july collage

a month like no other. (and august’s photo journey is revealed!)

july’s theme for belovelive’s photo journey was adventure… and what an adventure july has been! wow. i new it’d be crazy and amazing, and i knew what lay in front of me as the days passed; but i had no idea exactly what it would look like, feel like, and be like. i knew i was ready for it, and july has not disappointed. one special moment after another has made this month an unforgettable one. a month that i am certain will go down in my little history book as a huge turning point, a great transition, and a crazy chance to keep following my bliss.

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july 1-6: spending special “goodbye” moments with friends/family in sweden.

3548c1eee31e11e2b5f422000a9e5ad5_7july 7 – 13: a week in the swedish archipelago

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july 14-20: the big move! flying with 8 bags, two people, a cat, and a guitar.

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july 21 – 27: settling into our apartment & soaking up asheville.

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july 28 – 31: finally. a week’s vacation on the coast of north carolina at my parent’s home. a perfect place to end an overwhelming month.

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so, now that july has passed, it’s time to move on to august… for me, it’s the end of the summer season. the days where we transition from the carefree, long days of summer back into routine and reality. a time to come home, from all of our travels & vacations. soon, it will be the season of home and hearth, of harvest, and of cozy, colorful, cool days.but, before i get ahead of myself, we still have some time left of warm, golden days. there are still days of summer hear, summer storms, and bbq’s. still, it is a month when we begin to turn inward. we return… to our homes.

so, this month, in celebration of the month of august & the return to routine, and in celebration of setting up my new home in asheville with my love, i decided that august’s theme would simply be… home.

a month for us to open our homes to one another, to share our favorite spots and little secrets, if we dare. a month to remember that the home is actually where the heart is, and fhat those of us who are lucky enough to have a roof over our heads and a bed to lay down on every night, are truly blessed. for there are many who do not have a place they call home, or they have a home filled with violence, fear, and/or poverty.

this month we celebrate all things that make us feel at home. and we give thanks for the homes that we have had. so, i invite you to join in and play along! here’s how:

save the photo journey list to your desktop or on your smartphone, so you know what the word is for each and every day. as i was thinking about the idea of “home”, i realized that there are so many ways we can feel at home, so i organized the month into different mini-themes that are centered on different things we think about when we think of homes. each of the words under each mini-theme gives you something to focus on for those days. remember that it’s all about how you interpret the word. be creative and express yourself however you want!

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 @lizslens on instagram.

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.

so, there ya go! we’re all ready for august now!

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i am really looking forward to seeing your homes, your feelings, your thoughts, and your interpretations! thank you for playing along and, as always, thank you for reading belovelive. your presence is such an inspiration!

love & peace.

from the mountains to the sea.

hey folks! today i’m writing from my parents’ beach house. specifically their deck which overlooks sea water. yay!! that’s right, after two very long years without the north carolina coast, we are finally back. back to one of the places that i consider home. one of the places that has remained a constant in my life, when everything else around me has changed.

we left the mountains yesterday morning and made the 7 hour drive across the state, stopping several times along the way. sometimes out of necessity, and sometimes just to soak in the moment.

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we almost ran out of gas at one point (i was over confident), but our trusty navigation system took us on a little countryside tour to find a little country gas station in the middle of nowhere just in time. we literally rolled in on fumes. oops.

20130730-115528.jpgwe stopped at a roadside stand to buy fresh, local fruit and veggies. which, i’ll be cooking for lunch very soon!

20130730-115551.jpgand we stopped at the famous wilber’s barbecue in goldsboro… a family and downeast favorite for bbq and hush puppies. deeeelish!

20130730-115610.jpgwe made it to the beach just in time to see this amazing sunset. eat dinner. and then snuggle up in our cozy little room. i can’t believe we made it to my parents’ place… after all the dreaming and longing to be here for two years.

20130730-120000.jpgand so, this morning, i have the ultimate pleasure of sitting here, feet up, sun baking my skin, gazing out over the water, watching boats go by. and man, is it hot. and peaceful. and perfect.

20130730-114128.jpgafter a long and crazy month, we are bringing july to a close with a little vacation time. work in sweden is over, the flight and move to the states is done, and our asheville apartment (and all other practical details ) is complete. so now, it’s a week of vacay for us before back to real living in our new life.

while i’m a beach bum, i’m planning on doing quite a few blog posts, creating august’s photo journey (check back tomorrow!), riding boats, reading books, eating yummy food, and just being me. connected. relaxed. in love with life.

oh, my gosh, i’m a lucky girl.

sending peace & love all around the world (och många kramar till alla mina släkt och vänner i sverige! jag saknar er!).

 

 

 

 

july photo a day

life is an adventure!

it’s time! july’s photo journey is ready and i’m totally ready to play! are you?

this month, i decided to use the theme “adventure“. you may make the connection that i am making a big move this month, so i am actually, literally beginning a new adventure in my life. but, back in january, i wrote down possible topics for each month’s photo journey, and i had written “adventure” down for july. so, after considering other themes a little just to be sure, i went ahead with ADVENTURE!

about 5 months ago, i wrote a blog post titled “how to have an adventure every day”. it is a subject that means alot to me actually, because it’s really about attitude & perspective. who doesn’t want a life filled with adventure, excitement, new things, danger, and crazy, amazing experiences?! i certainly do. but, not all of us move to different countries, or travel the world for a year, or go hiking out west or in the bush, or white water rafting or jump from airplanes. not all of us want to, and yet we still want lives filled with adventure. we still yearn to be on the road, searching for something, though we may not quite know what it is. we still chase after that feeling of freedom and carefree days, where our breath is taken away by beautiful beautiful scenery. we still want to explore exotic places, meet new people, and feel like life has a purpose.

so, what i propose today, and what i proposed in my previous blog post about adventure, is this: anyone, anywhere can lead a life full of adventure. just the word “life” implies adventure. living through the ups & downs, valleys, and mountains, good times & bad times, moments of pain & moments of peace is an adventure. what i am saying is that we already have a life of adventure merely by the fact that we are alive. so, all it takes in order to feel like we’re some superhero or some world-traveling person is a change in attitude.

it is our perspective and attitude that makes all the difference. no one ever said that going to the grocery store couldn’t be an adventure. no one ever made a rule that only rich people, who jet set across the world, get to enjoy the excitement of adventure. no one ever said that we had to be anyone special in order to climb mountains (literal & figurative) and cross oceans. and it is not true that everyone else has amazing lives, but we do not.

now, i know that you may read this, and think: “yeah, but look at you, liz. moving from one country to the next, traveling, having adventure after adventure”. that’s all true. i have had many amazing opportunities, but i have worked hard for them. i made them happen by choosing to sacrifice one thing or another. but, more important, i have been blessed with the spirit of adventure (thanks to my parents!). and that’s something internal that i carry with me.

so, for july, we are going to lose the idea that life is boring. we are going embark together on a journey, an adventure. and i promise, if you come with me, it will be exciting, amazing, annoying, beautiful, tough, and wondrous all at the same time. this month, for every day, there is a word that is associated with adventure (in one way or another). my lovely instagram friends helped out by suggesting words, and i gathered them together into little sub-topics based on some of my favorite adventure books.

are you ready to begin your photo adventure for july?! are you ready to take a road trip, ride the ocean waves, travel to foreign lands, be challenged & fight for survival, go into the wilderness, and discover yourself as you embark on a quest of self-discovery?! it’s gonna be an epic journey! an adventure to never forget! and i invite you to come along!

here’s july’s list!

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save it to your desktop or on your smartphone, so you know what the word is for each and every day. as i was thinking about simplicity, i realized that there are so many ways we can make our lives more simple, so i organized the month into six different themes that are centered on simplicity. each of the five words under each mini-theme give you something to focus on for those five days. remember that it’s all about how you interpret the word. be creative and express yourself however you want!

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 @lizslens on instagram.

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.

so, there ya go! we’re all ready for july now.

i just wanna give one more shout out to all of you #bllphotoaday photographers & friends. it has been an amazing ride, and i can’t wait for the adventure to begin!

peace & love, adventurers!

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only one day left to vote, people.

have you voted yet?!

have you entered yourself in belovelive’s first ever contest?!

if you haven’t, you still have one day left to do it!  just click here to go to the blog post where all you need to do is leave a comment and… poof! you’re entered!

what are you gonna win, you ask? well, in honor of my/our big move from sweden to the states, i thought i’d celebrate by sending the winner a little swedish care package with some of my favorite and most popular things in sweden. yay! and a few little belovelive-inspired surprises, of course. anyone, anywhere around the world can enter. so, go write down your thoughts & opinions before sunday is over, and then check back here on monday (july 1). i’ll announce the winner here!

click here to leave a comment, vote, & enter!

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don’t forget that the new belovelive relaunch/redesign is during the week of july 15 (before july 18 – the day i fly!). it’s gonna be fantastic!

peace, love, & sunshine to you all! it’s almost july!

time to reveal this week’s pics.

yep. it’s photo a day challenge time! i had fun this week with the pics, they feel a little bit random & perhaps boring, but i tried to be a little creative and artsy. have I mentioned how much i love documenting my days this way?! and to think… i’ve been at this for 5 months now. craaazy. i’ve been thinking about creating a book at the end of the year, a photo album of some sort. but, we’ll see. there’s tons of time and tons of pictures left to discover!

for now, here’s a peek into my week.

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happy saturday, all you out there! peace