Hello there, separation funk

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It’s that time again, field-op time! *yay* (said no military wife ever!) I’m really sorry about writing two sort of depressing posts one after the other but it’s been a stressful week. I promise i’ll start cheering up and posting about our vacation soon!

After hearing about this trip only six days before he was supposed to leave, constant itinerary changes, i’m talking like 5-6 flight changes (the last one literally happened as i was dropping him off at the airport). To say this week has been super stressful is an understatement and G deserves a medal for keeping his cool every time he got a phone call, because i would’ve gone ape s#!% if i was the one having to deal with it. Anyways, everything worked out in the end and G is on his way to his jungle survival training in Malaysia. Although i know he didn’t want to leave me, i know he’s excited about everything he’s going to learn. Let’s just say if a zombie apocalypse ever happens i’ll make it thanks to him and his survival skills.

I titled this post “Hello there, separation funk” because there’s always a period of adjustment whenever your spouse is away, usually lasting only a couple of days, a week tops but after you sort of get back into the groove of things. This separation funk has been coming and going more times than i’d like to admit, but can you blame me? This guy has gone on a couple of field operations this year and let’s not forget the whole moved to a new unit in the jungle and living in the barracks during the week thing. Sure he’s only done that for three weeks total (because he’s been sent to two field-ops in between) but who’s keeping track…

I am looking forward for this funk to be gone already. Work really helped today but as soon as i walked into our apartment i got this heavy heart feeling and every emotion just rushed in. I kept thinking about the 45ish days ahead and got pretty sad, but nothing a warm bath, a good book and a funny movie couldn’t fix! The key to dealing with this separation funk is keeping busy and staying positive, so this i will try to do.

Any advice on things to do? Shows to watch? Books to read? I’m open to any suggestions 🙂

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • Definitly getting out and about, staying busy helps. Hang out with other people, drink some wine 🙂 When my bf (now hubby) and I did long distance for a year we wrote a lot of letters! These days I love looking back and reading them again.
    Claire xx

  • Are there any little local adventures you could go on or areas to explore? When my hubby and I were apart for a few months, I took did a ´photo a day´ and it was fun to share. I´m sure time will fly if you stay busy and positive!

  • yup. Always takes me 2-4 days to get over it, and get back in my grove.
    Honestly, all the suggestions are great, but, Its really not helpful sometimes.
    You just need a few days of funk – allowing yourself to feel that will help you move on for a bit (until next time…)

    I know this is late, and am hoping you are feeling better already.