Taylor and I are packing up and getting ready to head to the train station, because we have a work conference in Anji, China! Typically, everyone meets in Shanghai for the conference, but since we all work in big cities they wanted to get us out and into the mountains. It’s going to be a nice Marriott with a golf course and beautiful mountain views so I’m not mad about it! 🙂
Most people know that Taylor and I moved to China for work, but not many people understand what exactly we’re doing here. Whenever we get asked about what we do by people here, they automatically assume we’re teachers. While we do technically work at a school, we aren’t teachers. (*warning: a lot of baseball pictures from the international tournament up ahead)
Taylor is employed with Major League Baseball (MLB) as an athletic trainer at one of their development centers in China. There are 3 development centers in this country. One in the city of Nanjing, Wuxi, and Changzhou. The MLB has a team of boys aging from 14-18 and they are divided by age and skill into each center. The hope is that these kids are developed and able to sign with a Major League team. If they don’t sign with a MLB team, the hope is that they can attend an American college to play baseball, where they continue devloping. Taylor is the head athletic trainer here at the Nanjing location. This location has the oldest and most skilled boys in the program. He’s at every practice and game, making sure all the players are healthy and ready to go. Taylor really enjoys baseball and traveling, so he’s basically in heaven!
Before moving to China, I wasn’t planning on finding a job right away. Taylor’s schedule is pretty travel heavy, so I didn’t want to be tied down with a completely different schedule. However, before we left, his amazing cousin asked if I’d do some social media marketing for them remotely! This has been the perfect fit for us! It gives me something to work on during the day, and I can still travel around with Tay! 🙂
Our work weeks are different here. Taylor works Wednesday through Sunday and has Monday and Tuesday’s off. I work every day, but it’s all remote. The two of us will usually wake up around 8:30 every morning to get ready for the day, walk to Starbucks, get in a taxi, and be at work by 10. Once we get to the school, we do a little work then head to lunch at 11:30 before the students eat. We get lunch every day, whether we’re on the road or not. The Staff at the Nanjing MLB office has been extremely welcoming, and they allow me to work from a desk in Taylor’s office every day. While Taylor is working with the players, I get all my own work done! We leave the office as early as 4 and as late as 6 for the day. Typically, the team plays a game on Saturday and Sundays, so those hours are a little different!
I was telling Taylor the other day, that our first week here and our fourth week here feel like an eternity apart. I was having endless anxiety attacks and couldn’t see myself staying, but I’ve slowly started to fall in love with the country and the people. The rewards for being here are so much greater than either of us expected. We both work with the most amazing people, and they take care of our every need.
This past week, Taylor was the athletic trainer for the 16U Team China team that hosted an international tournament. The winner advanced to the USA, but sadly we didn’t win. It was just neat to see the other Asian countries, and Taylor working for Team China.
We feel extremely lucky to be here, and we’re enjoying every minute of it! This weekend away in Anji will be refreshing and exciting. Stay tuned for pictures from that trip! 🙂