While our spouses are deployed, we always want to make the time apart pass as quickly as possible. I've learned that if you have a list of things to do, in mind, it'll help make the months pass more quickly. So here's a list of things that you can add to your deployment bucket list.
Take a trip with some friends or family, not only will it keep you busy and keep your mind off the deployment, it'll be fun!
2.) Train for a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon.
This will give you a goal to work towards while your spouse is deployed. It'll be sure to keep you busy and you'll also get in shape! Imagine how accomplished you'll feel after you complete the run!
3.) Start a large craft project.
Is there a project that you've been wanting to do but just haven't gotten around to it? Well your spouse is deployed, so why not do it now? It'll keep you busy, it'll be fun and you finally get to do the project you haven't had time to do.
4.) Clean out the attic, garage or basement.
This will definitely be a time consumer, but that's good. You can finally clear out all the clutter that has taken over. Take time to get things organized and decide what to keep, donate and throw out. After all, cleaning has been proven to relieve stress.
Whether it be at the local soup kitchen, the VA hospital or Big Brothers, Big Sisters, volunteering will give you something to do on a regular basis. Not only will you be able to have fun, but you will also be able to help those who really need it. You may even stick to it after the deployment is over.
6.) Read at least one book a month.
7.) Get more involved on base.
Become more active in your FRG and more involved in the activities that take place on base. You'll be surprised how much fun you'll have and the friends you'll make.
8.) Send at least one package a month.
You'll have fun decorating each package. Your spouse will be so happy to receive the cute packages you've made him or her and will be especially appreciative of any food you may send.
9.) Learn to cook new foods.
Find some recipes that you've never cooked before and try them out. You may find a lot of things you love, that you just haven't tried yet. Plus you can cook them for your spouse when he or she returns home.
10.) Pay off debts.
While your spouse is deployed , there will be a slight increase in pay and it will be untaxed. This allows for a great opportunity to pay off some (or all) debts that have been accumulated.
11.) Further your education.
Take some classes at the local community college. It'll help you work towards your degree and will also give you things to do to take up your time.
12.) Save up money.
Now is a great time to save up money for a trip, a new car or maybe even a house.
13.) Take yoga classes.
You may end up loving it! Plus it'll help you get (or stay) in shape.
I hope that you've enjoyed this list of ideas and that you are able to add them to your own bucket list.