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contemplation and adventure. that’s how i roll.

25 Sep 2013

computer in my lap. blanket covering my legs, with my toes peeking out (’cause my feet always get hot). a single candle burning on the kitchen island emitting a cinnamon-y autumn smell and a soft glow. rain pouring down outside. cloudy morning darkness. a cup of coffee, of course. and a cozy, autumn playlist perfect for the mood.

i am basking in this first day of my 39th year. a year that i believe will be marked by contemplation and love and adventure. last year my love gave me my moleskin journal, some colorful pens, a funky, amazing camera strap. and what did i do with those gifts? i spent the year taking photos, writing, and coming the the conclusion, the complete understanding, of what my dreams truly are. and i used those gifts she gave me to chronicle a very important, transitional ,and amazing year – filled with deep heartache and extreme joy. excitement, confusion, fear, and amazement. a year that ultimately ended in experiencing dreams coming true.

yesterday, my love gave me mala beads (buddhist meditation beads), a gift card to a bookstore, fingerless gloves, and a tent with the a special note attached. last year, lina’s gifts to me were like a prophecy of my year. they were perfect. and so, i believe that this year’s gifts are the same. hence, my understanding of this next year to be one filled with contemplation and love and adventure.

it was a quiet, simple, and very meaningful birthday. and it was perfect.

SWEET MESSAGES FROM MY PARENTS.

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AN INSTAGRAM CHECK WHEN I WOKE UP… AND THIS IS WHAT I RECEIVED. WHAT A FUN AND AWESOME MESSAGE FROM MY SWEET AUSTRALIAN FRIEND, ASH!

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AND TO START MY MORNING OFF RIGHT, I TURNED ON THIS SONG. SNUGGLED UNDER THE COVERS. AND LET IT ALL SOAK IN… NOW I’M READY TO CELEBRATE!

MY LOVE CAME IN SINGING AND  BROUGHT ME BREAKFAST IN BED, FOLLOWING THE TRADITIONAL SWEDISH WAS WE USUALLY CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS. SOON AFTER, I HAD A MAJOR HOMESICK MOMENT FOR SWEDEN. CRAZY, HUH?

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TIME FOR PRESENTS!!

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LOOKY WHAT I GOT! MEDITATION BEADS, GLOVES, A GIFT CARD TO FEED MY BOOK NEEDS, AND A TENT!! WHO’S UP FOR A ROAD TRIP?!

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LET THE BIRTHDAY FIKA COMMENCE! SUNNY DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE.

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AFTER AN AFTERNOON OF WRITING, PLANNING, NAPPING, AND SITTING – ALL ON MY BALCONY, MY LOVE & MY BROTHER TOOK ME OUT TO DINNER. MY ONLY STIPULATION WAS THAT I WANTED TO BE OUTSIDE. AND THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS DID NOT DISAPPOINT. THESE WERE MY FAVORITE COLORS YESTERDAY.

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YEP. 39 FEELS PRETTY AMAZING. AND I FEEL OVERWHELMINGLY BLESSED.

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One comes of it, love it, love it
Let go of it, love comes from it
We’re not of this world for long
Faith and promise keep me honest
When starvation falls upon us
Daylight told me here I’d be
Gone with cold words spoke among hers
Wretched in the tongue of their world
We’re not of that world at all, we will never be
Wouldnt it be fine to stand
Behind the words we say
In the best of times
Oh, and you and I know all too well
About the hell and paradise
Right here on earth
Keep it, use it, build it, move it
Flames cant touch how time will prove it
Watch us fly as loud as we can
Let her heartbeat change what I am now
Wouldnt it be fine to stand
Behind the words we say
In the best of times
Oh, and you and I know all too well
About the hell and paradise
Right here on earth
– Avett Brothers 

now, it’s time to get started on my 52 to 40! peace and love.

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  • Reply lanie belluz 25 Sep 2013 at 10:28

    You know we’re up for a road trip!

    • Reply liz 2 Oct 2013 at 08:39

      🙂 !!

  • Reply Ginger 25 Sep 2013 at 17:07

    Happy birthday! I wish you the best year yet!

    • Reply liz 2 Oct 2013 at 08:39

      Thank you, Ginger! So far, so good!! xx

  • Reply emuse 25 Sep 2013 at 20:04

    A very happy birthday! Here’s to love, adventure, contemplation, creativity! So glad we met.

    • Reply liz 2 Oct 2013 at 08:40

      Thank you, Em! I am so very glad as well. 🙂

  • Reply Tracy 26 Sep 2013 at 09:58

    Happy 39th, Liz!

    I have to say that I feel 38-48 was really my best time (as far as everything felt in place, health/fitness-wise). I know, I know- “you’re only as old as you feel?”. Yeah well, you do have to be a wee bit realistic- lol.

    All that to say— Enjoy, enjoy, & enjoy some more. But, knowing your story- you already have that covered. 🙂

    • Reply liz 2 Oct 2013 at 08:41

      Tracy, that is so awesome to here! I remember that turning 30 opened up a whirlwind of awesome years, and I get the feeling that this next phase in life just may be even better. Good to hear!! xx

  • Reply Laura4NYC 28 Sep 2013 at 13:22

    Lucky you! All the love in the world to survive. Happy Birthday, once again, Liz. Make the next year your best.

    • Reply liz 2 Oct 2013 at 08:42

      Thank you so much, dear Laura. I just love having our blogging/IG friendship – one day we will have to get together!

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