Welcome back to my second monthly review! I’m posting this a little earlier than the official two month mark because we’re headed to Hong Kong tomorrow! I’d rather post it too early than too late. I don’t think anyone will mind! 🙂
This past month was filled with work, work, and more work. It’s prime baseball season for Taylor right now, which means our days are long. Taylor is the only athletic trainer in Nanjing right now, so he’s had to work all but one day this month.
In August, we’ll spend most of our time in Tianjin, China for even more baseball. The Chinese National Team has invited Taylor to work with them during another tournament. This is such a high honor and I’m extremely proud of all his hard work! We were supposed to travel to Taiwan for a different tournament, but that plan was changed. I’ve quickly learned that we cannot plan anything here. Things are always changing, so it’s best to take things as they come. This has been challenging for my Type-A personality.
Although our days are filled with baseball, we’ve managed to get out of our apartment and have a little fun of our own! Here’s a few things we’ve done this month:
-We went to our first Chinese professional soccer game with friends from work! We had so much fun that we’re already talking about seeing another game!
-I started a YouTube channel! 🙂 You should click the link HERE and subscribe to see all our adventures from a different perspective. I’m still learning everything there is to know about filming/editing, but it’s been a fun process!
-We went apartment hunting! This has been a long and difficult process, so stay tuned for a full post on that.
-We saw the Jiming Temple! You can read about the full experience HERE!
-We started sight-seeing by bicycle! Can I just say that this has been a blast? I look forward to riding bikes around the city. Especially at dusk! This is quite possibly the best thing we’ve started doing!
-We saw our first movie in theater! There were only two American movies playing in english here, The Incredibles 2 or Jurassic Park. We chose the Incredibles and the movie was…incredible. 😉
-We received our first package! This was an exciting day! 🙂
As we were reflecting on our second month here, Taylor mentioned that he thinks our time is flying. I on the other hand feel like we’ve been here forever. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying my time here, but each day is a new battle. To be honest, I’m exhausted!
I wasn’t expecting our move to China to release so many raw emotions within me. If there’s one thing I’ve learned while being here, it’s that I DO NOT know how to control my emotions! We’ve only been here two months and I’ve experienced sadness, disappointment, joy, anxiousness, anger, excitement, frustration, and much more. I don’t display this on a daily basis, but I told myself that I’d keep my updates real and honest. What people don’t see are all the dropped phone calls, stomach bugs, language barriers, loneliness, and everyday challenges that we face.
The process of moving to China has been anything but easy for me. Although it was a decision Taylor and I made together, there are often moments of frustration and sadness. It’s really shined a light on who truly cares about our well being here. This realization has been the most difficult for me to embrace. While I’ve realized who deeply cares, I’ve also seen who doesn’t. People I thought would be there, simply aren’t. This could be one of the hardest realizations to hit me and I’m still struggling with it. However, there are so many amazing people who I didn’t expect to be so invested, who have been incredible and uplifting.
Enough real talk! We’ve got some exciting adventures happening at the end of July, and I know August will be filled with even more crazy stories! I can’t wait to share them with you along the way!