hanging out together

asheville

how has a week passed already?! i promise that it is not my intention to post only once a week. i mean, in all reality, you may not care. you may even like it better. but, i don’t. i really, really loved when i posted practically every day. it was not only a way that i stayed connected to myself and all of my thoughts, but i have always literally pictured you, my readers, as i write. i feel as if i am writing little letters to you all when i post more frequently, and though there are many of you that i have never met, i feel like this is where we come to “meet” each other. so, ultimately, i miss hanging out with you all.

speaking of hanging out, i don’t feel like i’ve done so much of it lately. i feel super busy with all of that regular life stuff that i’ve been craving so much. now, let me make this clear, in no way am i complaining about having my regular life back. i’m just saying, it’s been busy. more busy than i feel it’s been since we moved back to asheville, i believe. but, it’s mostly all good. so, what have i been doing?

ushering in autumn with pumpkin spice lattes and candles

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sneaking in a few rides + walks through the woods and up on the mountainsIMG_7056 IMG_7061 IMG_7073

meditating like a champ – and loving every single morning of itIMG_7093

just being aware of the funkiness + quirkiness that is ashevilleIMG_7102

having fika with new + old friendsIMG_7113

getting my hair cut – in preparation for my 40th birthday in a week!IMG_7195

making three dollar champagne night a tradition. boo-ya.IMG_7224

loving the quiet, still, dark mornings at home

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connecting with more coffee professionals in the area – touring roasteries + getting free coffee beans. i love my work perks
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dog sitting brady while paige (for the love of wanderlust) is off wandering + hiking in peru. me? jealous? you know it!IMG_7258

going nuts getting my brother’s cute bungalow apartment ready to receive its first Airbnb guests!
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drinking mimosas because those first airbnb guests cancelled TWO HOURS before their check-in!!! grrrr!IMG_7309

preparing to photograph a wedding on saturday!!! i’m a photographer! (visited the venue with the bride-to-be… it’s a camp out in the woods + it is amazing!)

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what’s happening in your life? how has it been for you this past week? talk to me, friend. i’m listening. and, i promise to not be so silent here as much as i have been. it’s felt good to catch up a bit. (wouldn’t it be amazing if we could meet for coffee or wine one day soon?!).

love + peace.

hello

odds cafe

hello, there, friday lovers. just wanted to pop in and greet you as we begin the weekend. who’s ready for it?! i’m sure my dear, sweet love is ready. she’s been incognito all week with her head in her physics and pre-calculus books. ewww. but, in about 2 hours, she’s done with those two finals and only has two more next week. by next tuesday at lunchtime, she’s my free, summer-lovin’ girl. i can’t wait for her to be able to take a break. i have never seen someone work so hard and be so dedicated to whatever she does. i am one proud wife! she is an amazing woman!

as for me, i am at complete peace right now (while lina is struggling away at her math final). i feel bad. i really do. but, we’ll be able to celebrate and enjoy life together later this evening when we meet up with some ladies for cocktail hour at a wine bar. fun fun!

odds cafe

anyway, back to right now. at this moment, i am sitting in a new cafe that has opened up in west asheville. odd’s cafe. i’ve been in contact with the owner for a few months now, after i heard that she was opening a new coffee bar. of course, my ears perked up. west asheville? coffee bar? peeeerfect.

i’ve been following the process, having contact every now and then with audrie, knowing that she was close to opening, and then i got an assignment to cover the story for the paper – which i was gonna pitch to my editor anyway. yes! so, last friday, i did some photos and interviews, and got a story ready for the web. by the way, i loved how the cafe looked. the owners, audrie and mel, were waiting for their health inspection and then they were ready to open. sometime on saturday i received a message from them that they had the inspection and would be open for business on monday! i felt as if i was almost as excited as the owner – well, almost. hehe.

take away coffee

of course, i dropped in on monday for their grand opening, bringing lina with me. we sat and enjoyed a little dirty chai and fell in love with everything instantly. the feel. the art. the chai. the space.

today, i am back. with time to kill while lina’s taking a final. so, i thought i’d drop by and grab another chai – i’m a creature of habit. and it was yummy. when i ordered the chai, i found myself saying that i wanted a small plate too. hummus. naan. and carrots.

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i sat down, pulled my stuff out of my bag, began munching on my food, and sipping my chai. and i just felt at peace. and grateful. and excited. i also decided that featuring this cafe on my fika (coffee) blog is the absolutely perfect way to re-launch that blog and begin my next adventures in the coffee world – i got plans. oh, i got big plans!

i’m thinking that this is the perfect start to the weekend! slow, quiet, and at peace. rowdiness and craziness to come later. hehe.

wishing you a beautiful weekend filled with all of your favorite things! xoxo

goodbye, weekly sensory overload.

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well, folks. i think it’s time to retire the ole sensory overload title. i’m not retiring the category, though. so, you can always click on the tab at the top of the page that says “sensory overload” and be taken to all posts where i share how life makes my senses go crazy.

you see, i feel that i have gotten into some kind of a rut with my blog by having specific things to post on specific days. that’s not what this blog is all about – and to try to fit a circle into a square hole just doesn’t work. this blog is a spontaneous, whatever inspires me in the moment, daily life blog. like a journal. so, i am not setting any specific days for anything – expect for wednesdays, but wednesdays of wisdom will continue throughout my dalai lama series. at the end of that series in june, i will reevaluate that as well.

so, to sum up, i’m going back to posting whenever and wherever i feel like it! and that feels amazing. i know that people say that bloggers should have a blogging editorial calendar with stuff all planned out for about 3 months. that sounds great. i even kinda tried it. but it just does not cut it for this blog. that is for my fika blog – something that is a bit more professional and not a daily life kinda place.

anyway, i have a lot of stuff to share with you this week from the past week, so this will look like all of my previous sensory overload posts. but, after this, it’ll be all about just posting from day to day, whatever inspires me. it’ll be more like sensory overload as it happens – which, if i think about it, is even more awesome. so, posts will be more frequent, more focused, and more exciting!

here we go!

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as you can see, it was a week filled with some stunning nature, beautiful moments with people and pets, cozy and quiet moments of peace, and an opportunity for lina and i to have some contact with the church i worked at in sweden – they asked me to say a few words on their theme for sunday. so, lina prepared the camera and i drove us up on the blue ridge parkway, and we video-taped me talking (in swedish) to the congregation. they played it yesterday morning in church. it was so much fun to send it to them – though the sending part was an insane, long process! hehe.

over here in our little home, this week is gonna be a bit crazy. my love has a test today, then two days for study, then 4 finals between thursday & next tuesday. so, she’ll be out of commission for a week and a half. i’ve got some writing, job applying, my book club, and some planning to do for our NYC trip in a few weeks!

happy monday, dear readers! xx