Happiness Challenge 7: Isn’t it time you forgave them?

Forgiveness Happiness Challenge

This week we’re focusing on forgiveness. Think back to those who may have hurt you or that you’ve had a possible misunderstanding with. Forgiveness is about letting go of those wrongs and extending an olive branch for peace when possible. It doesn’t mean that you have to forget or keep relationships with those who have […]

Happiness Challenge 6: I bet you’ve got a mentor

Happiness Challenge 6 A great mentor

This week we’re taking a look at the people who help shape us into who we are. Sometimes our mentors don’t know the role they’ve held in our lives… this week we are reaching out to them to thank them. Many of us wouldn’t be where we are without the encouragement of these people. If […]

Happiness Challenge 5: Where are you today?

Happiness Challenge 5 We cannot control the wind

This week we’re taking a deeper glimpse into our lives. How we got here, decisions that we’ve made, those who have mentored us, and those who have hurt us. It’s an easy week because it requires nothing more than making a list… some of those names you scribe may be filled with emotions. It may bring […]

Happiness Challenge 4: Need a book recommendation?

Happiness Challenge 4 Reading forces you to be quiet

How was your sleep last week? I’m not going to lie, I’m still struggling with it. But I did finish a new book, so that’s a win in my week. This week we’re going to focus on reading. If you’re looking for a new book, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite […]

Happiness Challenge 3: Are you getting enough sleep?

Happiness Challenge 3

Getting a full night’s sleep is something I struggle with. I have the best of intentions, but once my kids are in bed, I revel in the quiet time. Social media doesn’t make things easier. Many of us get pulled into catching up with what’s going on in the world and our community… and it’s […]

Why the Happiness Challenge? What I learned from burying my son

Living with sadness

My life hit rock bottom when I had to bury my son. Five months later, I sent my husband off to war. Shortly thereafter, I brought our daughter into the world while he was off fighting in Afghanistan. To say it was a tumultuous year would be an understatement. I had to find a way […]

Facts and Data: Why the Resident Energy Conservation Program is broken

Resident Energy Conservation Program

A complicated name, for a complicated program. The Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) was implemented across all branches of the Department of Defense to reduce energy consumption among those living on base. The program creates a baseline of average use and then provides a 10% buffer above and below that baseline — those who go over the […]

Happiness Challenge Day 1

Happiness Challenge Minimalism

It’s February 1st. Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Have you made actionable change towards succeeding in that endeavor? Like many of you, I look back and reflect on the completion of the year. I think about what I’ve accomplished that I’m proud of, and consider what I would have differently if given the […]

If you give a military spouse an opportunity….

if you give a military spouse an opportunity

If you give a military spouse an opportunity, they’re going ask when they can start. When you give them a chance, they’ll probably exceed your expectations. When they’re finished for the day, they’ll give you a big smile. Then they’ll get home and want to look in the mirror to remind them, that this is […]

Happiness Challenge 27: Reframing Issues

Military Moving Reframing the issue

Happiness Challenge 27: Let’s talk about reframing issues. Today marks the beginning of our last PCS. The last three days, we’ve been prepping and organizing the house so the movers can come in and pack. I get stressed out with moves. I try and get everything ‘just right’ for a smooth transition. But as I’m […]

Official Bio/Photos for Press

Kristine’s Official Bio for Press and Publications:  Kristine Schellhaas’s success as an entrepreneur and nationally known advocate for military families is the result of her unwavering passion, fearless commitment, and unique authenticity. Kristine has spent nearly two decades with her Marine and her journey has provided inspiration and opportunity for those who call the military […]

15 Years of War: Press Release

Daddy daughter military shoes

15 Years of War: New Book Delves into Longtime War Deployments and Life on the Home Front Tells the Untold Story of Military Families. Kristine Schellhaas, a Marine Corps spouse for nearly two decades, tells her military family’s story of support and sacrifice in her new book, “15 Years of War: How the Longest War […]