I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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I’m a Working Girl!

Hello dear friends,

What in the world have you been up to?? Have you been MIA all summer like I have? Are you anxious for the wonderful, slow-paced days of fall and winter like I am? (I know most people can’t understand my love for winter so if you’re yelling at me across the screen, I totally understand. :))

What can I say for my behavior? This summer has been all about adapting and going where the wind takes me. Remember when I told you I was quitting photography, never to return? (Not completely going away, but almost. :)) Well, the new chapter has begun in my life and quite frankly, it was a bit of a wake-up call to my glorious-days-of-doing-nothing self. No time for tea! No time for grocery shopping! No time to enjoy the birdies! No time for even (gasp!) making the bed!! The horrors!

What am I blabbering about, you ask? Well, I have been a steady, wake-up early, take a thermos to work (tea in a thermos is absolute blasphemy but I must do what I can) working girl for the past month!! And although it has thrown off my entire routine of not having a routine, it has been absolutely glorious!! I feel alive! I have a purpose!

Don’t get me wrong, I truly loved the idea of working from home, but only when I had a sufficient amount of work to work on. On days I had to think of things to work on, my spirit sank and I became lazy, slightly depressed, and I started resenting the idea of being at home. Sometimes too much of a good thing, is not always such a good thing. So for now until whenever the wind takes me otherwise, I’m an officially employed working girl and I love it.

When I first told you about leaving photography, I told you I had flirted with a bunch of ideas of occupations until I decided to stick with web designing. For months I was applying to as many jobs I could find (not limited to web designing jobs, some education jobs, too!) And until I heard back from any of them, I applied to other places that I thought sounded interesting or suitable for the time being. Having not acquired any job after a few months of trying, I took a part-time job near our house that had wonderful hours (I was able to come home for lunch and snuggle with Rusty for an hour! Bliss!), good pay, and although I didn’t know it right away, a wonderful tight-knit group of women who I miss terribly. Yes, I already miss them because…I just accepted a childhood dream job!!! Not too long after I started working with these lovely ladies, I received an email for an interview for a school librarian position!!! Yes!! You heard that right. Of course I went (you can’t fight fate) and during the interview I was told I had to actually submit my application (apparently I never did – ha!). I was emailed without even technically applying!! Oh that tricky hand of fate…:)

Fast forward a few weeks and last Thursday was my last day with my new friends at my short-lived job. It was a bittersweet good-bye – I didn’t want to leave them!! It’s really a wonderful thing that in only a short amount of time they grew into my little work family. But, I left a bit of myself there (Cinderella desktop background and a little succulent named Henry :)) and we’ll see each other soon. :) And just like that, one chapter ends and another begins because the next day, I got to finally see my new library!! Already the ideas are bouncing around in my head and I get all sorts of warm fuzzies being around those beautiful books plus an entire wall of windows facing woods. Woods! Could it be any more perfect? I don’t think so. (It doesn’t take much to make me happy. :))

So friends, that’s what’s been happening on the home front over here. I’ve really been having difficulty managing the rest of my life so when I did get a few spare days, instead of cleaning or grocery shopping which is what I should have been doing, I gravitated towards my brushes and paints and created a couple of things for my soon-to-be Etsy shop. I swear, someday that shop will open and hopefully, it will have things that make you happy and then you might even picture yourself admiring it in your own cozy home (that photo on the right is one of them in our own cozy home. And can I tell you something? I love it. Every time I walk by it in the hallway I smile a bit. :).  Wouldn’t that be wonderful?? Something I make because it makes me happy could possibly be in your own home making you happy? Someday perhaps…:)

Although the floors haven’t been swept in weeks and the bedroom still isn’t fully painted and the cobwebs are creeping in the corners of rooms and the laundry pile is falling over and the dust is getting thicker, life isn’t too shabby right now. New chapters are beginning (I can do those book puns now and it fits!) and soon routine will take hold of my life and all will be right in the world. I just finished editing our latest wedding and now the countdown is only 4 more weddings. Can you believe it?! Oh! I forgot to tell you amidst all the chaos – we were recently featured in Minnesota Bride for Kailee & Kerby’s wedding!! I’m so honored and it feels like such a nice, almost send-off to our years in this industry. It will be over 70 weddings when we finish and although it will be sad to not be a part of it all anymore, it will also be a wonderful ending to this phase in our life. Who knows where we’ll go from here?? That’s the magical part. :)