My one-year journey to Afghanistan began this past week. I found out in early January this year that I would be going with an Army Reserve Unit to Afghanistan to help bring the troops home. The tour I was told would only last a year.
In the following weeks and month I enjoyed all my favorite things and spent time with family and friends as much as I possibly could.
It’s been four months since January and I’m here at the start line. My random thoughts, concerns, and ideas come and go so fast, I’ve had a hard time staying in the right lane on this cross-country run back home to Seattle.
As I leave my wardrobe behind and exchange my heels for boots, I’ll write about my experiences, share my joys, and the obstacles I face. This first blog will be visual with photos of my journey so far!
It’s hard to imagine that I won’t be wearing my own clothes for close to a year. That I won’t wear my favorite pair of pearls, heels, or even a dress, yes clothes makes you unique and who you are. But who would you be, if you couldn’t express yourself through fashion? It’s an interesting thought, because most of us use fashion to express ourselves. Even if you don’t consider yourself fashionable, your clothes tell a story.
I knew I’d miss shopping, window-shopping; wearing my own clothes, and miss seeing the new trends for the remainder of this year and the beginning of next year. These past two weeks any chance I got to look at clothes I spent a few extra moments trying on clothes.
Since you have to carry your own things through out the deployment, I tried my very best to only bring what I really needed. You are limited to how much civilian clothes and items you can bring. The clothes I wore to my first meeting spot were the only clothes I would carry with me for the year.
A pair of of skinny Citizen jeans, comfy long sleeve, and sparkly Toms. What I wore leaving Seattle.
Space needle charm from Boyfriend’s Family.
Ponies for the families at the going away ceremony.
Support from local motorcyclist.
Last night with my family packing and repacking. Must have in packing for emotional survival: laptop/tech gadgets, photos of loved ones, stationary, and vitamins- what else can you find below?
Hopefully this is true.