immigration butterflies from an ex-pat.

i’ve got butterflies in my stomach. my palms are sweating. my heart is pounding in my chest. mentally, i feel quite calm. but, my body clearly feels otherwise. what’s the deal? i know it will be fine. totally fine…

it’s just an opportunity to tell someone why i love sweden & how much i enjoy living here.

it’s funny, after 2 years, i finally feel like i have come full circle. it’s been only just in the past few months have i felt grounded, like i’ve merged everything together. my american-ness, my swedish-ness, what i love to do, who i am, how i work… i feel whole. i’ve found my place.

so, today, with butterflies in my stomach, i’m gonna go and tell someone how sweden has become my second home. and a life with my love makes me complete.

there’s no where you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be. ~ the beatles

update:

well, the interview went well! it seems that lina & i are totally in sync with each other, answering the questions they threw at us with almost exactly the same responses (we were interviewed separately, of course). i should (fingers-crossed!) receive my permanent residence in sweden within a few weeks! mind you, i am still a us citizen, i just have the same rights as swedes (minus voting rights & a swedish passport) and can live here as long as i want. i’ll be checking the mail anxiously in about 2-3 weeks. gaaahh. thanks for all your good thoughts and vibes.Β β™₯

peace & love.

9 comments

  1. I think it’s one of the most beautiful things in life – to know where you belong.

    Sometimes our lives go into complete reset but it’s almost always for good reason. The changes in yours over the last 2 years were all for the better.

    I am sure everything will go great :) Oh, and don’t forget to write an update! Hehe!

    Cheers.

    • liz

      don’t i know it, girlie. changes are inevitable, difficult, and will throw you off your rocker. but, though difficult, they almost always end up bringing something better than you could imagine. now, if only i could remember that when i’m in the middle of big changes next time. ;)

  2. It’s great to pass on your feelings and experiences to someone who will hopefully appreciate the insights you offer into your diverse life! Kudos for that!
    2 years fly by so fast, it is quite unthinkable! I am facing the same time frame (or maybe a little) less and probably feel less rooted than you do.

    • liz

      for real! i can’t believe how quickly time has passed. 2 years is freaking crazy! what are your plans? how long are you staying in the big apple? :)

  3. The “immigration meeting” always causes stress- I know…

    But considering your circumstances, I’m sure that they are very happy to have such a giving citizen apply!

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