How Free Agency is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.

I have mentioned before that I've had a job since I was 15 years old + that I've had a job in baseball since I was 16 years old. In high school + college, I worked through the summers with the Rome Braves. I graduated college early + moved across the country to work in baseball. Baseball has taken me so many amazing places + I'm in absolutely no way done with it. Hopefully this summer I'll be working in a gameday staff capacity + a team will realize I'm exactly what their staff is missing for the 2015 season. 
why yes -- I am in the mascot costume.
I have also never been the one to sit around + feel sorry for myself. It's probably tied into the fact that I feel like I have so much to be thankful for regardless of my current situation. That's always been my drive to give back to the community + baseball has always been my vehicle for that. Recently, though, I've been melancholy + constantly having to remind myself that I'm blessed + everything happens for a reason. I've recently started managing my dad's office -- which it turns out pays pretty well. I say pretty well because I've been living off of baseball salaries for so long that I didn't know what it was like to make a "real person" salary. The times I've spent reminding myself that I have so much to be thankful for is actually reason #1 that Free Agency has been the best thing to happen to me. 
Since my office is in my backyard, I'm saving a ton on the cost of driving to work, eating out all the time, + happy hours. I'm working to have more happy hours -- but with all of the money I'm saving I have time for adventures. So far I have half of March booked -- a trip to Raleigh to see my lovely sisters, a trip to Orlando for Braves Spring Training games, hiking the mountains near me. I also have long term trips planned -- thanks to EF College Break I have planned my first ever trip to Europe. Yes, it's New Years Eve + 305 days away -- but I am leaving the country. I have never left the country! I'm going to Chicago in June for Cubs games at Wrigley -- knocking another MLB park off of my bucket list. 
Amsterdam AKA where I'll be spending NYE.
So these are the positives I'm finally seeing with my Free Agency. It took me a little while -- but I landed on my feet + I know this isn't the end of my baseball career -- just a vacation. Also -- today is day 2 of my 100 Happy Days Challenge! I didn't take a picture of anything yesterday because I started so late -- but follow me on Instagram to keep up with my progress!

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