Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Calling All Navy Wives for a Deployment Challenge!

If you’ve read my blog before, you may have seen me talking about my deployment action-plan, which I am now calling the Navy Wife Deployment Challenge, and I am writing this special post to challenge you to join me.

In this blog, I write about those little experiences that make us Navy Wives feel crazy and ways for us to embrace those natural experiences and overcome them. Some of my posts have talked about the Hermit-Effect – that bizarre tendency to isolate yourself and never go out while he is gone; Deployment OCD – that need to check everything five times before you leave the house but only when he’s on deployment; and Port Madness – freaking out with worry and jealousy while he’s in port and feeling guilty for feeling worried and jealous while he is in port.

So what’s the deployment challenge? My husband is scheduled to go on a deployment soon. While he is gone, I plan to combat these deployment side-effects by forcing myself to get hobbies, stay in touch with friends, make an effort to go out at least every other weekend, pursue a major project (publish my first novel), not allow fears and anxieties get the best of me, and not put my life on pause waiting for him to come back.

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But I’m not the only wife with a deployment coming up or who is already dealing with deployment, so I’m challenging you to join the Navy Wives Deployment Challenge 2013. All you have to do is make an effort to get out of the house and fight back against those deployment side-effects that turn us into loons then come here and write about it. Post your success and your challenges in the comment section of the Navy Wives Deployment Challenge page of this blog or if you really enjoy writing, join me. Go to my guest blog page and find out how you can write a guest post for the Unhinged & Empowered Navy Wives blog.

I and my readers would love to hear how you survive deployment, and I would especially love to see some experiences from Navy Wives with children since I don’t have any yet and can’t share that side of the deployment equation.

I don't care what it is you do. Start playing softball, run a marathon, travel, learn how to ride a horse, learn how to play the guitar, star fire dancing, take a painting class, go to one of those zombie walks, anything that you have always wanted to do but don't usually have time for, or thought it wouldn't be fun without him, and especially anything you have never done specifically because you're in deployment mode. It might be as simple as going to a fair or a wine tasting without him. Start planning now and share your plans in the comment section. It will keep you accountable.

Really challenge yourself though to get out there and do something fun during this deployment. I can’t wait to see the adventures we get into! 

I’ll be reporting my experiences regularly, and I hope to start seeing your posts too. 

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I dated and married my husband in 2004 when I was 19. I felt like an outsider for the first half of our marriage. He didn't understand what I needed to know about the Navy, and I didn't know what to ask.

After ten years of learning in the Navy, I founded Unhinged & Empowered. I wanted to spread the knowledge that I needed when I was new, to reveal what took years for me to learn.   
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In addition to being a Navy Wife, I am also a novelist. I write historical women's fiction.

My first novel A White Room debuted in 2013 and is about a woman forced to sacrifice her own ambitions of becoming a nurse to marry a man who can save her destitute family. He moves her to a strange, small town where she slowly succumbs to madness until she stumbles on an opportunity to nurse to the poor despite the fact that her husband prosecutes unlicensed practitioners.

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