we have some exciting news!

after some crunching of numbers & many nights awake talking about the future, we decided that it was time for me to leave my current job & look for a job that related to my degree. i'm sure a lot of you know this, but for those of you that do not, i am currently a full-time student in youth studies & women's studies. after i graduate & if everything works the way i would like, i plan to earn my certification in montessori teaching.

it was a very difficult decision to make, leaving the stationery shop. i've worked there for over two & a half years & i've grown close to my co-workers & boss. still, it was time to find something new so i applied to a wonderful montessori school in town & was hired! starting in june, i will be working full-time with kids ages 3 to 6. we'll be outside most of the time, working on various art projects {i've already gathered so many ideas!} & growing a garden in our tiny plot just outside of the school. also, some pluses are that the school is a block away from my house & i will no longer work weekends! i have two days off... in a row!

saturday was my last day at the stationery store so i have an entire month to finish projects around the house, de-clutter our home {possibly having a garage sale!}, work on our etsy shop, spend time in the garden & just relax.
i am looking forward to the new adventure ahead!

& to celebrate- i've included some images of our home {because that's where i'll mostly be for the next month!} that i took a couple of weeks ago in celebration of spring cleaning:

we moved the plants near the window to get more light. they were suffering during the winter months. it is so nice to have that little green space in our attic.

in our kitchen- the last of my jams, some bulk items ready for jars, my mom's canisters given to me & loose tea gifted from loved ones.

i moved the winter blankets off of the couch & replaced them with lighter ones, added framed photos of us & opened the windows to allow for natural light.

this is one of my favorite spots of our home because i love all of these books: inspiration bursting from each page!

& we brought our patio herbs outside for the summer {oregano, rosemary & cilantro}.

enjoy your day & thank you for reading!



shari said...

great news! this really makes my heart smile because i am montessori certified and taught 3-6 year olds for eleven years. it seems like a perfect fit for you, natalie.

natalie said...

shari, i didn't know that! :) & thank you so much!

Tara Thayer said...

i'm truly happy for you, natalie! it all sounds so right. and a month to realign yourself and get ready for the change is a gift. love the photos of your home, too. best wishes.

lotte janssens said...

Good luck!
Your blog just blows me away, it looks lovely.
The photos of your plants are beautiful

Lisa Ridgely said...

Congratulations on your new position! I love the photos of your home - it looks so lovely!

Katarina said...

Congratulations on your news...that sounds like a dream job. And loved the little peek into your home!

ALFIE said...

natalie--1,000 congrats! as someone who worked with young children for many years--i can say that it is one of the most rewarding jobs you can imagine! enjoy this month of R & R---and get ready for this new adventure! can't wait to read about it here in your lovely space!

Anonymous said...

you have a beautiful home & congrats on the job decision!! glad you're following your heart :]

heather smith jones said...

Hooray for you Natalie! It sounds like you will have a great time this summer with the kiddos. :)

katrina said...

yay! this is very exciting! :)
and you have a beautiful home.

megan/mason said...

Congratulations! If you haven't read it, definitely find the book Sunflower Houses at your local library. I love it for gardening with children.

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bright lights, big cities said...

wonderful news! As a montessori child I would have loved to have you as my teacher! way to follow your dreams and end something while it was still good!

Tumbleweed Woman said...

natalie, how very exciting! congratulations! it seems to me that following one's heart always brings such wonderful results. i too will have a month off after the craziness of school ends next week, and then i'll be tutoring the children of migrant cherry pickers! loving the photos as always, you have such a gorgeous home!

the t time said...

dear natalie, to read your pages, is always for me a source of joy and inspiration. so much light, so much simple beauty in your days and you life.
have a very good spring time!
from italy,
(sorry for my no good english)

Megan said...

Congrats on the new job! Very exciting news. I love seeing photos of your home. It looks so cozy and inviting.

apples&honey said...

I just left a comment on the wrong post...the next one down :)
Your home is lovely and your photos are beauty!

Tori said...

I'm glad you made that decision! I know you'll be much happier!

Julia said...

congrats natalie, this sounds like a great move for you! how nice to have a little time off to settle into this change. big hugs, girl!

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