Travel and baseball

Travel and baseball

Travel is a thing that seems to unite people. There is something so appealing about packing a bag and going somewhere unfamiliar.

Growing up, I was always so intrigued by people who weren’t from Kentucky. It was interesting to me that there was so much world out there that I hadn’t yet seen. Like many people, I was curious and a little fearful of the things I didn’t know.

I have always sought out adventure, being somewhat of a “yes man” when it comes to experiences. Because of this, I have gone on many spur-of-the-moment trips that led to irreplaceable memories. Any opportunity to jaunt off to a new spot was one worth taking in my eyes!

In 2017, I met my fiance who, at the time, played baseball for the Cincinnati Reds organization. I was from Kentucky, he was from California. Almost immediately, we began our long distance relationship, meeting in many new cities to see each other. That was my first real taste of travel. Together, we met up in 13 different states just to make this thing work.

Our marriage in December will be the end of our long distance travel and the beginning of our full time travel together. I will continue following him as he pursues his dream of playing professional baseball. I could not be more excited/eager/in love with the chance to travel with this man.

Something worth noting is that when this opportunity first presented itself, it scared the daylight out of me. To be in a relationship with a man who lived across the country, played baseball, and that I had only known for one week seemed nearly impossible to me for so many reasons. If I had said no out of fear, I would have been saying no to the very thing I had been praying for over and over again. It’s important to recognize your blessings, even if they don’t look how you pictured them.

Now that I am here, I am so glad that I didn’t run away in fear!

Has there been a time that you wanted to say no to something but saying yes proved worth it? Comment below!

2019 word: Pursuit

It is the end of March and I am most definitely late to the party. There is this new trend where we choose one word to dedicate the whole year toward. Everyone chose their words in January, and I tried to do the same but I couldn’t get myself to find just one word for one whole year. I mean, so much can happen between January and December. Do I choose a super broad word or a specific word? Is “wine” an acceptable word? These are the questions I ask myself. Here we are at the end of March, and I have finally chosen a word. My word for 2019 is PURSUIT and here’s why:

Pursue: continue or proceed along a path or route.

For many years, I have half-heartedly approached the things that are unfamiliar to me. Naturally, I would dip my toes in the waters of life, but would never fully submerge myself. I would approach life in a “Yeah, but” sort of way. This has caused me to be half in and half out of most of the things I do. That way, if it works, I can easily jump in. If it doesn’t work, I can back out just as quickly. However, maybe things haven’t been as successful as they should have been because I have only always been half invested.

This year, I hope to pursue happiness, fearlessness, and stronger relationships with friends, family, and God. This is hard to do. In order to pursue happiness, we have to make an effort to find it in every situation, even the bad. In order to pursue fearlessness, we have to find confidence in our weakest moments. To pursue our relationships, we have to put ourselves aside more often than not in order to reach those around us. I will admit that this one will probably be hardest for me to do. I love my time alone, it’s how I recharge. I will not be flawless in my pursuit. I do not expect to be unwavering or perfect, but I do believe that I will be more fulfilled just by trying.

Although “pursuit” is my main word, “tacos” might be my second word because I know 100% that the more tacos I eat, the better this year will be but I’m just gonna let that one go.

What is your 2019 word? Comment below!