disney world: incredible, imaginative epcot!

day two of our week-long disney world party continued at the amazing world of epcot – a place of imagination, science, techology, and international flair. and let me tell you, we soaked it all in. every single stink in’ bit. it was a beautiful day to explore, ride rides, and visit all the countries, but when the sun went down it turned windy & cooooold, so we enjoyed a three course dinner in paris (hee hee) at a fabulous french restaurant and watched the fireworks from there. well, just check it all out!

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did you know that there is a ride in the big epcot ball? yep. it’s called spaceship earth & it’s freaking awesome.

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we grabbed breakfast after a few rides and some starbucks coffee to warm us up. like i said, it was beautiful, but it was cold.IMG_7733

after some space and dinosaur stuff, it was time for the land area… and an amazing ride called soarin’ and then some more sun worship.
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time for the countries!! they are all situated around a lake, so we planned to start on the left and walk all the way around. each country had authentic architecture and natives working in their stores/restaurants. it’s like taking a mini trip around the world. sooooo cool.DSC_0477 DSC_0482

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BEGINNING WITH MEXICO…

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norway ( a little scandinavian treat for us!)DSC_0499

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our amazing dinner at the french restaurant ended with creme brulee, chocolate mousse, & fireworks.
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as much as i have loved epcot and magic kingdom, i cannot choose a favorite between the two… and there are two more parks to go! all of them are so individually fantastic and inspiring. stay tuned till tomorrow, when i explore hollywood studios!

peace and love. xx

destination?!

helloooo, friends! we’re on a plane headed somewhere… for a week-long vacation! woo hoo! that’s right it’s travel time – our first trip of 2014! but, it’s also the beginning of our 70 years celebration. the first in a long line of celebrations and living life all throughout the year. what are we celebrating, you ask?  well, this year my love turns 30  (in may) and i turn 40 (in september)! (hence, the 70 years thing). so, since we have two big birthdays coming up, we decided that we’d give ourselves this trip as a birthday present to us to start the year off right. sooooo exciting.

but, i guess you’ll have to wait to see where we end up. hehe.

bon voyage!

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peace & love.

sensory (super)overload. part 4.

there has been some serious sensory overload during the past week. from a 9 hour road trip in pouring rain to family to super amounts of yummy food to holiday fun to christmas tree hunting adventures, it’s more than i can write about in one blog post. so, i’m not going to write much at all. in fact, i can’t really put it into words. so, instead, i’m gonna share my sensory overload only through my photos – a lot of photos. you’ll get it when you see all the amazing-ness that i have been blessed to enjoy over the past few days. ready?!

thanksgiving at the beach

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hoping that your days have been filled with happiness and peace. and if they haven’t, then i send peace and love to you… and i challenge us all, no matter what, to seek to find something to be grateful for. because this world, even as dark and messed up and corrupt and harsh that it is, is also filled with tiny snippets of joy and beauty. it may only been seen in a little flower for one short moment, but it is there. and i wish a lifetime of beautiful moments for you…

peace and love.

those last summer moments…

upon arrival late friday night, i just had to go out to the dock & breathe in the sea air.
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beach day saturday!

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Sunday Fun Day! (including the nc seafood festival – the oldest festival in nc)

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lazy monday – the clouds rolled in

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crazy weather tuesday (perfect timing for driving home!)

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i could not have asked for a better few days at the beach. it was relaxing. it was filled with family. it was sunny & warm – like unseasonably warm, like the middle of summer warm. i read. i dangled my feet in water. i ate seafood i laughed. i slept. it was close to perfect. and i left feeling inspired and ready to tackle all of this amazing-ness surrounding me back at home. plus, i am really on board with autumn now. i had my last summer fling and now it’s time for boots, jeans, and all things pumpkin.

hope y’all had a good weekend too – i realize i’m a little late saying it, but hey… better late than never, right?

happy hump day! love & peace.

weekends are for catching up.

what could be better than having a very lazy summer saturday morning in your new home, enjoying a yummy breakfast, blogging away, seeing the love of your life sitting beside you, having a cute kitty snuggled up at your feet, and “watching” reruns of beverly hills, 90210 on the tube in the background? seriously. pretty damn near perfect, right? or perhaps i’m just a lover of the simpler things in life… i hope i am. i strive to be that kind of person.

in any case, this weekend has gotten off to a fabulous start. and that’s following a pretty awesome week too. sometimes i feel like i’m just going to burst from being overwhelmed by my life.

at the same time, as i enjoy the moments here in asheville, i find myself thinking about those of you, my friends & family, back in sweden. i miss you. and i cherish all of the memories that i have… feeling excitement already about the time when we will see each other again.

but, since i’ve been up to so many different things this week here in the states, i thought i’d update y’all on what’s been going on. so, here we go!

monday: got my iphone back (after it took a little swim in the ocean last week). and went to a protest. you can read about that amazing experience here! and found out, thanks to @murderingtime on instagram (one of my original IG buddies), that my belovelive photo journey now has passed 2000 uploaded photos by people from all over the world! you can see them all here.

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a little postcard i got in the mail all the way from australia! it’s a greeting from @murderingtime. see how amazing instagram is?!

tuesday: we took care of our bonus-niece for the afternoon. love that girl! love her whole family!

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bella and the owl.

wednesday: stayed home all day & took care of business = emails, applications, blogging. cozy, fun stuff. at least that’s how i feel about it.

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thursday: drank lots of coffee. yes, i usually drink alot. but this day was an unusually large amount. hehe. met with a journalist/blogger at a downtown asheville cafe for a networking session. we discussed my blog, writing, what my niche is, and just got to know each other a bit. sent out more applications (mostly teaching gigs).

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friday: well, it was a top-notch, amazing, one of my fave days back in asheville so far, kinda day! and i’ve got tons of photos to show you. ready?

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the sunrise from our balcony.

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meditating outside. on said balcony. it doesn’t get more inspiring!

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after the premiere workout session in our gym, we had the premiere dip in the pool!

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no i did not get another… our friend, jessica, got her first! yay! (but i did make plans for my 40th birthday next year. hehe).

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made a stop at the gourmet chip company downtown for an afternoon snack. YUM.

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happy girls. that’s jessica in the middle. she’s extra happy with her new tat.

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time for the great american pastime: a baseball game!!

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bella’s first baseball game. and lina’s second. my 1000th.

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the national anthem is over… play ball!

baseball game fireworkssaturday is well underway now, and i’ve enjoyed my morning and am ready to move on to a few errands and then perhaps another dip in the pool this afternoon. tough life, huh? but, in my defense, it’s still summer… and i have a few things/plans underway next week on the job front. wink wink. you’ll have to wait fro another blog post to hear about that.

until then, have a fantastic weekend. take some time to breathe/meditate/be/listen. and seek out ways to be aware and present in the moments that you are given.

all my love & peace.

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“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” ~ D.P.

did you know that dolly parton has a theme park?! and did you also know that it is only about 1.5/2 hours from where we live?! well, she does! and it is!

dollywood (what else would it be called? hehe.) has been around for a while, but, like all great amusement parks, it gets bigger and bigger, and more over the top than ever, as the years pass. dolly parton over the top? hehe. i’m not picking on her… i truly do love her. now, the last time i visited dollywood, i was about 15… so that was about *bleep* years ago. before the internet. and cell phones (except maybe those bag ones). and starbucks. yes, that’s right, i am that old.

in any case, dollywood would prove to waaaaay different from what i remember it to be. legitimate roller coasters. and tons of fans/people/thrill seekers/families all over.

we headed to dollywood last sunday to celebrate my sweet, amazing friend, jessica’s birthday. 30th birthday! she and her family (part of our extended family) are big time dollywood lovers, and they invited us along for the fun. lina was about to jump out of her skin with excitement when she found out we were going. i’m surprised she slept any the night before. love ya, baby.

so, off we went! over the smokey mountains & into tennessee. we spent a super nice july day wandering the park, some of us riding rides, eating food, seeing shows, and laughing pretty much constantly. it was a fabulous day and we are so thankful that we got to spend it with the howard/redd family! and yes… we are now season pass ticket holders. suckers.

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for your viewing pleasure.♥

peace out, loveys.