I’m a Communicator and Entrepreneur. I’ve been part of the military community for over 17 years. My passion is motivating and encouraging military spouses to do what they love and to follow their dreams.
Military life is not easy and it is not for everyone. Soon to be military spouses often ask me, “What’s it like being a military spouse?” My reply is always the same, “It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love.” My life’s most valuable work has been centered around helping military spouses and service members successfully navigate the challenges the military lifestyle brings. I’ve interviewed many service members, veterans and military spouses. Without a doubt, a reoccurring theme is there is nothing that can quench the desire to serve one’s country and when that time is done, finding that same level of meaningful, rewarding work is next to impossible.
The next phase of my life journey includes mentoring military spouses to successfully navigate this military lifestyle and helping military entrepreneurs grow their businesses by sharing communication strategies, tools, productivity tips and social strategies.
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed or stuck on how to create the life or career of your dreams, then you’ve come to the right place. My goal is the resources and wisdom shared here will fast track you to reaching your goals.
Podcasts and Pups
Back in 2007, I founded the military lifestyle website MyMilitaryLife.com, and created the internet radio show Navy Wife Radio, the beginnings of Military Life Radio. In 2013, I co-created The Military Spouse Show™ with Krista Wells, PhD., The Military Spouse Coach®. I’m passionate about learning. I share stories, tips and resources to successfully navigate this crazy, amazing life and live our dreams through writing, podcasting, and LIVE events.
When I first started blogging in early 2007, it was after a PCS move. My household goods were unpacked and I wasn’t working full time yet. One night after a trip down an Internet rabbit hole, I discovered Milblogging.com and my first ‘milblog’, Blackfive. I was bit by the blogging bug and the rest as they say is history. This was back in the day when everyone blogged anonymously, my avatar was a photo of my girl beagle.
The purpose of this site is to have a central location for my digital footprint. Through blog posts and shows, I’ll share useful, timely insight on the topics of Military Life, Social Media, Leadership, and my favorite Productivity tips. You’ll get a sneak peak into the backstage areas of the podcasts. I’ll also be sharing the successes and wisdom of some of my favorite friends.
Wendy Poling is as a leading voice for military spouses around the globe. As a social media strategist, she created a popular military spouse group blog and support website in 2007, SubmarineWife.com, the beginnings of MyMilitaryLife.com. She hosts a web radio show/podcast for military spouses of all ages, experience and backgrounds, Military Life Radio & Navy Wife Radio.
Notable: Selected as one of BlogTalkRadio’s top 300 shows, top 2% (13′).
Wendy has interviewed numerous stars and celebrities, including Sofia Vergara, HGTV’s Vern Vip, NBC’s Original ‘Apprentice’ Bill Rancic, country music super star Mark Wills, and Scott Waugh, the Director of the film ‘Act of Valor’.
Wendy is a requested participant in DoD blogger roundtables, including a roundtable with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President of the United States, and the First Lady, Michelle Obama; she was part of the USS Missouri (SSN 780) command leadership team, serving as the Command Ombudsman. She also served as the Family Support/Readiness Group President for the USS Tennessee (SSBN 734B).
Wendy served on the selection committee for the 2010 Military Spouse Magazine’s, AFI Military Spouse of the Year Award ® and was one of the magazine’s original bloggers along side her now business partner, Krista Wells, Ph.D. The Military Spouse Coach ®.
Wendy was the first Navy wife blogger on Military.com’s SpouseBUZZ blog and was a featured panelists at SpouseBUZZ LIVE in San Diego, California. She has also been published in the Navy Times and featured in the book 1001 Things to Love About Military Life.
Having PCS’d three times in six years; she understands the challenges of moving and maintaining a career. In addition to her work with military families, Wendy specializes in developing digital media communication strategies and tactics to augment traditional media. Her 12 years of experience in web development, communications and product development has been augmented by previous work as a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force civilian employee and most recently as a contractor for the U.S. Navy’s Operational Stress Control Program serving as a founding member of the Program team. Wendy spearheaded the launch of the US Navy’s Operational Stress Control’s blog Navigating Stress, social media strategy and the U.S. Navy’s Suicide Prevention program’s, first of its kind Navy wide poster contest. She was the Family Track co-lead for the 2012 Navy and Marine Corps Combat and Operational Stress Control Conference “Joining Forces to Strengthen Resilience”.
In 2013, she co-founded and co-organized the Military Spouse CEO Experience at the 2013 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition.
Wendy was selected as an Inc. Magazine Military Entrepreneur Special Delegate for 2011-2012 and served as a mentor for the 2013 MEP Inc. 500 | 5000 Conference.
Wendy is currently part of the Social Business team for a Fortune 150 financial services company. She serves as a certified Army Family Team Building Instructor and Facilitator at her local War Fighter and Family Readiness Center located on the US Army post, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Wendy’s been married for 14 years to a career Navy submariner. She is a proud soccer mom and has two pups. In her free time she enjoys photography and traveling.