sensory overload. part 13.

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hi friends! it’s monday, again. time for a new week and time for my weekly sensory overload post! i find it pretty fun to go through my photos from the past week, and notice the things that were inspiring, amazing, and just simply nice.it really helps me to focus on seeing the beauty and amazingness that is contained in regular, everyday life. and that, i believe, is an important thing to practice.

we spend so much time wishing for this or that – always thinking that the grass is greener of the other side. these monday posts help me to focus and see that, no, life is pretty damn good exactly where i am. and it’s all these little moments that make me grateful for life, instead of wishing it away.

this past week i del like a drank a lot of coffee – and i was quite social. i worked on a coffee article about beans in the beginning of the week, and that gave me an amazing opportunity to have conversation with some seriously passionate people. plus, i am now wanderlusting about doing a coffee trip to a coffee farm overseas. how amazing would that be? i also had my regular fika meet up in a super funky, eclectic cafe in west asheville. battle cat is a definite favorite place to hang out. (i went twice last week!). and, during the weekend, i had two coffee meetings with panels i was chairing for two articles i am writing for and asheville eats & drinks guide that the local newspaper is publishing. so, yes. lots of people. lots of coffee. and that equals lots of fun!

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the winter weather just won’t seem to let up this year. it’s a crazy roller coaster ride, but i think we are in for some awesomeness this week as it will be in the 70s (20s celsius!). i’m keeping my fingers crossed – it is going to be april tomorrow, you know! time for a little spring!IMG_0579 IMG_0584 IMG_0719

i had my second book club meeting last tuesday, and it was so very great. there were about 12 women, lots of conversation and debate, glasses of wine, and a snowy evening all making it a perfect, cozy gathering. i just love meeting new people, hearing different takes on a book, and finding inspiration. plus, i get to channel my inner spiritual direction/teacher. bonus.IMG_0597 IMG_0602

here are a few more shots from the drive up north of asheville for that teaching interview i had. i’ll hear back something this week – not to determine if i got the job or not, but to coordinate my thoughts with the director = see where we both stand and what we are both thinking. i’l tell you what i’m thinking: i’m thinking that i want this job!

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my parents came to town, so we did quite a bit of eating out (nothing new, i know. hehe). yummy places, fun times, and good to be together again. they split their time between my brother’s place and ours. it was short and quick, but meaningful to me.IMG_0558 IMG_0639 IMG_0666

enjoyed a few things that i love to the max this week: bubbles to drink, snuggles with our favorite little american, girl time with her mom, and cozy nights at home.IMG_0670

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how was your week? any amazing moments? i hope that not only have you had a good weekend, but that this upcoming week is filled with joy and happiness and peace. sending you lots of love. xx

p.s. tomorrow is my belovelive anniversary! stay tuned for a celebration & april’s photo challenge!Β 

namaste.

sensory overload: part 7

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this past week was all about one thing: S N O W ! i’m pretty sure that there was snow falling from the sky at some point for six days straight. crazy! at the beginning of the week paige was still here with us, and we were hoping she’d get snowed in. but, she made it to the airport on tuesday and we had to say goodbye for a few months. very sad… but, very exciting that she’s moving here in july! eeeek!

on monday, i did a little freelance work, interviewing an amazing hungarian lady who’s opened a fabulous european inspired cafe in downtown asheville. one of the amazing perks of reporting on coffeehouses and cafes is free stuff. not only the free coffee, but the free goodies as well. on monday i got 3 different incredible cookies.then, lina had three snow days and we were at home from tuesday afternoon until friday night – which, of course, i think is amazingly fun and cozy. luckily, i had done the crazy shopping thing that we southerners do whenever there is snow in the forecast. so, we were hooked up with all kinds of yummy comfort food. we ate that yummy food and enjoyed every bit of it. we also took a few walks in the snow. took photos. netflixed some. and i did a lot of blogging, writing, and planning. i loved just nesting and being together.

but, i am definitely over winter now. that was the perfect winter weather week and opportunity to hunker down at home. but, now, i’m absolutely ready for spring. i’m ready to throw open the balcony door and be out & about with the sun shining. however, i know that spring will not be coming for at least another month and a half. the good thing about north carolina, though, is that the weather can change quite quickly. for instance, this week, it’s going to be 60sF/20sC! it’ll be a fantastic little break from the cold. but, the threat of cold and snow is always there until the end of april. so, real spring doesn’t start until then – much like in sweden. i’m gonna soak up the warm weather this week anyway and work on enjoying the weather moments as they come.

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hearing: laughter coming from some of the most important people in my life.

tasting: cookies from old europe patisserie.

seeing: the snow falling day after day. so beautiful.

touching: the warm sun touching my skin on sunday afternoon. ahhhh-mazing.

feeling: overwhelmingly grateful for the beauty of nature, the opportunity to nest and be cozy at home, amazed at the incredible friendship/family-ship between paige, lina, nick, & me.

smelling: lots of coffee brewing throughout the week to keep me warm.

sending out peace & love to you all, dear readers. xx

where is paradise to you?

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“wherever my travels may lead, paradise is where i am.” – voltaire

it’s no secret that i love to travel. and i do it whenever i get the chance. i love big trips which mean saving big money for planes tickets. and i love little weekend, or even day, trips. and while my wanderlust is in overdrive right now – i am dyyyying for a road trip, i ran across a quote that brought me back to reality. or at least my reality.

i most definitely love adventure. i love exploring new places, new people, new sights, new food, and new cultures. and part of what i love about traveling is that feeling of excitement and awe and surprise, of being purely present in the moment. this quote reminded about what is really theΒ most important thing… appreciating the where i am, soaking it all in, and letting it transform me. but, what i easily forget is that living in the present moment can be achieved no matter where i am.

so, instead of focusing on what i where i want to go, i focus on where i am. and where i am, is just as much of an adventure as where i want to go. follow me? it’s all about how i choose to see my everyday life. i can spend my days in misery, pining away for my next road trip or travel adventure (and part of me will always be planning and dreaming about that), or i can spend my days living life to the fullest right where i am. soaking up the paradise that is around me.

with that in mind, i grabbed my camera, bundled up, and headed out the door to see what i could see. i may not have gone far, but i definitely had some experiences. yep. today, my big travel adventure was right below balcony.

take a peek at what my paradise looks like today:

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do you believe that wherever you are can be paradise? what is paradise to you?

peace & love. xx

* this begins my new series on thursday, which i will call “travel thursdays”. every week i’ll post something that has to do with travel – an inspiring quote, a photo, a place, a recent trip, an upcoming trip, tips, you name it. as long as it’s travel-related. so, check back next thursday to see where travel to next!Β