49 Winter Goals for Your Deployment Bucket List

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The middle of winter can be a little, well, blah (unless you’re one of those lucky military families who gets to live in a tropical paradise!).

Cold weather.



Grey clouds.

Weak sunshine.

Not a hint of green around anywhere.

And all of the really fun holidays are over.

Add a deployment, and winter can feel insurmountable and depressing.

I’m not gonna lie: I’m a huge fan of bucket lists as a way to manage deployment. (If you read Jo, My Gosh!, you know that already!) Creating goals (most of which do not have anything to do with the deployment) is a wonderful way to look forward to a time that can be difficult. It’s a lovely way to have your own adventures, set your sights on things that you want to do (hello, self-care), and give you something to talk about when you’re able to write to or speak with your deployed loved one.

These #bucketlist #goals will help make this winter one to remember... even with a deployment. #military #militaryfamily #milfam #happy #milspouse #militaryspouse #navy #army #coastguard #marines #airforce #arng #reserves

Even though you may feel cooped-up indoors and be cursing the grey, grey weather, there’s also something inspiring and magical about the season. Use the things you love about it to create a list of goals that excite you and make you feel motivated to check them off. These ideas can help you get started:

  1. Make hot chocolate with whipped cream.
  2. Make your own marshmallows.
  3. Make hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows.  (You can never have too many mugs of hot chocolate!)
  4. Build a snowman.
  5. Go sledding.
  6. Go ice-skating.
  7. Go skiing.
  8. Learn how to knit, cross stitch, crochet, or do another warm, snuggly craft.
  9. Read under a blanket without worrying about the time.
  10. Treat yourself to a pair of new slippers.
  11. Have a bonfire.
  12. Enjoy an evening in front of a fireplace. (It doesn’t have to be your own!)
  13. Make chili.
  14. Go on a winter hike.
  15. Make a winter-themed care package.
  16. Make a deployment scrapbook.
  17. Make and bake a cookie recipe you’ve never tried before.
  18. Make a snow angel.
  19. Start a gratitude journal.
  20. Especially if you’re living in a place with a culture that you’re not familiar with, take a cooking class.
  21. Go snow tubing.
  22. Treat yourself to a spa day and enjoy the sauna or a hot stone massage.
  23. Make mulled wine or apple cider.
  24. Drive a snowmobile.
  25. Clean out a closet.
  26. Sell five things you don’t need on Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or a base/community yardsale page.
  27. Donate a trash bag or box of stuff to charity.
  28. Go bowling.
  29. Find one way to become more environmentally friendly.
  30. Celebrate the beginning of Lent with Kings Cake, a Fastnacht, pancakes, or another tradition. (If you don’t observe Lent, you can still enjoy the tasty treats!)
  31. Visit a museum.
  32. Visit a state park near you.
  33. Add a few Valentine’s Day Bucket List goals to your winter list.
  34. Send a friend a letter, just ’cause.
  35. Start (and finish) a puzzle.
  36. Try a new restaurant.
  37. Celebrate a local holiday.
  38. Go to a winter festival in your area.
  39. Spend one day in your pjs.
  40. Revise your resume.
  41. Have breakfast for dinner.
  42. Play a winter-themed game like Don’t Break the Ice.
  43. Bake a loaf of bread. (Or visit a local bakery and buy one.)
  44. Have an indoor picnic.
  45. Begin a “vision board” for a vacation you want to take.
  46. Go for a walk after it snows.
  47. Buy yourself a bouquet of flowers.
  48. Binge-watch a new show.
  49. Work out an hour every day for a week.

These #bucketlist #goals will help make this winter one to remember... even with a deployment. #military #militaryfamily #milfam #happy #milspouse #militaryspouse #navy #army #coastguard #marines #airforce #arng #reserves

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