sensory overload. part 15.

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oh friends, i think i am dying to take a trip. i’m pretty sure that my weird mood this past week (which seems to be hanging with me even through today) is partly due to the fact that i need a change of pace. my wanderlust is in overdrive right now. i’m restless and antsy and i do not feel grounded at all.

luckily and amazingly, i’ve got a trip to NYC planned in may. woo hoo!! so, that will take care of my wanderlust. we are actually going to meet lina’s brother & cousin in the big apple and spend 5 days, 4 nights in the city – eeek! we’ve rented an apartment in alphabet city/east village on airbnb – that has rooftop access! we’ve gotten tickets to see les miserables on broadway – i’m dying. and i’ve made note of lots of coffee shops i need to visit during my stay – that’s right. just like my 40 days of fika last fall, the fika girl (me), is taking fika to nyc and i’ll have a whole nyc fika section on my fika blog!

anyway. the trip takes care of part of my restlessness. the other part of my ungroundedness (i just made up that word) is going to be solved through a 21 day meditation challenge – which begins today. i need to get in touch with my soul. i need to relax and meditate. and while i try every single day to live in the power of the present moment, soaking up every little thing, if i am not meditating, then i am not as deeply connected as i can be. i am observant, but i am not living from deep within my soul. and i am missing a certain sense of calm and inner peace when i don’t make time for candles, breathing, and “om”‘s.

so, for the next 21 days, the mediation in on! 20 minutes every single morning. and i can’t wait. i need it so much.

of course, posting my sensory overload posts every monday morning is a very good practice of living with gratitude and presence. when i select my photos and go through them, i am aware of the beautiful moments that i have experienced throughout the past week – and i am reminded that, even if i feel unsettled and blah, that i have so much for which to be thankful. and usually, it is people and nature that seem to lifting my spirits and provide me with inspiration & peace.

so, here you go. the moments of beauty and peace from last week, in the midst of a weird, strange, disconnected, restless week. you know, we all have them. and it’s so good to look back and realize that things are not as bad as they feel. it’s so good to reflect and redirect my thoughts and attitudes – from grumpy irritation to calm, grateful peace.

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happy mid-april week, my friends! hope you have lots of fun plans in store for the week ahead!

sending you lots of love and peace. xx

sensory overload. part 10.

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hi folks! i don’t have much time to write today, so i’ll be brief. the past week was quite fantastic with lent beginning and our first european visitors coming to town! they’re still here now = why i don’t have much time to write. i’m spending all my time having too much fun. so, i’ll just give you a post of lots of photos of moments that overwhelmed me and made my soul sing. hope you enjoy!

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wishing you a beautiful week!

peace & love. xx

march’s photo challenge is ready… lucky us!

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who’s ready for a photo challenge?! it’s march 1 today, and that means that it’s time to embark on a new journey. yessss. this month i collaborated with paige at for the love of wanderlust to come up with a theme based on every day life.

it’s so easy to always wish for big, crazy, super exciting moments in life and forget that the daily, ordinary moments can be (and are!! just as extraordinary. so, this month we are celebrating the mundane. the regular. the ordinary. the little moments that make up our days, which, in turn, make up our lives. here’s how we’re gonna photograph these moments:

there is a specific theme for each week, a certain time of day. but, there are no word prompts to challenge/inspire you. rather, you are left on our own to snap a shot each day of what’s happening in your life. and, if you say there is nothing much happening in your life, then i say, get creative!

here’s your challenge:

march photo challenge

how to play:

the ways to participate are the same as always. but, if you’ve forgotten or if this is your first time participating, here are a few tips:

  • week 1 march 1-7: take photos of your mornings, one photo per morning
  • week 2 march 8 – 14: now, snap a photo every noon/midday. again, one a day
  • week 3 march 15 – 21: moving on the evenings. how are you spending your evening this week? snap one photo a day
  • week 4 march 22 – 28: finally, snag a shot of what is happening at night, once a day
  • for the last 3 days i have something interesting planned:
  • march 29: what’s your favorite time of day? take a picture of it!
  • march 30: highlight of the day: what was your favorite moment today?
  • march 31: my day in 9 frames: take 9 photos throughout your day, and if you have a collage app on your phone, make a 9 square collage and share your entire day with us!

here’s a link to instagram so you can sign up & get started! click here to join in.

and if you want to become part of the bllphotoaday community, just follow me at @_belovelive_ on instagram. and use the hashtag #bllphotoaday when you post your IG photo. then, you’ll see everyone else’s photos too. and there are some amazing people taking part from all over the world. check ‘em out!

if you don’t have or don’t want instagram (which is totally fine!), then simply post your pics on facebook or on your blog. but, let me know, so i can follow along. i’ll do my best to spread the word that you are participating. however, the best way to create a photo journey community is actually on instagram. buuuuut, there is one more option… you can post your photos every day to belovelive’s facebook page! perhaps we can get that community growing as well! invite your FB friends to “like” belovelive’s page and then our community will spread even further & wider! think of all the inspiration! click here to go to belovelive’s page.

 happy snapping!

love & peace (and the luck of the irish this month!) xx