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What I do know about what I didn’t know about retirement

I often hear from friends who are scared of all the perceived challenges facing them in retirement. Or they read something on Facebook, which may or may not be accurate, and they get freaked out about the transition from military life to civilian life.

I see those same posts. Mostly, they go something like this:

“I am so stressed out about my spouse’s retirement. I just want to cry all the time.”


“I don’t know how I am going to handle all this.”


“We have no idea what we will do next.”

The Term End Sprint

By Amy Nielsen

That moment you realize you have not only hit the sophomore college slump, but that it exactly coincides with exam week, presentation week, new client week, travel week, new sport season kickoff and husband on extra double shifts week.

Yeah. That week.

I already feel like I haven’t slept and it’s not even Monday yet.

The only saving grace is that the public school system is on spring break this week here so my homeschooled older girl doesn’t have swim practice on top of this all.

Now hiring military spouses: Amazon

Need a job you can carry with you during and after PCS? Amazon may have the answer.

The online shopping giant hires virtual customer service representatives who work at home, and they have a job site dedicated specifically to military spouses.

The work from home positions include two to four weeks of paid training, seasonal and referral bonus opportunities and start at $10 – 11 per hour with bonus opportunities.

To Facebook or not to Facebook, that is the question.

Anyone else struggling with the Facebook decision? To delete or not to delete, that is the question.

I’ve had a handful of friends announce that they planned to go dark, a kind of semi step into life without posts but without deleting their account completely. Others have disappeared from Facebook with nary a farewell post.

Military Children need supported by everyone, including the civilian community

Two million children have had a parent deploy since 2001.

Hear me as I speak. Two. Million.

That number is staggering. That is two million children who have watched a parent walk away never knowing if they would see them again.

That is two million children who have stayed up at night worrying about their parent.

That is two million children who have caught a glimpse of the news or hushed words of an explosion, a helicopter crash, a battle and sat anxiously, wondering if their parent was still alive.

Congress bans restaurants from sharing tips

If your newsfeed has been dominated this week by accusations by porn stars, news on Russia and the Koreas you may have missed the news that was most relevant to you.

Congress blocked employers from taking any amount of tips that diners leave for waiters.

Retirement Ceremony – who, what, where, when and maybe, not at all

I’m not going to lie. I was disappointed, and even a little angry, when my husband said he didn’t want a retirement ceremony.


Being a voice for the voiceless, advocacy in fee-for-service work

By Amy Nielsen

My profession, clinical nutrition, is one that professes to service the general population. What we do is rarely covered by insurance, so we for the most part work on a fee-for-service model. This precludes a huge swath of the public if we want to charge a living wage for our services. This is a problem for most complementary health professions.

Surviving back handed gifts of the group project

By Amy Nielsen

It’s midterm week and we are starting to get underway with the dreaded group project. There are eight of us this time. Not only is it a group project, it’s an hour-long, live group presentation in guise of a court case. Did I mention there are eight of us on the team?

Sweet baboons on a brick if I make it out of this alive I will have earned my blankity blank Master’s degree.

Competitive hiring in retail? Yes

Since Congress approved a tax cut in January that benefitted businesses, more employees are reaping the benefits in their paychecks.

At last count 15 national companies are giving thousands of employees up to a $1,000 bonus. Those companies include JetBlue, AT&T and American Airlines.  There are dozens more local companies across the country that have done the same.

Other corporations, both national and local, have announced increases to pay and 401K accounts.


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