my story

 hello! i’m liz. 

i am a writer + a photographer, and dreamer-upper of the way of life. i was born and raised an american, now a lifetime ex-pat, splitting my heart between two places that i call home: north carolina and sweden. i’m a proud wife to lina, and a lover of travel, spirituality, the wilderness, movies, family time and good food + good drinks.

qualificationly-speaking, i hold a master’s of divinity degree and a bachelor’s degree in special education. what that means is that i have worked as a pubic school teacher and a minister/pastor for many years of my professional life. but, that’s in the past. you’re interested in what i do now.

the sweden years | part 1 | 2010 – 2013


in 2010, after nine months of marriage, my wife and i moved to sweden. she’s swedish and i’m american, and we’re two girls. so, we decided that sweden would be the place where we made our first home together. we took our little american cat, packed my bags, and flew across the great wide atlantic to begin our new life.

as a new ex-pat, every single day was an adventure. i was living my dream (thirteen years in the making) of living in europe. i was in love. and life was pretty crazy & amazing. so, i decided to start a  blog to celebrate my life in sweden and to share what life was like in sweden with all of my friends & family “back home” in the states.

but, pretty soon, it was much more than that. the name of my blog (be|love|live) became my inspiration – an outward expression of what i believed in most; and of the life that i yearned to live.

somehow, my blog began to grow and i began to gain friends from countries spread all over the globe. some of these blogging friends even become real-life friends. in addition to creating relationships through the blog, i found myself writing almost daily, sharing my thoughts, inspirations, photos, travels, and adventures.

and then an amazing thing happened: the more i wrote, the more i loved writing and the more i knew that this was my passion. i had begun to follow my bliss.

the asheville years | 2013 – 2015


in the summer of 2013, my love and i hopped a plane (with our cat in tow again – she’s a trooper), and moved to the states. my love, with a student visa, was ready to begin a career change and study graphic design at an american university (you can read her blog here).  i was ready to see if i could make anything of this writing passion of mine.

so, i knocked on doors + began networking, and soon i landed a little spot as a freelance writer for an independent, artsy, cultural newspaper in the amazing city of asheville nestled in the blue ridge mountains of north carolina.

and then, a few opportunities arose to photograph weddings and people professionally. this got me dreaming about really committing to photography + writing as my way of life. like, for real.  it was all so amazing – my wife and i… both chasing our dreams.

in asheville, we lived in a cozy, funky apartment about five minutes from downtown + fifteen minutes from the top of a mountain with stunning views. we were in love with our life there, enjoying every second of the diverse, eclectic, artsy, foodie city in the midst of a gorgeous, natural setting. our days were filled with studying and writing/blogging. but we always found time to enjoy dinners out (it’s way cheaper in the states to eat out!), a ride on a mountain road, a visit to the biltmore estate, some shopping, a cold beer at one of the local breweries, a glass of wine on our balcony, road trips, days at the park, photo shoots, and most importantly – time with friends & family.

writing, spirituality, traveling, and photography have always been my passions in life. in asheville, my focus became to make this my full-time career – including opportunities to share with others through small group + individual guidance. to help make this dream a reality, i started the process of saying goodbye to my blog, and created this self-hosted website, where i hope to gather and gain even more friends + followers. of course, i transferred all of my old posts right here, so as not to lose anything. (mind you… there is still work to be done, as all of my posts transferred without photos. grrrr.)

but, this was just the first step…

the sweden years | part 2 | 2015 – present day


in january of 2015, as a new year began, filled with new energy + possibilities, my love and i moved back to sweden to live. she, a full-time graphic designer and i… a full-time writer/photographer/spiritual guide – with another job on the side to begin with (to be determined. hehe.). i have no idea what life will look like for me from day to day, but i know what my intentions are. i know what the vision is, and i will do whatever it takes to make that vision my reality. 2015 feels like a year of endless opportunity – as long as i stay focused + fearless.

to say that i am blessed is utterly ridiculous. it is the understatement of the decade. my life is so full, so rich, so amazing. i have received and filled myself up with tons of energy that now propels me into the future – a future that shines so brightly just ahead.

my one thing:

i can honestly say that i have now written and blogged my way into a life that i never imagined or dreamed was possible – one that is full of inner peace, amazing people, and a celebrations of everyday life. now, that doesn’t mean that i have it all figured out, but it does mean that i am much more comfortable on this crazy journey that we call life.

ultimately, though, this website is not about me anymore. it’s about you. of course, what i write and share from my life are about me, but it is my deepest desire to educate, inspire, challenge, and connect with each of you. this website is my way to raise my voice and share my story – in an effort to make a difference in the world. the best way i know to do that is to write about the life that i live – because i believe that, while we each have a story to tell, we are all a part of each others’ stories and the one, great, story of being human. what we seek individually, we all seek collectively: love and hope and peace and equality.

if you’re a first-time visitor, then an extra special welcome to you! take a peek around, and leave your footprints somewhere. i would love to connect with you. i would also love to collaborate with other spiritual, travel, and life bloggers and anyone interested in publishing memoirs.

with all of my heart, i hope that this blog will be a place that you find rest, comfort, fun, inspiration and love. thanks for stopping by. i’d love to hear about stories from your life of adventures and what inspires you.

if you are interested in working with or connecting with me, please email me at liz [at]

you can also reach me by using the contact button at the top of the page or follow me on social media by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.

16 thoughts on “my story

    • liz says:

      Hi Caitlin! Thank you so much for the nomination! I haven’t forgotten, I’ve just been busy. :) I will be working on my nomination post in the next few days. Thank you so much for the honor!

  1. patriciasands says:

    Hey Liz ~ I found you through the delightful Jess Witkins and am very glad I did! I’ll be hanging around … I may not always comment but I’ll be around! Love your intro and how you are living your dream!

    • liz says:

      Hello Patricia! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Your words are so kind and sweet, and I am overjoyed that you have found my blog a positive place. :) Thank you for commenting and letting me know that you are reading – that way I’ll be sure to keep you in my thoughts. Peace and love.

    • Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire says:

      I just realized that I never responded to this comment you made, though I saw it and read it months ago! I have since visited your blog and I love your focus on wandering. Thank you for commenting and I hope that we can become blogging buddies. :) xx

  2. Holly says:

    New about page?! Or at least since I read it last…
    I’m doing some blog shaped research… Love this page! Very you well done!

    • liz says:

      I don’t remember when I updated it last, but it was a few months ago. Sometime since I’ve been in the US again. Thanks for noticing & for saying that it fits me!! xx

  3. Michael Evans Photographer says:

    Hi Liz, I am really glad I stumbled across your blog as your images are inspiringly beautiful, with a spontaneous and almost dreamlike feel that I can never seem to manage… Really enjoyed reading your story too, and am looking forward to more in the future. Best regards from Melbourne!

    • Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire says:

      Hello, Michael! Thank you for stopping by all the way from Melbourne, and for your super kind words. It’s always great to connect with fellow photographers, who understand the love of linking images and life. Looking forward to perusing your website + blog too!

  4. says:

    Hey Liz. I’m a bit embarrassed that somehow I missed that you’ve moved back to Sweden. As a cold weather wuss, I can’t say that your January timing was the best, but it sounds lik another exciting stage in a fun-filled life. All the best for your life there. ~James

    • hello! i'm liz. says:

      Hello James! Thanks for checking in! No worries at all… we are all so busy with our own adventures that it’s hard to keep up with everyone. Our January move was absolutelyy crazy, but I must admit that the snow here was magical. I truly enjoyed having a snowy second half of the winter. Hope that you and your love are enjoying the beginnings of Spring!

  5. yractual says:

    Hi Liz, Just found your great blog. Most enjoyable, interesting and entertaining. I lived for 6 or 7 years in Vaster Norrland so know Sweden and the Swedes fairly well. Now in France, where I’ve turned myself into an international music journalist, very successfully, it seems. Reinvention has its positives, for sure. Keep rolling there. I still miss Sweden and oft think about returning. Maybe, one day we will – my other half is not so sure. She speaks fluent French and is fairly content here.

    • Liz says:

      Hello there! So sorry it has taken me this long to reply. I think this comment got lost somewhere. So nice of you to stop by and to “meet” someone else who has some Swedish connections. France sounds very nice too, especially since you have successfully re-invented yourself again! I hope to visit France one day soonish. :) Good luck balancing the whole where-to-live question in your marriage! Thanks, again, for stopping in.

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