Maintaining Wellness Through


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Choosing to get out of the military after 5, 10, or 20+ years is a life-altering decision. Going from a system of structure and hierarchy to one of chaos and uncertainty is a change that can be difficult to navigate alone.

But you don’t have to.

Sure, they tell you how to act like a civilian. They tell you how to polish your resume, beef-up your LinkedIn, which companies favor military veterans, and take a resource dump on you.

But they don’t always teach you how to be successful in the non-tangibles.

Transitioning from the military should be more than a path for jobs, but a path for success and well-being—whatever way you may define that.

You may be thinking…

  • I’m not going to miss the military—goodbye uniform and crazy schedules!

  • I won’t feel the impact of rejection transitioning to the civilian workforce.

  • I’m not going to experience the effects of change—I’m ready for it!

  • I’m not going to feel shame or loss of purpose—I served my country.

  • My purpose isn’t tied to service...I don’t think?

  • I’m not going to be left behind. There are so many resources available.

  • I’m not going to lose my tribe. We will all keep in touch.


I thought the same thing. And then I experienced all of these things and more. 

Transition is an ongoing process, not just another box to check.

But I decided to do something about it. I created a platform where transitioning military members and their families can tell their stories. The good, the bad, and the lessons learned along the way.

 Because all our stories matter. And where there are stories, there is community.


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Your military transition story isn’t over. It’s just beginning. 


Hi, I’m Christina.

I’m an Air Force Veteran, educator, podcaster, doctoral student, mother, and advocate for those who feel like they were left behind. I also love tacos and Buc-ee’s.

I’m the creator and host of the Transition Tales podcast and the course The Struggle is Real.


I want to share the stories of those affected by transition— service members, veterans, and their families— to create a community through shared experience and understanding.

I also want to help military members through their transition by addressing things like grief, shame, rejection, change—and provide the tools to face them with courage and the right mindset. You know, all the fun things to deal with.

It is my goal and mission to create a space where the transitioning military community feels heard, understood, and successful. Not just in the measurable things, but in their courage, curiosity, and character.

I’ve been where you are.

I didn’t always know what I wanted to do after my military transition. In fact, it took me 11 years to figure it out. 

If you like stories, I’ve got an interesting one. {Read More}



“That transition? I thought I had it figured out [...] Some people, they face the transition struggle as soon as they’re getting out. Others face it maybe a couple of months later. I faced it years later and I realized there was something going on.”

   “I think that’s the important thing...that understanding transition doesn’t happen when you are transitioning out of the military.” 

   “My advice would be, take that moment. Take that moment to step back.”


—  Wayne Taylor, Army Veteran

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About the podcast

Transition Tales— a L.I.V.E. with Courage Podcast—is a platform where service members, vets, and their families share their transition stories. Along with some tips, tricks, and honest reviews about transition programs.

In this podcast, there is no sugar coating or cookie-cutter stories. Every person has a different experience. Yet, you will find there are certain commonalities.

Things like...

  • Realizing no matter how prepared you are, something always happens.

  • It can take years to transition.

  • It’s okay to not be okay...especially right away.

  • Transition programs don’t always prepare you the way you need them to.

  • Some people thrive with their freedom.

  • Others feel a lack of purpose and struggle in finding it outside of the military.

  • Job searching can be depressing.

  • Family dynamics can change.


Our transition is unique to our culture—and is not a one-size-fits-all. Transition Tales is more than a podcast, it’s a community and a resource. 

Catch up on all the episodes here

Interested in sharing your unique transition story? Even if you think it’s too crazy or traditional, someone out there will find comfort and inspiration in your story—and maybe even learn something!  


The Struggle Is Real

Look, I understand that TAP might have left you feeling a little...well, tapped out, but this course is NOTHING like that.

Getting out of the military changes everything. Every service member (and their family) considers their dreaded “next move.” 

This could be a job hunt, a move across the country, going back to school, or officially retiring. Either way, this course will help you identify and navigate through the less popular challenges...

Grief, shame, rejection, and change.

In the gaps between the transition, job seeking, and mental health treatment, there is an opportunity to grow and become mentally resilient.

The best part? You can do this course from the comfort of your own home! In your sweats with your favorite beverage.


Want to learn more? Come on over.

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Before you go...

Did you just scroll to the bottom? 


No worries, I do it too. 

Here’s the gist…

If you are a military member getting ready to transition into the civilian world, check out the self-paced course The Struggle is Real. In this course, you will get the no BS approach to how to maintain your wellness through the transition—all from the comfort of your home. No uniforms or uncomfortable chairs.


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