who run the world?

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guess what i did yesterday?! i saw beyoncé in concert! for real!

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sitting in our “seats”, waiting for the fun to begin!

i admit that i have never been a die hard crazy fan, but hey, everyone knows beyoncé. she’s a legend. and so, when my love & i had a chance to get tickets to her concert in stockholm, we did. i mean seriously, even if she’s not your favorite person, that woman has energy. and passion. and man, can she dance & sing. i have always admired her, so i was pumped to spend an evening becoming one of her little worker bee’s… dancing, singing, jumping, and all but worshipping her musical royalty. and i did just that.

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beyoncé’s entrance!
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this is not my photo. i found it on the internet & i can’t remember where. but at least i’m not taking credit for it. hehe.

and oh my gosh, she did not disappoint. beyoncé gave 110% to everything that she did. it’s hard to believe that we were not her only stop on her tour, since she gave herself completely to her performance, making it not just a concert, but an experience. and she delivered a message of love and the power of the people, seeking to be the best they can be. and of course she changed clothes like fifty million times. wow.

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it was an even more unreal experience given where are “seats” were. we had no seats. we were in the standing section on the floor, close to the stage. like amazingly close. i was there, sweating jumping, singing, laughing, and dancing with my love and her cousins. we had a freaking blast. what a lucky girl i am!

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beyoncé, i am a true, in-awe-of-you, fan now.

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so, who run the world?! girls!

peace & music.

*all photos taken with my iPhone.*

can the unknown path be the right path?

the forest by ågelsjön. just outside norrköping, sweden.

let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. it will not lead you astray. ~ rumi

the archipelago. skeppsgården, sweden.

 sending you good vibes and warm thoughts for a fun, soul-filling saturday. peace.

imperfect.

oh geez am i imperfect. in so many ways. and, i really let my imperfections shine during the past 2 days. let me share…

on monday i had planned to sleep in, recover, & recuperate from the weekend. in taking it easy i thought it’d be no problem to run down to the cellar a couple of times during the morning to do 2 very necessary loads of laundry: one load of clothes & one load of bed linens. no problem at all, right?

wrong. i opened the laundry room door with the key, set my apartment keys down, and worked on starting the first load. i then set my alarm, picked up my apartment keys, walked out and shut the automatically-locking laundry room door. precisely as i was pushing the door shut, my brain registered that i did not have the laundry key in my hand. but, it was too late. the message did not make it from my brain to my arm in time, and i closed the door. damn.

nice job, liz. my clothes, sheets (which were now being washed), & the key were locked inside. so, i spent the next 2ish hours contacting the landlord & the building supervisor in as many creative ways as possible. i will give myself some serious swedish points for the research i did & the swedish that i spoke in order to find some phone numbers. we finally worked it out and figured out how to solve the problem of the key. though my sheets would be sitting in the washer all wet & gross for about 8 hours before i could save them.

ugh. my crazy forgetfulness.

perhaps i redeemed myself a little, though, by getting the tv all taken care of yesterday. perhaps?

well, as a result of the tv now being all connected & put up (thanks to lina’s dad hanging it on the wall!), i have had a second imperfection take the lead today: my procrastinating laziness. again, i blame the tv. and because yesterday was way more insane than i intended it to be, i still had not really recovered from the weekend, so i decided to take it easy, really easy all day. i woke up early, but i didn’t get out of bed until lunchtime: well, i got out to make some breakfast & such, but i stayed there, with the new tv on, my computer in my lap, and enjoyed just being with myself.

this afternoon, i napped. finally, much later on, i made a trip to the grocery store & finished the laundry: with no locking the key in! yay!

i did break sweden’s no. 2 rule today: if it’s sunny, you must go outside. and if it’s warm & sunny, you must stay outside for as long as possible. with the exception of the quick market run, i stayed inside on this beautiful, sunny, warm day. but, i could see all the beauty from my windows. i could hear life going on outside, and i could feel the wind blowing through the apartment. i was almost outside.

sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. know what i mean? and today, well, it was not a day to stress out about the things that i do/did that might not live up to everybody else’s expectations. so i’m not perfect. nobody is. we’re all just trying to get along. and today was my day to balance myself out… and i am most definitely ready to hit the streets running tomorrow.

peace in the imperfections.