soaking up those late summer days.

have i got a bunch of photos to share with you?  or have i got a bunch of photos to share with you! whew. i’ve got a bunch of pictures to share with you! there really are quite a few actually. and since they’ve piled up on my computer and in my phone, that means it’s time that i do a simple photo post. so, here ya go… life in asheville in mid-august:

a little natural love:

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sunrise from my balcony. my perfect meditation spot.

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the sunset view from our building. they’ve been amazing lately.

family. friends. home. love.

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doors flung wide open!

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working & studying all afternoon long from the balcony. the best way to focus. hehe.

my zola collection:

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my love’s first days as a student at UNCA!

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opening convocation! the ceremony that officially begins the school year.

first day of class! UNCA

excited & ready to tackle the first day of classes.

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bogged down in work already. she’s so studious.

oh… asheville.

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drum circle

click on the picture to see a friday tradition in asheville! (the drum circle!)

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summer is quickly winding down, but i’m holding on to the warmth in the air, the cafe visits outside, and the sun on my skin. i’ll admit that i am beginning to feel a little twinge of excitement about the coming of fall… but for now, i am soaking up every little bit of late summer that i can muster. i living in the present. day to day. moment to moment.

and sending you all peace & love. happy almost weekend.

7 days. 7 ways.

i seriously believe that every single day it is possible to celebrate something. and that’s why i created april’s photo a day journey about life. i had the help of many different people (many of you) to come up with words that have something to do with life. and the opportunity to have a word as a prompt every day, invites us (me) to find something to reflect on every day. what i have found, is that this opportunity to focus and reflect often teaches me something. or gives me a chance to think about something that i haven’t thought about in a while. not to mention, it forces my creativity a bit.

it is ironic, or coincidental, or destiny or something that i chose the journey to be about life in april. a month which, so far, has been pretty tough in our little home. having to find something to celebrate every day helps me to get out of my head, away from my worry, and remember to breathe.

and ya know what? i have found something beautiful, a moment to celebrate, every single day. take a peek at my journey so far…

day 1: (new) beginning

i began april with a tasty breakfast, some coffee, and a good book: on the road by jack kerouac

i began april with a tasty breakfast, some coffee, and a good book: on the road by jack kerouac

day 2: breathe

breathe: "it is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to #breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise." henry david thoreau

breathe: “it is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are… than to #breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.” henry david thoreau

day 3: wisdom

wisdom: a message from the universe in my inbox on this day. perfect timing.

wisdom: a message from the universe in my inbox on this day. perfect timing. get your own message here.

day 4: simple

simple: our newly bought, simple, danish-designed thermos. love it!

simple: our newly bought, simple, danish-designed thermos. love it!

day 5: wild

wild: a posted on this the other day. it's a awesome song.

wild: i posted on this the other day. it’s a awesome song.

day 6: chaos

chaos: my love trying to figure out her first semester schedule at unca. a majorly chaotic puzzle, but sooo exciting.

chaos: my love trying to figure out her first semester schedule at unca. a majorly chaotic puzzle, but sooo exciting.

day 7: confusing

confusing: the weather has been all over the place today. seriously. we've had everything. but, some moments have been breathtaking.

confusing: the weather has been all over the place today. seriously. we’ve had everything. but, some moments have been breathtaking.

there ya go! my beautiful moments from this past week where i simply sat back, breathed in life, and remembered that simply being alive is reason enough to celebrate.

if you’d like to join the photo journey, which may or may not lead to you taking photos, click here to get the list. or look at the bottom of this page. there’s you’ll find all the word prompts for the upcoming week.

i hope that you had a week full of tiny little moments that took your breath away. or, if you are dealing with something really tough in your life right now, like my love and i are, then i wish you moments of deep peace. moments when you remember that just as you about to give up, you can keep moving forward. the power is yours. you determine your life. and you, my friends, were meant to have an amazing life.

tons of love & peace.

day 28: today’s weather from my kitchen window.

  • 7am: mostly cloudy. wispy, light, with a tiny bit of blue peeking through. i had hope for a sunny day.
  • 1pm: cotton ball clouds & some blue sky. it still looked like it might clear up & warm up. holding on with hope.
  • 8pm: cloudy. overcast. windy. chilly. and yes, it even rained.

bye bye beautiful, early, swedish summer. the weatherman says it’s gonna be cloudy, chilly,  rainy for some days. hmpf. time to snuggle down under a blanket & start thinking about coziness again. speaking of snuggling down, i am so freaking tired (since i haven’t been sleeping so much/so good lately) and i keep going to be really late & waking up reaaaally early. tonight, though, i give up. i’m snuggling down under my covers, watching an episode of downton abbey, and then going to sleep – even if it’s still light out (though, it is after 10pm, mind you).

so, i’m wishing you all a good night’s sleep. may you feel calm, safe, & be able to rest for some hours… sweet dreams. peace.

pink is not usually my favorite color.

but, today, i’m all about that girly, happy, soft color. just look at the weather we’re having on this first day  of the weekend!!! one of the swedish newspapers is calling it a “super weekend” – it was payday (everyone gets paid on the 25th of the month), it’s gonna be summer-y warm, and it’s a long weekend (the end of april/beginning of may/coming-of-spring celebration monday & tuesday!). sounds like a super weekend to me! and what a way to get it started!

helloooo, spring! 

enjoy your friday, peace-making peeps!

sometimes i just need a reminder.

some days you expect the sun to shine, and instead rain falls from the sky.

and then, other days, you believe it will be rainy & cold, only to realize that the sun breaks through the clouds and warms your face.

yes. in life there will be rain. but, there will also be sun. it will return. hold on. hold fast. just believe. never give up. and remember to always breathe deeply. you are never alone.

sending you peace. and the strength to persevere.