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a walk with mom

the other day i was headed downtown to the library so i could hook up to the free wifi and get some things done. it was early afternoon, so that means it was early morning on the east coast. just about the time that my mom usually wakes up. i don’t remember who texted whom first, but we somehow ended up in a texting conversation, and to show her what it looked like where i was, as i crossed the snow-covered park just across the street from my apartment, i snapped a photo and sent it to her. while i continued walking, i kept snapping photos here + there and sending them to her. pretty soon, i realized that i was documenting my entire 20 minute walk, and sharing it with my mom as if she was there. and, oh, how wish that she was. i would love for her, and my dad, and my brother, to see sweden. all three of them would absolutely love it here.

it’s hard being so far away, even if it’s beautiful + exciting + filled with adventures + friends and family. that’s all stuff that i love about sweden. but, it’ll never replace the feelings lina and i have about asheville + our family and friends there. in fact, we have little asheville moments all of the time – missing our apartment, drinking local beer with my brother, having the opportunity to see my parents whenever, hanging out with our friends, our car (hehe).

but, so it is, living the life of an expat with two places to call home. you do the best you can to soak up where you are and appreciate every little moment that you can connect with someone who is far away. so, for this day, as i texted with my mom (thank you, apple iPhones!,)we did the best that we could. and, it was almost as good as having her beside me. almost.

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currently, i am back in the library (as i was on the day of this walk), and it’s almost weekend! i’ve been quite productive today. edited photos, had a job interview (!), which i think i may have gotten, and am now settled in a cozy chair to do some updating + communicating. i’ve fallen in love with this library. it’s warm, comfy, and filled with tons of interesting people. anyway, love is in the air and i wish you all a happy weekend, lovelies!

onwards + upwards! xoxo

 

i’m all into hemingway right now.

my weekend was everything i hoped it would be. it started off with dinner on the balcony as the sun set and the moon rose. i soaked ernest hemingway’s words into my soul, and just let the weekend unfold as it wanted. little did i know, that it would actually be exactly like hemingway wrote. (click here to see his quote & the moon over our balcony dinner!)

take a peek at my instagram and nikon photos from the weekend:

601c025c1c9211e387f422000a1f9afa_7friday afternoon downtown. doing our regular weekend beginning beer date.

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the sunset from our balcony during dinner. so peaceful.IMG_3778

saturday morning’s sky. love it. e1863e941d4011e3a46f22000a1de414_7

spent the morning in bed… all of us doing our thing. so lazy & perfect.0795ff701d6e11e3914422000a1f98df_7

bella, jessica, lina & i planned a girl’s adventure afternoon! yay!DSC_1015

up first: a ride on the blue ridge parkway. it was so amazingly beautiful.

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we stopped for a picnic at an overlook. it was hooooot. but beautiful and fun!DSC_0003 - Version 2 DSC_1017IMG_3810

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later on in the evening, after a great mexican dinner at our fave mexican restaurant, we made it super cozy at home. and, yes, i brought out the fall-themed candles. it’s time!IMG_3818

we also bought a string of bulbs to hang over our bedroom windows. love them so much.

2442af501e0a11e3890a22000a1fbc9a_7sunday morning: time for coffee and the sunday morning news shows. IMG_3832

for some mid-afternoon coffee, i headed down to our apartment complex’s clubhouse (2 floors below us) for some of the free starbucks coffee that have available for residents. yummy luxury.

well, it’s time for a new week to begin. what  lucky, lucky girl i am. you know, i am fully convinced that it is the simple things and being present in the moment that is what life’s all about. sharing life with others, enjoying all that is around. being aware of the beauty that is everywhere. and embracing the moment as it is. my friends, i certainly hope that you had a lovely weekend too!

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” 
― Ernest Hemingway

sending you lots of love and peace.

things i love about these september days.

you know, september is my favorite month because there’s a lot to love about it. it’s got a little bit of everything: summer, fall, the possibility of really chilly weather, green trees, autumn-colored leaves, blue skies, rainy days, the beginning of a new year (my brain still works on an academic year. hehe.), sweaters, boots, warm days, dark nights, and gifts & celebrations (it’s my birthday month!).

it always feels like a transitional month to me, and a month to come home. to begin to nest and get all cozy. this year, it feels even more like that. summer has been beautiful, wonderful, and crazy. i turned my life upside-down once again during the summer months, moving from sweden to the united states, and throwing my arms open to the universe, saying, “take me where you will” as i chase more of my dreams.

well, the first week of september has now come & gone. the weather has been warm, but i can feel a hint of fall. i can tell that things are changing, that the summer days will soon be a sheer memory, and the beauty of autumn will be upon us soon up here in the northern hemisphere. i even have the obligatory change-of-seasons cold right now. so, today i’ve had some time to stay at home and try to rest a little. in the meantime, i’ve also worked on catching up with some things on my blogs.

but it feels like i have not connected with you all very much, at least not here on belovelive. i’ve been totally soaked up by my forty days of fika experience, which is going really well. and i’m loving every minute of it. but, i miss being here.i miss  posting my daily little musings and photos… you know just every day stuff.

so, i thought that today i’d share with you the things i’m loving about september so far:

beautiful weather.

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hanging out at home.

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spending time in downtown asheville.

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learning more about coffee.

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attending a book reading & signing of a favorite author!

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receiving snail mail from sweden and australia!

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i most warmly welcome september this year, and my excitement grows every day as i get ready to celebrate my 39th year! it’s gonna be a great one! happy september, friends. enjoy the transitions and whatever moments come your way.

peace & love.