Settling Down


by Olivia Barker

I’ve officially lived in Houston for 12 days! I am finally starting to feel like myself and not like a visitor in my apartment. As mentioned in last week’s post, I am completely unpacked and my art is already on the wall, but my apartment still wasn’t feeling like home. Today, I was able to put some final touches on my apartment that really made it feel like home. I know it seems silly, but I just can’t be my best self if I am not feeling comfortable in my surroundings (no worries, Macon settled in just fine). I am the person who unpacks her suitcase at a hotel, who can’t stand a messy house and who puts everything in it’s rightful place before I can sleep well at night. So now that I am feeling comfortable in my apartment, I am ready to get settled at work too!

My office space wasn’t ready when I got to Rice, so I have been sharing an office with my new supervisor all week. I am actually really grateful for our close time this week because we’ve had the opportunity to connect, but at the same time I am looking forward to getting into my space and getting settled. I am on-boarded, benefited and ready to get going! I have a lot to learn in just a few weeks before the students get back, but I am feeling strong here in Texas and I know I made an amazing choice coming here.

Thank you all for the support, well wishes and happies (little gifts). I love that I get to share this journey with you and I hope you feel encouraged to know that happiness is around the corner, just be patient!

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