Updated: Oct 25, 2022
I cannot believe we’re starting year five. It just doesn’t seem real. We were two kids right out of college not too long ago. But things are getting serious for us and a bit more stable.
We Signed a Lease
For the first time since 2016, we’ve signed a lease. A 12-month lease! And I am over the moon. We are 30 mins south of Brisbane and 40 mins north of the Gold Coast. So we’re in perfect territory to enjoy Queensland and Australia.
Views from our new house and city
I Took a Job in Australia
I’ve taken a job at an Australian-based company called Spinfluence. I’m working as a Digital Marketing Manager full-time, remote. And I’m really enjoying the team and the Australian culture.
I’m also hoping to settle into our community for the first time in a long time. The last two seasons with the New Zealand Breakers were on the road, so we weren’t anywhere longer than 5 months (max).
Some recent photos from a work trip to
Sydney and a photoshop job from my boss! LOL
SIGNED: Rasmus Bach to the Brisbane Bullets
This signing was probably the most special one for us. Years ago, I asked Rasmus about his goals when we were moving to Denmark, I asked him if he could play anywhere in the world-- where would it be. And he told me the NBL (the Australian League), and then I asked which team, and he said the Brisbane Bullets.
Rasmus grew up in Brisbane, watching the Bullets from age 6 - 12. One of his then-favourite players, Sam Mackinnon, is now the general manager of the basketball team. It’s really come full circle for us. And in our eyes, it’s a manifestation of sorts.
When thinking about goals, we like to visualize things strongly. Imagine colors, feels, exact numbers (dates or dollars), etc. This is a skill I like to attribute to some of my learnings in Klemmer (thanks, mom).
But we feel incredibly blessed to be in our house on our terms. For the first time in a long time, we feel like we’re in the driver’s seat of this basketball journey, which is cool! I took this job before Rasmus had a contract. So the stars have aligned in many ways.
Here’s an excerpt from the Bullets press release:
“He’s worked out all off-season with the Club, where he’s shown his ability to compete day in day out. He’s also a quality human being who and adds depth to our roster,” Mackinnon said.
Head Coach, James Duncan believe Rasmus is a great addition to the squad.
“Rasmus brings NBL experience and versatility to our group. He has good character, he’s about the team, he’s about competing, and that fits into what we’re building here in Brisbane. We’re excited to have him on board for NBL23,” Duncan said.
Rasmus is excited to be a part of the Bullets NBL23 campaign.
“Representing and playing for the Bullets is a dream come true. This is the team I grew up watching in the mid-2000s. I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity.” Rasmus added.
You can subscribe to their full schedule here. Many games get streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
A Wonderful Off-Season with the Logan Thunder
During the off-season, Rasmus played for the Logan Thunder, based in Logan, his old stomping grounds. The Thunder play in the NBL1, the league right below the NBL.
Rasmus played with a great group of guys at a quality community club. They also had a women’s team, and watching them go undefeated was so much fun! I'm super thankful for that beautiful, welcoming community.
His teammates voted him the “Players’ Player” at the end of the season. I admire Rasmus so much more than he knows. He embodies the word ‘teammate’ and always puts the team’s interests over his own.
Lessons Learned from Sitting on the Bench
Do you know what I love? Watching Rasmus on the bench.
We’ve been around the world playing basketball at the top levels. I’ve seen Rasmus as the star on some teams and a strong role player on others. And I’ll tell you what— you learn the most about yourself and life when you’re on the bench.
I’ve never loved this man more than when I see him cheering on his team, helping them with tactics and being that ‘team-centered’ guy.
The reality? It translates in real life. Selfless players are selfless in the real world. I’d put Rasmus on my team 10/10x over.
Shoutout to all our teammates over the years that have helped us grow and learn. I think back to some years when I was sitting on the bench. It hurts sometimes, but don’t take those seasons for granted.
Athletes— you make an impact whatever your role is— so own your space! And stand in your greatness.
In Family News
My sister, Rachel, had her white coat ceremony yesterday at Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine! She’s going to be a doctor by 2026. I’m so thankful to be surrounded by such incredible, driven women. My mom is definitely smiling over our family this weekend. Wishing I could have been in California with the family to celebrate.
Sending you love wherever you are. And if you’re in our neck of the woods, look us up!