instagram love.

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just a few photos from my week captured on my phone…

i’ve been feeling the love.

coffee love.

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cider love
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road trip love

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today my love & i are headed down to the beach for a long weekend. yippee! so, catch ya on the flip side.

time to feed my wanderlust soul a little bit.

love and peace.

living in limbo.

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7e62768ade8311e28aa422000a1fbcf5_7    what a weird time in my life right now. it’s friday already, and i don’t know what i’ve done this week. i can hardly remember what has happened each day. at the same time, it feels like forever since last weekend. yeah… things are strange in liz-land right now. not bad, just topsy-turvy.

let’ see, first we move here last weekend. zola has adjusted just fine because she’s been here before when we’ve been on vacation. so, all’s calm on the zola front. except for the fact that she has at least double the space she had in our apartment to run & play – all of which she does in the middle of the night. of course.

beginning this past monday, the bus & tram workers went on strike. perrrrrfect timing. we don’t live downtown anymore, so we rely on the public transportation to get us there. otherwise, we walk. or ride bikes. but, our bikes were already downtown. so, walking it has been. confession: we took a taxi one day. how sad are we? on top of the extra exercise, it has rained. a bunch. so, i don’t feel too bad for finding rides downtown instead of walking 30-40 minutes. let’s just say, the whole thing has been a bit of a hassle, though i have been trying to be positive and soak in the fact that i can walk places and enjoy sweden all the more before i hit america’s environmentally un-friendly way of life. and yes, i know, i can choose to walk some places even in the states. but everything is not quite as accessible.

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i do have good news, though. the strike was over as of last night! so, when we went to turn in our apartment keys a few hours ago, we took the tram. happy dance.

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during this week, i have combined some family stuff, some work, and some errands. a cookout at lina’s sister’s place and  a visit to lina’s grandma were the highlights of family time. i worked from home quite a bit (due to the weather & the strike), and did a few last minute things in town – like meet up with the chick who’s replacing my at my job (weird, but good!). in the meantime, i watched all the supreme court stuff, celebrated with my love,  and tried to relax & chill a little in a space that is not our own. but, it’s all in the name of transition.

i am sorry friends, but it seems like not that much is happening in my life & tons of stuff is happening all at the same time. like i said, it’s so weird. i am longing to get on that flight in less than 3 weeks, and yet, i feel sad about leaving some things behind. but, mostly it’s this waiting mode which is driving me crazy…

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however, we have a little weekend trip planned from today until sunday! we’re headed to gothenburg (on the west coast) for lina’s cousin’s confirmation celebration. so, we will take a car with my in-laws (road trip!) and arrive late tonight. then, it’s a hotel room for my love & i for the next 2 nights. we looove hotel rooms. so cozy & fun! tomorrow we’ll hang out in the city and then sunday it’s a family celebration before heading “home” in the afternoon. i’m totally gonna enjoy every last bit of this road trip and little weekend getaway.

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the view from our bedroom window. not so shabby, eh?

there you have it. a brief and strange update from me… the girl living in limbo. one thing is certain, though, my love and i talk constantly about how lucky we are to be in the state of limbo and transition. the mere fact that we have the opportunity to end one chapter of our life, and begin again, all the while chasing our dreams, is more than we can understand sometimes. the feelings are overwhelming. and i guarantee that every step we make, every moment we look up into the beautiful blue swedish sky, every time i hear my mom say “it’s not that long now!”, every time we hug someone’s neck and begin to plan our new home, we are fully & completely aware of the blessings in our life. we consciously do not take any moment, person, or opportunity for granted.

wishing you a weekend full of moments that fill your soul and lift your spirits.

peace & love.

home is wherever i’m with you.

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there’s just something about opening my computer, heading over to my wordpress reader or bloglovin’, and reading the things that you have to say. i love to read what you’ve been thinking about, how your day has been, what has inspired you, and what has made you wonder. and the cozy, warm community that i interact with here only intensifies, when i go over to my blog and click to begin writing a new post. it’s as if i am tapping into my soul and setting it free as i type the words and clarify the thoughts and feelings that may have been swirling inside of me longer than i’d imagined. or some days, i come here just because i want to leave you a message. i suppose it’s my way of paying it forward. if i find something particularly inspiring, or wake one morning feeling hopeful & truly alive, i want to share that feeling with you, wherever you may be.

i suppose you could say that being a part of this world of blogging makes me feel grounded. it is a sort of home for me.

but i miss doing daily updates, for all the reasons i wrote about above. i miss the connection to you, and to my soul. i miss catching up on the latest events in your life. but, right now, it’s hard to find the time. i can’t write as much as i’d like – and i feel all clogged up from not writing, and i haven’t the time to really read & comment like i’d like to either.

however, if i did squeeze in more posts right now, i’m afraid that they’d be some version of the same post over & over again. packing. moving. excited. blah blah blah. well, it’s not blah blah blah, actually, it’s fucking cool as shit. amazing!! but, i’m sure that you don’t want to hear exactly the same thing every. single. live. long. day. am i right?

so, i have a thought. of course, if you’re a regular here, you know i’m doing my june photo journey (a photo a day challenge) on simplicity. and i have a word prompt for each day. so, in order to:

  1. have something different to write about every day (so i don’t get stuck given my present situation) and
  2. so i challenge myself to make the time for the thing that i love to do the most (write)…
  3. i’ve decided to do a daily post based on my photo of the day.

i realize that we are practically halfway through june, but hey, it’s all about the present moment isn’t it? it’s never too late to make a change, right? so, beginning tonight, you’ll get to journey with me on my little simplicity photo journey. i think it’ll actually be a really great thing for me to reflect a lot on simplicity, as i try to strip down my life, follow my heart, take risks, and begin again. starting over & having a clean slate, i have the chance to reinvent some parts of my life, of me, again. and living more simply is definitely something i want to seriously make a reality.

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today’s word is family. it’s the 3rd word in my little focus on “simplicity at home”. things were so amazing, fun, silly, and chaotic at home today, my little family & i decided to share a special moment we had. in the midst of pulling out, organizing, taking down, and packing as we prepare for our apartment flea market in one week, we took a moment to gather together in the hall. we just found ourselves there. so, we stopped what we were doing and soaked in the chaos & mess all around us. we laughed & giggled. and held on to each other.

our home is not the same. some furniture is already gone. the walls are bare. the floor is covered. boxes placed everywhere are tempting zola as scratching poles. it looks different. it feels different. it’s really happening, you know. things are changing. it’s nearing time to say goodbye and head off into the sunset, headed for our next chapter.

but, you know what? even though i’m sentimental and nostalgic, and i stand in my favorite place by my kitchen window for even longer periods of time now, i realized something as i held my little family in my arms while we took this little photo. i belong anywhere & everywhere. my family is my home. and this move, it is so right. we both know it. we both feel it. and we are so blessed.

so whether it’s here with all of you, dear blogging buddies & readers; or whether it is with my little family or my expanded families, it’s all about the people… not the place. home is wherever there is love. it’s as simple as that.

“i have thought my whole life i needed seas or mountains or magnificent city lights to be happy. truth is: i do not care where i am as long as i have you.” ~ christopher poindexter

check back tomorrow to see what word inspired me & what photo i snapped to symbolize the word of the day. and if you want, join in and do the same!

peace, my lovely blogging family.