I spent the rest of the float thinking about practical steps I would need to take in order to make a decision. I knew that the first conversation that I had to have was with Thomas, because if I couldn’t take my job with me, that was probably a deal-breaker.
How could I ever leave TCF? I love it here, and I love what I do!
So when I answered his question with another question (“Well, that depends – would you be okay with me working remotely, and seeing how it goes?”), he pretty much agreed on the spot, which gave me the freedom to solidify other plans.
So a year later, I’m living the dream in Bozeman, Montana! I’ve been here for about three months now, and the transition has gone smoothly.
I have a cozy home office space that I work from on the north side of town. It’s far enough away from the campus of Montana State University to keep us feeling like the mature 30-somethings that we are, and the downtown area is just a short walk away when we want to go have some fun, or breakfast at Main Street Overeasy.
We’re also only a few blocks away from the fairgrounds where the Farmer’s Market is held on Saturday mornings, and I always look forward to getting a tasty treat from Third Eye Chai when we go!
For things that aren’t within walking distance, I can catch a Streamline bus at one of the many stops near my house, and it’ll take me anywhere in Bozeman I need to go. And the best part – it’s free!
Bozeman is about one-third the size of Sioux City, but I find that, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in its vibrant community life, and the beauty that surrounds us at all times. It’s surreal to me, to be doing something as mundane as grabbing groceries at Smith’s with a beautiful mountain backdrop all around me.
I can see the Bridger Mountain Range from my front door, and there is no shortage of local hikes with breathtaking views nearby. And, if we ever grow tired of the local view (never!), Yellowstone National Park is only a scenic, 2-hr drive through the Canyon away.