New Year, New Website, New Natasha
When you meet new people, one of the first questions they invariably ask is, “What do you do?” Since retiring as a softball player, I find that it’s sometimes hard for me to answer; how do I define a career that has taken me in so many directions? Without a firm job title, what do I tell people that I “do” for a living?
It’s been almost a full year since I played in my final softball game. My identity has always been tied up in my athleticism and softball wins, and to lose those as defining characteristics has been difficult. I’ve struggled with who I am without softball. My path has always been certain – but now, I find myself faced with a new dilemma. What are my other passions? Where else do I excel?
Of course, the Olympics were exciting and amazing times in my life, but deep down, I know that they are not the pinnacle of my existence. However, my experiences as an athlete have built a platform that will allow me to help others, and I’ve realized I can look toward that platform for my next steps.
In my search to discover what my next chapter might hold, I’ve looked inside myself and determined a few truths:
- I have a passion for growing the sport of softball.
- I enjoy helping others meet their goals.
- I love being in control of my own schedule and time commitments.
- I feel I have a strong social obligation to advocate for diversity.
- I truly enjoy feeling busy and occupied.
- I actually don’t mind working out!
- I love listening to podcasts and audio books.
Discovering these facts about myself has led me to start a new venture I’ll be announcing soon. I’m incredibly excited and can’t wait to share; however, in the same breath, I’m also terrified to venture into this new and unknown realm outside the white lines of a softball field. The idea of starting something new and unknown is frightening, but I’m ready to take on this transition!
“So, what do you do?”
If you ask, I might pause a minute. I coach. I speak. I motivate. I travel. I can’t wait to use these strengths in the next chapter of my career, even if I don’t quite have a job title yet!