A little bit of this, a lot of that

Firstly, I have a wonderful announcement.  This Stepford wife has a job! For those of you who do not understand my sense of humor, no, I am not a Stepford wife. Not in the literal sense anyway. I love the workingwoman and I know well what it means to work just to pay the bills. I do, however, celebrate the traditions of the 1950s where mothers took care of their children, cooked dinner and maintained a clean home.
This year was the first time since I was seventeen that I have officially been unemployed.  It was actually a liberating experience and taught me to redirect my energies toward my husband and his career. Truth is, being unemployed isn’t easy. Not when you are well in debt, thanks to your college education. At seventeen I committed to the University of Miami and never once considered whether or not I would be able to pay back my loans. Interestingly enough, I actually received an academic scholarship from the “U” that covered a third of my education. On top of that, I was awarded a Florida resident scholarship from Bright Futures. Somehow though, I graduated with debt – a lot of debt.

Obama throwing up the “U” – this is disturbing for a slew of reasons. Nevertheless, Go ‘Canes!


Since rushing through school and graduating early back in December 2008, I have worked hard just to pay these loans. It’s not glamorous, but it’s a reality; one I am more than willing to admit.  Anyhow, all year I have been considering careers that would afford me the opportunity to travel with David.  I may have a ton of college debt, but no amount of money is worth more than time with my husband. I’ve given up many jobs and even stopped selling real estate, which would’ve easily helped pay off my loans in a few years, to spend these critical times alongside my best friend. These decisions weren’t made without hesitation, but in the end everything has worked out for the best.
After a lot of praying and much inspiration, I have begun freelancing as a writer. I have often considered going back to school to get a masters in creative writing but I revert to…oh, those loans.  I’ve decided I don’t want to continue spending money on my education.  At least not right now.  I’m not a perfect writer and I still have a world of improving to do, but it is one thing I truly enjoy doing.  For me, writing doesn’t feel like job.  Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be? This is the first time in my life that I have actually done something that doesn’t feel like work.
Sure, if David…oh wait…”when” David makes it to the Majors, my student loans will be an after thought and working won’t be necessary, but still, I have long envisioned myself as a writer and to say it is my dream job would be an understatement.   Think, “Something’s Gotta Give.” Diane Keaton plays a writer who spends her days and nights writing from her beach house.  Who wouldn’t love that?!  I realize my first and most important job is to be my husband’s wife and eventually the mother of our children.  For now I have my zoo to keep me busy in the mothering department.  The greatest thing about freelancing is that I get to control how often I write and increase or decrease my workload as necessary.  In the end it’s the perfect gig for moi.
On to what I really wanted to cover in this post, – I know, I’m sorry, this post is long – the searches that bring people to my blog.  WordPress is a great host website and includes stats analysis.  These analyses include search criteria that direct traffic to your blog.  For sometime now, I have seen the most interesting searches directing traffic to my page and I wanted to address a few of those.
A few months back, I wrote a blog questioning whether athletes make too much money.  Despite my inherent bias, I cannot argue that to be the case.  Since I published that post, however, I get endless searches every single day that look like…”Do athletes and entertainers make too much money?” “Why do athletes make so much money?” “Professional athletes get paid too much money.”  That last one was a statement, not even a question.   Shall we address this again?  For those of you who follow my twitter, you have probably deduced that I lean Republican.  I believe in free enterprise.  Let me repeat that, I believe in free enterprise.  Now, that isn’t the only reason I stand where I do politically but I will spare my readers my thoughts on that.  Back to professional sports, which are…you guessed it! – BUSINESSES.  It is safe to say that even if David never plays a single day in the big leagues, I will feel the exact same way I do now.  I do not get upset when I see actors and actresses take home $20MM for a single film nor do I think it is wrong.
As consumers, we buy into the films and sporting events that subsequently drive immense amounts of revenue back to the pockets of these individuals.  If it weren’t for the actors or athletes, there wouldn’t be anything driving our interest and if it weren’t for our interest, there wouldn’t be a demand.  It’s basic economics.  I guess that UM degree has come in handy after all.  I love this country so much because it gives everyone the ability to get out and work hard to achieve the American dream.   I could really go into why these “entertainers” are well deserving of their money for a year, but I’m over it.   The people who don’t comprehend it are the same people who believe in spreading the wealth.  See how well that worked in say, CUBA? Conceptually beautiful; realistically flawed.

Moving on.   A hilarious search that somehow found my blog was, “Why do baseball wives think they are so great?”  Well, that one still has me amused.  I will pair that with a few similar searches such as, “MLB wives,” “Minor League baseball wives,” “life as a baseball wife.”  There are far too many of these searches to mention, and you wonder why we baseball wives think we are so great?! Relax, I jokeeeee. We baseball wives do not think we are “so great.”  Well, maybe a few do, but the ones I have met are nothing short of amazing.  You will always have a few rotten apples in a bunch, but to pigeonhole us in that manner would be completely inaccurate.  I do want thank those viewers who are genuinely interested in learning more about baseball wives – you have given me a great purpose for writing.

 
Another question that was being asked on the web was, “why do so many baseball players live in Arizona?”  I can tell you that Arizona is the spring training location for half the teams in baseball.  For this reason, many baseball players live in the city their spring training takes place.   This really simplifies traveling when you consider how much moving a baseball player does in a single season.   Nevertheless, not every player lives near their team’s spring training hub in the off-season.   Many of David’s colleagues – now that sounds funny – live in their hometowns to be close to family.
Lastly, I had to touch on these recent search terms, “are wives of professional athletes all crazy?” Mhm. Well, it depends on what you mean by crazy.  If you are talking about “Baseball Wives” crazy then no, but if you mean crazy for living this life, then yes!  Presume what you will from that.   Regardless, I love it!
Peace and love to all – even those of you voting for BO.    It may take a while, but I’ll get over it.  Love you still.

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  1. Reply

    Lyn Leahz

    October 10, 2012

    I know this was only one brief point you touched on; however, I wanted to say that if you really enjoy writing and you’re a natural, you don’t need a college education or special classes to do it. I’ve been writing since I learned how and have always loved it.
    I’ve never taken special classes, it just comes naturally. Don’t wait on college or classes, just sit down and let it come on its own; it will. You’re more than welcome to look at some of my writings on my blogs whenever you have time. I know you’re very busy… and you might think I’m a horrible writer, who knows; or it might not be your cup of tea. Regardless, just in case you actually like it, it all comes naturally…and it can for you too! I wouldn’t waste another moment. If you really enjoy it, just do it. You’ll amaze yourself!
    http://promisebook.net/category/my-poetry/ These are not my ‘novel’ writing; they are my poems and personal psalms. My novel writing samples are on my Lyn Leahz page in the menu titled, “Martyrdom Trilogy. http://lynleahz.com/category/martyrdom-trilogy/ I don’t know posting a category link here will work or not, but I’m pasting it anyway.
    God bless you and keep reaching for your dreams, and don’t ever let anyone stop you; although I have found that our biggest enemy in not succeeding is oftentimes ourselves.

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      Baseball Serendipity

      October 10, 2012

      Thank you Lyn! I have actually read many of your posts and there are great! I am grateful for having created this blog because it has inspired me in way I would’ve never imagined. A little bit of divine intervention. 😉 God never disappoints.

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        Lyn Leahz

        October 10, 2012

        I have a lot of respect for you. I was telling my boyfriend about you because he is a big baseball fan..anyhow, I was trying to find your husbands info with pic and stuff and found an old modeling portfolio of yours…and I saw what you wrote about ‘not’ doing…and I saw what other women were doing…and in comparison, yours were very, very respectful. Kudos to you for doing what is right!
        I used to model, and I also was involved heavily in anorexia and bulimia. which nearly killed me. I thought my self-worth was all about how thin and pretty I was.
        I got down to 64 pounds..not very sexy, to say the least! 😉 I was on heart monitors, everything…had a heart attack, went into renal failure..and I was so young. Anyhow, the demands are so high and it causes you to focus on perfection. I used to be so wrapped up in trying to be perfect all of the time with my looks…it was a very boring, lonely, and unhappy life. As I get older, I try to be the best I can be, and not dwell on it.
        Being a Christian is a major learning process. It is harder than ever today to be a Christian with all that is thrown before us. I think I had read here that you just got saved this year..right? I would love to hear your story on that sometime! Like what moved you and your husband to finally make this decision…stuff like that. Would be really neat to hear.
        Thank you for your complements..I knew you read one or two things, but I did not know you had read more.

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          Baseball Serendipity

          October 10, 2012

          Wow – I just wrote the longest reply and lost it all. 🙁
          Anyway, I will definitely touch on that one of these days. About the modeling, I often wonder, “what was I thinking?” I am so glad you were able to get through those very difficult times! I can only imagine.

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