I wanted to share a bit of my deployment journal. While I didn't actually journal every single day- I was doing well the first few months, but soon couldn't keep up with everything else that I had to accomplish- I was able to account for and document every single day I was gone.
I certainly wrote about the first day I left. My sister, her husband, and my parents dropped me off; I gave them a tour of the ship before waving goodbye. The cast-off from the pier was a somber moment, as it always is. We know we have to go; it's what we are called to do, but it's hard saying good-bye to those we love knowing that we won't see them in what feels like forever.
Day #2 of deployment was just another normal day. We were headed where we were headed. Our first stop was actually uncertain. For July, I only ran 19 miles while on deployment, not counting the miles I had run before we left. I had two choices where I could run: the flight deck, if there were no flight operations, or the treadmill. I usually ran on the treadmill.
"Food Before Dudes". Scott saw that and sent it to me in an email, telling me that he saw it and thought of me. It was perfect! I printed it out and taped it to the 'bulkhead' (a.k.a. wall for you civilians) next to my desk.
My first goal for deployment was to journal every day. My second goal was to earn certain qualifications. My third goal was to get back to eating healthy, which can be very challenging on a deployed vessel. But I did succeed at doing it for the most part. I'll share that with you all later!
Day #25: I made it that far without being severely depressed or crying. There's no crying in the Navy! I jest. I remember being thankful for being alive and hoped that my loved ones back home were safe, happy, and healthy.
I'll be sharing bits and pieces of my deployment journal throughout the next few months!
I'd love to see your journals too! I'm kind of addicted!