slow living. photography. craft beer. spirituality. moon + stars. bare feet. road trips. mexican food. blankets. the ocean. journals. coffee. airplanes. forests. meditation. eating out. cacti. playlists. family. wandering. zola the cat. lina, my love.
hello! i’m liz.
i am a the one who dreamed up belovelive in 2011, as a way to discover how to turn my thoughts + beliefs in to my actual life. what began as an online diary after turning my life upside-down and becoming an expat, has since turned into the inspiration for me to discover how to truly align my life with the way i want to live.
and how do i want to live? well, fully. completely. wildly. passionately.
i have no desire to be like everyone else, or anyone else. (which is saying a lot, since that’s pretty much all i wanted as a teenager + 20-something year old). but no… now i want to simply be me. and i want adventures, experiences, and stories. no regrets, wishes, and what ifs allowed.
but, mostly, i want a life with meaning. one that is slow, intentional, authentic. i want to be of use. for my life to make a difference. for the days that i am alive to be deep and long and to leave this world a better place after i am gone.
i was born and raised an american, now i’m lifetime ex-pat, splitting my heart between two places that i call home: north carolina and sweden. basically, not really knowing where the f*ck i fit in. either i fit in everywhere, or nowhere. it just depends on how i feel on an given day as to how i would answer that.
i’m a proud wife to lina, and a lover of travel, all kinds of spirituality, the wilderness, movies, family time and good food + good drinks. these are the things that i need in order to breathe. know what i mean?
currently i live in uppsala, sweden and i provide for myself + my wife through my work as a mentor/life coach (both online and at a local high school). i also call myself a blogger + photographer… cuz i do those things too. all of which i love being and doing.
i am also very slowly completing a book about my journey from death to peace.
qualificationly-speaking, i hold a master’s of divinity degree and a bachelor’s degree in special education. i am also completing my certification as an international life coach. i have worked as a pubic school teacher and a minister/pastor for many years of my professional life. i have also spent a year or so freelancing as a contributor to an independent newspaper in asheville, nc, usa.
now, here’s a little peek into my past + how belovelive has evolved:
the sweden years | part 1 | 2010 – 2013
in 2010, after nine months of marriage, my wife and i moved to sweden. (clearly that’s not sweden above. it’s from a trip we took to ireland in 2011). anyway, she’s swedish and i’m american, and we’re two girls. so, we decided that sweden would be the place where we made our first home together. we took our little american cat, packed my bags, and flew across the great wide atlantic to begin our new life.
as a new ex-pat, every single day was an adventure. i was living my dream (thirteen years in the making) of living in europe. i was in love. and life was pretty crazy & amazing. so, i decided to start a blog to celebrate my life in sweden and to share what life was like in sweden with all of my friends & family “back home” in the states.
but, pretty soon, it was much more than that. the name of my blog (belovelive became my inspiration – an outward expression of what i believed in most; and of the life that i yearned to live.
somehow, my blog began to grow and i began to gain friends from countries spread all over the globe. some of these blogging friends even become real-life friends. in addition to creating relationships through the blog, i found myself writing almost daily, sharing my thoughts, inspirations, photos, travels, and adventures.
and then an amazing thing happened: the more i wrote, the more i loved writing and the more i knew that this was my passion. i had begun to follow my bliss.
the asheville years | 2013 – 2015
in the summer of 2013, my love and i hopped a plane (with our cat in tow again – she’s a trooper), and moved to the states. my love, with a student visa, was ready to begin a career change and study graphic design at an american university (you can read her blog here). i was ready to see if i could make anything of this writing passion of mine.
so, i knocked on doors + began networking, and soon i landed a little spot as a freelance writer for an independent, artsy, cultural newspaper in the amazing city of asheville nestled in the blue ridge mountains of north carolina.
and then, a few opportunities arose to photograph weddings and people professionally. this got me dreaming about really committing to photography + writing as my way of life. like, for real. it was all so amazing – my wife and i… both chasing our dreams.
in asheville, we lived in a cozy, funky apartment about five minutes from downtown + fifteen minutes from the top of a mountain with stunning views. we were in love with our life there, enjoying every second of the diverse, eclectic, artsy, foodie city in the midst of a gorgeous, natural setting. our days were filled with studying and writing/blogging. but we always found time to enjoy dinners out (it’s way cheaper in the states to eat out!), a ride on a mountain road, a visit to the biltmore estate, some shopping, a cold beer at one of the local breweries, a glass of wine on our balcony, road trips, days at the park, photo shoots, and most importantly – time with friends & family.
writing, spirituality, traveling, and photography have always been my passions in life. in asheville, my focus became to make this my full-time career – including opportunities to share with others through small group + individual guidance. to help make this dream a reality, i started the process of saying goodbye to my wordpress.com blog, and created this self-hosted website, where i hope to gather and gain even more friends + followers. of course, i transferred all of my old posts right here, so as not to lose anything. (mind you… there is still work to be done, as all of my posts transferred without photos. grrrr.)
but, this was just the first step…
the sweden years | part 2 | 2015 – present day
in january of 2015, as a new year began, filled with new energy + possibilities, my love and i moved back to sweden to live. she, a full-time graphic designer and me… a full-time writer/photographer/spiritual guide – with another job on the side to begin with (to be determined. hehe.). i had no idea what life would look like for me from day to day, but i know what my intentions are. i know what the vision is, and i will do whatever it takes to make that vision my reality.
since january 2016, i have been working as a mentor/coach at a high school, creating my own life coach/spiritual guide business, and simply letting my life evolve.
to read more about how i became a life coach click → here.
to say that i am blessed is utterly ridiculous. it is the understatement of the decade. my life is so full, so rich, so amazing. i have received and filled myself up with tons of energy that now propels me into the future – a future that may be unknown, but unfolds with grace and beauty every day.
if you are interested in working with or connecting with me, please email me at liz [at] belovelive.com
you can also reach me by using the contact button or by following me on social media by clicking on the links at the top of the page. i’m pretty much on any social space you can find.