Tag Archives: military family

Military Families and US Immigration

I care about military families and US immigration. As an immigrant and military spouse I recognize how hard and complex it can be to navigate the US immigration system. Sometimes it is hard to discern and make sense of it all – and I have a law degree, have studied constitutional law and have been a student of US immigration law and process by necessity over the last eight years. This article was first written in 2017, and has been updated a number of times Continue reading →

A Practical Guide To Location Independence

Here’s the thing, I know that working from anywhere is not possible for everyone; or as I call it, location independence. But what if it could be possible for you? Following a year of 150+ days of work travel in 2017, I wrote Lessons from working from anywhere. Many of those still stand, but after over 180+ days on the road in both 2018 and 2019, including three months working in Hungary, Germany, UAE, Thailand and Australia, I have some updated thoughts on location-independent work and Continue reading →

Want to be a world changer? Pull up a chair or build your own table

Want to be a world changer? Pull up a chair or build your own table. Quit waiting around for your gilded invitation! I am often so focused on getting things done, that I don’t much care if I’ve been anointed one of the chosen ones. We need to be careful of comparing our messy beginning or middle with someone’s else’s resolution or polished delivery. I know sometimes it might feel like you’re not being given the same opportunities that others get. It’s hard and sometimes Continue reading →

Vetted: leveraging military experience for private sector success

VETTED transitions Veteran leaders into industry disruptors and entrepreneurs of tomorrow through a Veteran education platform in partnership with top MBA programs. Their vision is to strengthen the private sector with our nation’s military talent. I wanted to share the work of Vetted as part of our Friday Feature: non profit leaders interview series because Dr Melgar-C’De Baca is inspiring in her own right, let alone the work that she is doing with VETTED Foundation! Dr Alba Melgar-C’De Baca finds her own post-transition mission with VETTED Foundation Continue reading →

Mission: Military Spouse Entrepreneur

I began my journey to being a Military Spouse Entrepreneur literally on the opposite of the world. As an Australian trained attorney I found myself living with my active duty military spouse in a US State where there was no path for me to be admitted to the Bar. After serving a District Attorney’s Office writing motions and case notes, and leading a large regional non profit as its Executive Director, we moved to another military base in the same state. Which, if you are Continue reading →

Career Strategy and Success Summit

Join me for the Career Strategy and Success Summit (hosted by Military Transition Network) is coming up in Austin later this month – 22-24 July in Austin, Texas! The theme for this year’s Career Strategy and Success Summit (CS3) is “Driving You to Success”. The purpose of the CS3 conference is to prepare our attendees for their future success, whether it be towards private sector employment, entrepreneurship ventures, or academic advancement. We will be carrying this future-mindedness theme throughout our fun-filled and exciting 2 ½-day conference. Continue reading →

Anna Blanch Rabe joins Abby Norman for Bad Dinner Party Guest Podcast

I am a bad dinner party guest. I just can’t help it. When someone starts talking about immigrants and immigration I can’t stay quiet – an occupational hazard for an immigrant in the US at the moment. So, when Abby Norman asked me what would make me a bad dinner party guest, challenging misconceptions about immigration immediately came to mind. I’ve known Abby for a few years now. We met through a writing group. I enjoy her often irreverant take on life and politics. We’ve Continue reading →

Anna Blanch Rabe joins Dear Millies podcast for a recent episode on being an immigrant Milspouse

Anna Blanch Rabe joins Dear Milfamily podcast for a recent episode on being an immigrant military spouse. Dear MilFamily is a new podcast in the military family community. The hosts describes the podcast as: “We talk about anything and everything related to being in the military life. Grab a cup of coffee, glass of wine, or whatever your vice and listen to some spouses get real about their lives.” Episode 8: The Foreign Milspouse. Sheila Arting writes in the episode summary: “Many military spouses are Continue reading →

When you don’t want to go: Military Influencer conference 2017

While I was one of the earliest earlybird ticket buyers for Military Influencer Conference 2017 (#milblogging17), I really wasn’t sure I wanted to go. It’s been a long year and I admit I was worried. I’ve been on the road for over four months so far this year and it’s only October. Time away means time I’m not spending communicating with my clients. So what was I worried about? This would be another  dude-bro fest that spoke only to male veterans. It would be a Continue reading →

Anna Blanch Rabe embarks on American Identity Tour

PRESS RELEASE Anna Blanch Rabe to embark on American Identity Tour Alamogordo, New Mexico — Have you ever wanted to explore the vastness of the lower 48 by train? Have you ever imagined what it would be like to cross the US on Amtrak? Anna Blanch Rabe has. What started out as a plan B in case her husband was deployed again has ended up becoming a way of seeking to understand what it means to be American. “Military Spouses often look for ways to Continue reading →