Friendsmas We promise- there are other military spouses & significant others longing for added connection and joy during their deployment countdown too. If you’ve struggled to connect with fellow military spouses in your area, Christmas day can be the perfect...
Everything Inside of the NOVEMBER Brave Crate!!! While friends and family around us are consumed with Thanksgiving grocery lists and perfecting their apple pie recipe, those of us on the home side may be dreading the lead up to this holiday season. There's no...
Everything Inside of the October Brave Crate!!! Fall tends to be a season where we get back into life's regular routines. School schedules, work schedules and activities are ramping up after summer time away, and we enter into rhythms that are a little more...
Everything Inside of the Septmeber Brave Crate!!When I think about deployment countdowns my mind is tempted to immediately focus on this season as one of separation and disconnection. A time for wishing away days and waiting. What so many military spouse friends will...
This month the Brave Crate community is making life a little easier (and a lot more enjoyable) by taking a hard look at our calendar and asking an important question: am I BUSY with the right things?
Deployment days are only happening once, and I know that part of the joy of our homecoming reunion will be sharing stories about the experiences we’ve had in this season of separation.
Friends & family are forever… So how do we plan a private military homecoming without hurt feelings for frustration? Here’s a plan to get what you need while honoring the people you love!
While it can feel overwhelming at times, this season of separation can teach us valuable lessons about efficiency and prioritization.
While it can feel overwhelming at times, this season of separation can teach us valuable lessons about efficiency and prioritization. Especailly right now, as many of us also manage new routines and challenges related to state-wide shutdowns, we are learning to stay flexibile and let go of things that are less than urgent. If you haven’t heard this lately, let me tell you: YOU are doing an amazing job- truly, you are a Chaos Coordinator.
The toxic combination of disappointment and exhaustion at the thought of doing this even longer was paralyzing. The painful truth that our choices and our plans are not truly our own right now cut deep, and everything felt out of control.
Living life on the home-side of a deployment can seem like a heavy weight. By simply becoming open to joyful experiencing these things, we can begin to help ourselves shift focus away from the struggle and onto life’s little pleasures. Deployment is tough- but it is NOT So Serious.
No matter what habits I’ve chosen to add to my life during deployment, they help me create normalcy and routine in a season that is anything but normal (PLUS, I have some super cool new habits to share with my spouse when he returns home!)