My Deployment Summer Essentials

I’m linking up with the lovely ladies from Shop The BBar/The Well and many other bloggers for this summer-inspired post.

For today’s linkup, we’re discussing summer essentials. I thought I’d share what my summer essentials were for when I was deployed two years ago (it works with #TBT right!?) I know many of my essentials will work great no matter where you are.

Two years ago, I was stationed at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for nine months as a Public Affairs Sergeant; while deployed, I wrote for the base magazine, The Wire, and assisted with media visits (both print and video journalists from both large and local networks.) We were very busy during our work hours but luckily this deployment allowed for us to have time off and the ability to choose from many extra curricular activities to do on base (quite a change from being in the Middle East on my first deployment!)

While those back home were blasted with cold, cruel snow and ice, I was thankful to have nine straight months of tropical weather at my disposal. Here are the summer essentials that made my deployment SO MUCH fun- I know they’ll be a great way to make your summer fun too, no matter where you are.

Summer Essentials: sports
Whether you’re cheering on the sidelines for your favorite team to win or you’re in on the action yourself, sports are a great way to get active in the summer while spending time with your friends and family. Try joining a local softball beer-league team or hosting a game day party (both are also great ways to meet new people.) During my deployment, I stayed active in the sporting world by running in a few races on base, cheering for my friend’s football games and participating in a softball and bowling league.

beach days… or weeks! 

I mean let’s be honest, a little beach day wouldn’t hurt anyone’s summertime vibes right? So pack your bags and head to your nearest beach for the weekend, or if you don’t live near a beach, maybe it’s time to plan that vacation you and ‘babe’ have been talking about.

hobbies, goals and trying new things
Summer is a great time to pick up a hobby or set personal records- maybe you want to increase your mileage and shorten your run time, or you’ve got several personal goals you’d like to accomplish. While deployed, I ran into some wildlife, began pottery lessons on base, took advantage of the shared kitchen on my block and I picked up volunteering at the base plant nursery- that lovely picture of me was shortly before my first run in with a wild tarantula!

Summer Essentials Friends and Food
good friends, good food
No summer would be complete without good friends and good food. Fire up that grill,  garnish your drink and have your friends over! Maybe it’s time to hit up that new restaurant around the corner with your girlfriends from college! Weekend barbecues and hanging out ‘on the block’ was how I spent my free time with my friends. Oh, and don’t mind the makeshift grill I made during a midnight shift for work! (It was actually pretty amazing- you know me, I’ll find any way to cook up some food.)

So if you’re staying active or having fun through sports, hitting up the beach or taking that long awaited vacation, starting a new goal or continuing a hobby, and enjoying good food with great company, you’re guarenteed to have a great summer.

 Be SURE to see what other summer essentials these ladies are sharing!

26 and Not Counting  • Alyssa J Freitas • soak and simmer • The Not Quite Adult • Carrie Loves • The Yuppie Files • PRBlonde • Knowing Kelly • Something Good • Feathers and Stripes • Otherworldly • Sunny Side Up • Life Modifier • Leigh Clair • Rae Loves • Rose Colored Water • Rossetto • Fashion to a T • PreppyPanache • Emilie Lima Burke • Ember & March • Business Betties • with love from ellie • Mint Julep Girl • Love Peace and shimmer • Rae Everyday • Little Wild Heart • star-crossed smile • Luv in the Bubble • Perfect Enough For Us  • LIFE BY BRI • Sorcha Eleanor • Brikasia • Dreams and Colour Schemes • Elana Lyn • Sequins & Strawberries • Pattern Me Pretty • Beauty and the Pitch • White Oak Creative • The Toppy Top • White Cabana • In The Grey • Taryn Williford • Cooper + Thames • Mrs. on the Move • Magnificent Temptations • Meg Biram • Victoria McGinley

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