See this view?! As I sit here I realize that at this moment everything I could possibly want from a work day is right in front of me. See my baby?! Under the computer through the glass top desk?! That’s Ity. You could miss her like in that Awkward Family Photo with the dude stuffed under the sofa… It’s super creepster. But Ity, not a creepster but potentially a reincarnated woodland creature or small dinosaur, loves to sit under my desk and play while I work. Her sister, Snug, is right behind me building and make believing with some Goldieblox. She is a master make believer and builder as all 4 year old girls should be!
Also there is a coffee mug just emptied... and a bit of wine… Yes, it is 11:30am. As I was reaching for a sippy cup refill of milk in the fridge, I nearly knocked the corked bottle over and there was just this smidge and nobody wants to waste the last bit of wine and clean up broken glass. Sorry I’m not sorry… And a MAC!!! As a decade long mac user, who had a job where I was on a PC for 10 plus hours a day for over a year, this is a beautiful thing!
But the green, y’all. This 2 bedroom condo we live in is a squeeze for 3 adults and 2 kids but it backs up to a greenway and it has these huge windows. When you are looking out, regardless of the season, you can get lost in the beauty. When it’s rainy like today, the little creek fills up and gushes along with the promise that tomorrow we can put on our rain boots and go splashing and exploring right out our back door… There are birds and squirrels. Whatever, read Walden or Frost and then you get it. But then Target is right next door and a really good sushi and Mexican restaurant too… Perfection.
I quit my work-from-home corporate trainer gig last month after quitting my decade long elementary teaching career (where I accumulated 2 masters degrees and student loans that I will owe on until I die…) the year before. Best decisions I’ve ever made and now the world is opening up and I am ready for the positive challenges it brings to our little family. Not long ago, I thought I was the worst person for walking out of a toxic teaching environment which forced a domino effect that led to giving away almost everything we owned, our family being separated for a year, having to move back home to live with my mama in close quarters at 36 years old, etc. I blamed myself and struggled mentally (still do actually as self destruction is hard to combat after years of successful practice) but I’m working on it. My family is back together and Mr. Sir (what I call that husband of mine!) has a good and challenging job that although is not in the field he studied for years and years is still pretty damn good. We have these glorious ladies, Snug and Ity (their nicknames that work great for the internet!) who we adventure with daily and who we have decided to unschool in our effort to lead a more joyful and mindful life and to help pass that joy and mindfulness on to them.
Right now my days are filled with following their lead in exploring what interests them and then pooling my resources to give them a deeper understanding of those topics. I’m also immersing myself in the movement for social change in education. Not on a grand scale. Aka, I retweet and share articles that I think everyone should be reading and I pin ideas for learning… Everything I push, I do myself with my ladies! Click on the three dots at the top of the page and follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! I am researching possibilities for opening up a school of my own that nurtures my beliefs… but i don’t yet know if that is my path. I’m open and refreshed and not in any hurry. Kind of like the view from my desk posted above… I’m growing and I’m learning and I’m feeling guilty and I’m ignoring phone calls from student loans creditors that I’m not paying (damn the man) and I’m going to share it all right here!
I hope you will journey with me. I’ll try to always have coffee and some festive views and potentially wine… or some home brewed beer.