The first month of living, working and climbing in Boulder is behind me. Coming off of my golden late-summer honeymoon with my new home, I figured it only best to distill all the feels into a blog to let folks know what life is like in the real mile-high city (sorry Denver, you’re playing second fiddle in the cool city orchestra).
In Oklahoma, it sometimes took me up to 12 weeks to twist my friends’ arms into going on a hike with me (mainly because of busy schedules and lack of mountains). Now I’m in the Flatirons at least twice a week. I hike. I boulder. I tree climb.
A few years ago I gave up on the gym and committed myself solely to cardio due to my boredom with gym culture and repetitive weight-based activities. With the Rockies now in my backyard, working out is much less monotonous, no membership or AC unit needed.
Friends / Life / Socializing
It’s been a little while since I’ve played the new kid in town. It makes me feel like a college freshman again—which is appropriate considering I live across the street from Colorado University at Boulder.
I live in an international house with about 50 other people from all over the world, and most of them are students at CU Boulder. I eat dinners with people from China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Germany, India, Pakistan and of course the good old U-S-of-A just to name a few. Conversations range from Islam and Christianity to quantum computing / B.E.C. theory / swarm theory / superconductivity (a lot of engineers in the house).
I’m also beginning to build my core group here in Boulder—a mixture of people from the international house, people from where I work, and other young 20-something transplants from places as far-flung as India and conventional as North Carolina or Pennsylvania.
It’s a much more diverse crowd than I have run with before, and I dig it. As long as you like climbing things and star gazing (which is an on-point activity at 9,000+ feet), then I say let’s be friends.
Work / Travel
Why are work and travel in the same category, you ask? Because I’m one of the few lucky young college grads that found a super cool startup job with travel opportunities.
When I ask people how their week went, they will sometimes sigh and say something bland such as, “Well, work was work.” It is my profuse hope that I will never sound like this, and I think my work at Indigo will keep me well away from that.
Every week is a different adventure / crisis / victory / challenge on the road to nailing and scaling the vision at Indigo Project. Some days it’s content creation, some days it’s sales, some days it’s strategy, some days it’s travel, some day’s it’s leading workshops, some days it’s FedEx, and some days it’s sweeping the floors.
If there is one thing it is not is consistent, and praise the Lord it isn’t or I’d be bored to death.
(Plus I’ve been to Chicago and Phoenix in the past month. CHI hotdogs are a dream, and I think I still got a little bit of Phoenix in my eyes from the dust storm. Keep feeding the wanderlust.)
Ah. This one.
Being a 22-year resident of the buckle of the Bible belt, I knew the church landscape would look different wherever I landed post college. But if I am to believe the folks I have spoken to out here, you can count the number of Biblically-based, Gospel-oriented churches in the Boulder city limits on one hand.
Bit different than the “church on every street corner” extreme that is Oklahoma.
But there are still Jesus followers hanging around this trendy mountain town. It will take time, but I think I’ve found a good church where I can get plugged in, find community and get involved with the high school ministry.
Good enough for me. I’ll leave the rest to the Lord.
The post-graduate world today is painted as this wasteland of office space “blah” filled with lack luster weekends where you pine after your undergraduate years (I’m looking at you, social media / Buzzfeed / PostGrad Problems). Whether or not that is an accurate depiction of the mainstream Millennial experience I cannot answer, but I think I have successfully dodged the “blah” bullet.
I believe most of it has to do with my external surroundings – startup / Boulder / climbing / living in an international house creates a culture of rapid change and fluidity that keeps things interesting. But part of it I think is also internal attitude. I have chosen to buy into the mission of the company I work for, chosen to stay physically active outdoor, and chosen to continue studying Chinese (and start Korean!) to stay engaged, proactive and stimulated.
I think it’s a sweet gig. Mainly because I was terrified of landing in an environment that egged on my natural workaholic tendencies (think large firm / East Coast). But here I have a life. It’s a new life, and it’s still small—but I think I’m going to enjoy the journey here.
So what does the future hold? 14k mountain summits. More traveling. Camping. Korean textbooks. Sunday night tea with my Chinese tutor. Dinners with 50+ roommates. Churching. Lots of snow. Snow shoes. Better tires for my car.
I'm living life in mountain time, and I live one hike at a time. See y’all later, I’m heading to the trails.
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