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:

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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.


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.

channeling your inner wild child.


oh. my. gosh. i just finished creating the photo journey list for september and not once did i think of the fact that it is september…. my birthday month! i never even considered which word would fall on my birthday. crazy. i’m usually totally aware of these kinds of things. very weird, but perhaps it’s cool that i didn’t think about it.

so, guess what the word for my birthday ended up being? “survival“. hehe. and it’s my 39th. the last year before i’m in my 40s. wow. perfect. wink wink.

for september, the photo journey’s theme is “go wild!” you see, his month i’m taking part in a challenge called “Rewild Your Life” created by wearewildness.com . Basically, it’s a challenge to spend at least 30 minutes outside every day… to reconnect with nature, with myself, and with the wild, carefree, spiritual self within. i decided to make this month’s photo journey coincide with the wildness journey, so i could photograph some of my experiences on nature as I re-wild myself.

but, before i reveal september’s photo journey list, i thought i’d share with y’all my wrap up of august’s list… video style. it was an amazing month. so much happened. so many beginnings and changes. and the home theme was perfect as lina and i began our new life in our new home. so, click the photo below and get a little peek at my photo journey photos for august.


and now… september’s photo journey is revealed! the instructions and tips are as usual:

save the photo journey list to your desktop or on your smartphone, so you know what the word is for each and every day. each of the word 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.

IMG_0442so, are you in? are you ready to go wild & get back to nature in september? i can’t think of any better way to begin my 39th year on earth. yep. i’m gonna celebrate the earth and go wild!

hopefully you’ll join in the #bllphotoaday journey and take some time each day to create art and reconnect with your #wild, beautiful self! can’t wait to see your photos! as always, use the hashtags #bllphotoaday (and also #rewildyourlife this month). happy september, my friends!

peace, wildness, & love.