So, how is life in Norman? Well, it is wonderful.
Norman has been so surprisingly comforting. A comfort that I didn't know I needed until I had it. New York brought on a lot of anxiety and other negatively charged words/emotions to me that I hadn't really recognized, and being in Norman is cleansing me of them. I love being in my old town, surrounded by football lovers and that smaller town, southern(ish) charm. Even though many-most have moved on, I still get to see a lot of old friends, which is one of the absolute best parts.
Living with T & C has been so lovely! I love chatting and laughing with them a lot. Surprisingly, I really like living with 4 dogs too! haha They add a lot of life and activity to the house, which I love. Plus they get SO excited to see you, and uncontrollably excited when its time to go on a walk. Its so beautiful how easily pleased dogs can be. :)
The house is beautiful too - I feel so lucky to have this backyard.
How's work? Well, it is a lot more boring, much less eventful, slight relative pay cut, slight purpose cut, but exactly what I wanted for right now. I have my own office (so I feel real fancy)!
I ride my bike to work (amazing), work from 8-5 with a luxurious one-hour lunch break, and then I'm done. No taking work home, no doing homework for class after - just done. Life after work is mine. It is so liberating. The people I work with are also all fantastic - bright faces around the office all the time, but there is definitely a professional/personal boundary which I appreciate, especially after the lack thereof at my former job.
Do I miss New York? Of course.
But I am so very happy with all the recent changes in my life.