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“Never noticed the plethora of pork consumed in Slovenia until my beef-craving father came for a visit” Read post 

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“Thankfully my son is still young enough where we don’t really have to worry about school (yet). I think the single toughest event is the actual travel and trying to keep a little one entertained and mellow for a 10 hour flight while also trying to get some sleep and change your own internal clock.” Read post

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“Also find a coffeehouse with free wifi. Even if you don’t drink coffee they have smoothies and couches you can sit on and spend hours in this place. It’s a good place to go clear your head.” – Gwen Rucker

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“Out of the past 365 days, I have slept in my own bed a total of 86 of them. That means 76.5% of my life in the past year has been spent overseas, in and out of hotels, and living out of a suitcase. This is not just this year either… It’s been the past three years and probably will be the next 10 years to come! Needless to say, I am always THRILLED when I get the chance go home. “

“Things I will never take for granted EVER again: having my dog always around, wanting to be pet, having the majority of my family be a 10 minute drive away. the changing color of leaves during a Minnesota fall, football on TV, my dad’s cooking, laughing until my stomach hurts with my sisters, grabbing happy hour with old friends, having cell phone service even outside of hotels, WHOLE FOODS & TRADER JOE’S, honeycrip and macintosh apples, running into at least one person I know while out and about, Chipotle, friendly Minnesotans (Minnesota-nice is REAL)” – Lauren Gibbeymeyer

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“When things get tough or the season seems like it’s never going to end, I remind myself that I am being paid to do what I love. And if it’s conditioning or weights I’m struggling to get excited about, I remind myself of the same thing… “it’s your job to stay in shape”. Not everyone gets paid to go to the gym. I have to remind myself of the rare opportunity I’ve been given. Plus, at the end of the day, I’ve signed a contract and committed to a season– if I’m going to be away from family/friends and everything else I miss in the U.S, I might as well make the most of my time. The only way to make it through is by truly loving what you do.” Evangella Sanders 

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“It’s All About Perspective. Surviving the season is much smoother when keeping a fine tuned perspective. I repeat, the season abroad can be spent counting down a bid in prison or tallying up the memorable experiences you’ve collected. A little while ago, I started taking a daily morning walk of prayer and gratitude. Before the day gets crazy, it’s an chance for a positive start and and a reminder to be thankful for each day’s opportunity. More than anything it’s a daily routine to recalibrate my perspective. At the end of the day, it a blessing and more to have a career playing a sport you love… AND travel. If and when life abroad gets tough, remember its a rare and coveted journey meant to be enjoyed.”

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“She told me to make use of my time while I’m over here, and to truly enjoy it. We shouldn’t get so caught up with missing home or not being in our comfort zone and just wish away our time overseas until we can be back with our family and friends. You’ll never get those hours or days back. Although the suggestions on this list all require you to sit in front of some sort of tech device, don’t devote all of your time to them. Get out and enjoy some fresh air. Take a walk. Discover a new favorite restaurant in your city. Make some friends with the locals. Explore. Life is short. You should revel in every minute of it.”

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“Thankfully, before I moved to Europe I had a very wise person tell me: “Be open to everything. Don’t judge whether things are better or worse than they are here. Remember: it’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s just different.” Probably the best advice I ever received. Keeping this in mind got me through some difficult moments, and eventually led to me really embracing the differences. ” Lauren Schoenherr

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“In a foreign country away from your family and friends back home it’s a task to keep motivation throughout the long season. I try to focus on what motivated me to choose to play through high school, college and why I started a career as a professional volleyball player. I play for the love of the game, I play for myself, for happiness, for my teammates. I work hard day in and day out to reach the best of my skills and talents that I have been blessed with. When the days get tough I remember how lucky I am to have been given this opportunity and it refocuses me to make the best of it.” || Rachel Krabacher | Switzerland | Volleyball

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“I have played in 4 different countries in 4 seasons overseas all on different teams. We have had a wide range of reactions to him being with me for the whole season….The thing I like most about having Kyle with me, besides being with my best friend all of the time, is all of the memories that we are making together. We have visited more places than I ever imagined we would and we have become such good explorers and adventurers over the years… We have come to the conclusion that the sacrifices that we make are worth it so that we can be together.” || Sonja Newcomb

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“In a foreign country away from your family and friends back home it’s a task to keep motivation throughout the long season. I try to focus on what motivated me to choose to play through high school, college and why I started a career as a professional volleyball player. I play for the love of the game, I play for myself, for happiness, for my teammates. I work hard day in and day out to reach the best of my skills and talents that I have been blessed with. When the days get tough I remember how lucky I am to have been given this opportunity and it refocuses me to make the best of it.” || Rachel Krabacher | Switzerland | Volleyball

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 “As a Christian, it’s hard for me to say this, but there were many times I questioned my faith in God. That first day I just sat on the ground, crying and praying, trying my phone again and again.” – Alex Owumi View Post

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“It’s February and usually this is around the time where it is the darkest outside and inside as well for many athletes living their dreams overseas. Each year I’ve encountered these rough moments and they are almost impossible to avoid… It can be very hard but the dream and the passion pushes us through these tough times, like a flashlight through the dark.” | Dustin Watten, USA Men’s Volleyball Team

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“The reason why we continue to go abroad to play is because of all the free time and how much time I get to spend with my wife and Ford.” Brook Billings 

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“Do your absolute best to learn the local language! You will earn a lot of respect from your team and your community, and it will just make everything else easier, from grocery shopping to finding your way around to making new friends. It will also teach you so much more about the country and the culture than any Wikipedia entry ever could. Note: Liquid courage may help. Also, a lot of TV.” Lauren Schoenherr

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“I am a huge advocate for using the opportunities volleyball has afforded us to experience life and new cultures. In my downtime I am on a bus to an adventure, walking through the center, reading a book on the park bench, meeting new people, having a beer with a teammate or just exploring anything I can. I have a huge passion for traveling and volleyball continues to make the possible.” Bailey Hunter 

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Thanksgiving
“When I brought up my family, I started to get choked up. It’s not easy being
away from the familiarity of the United States for such a long time. As I started to tear up, my teammate Evelina squeezed my hand.  That right there showed me that even though my family isn’t in Sweden, and even though my friends from home aren’t here with me, I have a new family and new friends in a different country, and they love me too.  How lucky am I to have my 12 teammates willingly join me at my apartment so that I didn’t have to be alone on this holiday?  These girls are truly like sisters to me.  Whether we are from the United States, Poland, or Sweden, we learn so much from each other.” Alexa Rand 
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“Being home is comfortable, but living abroad has taught me more about myself that I could imagine. No one should limit themselves to a strictly comfortable life. One of my favorite quotes is “to improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often” -Churchill. Playing overseas gave me good insight to that.” – Kayla Neto
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“It’s no secret that living overseas out of your comfort zone and away from friends and family is a grind. There have been several times in my career (12 years) where I have thought about hanging up my gym shoes for a suit and tie. But we as athletes have to constantly remind ourselves why we fell in love with playing volleyball and what was our drive back then…to be the best. ” Brook Billings 
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Make yourself your constantly reassuring friend: There is only one way to guarantee that you will have a friend who understands exactly what you’re going through and will be there to tell your sad, sorry ass how proud they are of you as well as giving you the courage to stay in this new adventure. Make yourself this friend. Tell yourself first and foremost that you are incredibly proud of what you’re accomplishing. You are undergoing a fair amount of stress in a new city where no one knows your name, and the people who are writing those songs about being nameless in a big new world are romanticizing the hell out of it. It’s very scary and you’re doing it and you’re sticking with it and you need to congratulate yourself on a daily basis.” 7 Things You Should Remember When You Move To A New City Full Post

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