Our Lifestyle Penalties: The Good, The Bad, and the Extra Fugly

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

We’ve officially been without permanent housing for 16 months. Writing that down is enough to bring me to tears. I’ve promised transparency on the blog from the beginning, and you’re about to get a serious dose of realness from me.

We’ve been without permanent housing for 16 months.

The honeymoon stage is over, and I hate travel. There I said it: I hate travel! For anyone thinking that we are living the bougie professional athlete life - I want you to know that sometimes it’s anything and everything but.

I often struggle with social media. My Instagram and blog are filled with cheerful photos from around the world, and I honestly don’t quite know how to capture the ugliness - and I’d love to. For three years, Rasmus and I lived on around $1,400 a month. How’s that for honest?

If you think we are ballin’: I’ve fooled you, and for that, I apologize, but I also blame the likes of social media. If you like this kind of content or have ideas about how I can share it more thoughtfully, I’m all ears.

In the last 12 months, we've lived in four different countries: USA, Denmark, Australia, and New Zealand.

Due to COVID, we’ve not had a permanent home for longer than five to six weeks. We spent all of last year with family or between hotel rooms, and I have to say I’m sick of it. I’m praying for the day that it all quiets down, and honestly, this may just be my new normal.

Do Not Go, Do Not Collect $200: Lifestyle Penalty

We decided to come home between NBL seasons this year to be with family and attend my mother’s celebration of life. And for reasons I’m not at liberty to discuss, the cost of returning to that part of the world falls on us this year. To get back to the team, we will be paying about USD 20,000 out of pocket. Yay, basketball, yay.

Because of COVID, Australia is still under strict quarantine laws, and they have limited flights into and out of the country. Rasmus is to report for duty on the 15th of August, and right now, flights range between 13K and 40K per person for a one-way flight.

See August flight prices: