I'm Not a "Typical" Digital Nomad...

 

In my mind, or rather, in my mind before, a digital nomad was someone that spends months at a time in Thailand, Bali, Playa del Carmen, etc. Staying in villas/apartments and working in hip coworking spaces. Obviously, that is just one definition. Many self-employed entrepreneurs own a home, work in a home office, have a family, and  take vacations throughout the year. 

I don't fall into either category.

I am what "they" call a WAG. 

Wives and Girlfriends of Sport. 

World Baseball Classic, Tokyo 2017

World Baseball Classic, Tokyo 2017

Before I met my partner I was a traveler. I grew up spending all my summers in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where my mom lived. When I graduated college I moved there for 6 months, then enrolled in graduate school, moved back home, and decided I wanted to travel while I completed my degree.

Enter: The grand idea of being an Au Pair.

Lucerne, Switzerland 2015

Lucerne, Switzerland 2015

Paris, France 2015

Paris, France 2015

I started researching and decided on Switzerland as a destination, found a family, and moved to Basil. I only lasted 3.5 months. Safe to say, being an Au Pair is glorified, but more often than not, it sucks. I was able to go to Paris, and see a bit of Switzerland, then made my way back home. 

This is when I met my Australian partner. Back in my hometown, where he had lived for a few years because of University. He was back to play baseball for the local American Association team. We met on Tinder, typical millennials. We spent the summer hanging out, with full knowledge that he was Australian and would be leaving in just a few months. The universe had other plans for us. On his recommendation, I took an internship opportunity with his baseball team in Australia for the Australian Baseball League to complete my masters program (Sport Management). 

Adelaide, South Australia 2015

Adelaide, South Australia 2015

World Baseball Classic Qualifier, Sydney 2016

World Baseball Classic Qualifier, Sydney 2016

At the end of my program, after 6 months in Australia, it was time for me to take a "big girl" job, and head back to Kansas City. I landed a job with the Kansas City Royals, and started my cube life.  This was "long distance stint" #1... February to May, we were on a 16 hour time difference. He came back to Kansas City in May until October to play for the same American Association team, then we were apart for 157 days, until the MLB flew me to Tokyo for the World Baseball Classic, where I spent a week with him, then another 77 days apart...

which was when I decided I was OVER IT!

This was the true beginning of my "digital nomad" life. 

My partner signed a contract to play in Japan for the summer of 2017, my lease ended in May 2017, so off I went!

Nagaoka, Japan 2017

Nagaoka, Japan 2017

Nagaoka, Japan 2017

Nagaoka, Japan 2017

Nagaoka, Japan 2017

Nagaoka, Japan 2017

I spent the summer in Japan building up my business, spending my days alone in our tiny japanese studio apartment while he was at games or practice or on the road. In september, the season ended and I chose to head back to Kansas City for some family and friend time. 

In November, I met back up with him in Australia, and have been in melbourne ever since. In one week, I will head back to the U.S., without him, to go to Florida, where I will wait until he arrives for Spring Training with the Phillies. We will be in Florida for about a month... and then we have no idea where next.

St. Kilda, Victoria 2017

St. Kilda, Victoria 2017

St. Kilda, Victoria 2017

St. Kilda, Victoria 2017

Melbourne, Victoria Australia 2018

Melbourne, Victoria Australia 2018

Basically... my nomadic life is fueled by a small, leather, red stitched ball and the love I have for my partner.

Eventually, baseball will cast us away, as it does for all athletes. When that time comes, I know we will have the chance to live our life on our terms, on whatever island we choose.

For now, I am loving it just as it is.

For the love of the game.

xx LJ

 
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