week twenty seven // music + laughter + lots of summer sun

hello everyone! it’s a new week again, and this week i am away on vacation with my wife + our extended swedish family + friends.

we’ve gone off the grid and gotten wild. it’s that time of year when we head out to the archipelago in southern sweden (southish of västervik, fellow swedes). all we do is relax, enjoy each other, eat, have fika, sleep, rest, laugh, sunbathe. pretty much soak up the magical swedish nature and each other.

so, since i’m doing that right now and not actually writing this blog post when you read it, i’m just gonna get right to the photos from a super summery, beautiful last week. enjoy!

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elton john in concert! we picnicked outside the stage area with a few other people… hehe.picnic uppsala castle elton john picnic uppsala elton john me picnic beer river uppsala uppsala sunset uppsala
an 18 hour stop in norrkōping (our old hometown) on our way to the archipelago

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onwards + upwards! xoxo

the photos are only through friday night because… no phone serve or internet service out in the archipelago. you’ll get those all of  photos when i get back to civilization. hehe. in the meantime, i’ve got a few other posts scheduled for while i’m gone, so check back here on wednesday + friday! happy week, loves!

// week twenty six // summer has really begun + our beer is ready for tasting!

happy monday! isn’t it crazy how the weeks just fly by? i suppose that keeping a record of my weeks here on the blog makes it even more obvious to me. it feels like monday rolls around so fast every week.

i’ve come to the conclusion that this little show-and-tell time that i have with you all, where i share some snapshots from the week that has just passed, is a way to deal with the monday blues. most weeks, however, i do not usually suffer from the monday blues too badly (which is good, but it most likely due to the disheartening, sad fact that i am still unemployed). but, if i do happen to have a bit of beginning-of-the-week anxiety, creating this post every monday seems to give me a better perspective.

that’s the power of gratitude + living in the present moment.

looking back, i always see that, even in the middle of stress, anxiety, failures, tough times, frustrations, disappointments, and just all around sucky days, there is always something for which to be grateful. there are always moments that are beautiful.

and this is what i cling to. this (and meditation) is what reminds me that things will be ok. that there is always hope. and that with another monday, we have yet another chance to create the life that we want once again. it’s all up to us.

so, with that little self-pep-talk, i am ready to share with you the beauty that i found last week. take a peek!

i got a little obsessed with making BLTS for lunch. my summer go-to sandwich.
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my love worked from home for three days. poor thing didn’t feel good at all. but, zola took care of her. (i tried too!)

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taco Tuesdays, baby!
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loving the long cozy evenings at home. this photo was taken at 10 PM. uh huh. i said 10 PM. Nordic love!home-evening-cozy
and then the sunsets… still blowing my mindsunset-sunshine
took a short walk around downtown uppsala after lunch on thursday. just because i’m also blown away that i freaking live here.
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stopped in for fika + a little skype date with my awesome friend in atlanta, georgia (lanie).cafe-linne-uppsala
chocolate cake to. die. for.uppsala-fika-cafe
summer reading?! yes, please! (hehe)
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sunset from our friend’s BALCONY. you know, cause we BBQ every chance we get. helloooo, it is summer.sunset-mickes-place
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lina’s work had a summer party friday night. she works with awesome, fun people. and i get to hang out too. lucky me.work-summer-party-lina
saturday evening, we needed to change our moods. and it looked amazing outside, so we decided on a 9:30 PM walk in our neighborhood. hand in hand. together. soaking up the simple joys of summer evenings. perfect. neighborhood-uppsala-sunset-walk-1 neighborhood-uppsala-sunset-walk.-2 neighborhood-uppsala-sunset-walk.-3-sun-flares neighborhood-uppsala-sunset-walk.-4 moon-summer-walk
we spent all freaking day outside on sunday because… 75 degrees (20 something celsius) + sunshine!
but the highlight was our afternoon soft release of our first two batches of home brewed beer!! so. much. fun.
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so exciting!two-chicks-brewing-beer-tasting
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cheers! we were so nervous.cheers-two-chicks-brewing-first-batch-beer
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and one more sunset…uppsala-sunset

and now… now that i am filled with the images of the past week, the unexpected + created moments, the big + small moments, all of the moments that brought a smile to my face… now i am ready to tackle this week. so, bring it on!

sending lots of love + light to you too! go out there + get yours!

onwards + upwards! xoxo

// week twenty five // midsummer + other little moments

happy summer (or winter) friends! we have made it through the solstice, and are on a new journey now. some of us enjoying the light and warmth of summer, and some of us snuggling into the coziness of wintertime.

me, i’ve been reveling in nature as much as i can this past week. i’ve been outside some, but mostly enjoying it from the inside, as the weather has not been too summery up here in the nordic lands. still… i  do what i can, whether it’s bringing nature in, taking photos out the window, or baking + cooking with fresh veggies and fruit.

plus, i’ve had some great times with some friends + family. lina and i have decided that we are super lucky to live here, surrounded by good people, beauty, and tons of opportunities for beautiful moments. so, even in the midst of longing and yearning for the mountains of north carolina, we still find ourselves completely blessed and grateful.

so, here’s how last week looked in my little part of the world:

made a trip to IKEA for some much needed kitchen items that we still didn’t have. but, now we do!

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and i used them the next day for some pico de gallo. taco tuesdays, baby!taco-tuesday-pico-de-gallo
i’m doing a 21 day mantra meditation which is rocking my world. so powerful. i should have known that meditating with + chanting words would really inspire me (lover of words, i am!).
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bringing nature inside. the lilacs are slowly coming to the end of their blooming season.lilac-flowers
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and white russians at night. recipe from our asheville friend who stayed with us.white-russians-recipe
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i made some peach cobbler for our midsummer celebration. mmmm!kitchen-peaches-counter
and, yes, we celebrated midsummer. inside, of course, because it was rainy + cold. but, it was still fantastic! dinner. friends. laughter. loved it!midsummer-table
the traditional snaps (shots) time during dinner. it pretty much killed me, people. put me over the edge. but, i still had fun. yep yep.midsummer-cheers-snaps
summer solstice coffee + communing with nature. i’m the girl who hangs outside her window in the mornings ‘cuz i love that hippie sh*t.coffee-nature-window-solstice
soaking up some solstice sunshinesolstice-sunshine-floor
my love + i had a mini-adventure to a little suburb outside of uppsala. we did a little shopping at a mall, then found this country bike path that lead us back into the city. it was freaking fantastic.granby-uppsala-bike-ride-my-love uppsala-granby-fence-field uppsala-granby-field
and sunsets galore! (see many more on yesterday’s post)sunset-uppsala-solsticewishing you a beautiful week filled with energy, love, and tons of moments that take your breath away. remember, the sacred is found in the ordinary. all we have to do is stay open + aware.

onwards + upwards! xoxo

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ten on ten | march 2015

hi guys!! it’s ten on ten day again (woo hoo!) – yesterday was the 10th of march, and that means that i snapped 10ish different shots throughout my day, chronicling the beauty of the everyday. this ten on ten was pretty damn special, as lina and i have now moved into our new apartment!! yep. we moved a whole week early, and that’s why it’s been so silent here on the blog for the past 4-5 days. we’ve been super busy traveling to pick up all of our things, moving them up to uppsala, getting them in the apartment, doing some shopping, and unpacking + organizing everything.

oh, we’re not completely finished yet, but we’ve done a whole lot. and it feels so freaking amazing to have our stuff around us. and everything survived the journey across the atlantic. and, now we have brought some asheville vibes into our swedish apartment. it’s truly beginning to feel like home.

so, we’ve gone from the ten on ten in january, the day where we completely emptied our asheville apartment; to the ten on ten in february, where we made the best of our time in our empty, cold, weird, temporary apartment; to yesterday’s ten on ten, as we begin to create our new home in uppsala. it all just blows my mind. and i am so unbelievably grateful.

here’s a peek at what i was up to yesterday. lina was back at work in her office, and i spent most of the day unpacking and taking care of the apartment. basically, i had a great day! then, we enjoyed our first real cozy evening at home together. i have a feeling it’s going to be fantastic living here. more on the apartment + this past weekend in a few other posts. so, stay tuned + check back!

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happy hump day, friends! hope you are having a great week! sending you lots of love + light.

onwards + upwards! xoxo

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ten on ten | february 2015

seriously. last month when i did my ten on ten post (10 photos of my day on the 10th of every month), i was in asheville. in my apartment. hanging with some of the best people i know. one little month later, i am waking in a sparsely-filled student apartment in uppsala, drinking instant coffee for breakfast, walking through snow, riding a train, and spending the day in stockholm doing a photo shoot for a masseuse. in between these two days, i have lived at my brother’s house. driven to new york. flown to sweden. lived at lina’s parents’ house for two weeks. moved to uppsala. learned to walk on snow + ice again. watched my love begin working at her dream job. and started writing on my book as much as possible, in-between job searching + networking + putting me + my dreams  out there, hoping that the universe and i will make shit happen.

yep. my head is spinning.

but, oh, life is so freaking good.

here’s how a regular ole tuesday in sweden looks like  – according to my life. (ok, so it wasn’t so ordinary – i had that photo gig in stockholm, so i took the 30 minute train ride there in the morning and back in the evening, and in between, took photos of a masseur and her client – both of whom ended up being super inspiring, amazing people! however, i hope that this will totally become a regular, ordinary day in my life… cause it was amazing.

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hope your week is going good, and that you are finding joy in your regular days too. lots of love + hugs to you. xx

onwards + upwards!

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TEN on TEN | january 2015

yesterday i introduced a little photo challenge that i’ve committed myself to for the year. you can read all about it { here }. simply put, it’s a challenge that only occurs on the 10th of every month, and the challenge is to take 10 photos throughout the day, highlighting those everyday moments. an opportunity to seek + find the beauty in the ordinary, to slow down + appreciate regular life, and all things simple + real. at the end of the day, the photos can then be shared wherever to whomever.

my intention was, of course, to share my TEN on TEN at the end of the day on the 10th. however, it was not such a regular, ordinary day for me, so i am doing it as early on the 11th as i can. hehe. but, one day off isn’t that bad, right?! i mean, all of the photos are from yesterday.

and what a day it was. i had to make a run for coffee because… no coffee pot. i blogged a bit in bed. prepared the balcony furniture (and other stuff) to be picked up by a well-deserving friend. attempted to organize my suitcase in the bedroom. ate mexican for lunch. got ready for our moving out party. and then loved every single minute of our friends gathering in our home, including a having two of them perform a live concert from the corner of the living room. my heart was completely filled with joy and gratitude. it was pure magic.

so, here are my TEN on TEN from th 10th of january. it was an incredible day.

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we’re moving out of our apartment today. like totally out. so, it’s a crazy day. but, I feel ready. i’ve done all of my little goodbye moments in places around our home, so it’s time to move on and move in to my brother’s back apartment for a week. then, it’s all about hanging out and enjoying asheville. happy sunday, folks!

onwards + upwards! xoxo