New Series: A Modern Woman’s (Non-FRG) Guide to Life + Love

modern-woman's-guideNEW-02For a while now you have read here and there about this new blog series i’ve been working on and i bet you’re very curious as to what it entails. Well, thanks to some major support from Crystal, this project slowly came along and i am so excited to share it with you guys. You may or may not know this, but i am a military wife and i’ve noticed that after blogging for a year i haven’t really shared much about this big part of my life (well besides our PCS to Okinawa).

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About the series:
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The inspiration for this series came after i received a Facebook message from a lovely girl asking me for advice. Her boyfriend had joined the Marines and at the time only had a month before leaving for Basic Training. She wanted to hear my story and my experiences with the Marine Corps. I put myself in her shoes and decided to pay it forward, so i went back in time to the moment when G left for Bootcamp. I remember scouring the internet for information on what to expect during the next couple of months of training and let me tell you it was scary. Finally a couple of weeks into his Basic Training i found Tumblr and i met the most amazing group of ladies who were more than just a support group.

While i was pouring my heart and soul into a Facebook message a little light bulb when on in my head and i thought this would be a great blog series. So here we are! The goal of this series is to pay it forward and help other future/current significant others during the many stages of a relationship with a man or a woman serving in the US military.

But instead of just sitting down and writing about all the stages myself, i recruited the help of some lovely bloggers because let’s face it i am no expert. This way we have girlfriends and wives, to men from different branches of the US Military, we have students, mothers, and even expats living all over the world; with their own experiences and unique stories to tell. Thanks to them, a Modern Woman’s (Non-FRG) Guide to Life+Love was born!

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What the heck is FRG?
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If you’re not affiliated to the military you’re probably wondering what the heck is “FRG”!! Well in true military fashion i added an acronym and didn’t explain it (oops!). In the Army the Family Readiness Group, is where spouses step up and come together to close the information gap between the military member, the command and the families. Their goal is to help families through the thick and thin of military life, by having newcomer orientations, classes and workshops, volunteer opportunities, meetings, fun activities and most importantly deployment support. Over in my neck of the woods (the Marine Corps) they call themselves “FRO”, Family Readiness Officer! They can be a great resource, but most of the times it isn’t available for all significant others, like girlfriends or fiancees who aren’t considered “family” yet.

The reason for making this a Non- FRG Guide, is that we wanted to break away from that and give you all a more personal guide to military life. Now don’t you feel better knowing the meaning behind the series! 😉

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Meet the Ladies:
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Series Calendar
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I know this series is geared more towards military significant others, but the stories these ladies will share can resonate with any relationship, so be sure to stay tuned because later today Amber from And Yes to Joy will be sharing her story on how she became an Army Girlfriend. Are you as excited as i am?!

*Note: A huge virtual hug to Claire from Daisy Bisley for coming up with this beautiful calendar design! Go ahead and leave her some love!

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • This is such a great idea and an amazing way to help another person. And you got a wonderful team there. Here is me wishing all the best for you girls on the new series 🙂

  • Thank You so much!! I am so excited to lend a helping hand to others 🙂 and OMG i know!! I am so lucky to have all of these wonderful bloggers working with me! 🙂 *virtual hug*!

  • Casey C

    Whoo hoo!!! Excited to get this party started!! I need to get writing! 🙂

  • this is awesome! I am really looking forward to reading about everyone's experiences! also, this might be a silly question, but what does "Non-FRG" mean?

  • wahooooo its here!
    I am totally and completely over the moon!

  • Can't wait to write up my post and have it out there! Speaking of… I need to write my post! 😉

  • Caitlyn Phipps

    Aww this is amazing! I have been with the BF now for almost 6 years and the first 3 were filled with him in the Army and us not being in the same state for half of the 3 years(deployment, training etc)! This would have been an amazing resource! All of you girls are amazing and cant wait to read the posts!
    -Caitlyn

  • So excited to be apart of your series, Laura! Great job organizing everything!

  • I'm sorry, haha! i forgot that not everybody watches Army Wives or is with a man in the military ;'D! I received a tweet asking this question and i edited the post and added the meaning of FRG!

  • YAYAYAY!! ^___^ i'm excited as well!

  • I haven't written mine either!!! haha i'm a procrastinator at heart!

  • I'm so excited to have you as well and it was a bit stressful but i'm happy to see everything come together!! and btw, for some reason everytime i made your picture collage it would have a weird colored background :/ i tried fixing it a million times but failed everytime!! so, i decided to leave it like that </3

  • *happy dance*!! Oh i totally need to sit down and get writing too!! 😉

  • I knew i wanted to make a fun, easy to read resource for other future/current military significant others, because i didn't have that either! Although i am so thankful to Tumblr and all of my MilSo friends that helped me through! and i feel so lucky to have all these talented women working with me! Congrats on making it through 3 years of sucky distance thanks to the Army! :))

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