march’s photo challenge is ready… lucky us!

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

i choose to inhabit my days.

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ok. truth time.

it’s monday. it’s cold. but the sun is shining. and i am weary. not tired or sleepy. but weary. mentally. march has barely started, and i’m feeling uneasy & anxious. i have some kind of ominous feeling about this month. it feels heavy. long. a bit frightening.

buds it’s true that i feel a little anxiety because i will be working full-time for the first time in almost 3 years starting tomorrow. but i will tackle each thing as it comes, and it’ll be fine. i know that. i’m not too worried about work. it’s the full-time work in combination with everything else in life. there’s a lot of other stuff on my mind too, regarding moving to the states, upcoming trips, my love, my family in the states. i feel quite stable in some ways, and yet disconnected from myself in other ways. but i am worried and concerned more about others than myself. and i wonder how everything will come together in the end… yeah. right now, i want to skip over march. i want to skip over the tough days and move directly into the light. just being honest, y’all.

waterfalli am fully aware that what i am experiencing is what we know as the valley parts of the journey. when i think about my journey photo challenge this month, it is a perfect symbol of exactly how i feel… like i’m traveling from darkness to light. like march is some kind of crazy tough transition month for me, chocked full of activities, work, and worries. and when i make it to the other side of march, something inside of me will be set free. but, for today, that feels like an eternity away.

industrialhowever, in the middle of all of my uncertainties, i must find a way to keep journeying. to keep moving foward day by day. because, let’s face it. it’s not possible to skip ahead. so, for me, i gotta make space for some quiet time to myself. time to turn inward. to listen. to just be & breathe. if i don’t do that, i won’t make it. i will not find myself balanced enough that i can take care of myself and be of any help to others. i also must remember to live life… to find those moments, places, people, things that stir my soul and remind me that this is all part of the journey. the dark and the light. and every day, every step contains a tiny sliver of light somewhere.

blue skiesso, “i choose to inhabit my days”(inspiration from Dawna Markova). to breathe through the tough, overwhelming moments and to laugh & dance through the joyful ones. to live in the here & now, even if it’s uncomfortable. besides, today is all i’ve got, right?

life is amazing

* all photos taken on sunday in norrköping. a reminder to me that spring will come. there is still hope.

wishing you peace and love today.

i need your help in march!

28 days of love comes to a close today. and waiting in the wings is a new challenge for march! something i need to finish up today. hehe. yes, i am last minute. i actually enjoyed having a theme for the month of february, so i think i’ll do the same thing for march. though, i’d love to make this a collaborative effort. sooooo… if you have a word you would like to include (a word related to the theme, of course), just leave a comment below (by 6pm EST) with your word and i’ll put it in the photo challenge. yay for collaboration!

and march’s theme is: journey.

ok. here are my last 7 days of love.

22. beauty 23. wild 24. intimate 25. present moment

26. savor 27. enjoy 28. me

start thinking about march’s challenge & leave me a comment by 6PM EST!! i’ll explain the theme later when i post the challenge. can’t wait to get underway! ps. thanks to all of you who participated in february!

love yourself to pieces today… ‘cuz you’re worth it! peace.

last pics from march.

happy april 1st!! i don’t have any jokes for today, but I do have some pictures! no, not from my weekend trip, but from the last three days of march’s photo challenge. i’m riding the train home (cozy times!), but i must admit that i am feeling a little motion sickness. blah. so, i’m just gonna post the pics then close my eyes & enjoy the ride = try not to get sick. hehe.

here ya go.

day 29: feet.

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day 30: toy.

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day 31: where i relax. (cozy bed at my friend’s home… where i relaxed saturday morning.)

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by the way, the april challenge begins today, so look for my first week of pics next sunday! hope you have a fabulous day!! gothenburg pictures soon!

peace out, friends.

march photo a day: week 1

as i mentioned in a previous blog post, i’ve taken up the challenge to post a photo a day using my instagram app – the challenge is to not only post a photo a day, but to follow the suggested theme/word for the day. the photos are also to be original photos taken on the day that they are posted (come on, no cheating by uploading an old pic from some file on your computer or saved on your phone.). since many of you don’t have instagram, and i’m not linking all my social media all over the internet, i thought i’d share my photos once a week with you. the first week in march has now passed (seriously? already?) and here is my installment of my original, taken on the given day, following the theme, instagram photos from this week. *smiley face*

day 1: up

zola’s fav morning activity:  looking up at the birdies.

day 2: fruit

riding on the train to stockholm/uppsala last friday, i snapped this shot of an apple. most swedish families are well-prepared with (healthy) snacks when they travel. i am not one of them. well, i’m not swedish either, so that’s my excuse. hehe.

day 3: your neighborhood

 24 hours later, after a day in uppsala, a trip to airport, & a day in stockholm we made it back home. this is my neighborhood at night.

day 4: bedside

hanging out bedside. cozy & warm early sunday morning.

day 5: smile

 my love is all smiles after buying a new keyboard. and i’m all smiles because i get to listen to her play & sing. ♥

day 6: 5pm

 as the moon was beginning to rise at 5pm, we walked home after a day of touring & shopping.

day 7: something i wore

 showing off my new, little, turquoise earrings.

so far, so good. it was fun finding things to photograph. now. wish me luck with following through for next week. and check back next wednesday for week 2’s update! in the meantime, take some time to slow down & notice little moments & glimpses of beauty all around you – take a picture in your mind or snap a photo with your phone/camera. then, share them! i’d love to see what you see from your perspective!

happy wednesday! peace out, peeps.