Special Guest Billy Madsen & Spencer Martin- Mental Health
This episode is all about mental health. A Behavioral tech in the Navy and a Navy Corpsman join me in talking about getting help, things that help, how to be compassionate and understanding to people who have seen combat and how to deal with deployments. Take a listen because it’s one of the best episodes so far!!
Jun 11, 202101:24:45
Episode 21: Special Guest Brenda Hechavarria
Brenda came on and is the sweetest lady. We talked all about early marriage, the military, her being pregnant, what life is California is like and family. We also discussed businesses and time management. Tell us in the comments what your preferred work schedule is. Tune in and let me know what you think!
Jun 04, 202101:04:18
Episode 20: One year of Marriage & Love Languages
Kenzie’s husband Caden hops on the podcast to talk about the last year of their life married as they celebrated their one year wedding anniversary this week. They talked about funny memories, advice they have gotten, their love languages and how they successfully got through this last year married. Tune in and let us know your thoughts and what causes the biggest argument in your relationship!?
May 28, 202137:59
Episode 19: Special Guest Hailee Moffett
Hailee is a milspouse of an Infantry Marine. She got pregnant at 16 and shared the story of her life and how the military has affected it! She was kind and vulnerable sharing her story and it was a great episode!
May 21, 202147:04
Episode 18: Special Guest Emilie Van Alsburg
Emilie is a Marine wife who came on the podcast and talked all things marriage, deployments and religion. She is amazing and so kind. She gave great stories and advice. Emilie is hilarious and you won’t want to miss this episode!!
May 14, 202101:01:28
Episode: 17 Military Awards & Mothers Day
Check out the 17th episode that is all about the top awards and honors someone in the military can received. Some special people who have received those awards and the 6 women in Mackenzie’s life that have made a difference!!
May 07, 202136:20
Episode: 16 Special Guest Stephanie Abbe
Join us to hear Stephanie’s experience as a military spouse. She is part of the LGBTQ community and gave a wonderful insight on her thoughts and feelings. Tune in and let us know your thoughts!!
Apr 30, 202101:02:14
Episode: 15 Special Guests Bianca Navejar & Crystal Montano
This episode covers all the good stuff! We discuss family dynamic, military dynamic, kids and parenting. We also talk about funny stories growing up and how to do what’s best for your family. It’s a long one, but full of super good information for everyone. Tune in and let us know your thoughts!!
Apr 23, 202101:51:16
Episode: 14 things to do after getting married in the military
Kenzie really struggled with all the paperwork that came after getting married and felt like everyone should know what it entails, what it means and her unique experience! Hope you learned something from episode 14. Let us know your thoughts!!
Apr 16, 202140:05
Episode 13: Special Guest Jade & Spencer Martin
This episode is highlighting what it is like being a dual military family. Both Jade and Spencer are Navy Corpsman and work with Marine Units at Camp Pendleton. They share the insight about married life and teach us more about the Navy side of the military. Tune it and let us know your thoughts!!
Apr 09, 202101:07:17
Episode 12: Question and Answer
This episode is filled with all the questions about military life and we give all the answers and insight!! Tune it because it is equal parts funny and informative. Let us know what you think!!
Apr 02, 202101:02:59
Episode 11: Special Guest Kelly DeVore
Episode 11 is about Kelly’s time as a military spouse and all that she has gone through with her husband changing jobs and moving back and forth across the country. Cade joins in as the co-host and we have a great conversation and learn a lot!!
Mar 26, 202101:00:06