This week I took a much need trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit one of my dearest friends and see my younger sister. It has been way too long since I’ve been surrounded by such breathtaking beauty. This visit was rejuvenating and relaxing in the best way. Maria Montessori wrote about the need for beauty and order in the environment and I truly believe that it aids in developing inner peace.
I started the trip (with my 5 1/2 month old in tow) in Oregon with my childhood friend and felt so at ease in her beautiful home. The way she and her husband decorated, organized and set up their house is so refreshing. Every item has a purpose and place; it was like being in an adult Montessori environment. Their sweet son is thriving because of their thoughtful planning and purposeful parenting. We spent a lot of time outside: hiking, picnicking on the porch and walking the trials surrounding their house. There’s something so magical about the way a trail looks framed by giant, moss covered trees. I drank in my surroundings and quenched my unknown thirst for nature and beauty.