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A Year of Following My Own Advice – Week One

Living It – Week One 

Tip #43  – A Photo A Day

This past year I survived the first year of being on IR (Impose Restricted – my husband lives and works in one city and I live and work in another with the kids – we see each other on weekends when he isn’t on course, training or deployed).  It wasn’t a difficult decision for us as I have given up jobs I have loved for years and didn’t want to again, many of my closest friends and family are here and the kids really wanted to stay put too.  So… the decision was easy but living it was another story.  Now we are experiencing another absence (he has been deployed half way across the world for a month).  I got to thinking that it would be good to reflect on my own advice and some that others have given me along the way as with things in the world the way they are right now he may be deployed again soon.

People often write to me asking if I actually do the things I write about in my books and blogs.  So I thought that I would share my experiences and continue to provide tips along the way.  The tip I took on this week was to take a photo a day (from my 101 Tips for When They’re Back book).  This one may be of the easiest of my tips to do that has a one of the largest impacts.  There are seemingly insignificant, small and big things that happen in a day.  Capturing them is helpful to not only remind you of the funny, interesting, frustrating, irritating or crazy things that happen each day but also to keep a connection going with your absent family member – they want to know about the little things too as sometimes they end up being the ones that mattered.  For me, it was a quick and easy way to keep my husband up to date with the goings on in our worlds.  Now the kids are older they will often point out things we should take pictures of too.

Our world this week…

Selfie on our deck

Selfie on our deck

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His first ever frosted mug root beer

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Taking a day off to go to Canadian Open.

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Never happier than on a horse!

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Riding the ferry to Wolfe Island

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Of course… the appliances stop working the day he leaves!

For more information or tips go to: www.whileyouwereaway.org




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