Life…It Comes At You Like a Fastball

“It’s better to offer no excuse than a bad one” is a quote attributed to George Washington. I will take his advice.

This has been a year of trial and transition for our family. This is not an excuse, but the truth. Learning how to balance my going back to work, my husband’s work and commitments, the activities of three teenage boys, and the new adventure into club/tournament baseball has been challenging.  I was not prepared for the amount of time and brain power all of this would require. It was trial by fire.

I figured summer would be a good time to sort things out and pick back up with my writing. The season ended in July. The older two attended National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, a trip that took place over two weeks. My husband, baseball boy, and I traveled to the east coast for Baseball Trip 2017. It has stayed fast and furious.

I’ve just now taken the time to breathe and start sorting out what comes next, not only for my writing but for our life as a family. I will not offer excuses as to why there is a huge gap in posts. I will offer this instead: I plan on re-launching this blog with a plan and a purpose. The posts will be consistent. I can’t promise that each and everyone will focus entirely on baseball, but baseball and being a baseball mom will remain the center of this space.

Keep watching and keep reading. I can’t wait to get going again and take you on this crazy ride with me.

I Figured it Out…Finally!

This blogging gig is tough. No, it’s not the writing that has me frazzled. It’s the page set up and maintenance! I’ve been trying to figure out why one of my front page posts was on the page THREE times! Not helpful, blog. I asked my friend Donna, who is a wizard with these kinds of things, for help. She took the whole shebang down to the code and still couldn’t figure out how I managed to mess up the page in this way. Ugh.

I thought I would use Joshua’s baseball practice time (which is right now) to see what, if anything, I could do to fix the problem. It took some trial and error but I managed to remove the duplicate posts. I am so proud of myself. The real test will be if the duplicate posts stay away.

My next step is to add some more pictures to the front page. I will have to wait until I am at home because they are on my extrernal hard drive.

At this moment, I am hoping I make it home in one piece. I am sitting behind the net while the boys throw balls to the catchers. Some of them are wild, my child included. I am hoping I don’t get hit. I am not optimistic.

Learning Curve

I am excited to begin my blogging full-time. Apparently, not excited enough to remember that I need to post every day or every other day. I am learning how to use the different elements of WordPress and I am pretty sure you can schedule posts. That should help. Setting aside time every day will help, too. I am working on a new schedule.

This past week has been exciting for me. I registered my domain name for this blog and found hosting. I started compiling a list of services I want to provide for my new business and a list of costs. I did a LOT of brainstorming with my bestie/business consult/soon-to-be-neighbor-hopefully/favorite person Donna on strategy, ideas, and a new business name. My brain is full of information and my heart is ready to launch this business. I still have a few loose ends to tie up before the launch will happen. Soon.

I am not the only one who had some excitement this week.

*PUTS ON PROUD BASEBALL MOM HAT*

On Monday morning, Joshua had a private try-out with a coach at Portland Baseball Club.  I heard mixed reviews when I would talk about club baseball being where I wanted Joshua to play this year. All of the nervousness I felt melted away when I met coach Joe Taylor at PBC,  who did Joshua’s tryout. He is the kind of coach every player deserves. He was personable, kind, and patient with Joshua. At the same time, he expected hard work, listening, and applying corrections.  He would ask questions about elements of the game that kept Joshua on his toes. Joshua had never been asked to explain why or how, but was always expected to show. This coach and this club are all about player development, not win-at-all-costs. I like that. Joshua likes that.

Joshua’s tryout consisted of throwing, fielding, hitting, and pitching. PBC trains differently, using more of a high school and college approach to coaching than a Little League approach. It was obvious that Joshua was behind in some areas, having been trained primarily in Little League. This coach would show Joshua the adjustments and give him time to practice. With every adjustment he made, Joshua could see how it would improve his playing in a game situation.

After the evaluation, Joshua and I had a meeting with Coach Taylor. He said he wanted Joshua to join a team with Portland Baseball Club! Joshua will be with the 13U team. This means a bigger playing field (60/90 instead of 46/60), faster pitching, harder hitting, and a faster game. It will take extra practice and hard work for Joshua to catch up. I know with these coaches and Joshua’s commitment, he will get it done.

Please bear with me as I learn to post every day or every other day. Feel free to ask questions or send gentle reminders if I don’t meet this obligation. Much like Joshua in his new baseball environment, I am figuring out the ins and outs of the professional blogging world.

*Tonight was Joshua’s first practice with Portland Baseball Club. He was very nervous. I can’t wait until he gets his first PBC hat!

 

 

Welcome to My World!

I  spent most of my life caring too much about what people think of me. I categorized myself as a people- pleaser. I wanted people to like me or, at a minimum, think good things about me. Pair that with being an emotional person and there is trouble. My feelings got hurt easily. I would second guess myself and my thoughts and feelings. My skin was super thin. I would avoid controversial subjects and debates. I wouldn’t take the first steps to start new adventures or activities for fear of getting negative comments or pushback. I could not move forward.

NO MORE!!!

In December of 2016, our family went on an eight-night western Caribbean cruise. It was our first trip as a family that did not include visiting extended family or wasn’t tacked on to another event. The five of us shared an Ocean View stateroom on the the first deck of our ship . We ate together. We played together. We sat on the Lido Deck together on our last day, enjoying the sunshine and enjoying just being together. It was an amazing adventure.

I came back from that trip knowing that I wanted to take more trips with my boys before they are grown up and out of the house. I came back knowing that I wanted to be able to give them more experiences, in general. Honestly, I came back with a LONG list of things I wanted to be able to do and to give. I came back knowing that the only way to accomplish anything on that list was to step out of my comfort zone and shed my thin skin.

So here I am. This post is the beginning. It is the beginning of my change. I will be sharing my experiences about being a mom, being a baseball mom, and about my life in general. This is the beginning of me starting my freelance writing and editing business, which I hope to officially launch in the next few weeks.

Most importantly, this is the beginning of the REAL me.

I can’t say that I won’t have setbacks because I know I will. I can’t say that someone won’t say something or comment on one of my posts and I won’t get my feelings hurt because I know that will happen. What I CAN say is that the more I post, the more I make my dreams a reality, and the more I realize what matters and what doesn’t, the more growth and change I will have and the easier those comments will be for me to handle.

I’m glad you are here.

–Heather