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and so summer begins!

12 Jun 2014

i think it’s been a few years since i’ve been as excited about summer as i am this summer. the past 2 summers have been crazy, strange, different, and somewhat difficult – well, not so much last summer. the summer of 2012 was very hard, with lina in the hospital practically the whole time; and last summer (2013) was crazy & amazing. but, it was really intense with more hospital stuff, moving out of our swedish apartment, and then our move back to the states to begin a whole new life. big stuff, ya know.

this summer began with all of our swedish visitors coming and going, and a week-long trip to new york city in-between – a pretty awesome start to the warm, sunny months, i’d say. and now, we have had a tiny bit of down time. a chance to just be at home and enjoy the quirky beauty that is asheville. and, oh, have we soaked it up.

you know, usually i do (create) a monthly photo challenge. in fact, i have been creating and participating in photo challenges for 2 years now. however, june rolled around and i thought and thought about creating something for this month. but, something inside of me was nudging me to just be. to just enjoy this month and the next – without the pressure or challenge (which are good things!) of taking a photo every day, and without having to come up with a theme to create a new list. now that it’s two weeks into june, in the midst of just enjoying the days & the moments as they pass, i am finding that, while it was weird in the beginning to not be inspired by a daily focus/prompt, it feels good to be free from a photo challenge. i think i needed a break.

all that to say, i have been more present in the moment, more aware of what is going on, and more focused on people, than on photos. of course i’ve snapped tons of photos anyway – that’s just how i roll, since i love photography. but, it’s been without planning. and without thinking. and that feels freeing. and right.

so far this june i have read a lot, written a lot of articles for the paper, worked on my fika book, enjoyed a lot of coffee and beer, dined outside every single chance i get, and – most importantly – spent tons of time with my love and our friends. from making new friends, and opening our lives & home to some lovely, lovely ladies… to celebrating with pure excitement and joy that our amazing friend paige has now moved to asheville, making it her official home, i have felt so blessed and grateful for the life that i lead.

the rest of my summer seems to only bring more excitement and fun – tomorrow, i’ve got a little road trip planned to see first aid kit in concert, some more articles to write for the paper next week, my reynolds family annual beach week in one week, and then a month-long trip to sweden for all of july. then, there’s still august!

so, no, there will not be any photo challenges for me throughout the summer. instead, i will take photos of whatever inspires me, whatever moment i want to capture and remember, whatever little moment that i want to hold dear in my heart, hoping that when i look back at the photo later on, i will look back with fondness and stir the old feelings that i once had.

now, let me share with you some of those moments from the first 12 days of june – moments that warm my soul and make me smile.
reading smores frappe

black mountain fika group me little saturday

lina and me wedge swedish flag me and lina

it was sweden’s national day on june 6th – so we flew our little swedish flag & wore sweden’s colors!

summer food

my love farm burger asheville french broad river friends

photo by lina lina and paige
photo by linathe by water katherine and me friends by the river french broad paige and me
photo by linafika double d's lina and me

i wish you all of the happiness, relaxation, joy, & adventures that you want and need. you deserve it!

peace & love. xx

 

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  • Reply PaigeBrown 12 Jun 2014 at 19:51

    So much fun and so many things I ADORE about this post! Thank you for being you and being amazing!

    • Reply liz 12 Jun 2014 at 20:20

      xoxoxoxo!! thank you for being exactly who you are!! love you!

  • Reply yogaleigh 12 Jun 2014 at 20:38

    Since I often feel oppressed as soon as I sign on for doing something daily, I’m impressed that you’ve kept it up this long! Time off sounds good. So does a month in Sweden. Look forward to hearing about it.

    • Reply liz 16 Jun 2014 at 09:13

      Haha. Yes, the time off will be really good for me, I think. And Sweden… woo hoo! Thanks for commenting, Leigh. Hope all is well with you. xx

  • Reply dkjohnson2014 13 Jun 2014 at 03:57

    Hi Liz, sounds like you have an amazing summer planned…enjoy and relax! Xx

    • Reply liz 16 Jun 2014 at 09:14

      It is a pretty amazing schedule and I am looking forward to it! Thanks for following along!

  • Reply Holly 13 Jun 2014 at 13:15

    So much fun, and so much fun summer stuff yet to come!! Enjoy!

    • Reply liz 16 Jun 2014 at 09:15

      I am really excited about everything, and so very lucky. Hope you have lots of cozy & fun times spread throughout your summer with you girl. xoxo

  • Reply Head Out West 13 Jun 2014 at 15:52

    Living the good life Liz! I hope the rest of June continues to treats you well 🙂

    • Reply liz 16 Jun 2014 at 09:15

      Thank you, dear! You too! xx

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