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8 Months... ish... in Austin

I promised someone that I'd publish something soon, so I thought I should give this a go. It's not that I haven't been writing, it's just that I haven't written anything I felt good about actually putting online yet. Everything I've written has been private for the last 8 months, but I'm able to use some of that writing as I write this post. I've also upgraded to the Ghost 1.0 Release Candidate, which went smoothly, so this is a nice excuse to play with the new editor.

It's now been a little short of 8 months since I moved to Austin, and everything is a lot different. It's really not been very long, but I really do feel like this is my home. Don't get me wrong – I've been back to NY twice since moving down here, and while I do miss it, I like it better here.

The change from working in-office to working remote has been a bit... jarring. I miss the office a lot, and I miss seeing everybody and being able to take part in activities after work. At DigitalOcean HQ, we tend to host several events each week, and I love going to them, meeting folks in the NY tech scene, and socializing. It really was a great way to meet new people, and when there wasn't a hosted event, there was usually some other activity to take part in.

And therein lies a problem. Back in NY, most of my social life still revolved around work. Aside from Elle and a very small handful of friends from Long Island, all of the people I spent time with were from work. While I love my coworkers, this also means it's hard to get away from that sort of work mindset.

I was worried that it'd be even harder to get away from the work mindset when working from home. That was a big concern for me since I'd essentially mostly be in my "work" environment. But I've figured out ways around this. For one, I rarely use my computer when I'm not working. Instead, I'll use my phone or iPad if I want to go online. I also work from outside my apartment a lot. I go to coffee shops and bars very frequently and work from there. This allows me to vary my working environment several days each week, as well as meet people. I might write another post in the near future about my adjustment to working from home. It's been quite the change.

I'm a rather outgoing person, and I need some sort of social interaction in order to be happy. And I need it on a regular basis. If I stay home too often, I'm bored. Initially, I thought it'd probably take me 6 months to a year, in order to make new friends here besides Cora and Erika, and I'd probably meet more people through them or randomly. I actually ended up being wrong there. I started making new friends only after a couple months and I've been lucky enough to meet one of the coolest people I know, Jordan. She's awesome and has quickly become one of my closest friends.

Anyway, yeah. That's about all I have to write right now. I have a pretty fun-filled couple of months coming up, which should be exciting, and I'll try to keep making time to write – even if I might not put it on the internet.