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Surviving a deployment part 1

Posted Feb 13 2013 5:43pm

Hey pumpkins,

The last “good byes” and “be safe’s” have been said. There have been many tears in the past few weeks but also some huge successes. Who says a girl can’t set up an entire surround sound system in the basement?!

I’m going to start working on my pinterest board and posting so many craft projects. ( Brittany inspired me to conquer my board) except I am the most uncraftiest person ever so be prepared for some laughs.

Here are a few tips I’ve been putting together to survive either a long distance relationship or a deployment. It works for both.

1. Set up some form of communication. Skype has been hit or miss for us. Some days it works, some days it doesnt. When it works I absolutely think skype is the best thing in the world. When it drops our calls I want to hurl my phone across the room. It’s a love hate relationship.

2. Write letters. Who doesn’t like getting hand written letters in the mail? Highlight of my day too.

Source: etsy.com via Brenda on Pinterest

3. Care packages. Even if they are only living two or three hours away. Getting a package is just as good as getting a letter especially when the boxes are decorated inside with their favorite things.

4. Plan events. I need stuff to look forward to.

5. Set a daily goal. This has helped me tremendously. I remember one day I was so depressed I could barely get out of bed. I set a goal the day before to do one thing for myself that day no matter what. I ended up riding the bike for an hour and I felt so much better afterwards. Take some time for yourself to reflect.

6. Have a support group. I have made what I call my own “battle buddy” at home. She also has a significant other who is deployed and we have been supporting each other. There is nothing better than being able to talk to someone who is also going through it. Family can also be very helpful.

Hope everyone has a fantastic day!

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Do you have any tips for a long distance relationship?


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