sunday night pep talk.

lina and i were discussing tonight the next 2 weeks and all that we face. it’s crazy. both of us, in our work, have so much packed into the rest of april. stuff that will eventually turn out good, but for now, seems like a crapload of stuff that will suck us dry. i thought spring was supposed to be the time when we felt more energized, excited, and full of life. right now, though, all i’m feeling is exhausted even before all the insanity begins. and speaking of spring, what’s the deal with the weather in sweden this year? i know i sound like a broken record, but i seriously cannot take the cold anymore. my love and i have begun discussing warm, tropical places where we can relocate. not really. we’re dreaming. but, this cold & gray spring has got to go. at least if my stress level is high, nature could send me some beautiful days to help make things more bearable. i know i sound overly-dramatic. and i am. but, i truly am in need of some warm sunshine and i am truly freaked out about the next 2 weeks (let’s not even get started on what comes after that). a tropical island sounds like paradise right now.

anyway, with all that negativity building inside of me, i realize that i gotta get busy with my yoga. hard core. and writing. and i gotta focus only on the present moments. you know, live in the now. that reminds me, perhaps i should pick up that “the power of now” book i’ve started, but never finished. sounds like exactly what i need to help me focus. that and my love… she’s so wonderful. today we had a crazy laughing spell that lasted quite a while, but it felt so good. freeing. laughter… it’ll cure those stressed-out blues as good as anything.

the other wonderful thing about today was, that in the midst of all the rainy, cold days, mother nature delivered some semi-warm, beauty today. and i had a chance to ride in a car out to the countryside, catching a glimpse of fields, massive amounts of sky, puffy clouds, and sunshine. just what the doctor ordered. thank you, dear mother nature.

 a snapshot of the swedish countryside from a fast moving car. hehe.

after a birthday party out in the countryside, when lina & i got back to town, we couldn’t stay inside…. it was still so beautiful out. so, we took a long, leisurely walk around the city.

tonight, as i prepare for the upcoming weeks, i feel the pressure mounting. but, i know deep inside, that in all circumstances, i am not alone and that everything will be perfectly fine. it’s time to get my procrastinating ass in line and bust on through these weeks, support my love through her tasks, and keep my eye on the prize: paris for a long weekend in mid-may! the tickets have been bought. oh yeah.

so, i’m off to sleep now, even though i’m not ready to face tomorrow. but, come what may, monday will arrive and i will tackle it and all it has to bring. i think i’ll make a list and work through it to make sure i accomplish everything, and to reward myself every time i strike off an accomplishment. yep. that sounds like a plan.

for now, i’ll end by wishing you a cozy sunday night and by asking you to send good vibes to my little home here in sweden. enjoy the rest of the weekend, because right around the corner are tons of possibilities and opportunities. and with each others’ support, we’ll make it through.

strength and peace.

9 comments

  1. Nicole

    Hang in there tiger. May will be here before you know it!! Talking about tropical islands. We booked our honeymoon to Bali :)

  2. Barb

    For me the “anticipatory stress” is often worse than trudging through the boatload of tasks lined up in front of me. May you also find that once you get to the “doing” it will not be so overwhelming as it now appears!

    Praise the weather gods for some relief! Maybe the next couple of weeks will bring headway on the seasonal change in Norrkoping as well. Probably harder for a southern gal not used to long winters, but I certainly know the feeling!!!

    • liz

      Barb, i completely agree. it’s always worse before getting started. and yes, it’s a real change for a southern girl to be in this climate. :)

  3. Life can be daunting when you look ahead at what is coming. I understand that all too well. I also understand the feeling of being in the midst of that tornado and then emerging from it and having all that weight and worry off your shoulders. Also the feeling of achievement you get. It is wonderful. And I know you can do it. (:

    Here’s to some good thoughts sent your way. <3

  4. liz

    thank you so much, heather. i love your tornado metaphor… so true. and i can relate, as we had plenty of them in NC too. you, my young friend, are so wise. i can feel your good vibes & i appreciate them! xx

  5. Lovely photos, Liz, I can’t believe that second one… It is so beautiful! Have fun getting back into yoga, I really should join you! I’m sure the weather will warm up soon!

    • liz

      i just happened to be at the right place at the right time. :) thanks! yoga is necessary to my life these days, come on & join the club!

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