The origin of jewelry began with the African people and their use of seashells and beads.  Fast forward 70,000 years and sea sells became replaced by copper and shortly thereafter gold.  For centuries jewelry has symbolized all sorts of things from fertility to love to social status.  Today jewelry continues to represent those things except for the three functional pieces of jewelry; dog tags, watches and medical bracelets.

For whatever reason before Zach left for his first deployment he suggested to buy me a piece of jewelry from Tiffany & Co..  As I gleefully walked around Tiffany’s I tried to play it cool, calm and collected, but inside I was ecstatic.  I picked out a heart-shaped ring that looked similar to a ribbon with an accent diamond.  This gift served as a commitment to our relationship and a gesture that he wanted to provide me with a tangible token to look at everyday while he was gone.

I too decided to give Zach a physical token for his last deployment, which was an additional set of dog tags for him to wear with his functional jewelry.

So here we are on the cusp of deployment number two and I want the both of us to have a new physical reminder to serve as a pick me up whenever we’re having a moment of sadness, doubt, or loneliness.  Neither of us have finalized what these items will be, but one thing is for sure these tokens will represent love.


– Act Now. Cry Later.


JRTC (aka Mental Deployment Training Center)

Today my soon-to-be mister left for the Joint Readiness Training Center in Louisiana.  While he drove from Fort Hood to Fort Polk in a military vehicle averaging 45 mph, I spent my day at work thinking that today marks the beginning of my Mental Deployment Training Center.  For the next four weeks I’ll catch up on endless amounts of Breaking Bad, bake semi-healthy cupcakes and plan a pre-deployment trip for Zach and I.

As almost every military girl knows, when you and your beau are apart for anytime longer than three weeks you set up unrealistic expectations to make sure you look extra fantastic upon their return.  In my instance I have already scheduled a three-hour tinfoil hair appointment, bought new running capris and ate a 350 calorie dinner.

Although long distance is lonely and challenging, times apart allow couples to go back to the basics.  It’s in these times that we remember ourselves, take time to teach ourselves, and reflect on what we love most about one another.

So cheers to the next four weeks and may I begin my Mental Deployment Training with the right outlook, goals and beach body plan!

– Act Now. Cry Later.