It’s been about three weeks since I moved down to Texas and started my new job at the University of Houston. Things are going really well and I just wanted to update you on all of the new changes happening in my life. Anytime you move to a new city or state and start a new job, change becomes a familiar word. Living in Houston is a completely different environment than everything I was used to in Denver. I think the biggest thing is learning to adapt to the changes around you and learn to embrace everything that’s new.
Things I've learned about Houston…
- They have imported palm trees everywhere...
- It rains A LOT…so much so that school will even be delayed or cancelled due to flooding
- It’s always hot, always. Whether its 8am or 8pm you will never need a jacket or hoodie outside. The humidity will take care of itself.
- People are everywhere!!! It’s very crowded here and there are tons of people everywhere. The city is growing and is currently the 3rd largest city in the US.
- Toll Roads. As you can image I’ve done my fair share of getting lost with my GPS leading me to toll roads costing me my precious vending machine change
- There are also these weird side roads next to freeway so you can technically take the same route and not really be on the freeway. Yeah, it’s weird. Still trying to figure that one out.
Three weeks in and so far, there is only one thing I don’t like about living in Houston. THERE ARE NO DUNKIN’ DONUTS!!! Call me crazy, but I’ve always been Team Dunkin when it comes to my coffee fix. There are only about 4-5 in the entire city, none of which are close to where I will be living. However, staying positive...I’ll be saving a lot of money not buying a medium iced vanilla coffee 3 times a week on the way to work.
As far as work is concerned, the transition is going great. Everyone at UH has welcomed me with open arms and helped me with anything I have needed. It can be difficult at times going from knowing exactly what and how things need to get done to knowing nothing. But I think right now that’s what I’m enjoying the most. LEARNING. Everyday I’m learning something new and that’s something that can’t be taken for granted. It’s a challenge and I love it. The facilities are absolutely amazing, just beautiful and it's such a blessing to be able to work at a place like UH.
But I'm not going to lie, one of the BEST parts about this move is being 3.5 hours away from my family. Because I won't have my apartment until the end of July, I've spent every weekend moving the short trip on 45N to Dallas. Although once I myself (and Harper lol) settled in Houston the trip home will not be a weekly thing, it's so nice to know the comfort of home is right up the road. I also have to give a HUGE thank you and shout out to THE Bethany Bradley for letting me stay with her until I get settled. It's hard to believe we've been friends since 7th grade through all of my moves, college, job changes and now here we are together in working and living in the same city. How Awesome is our God?
I'll be back with more soon...
My first video for the new squad...