hello! i’m liz. and this is my story.
it’s a story of how belovelive.com came to be. a story of finding myself through being, loving, and living. and a story of learning to live a slow, wild, and sacred life.
i dreamed up belovelive in 2011, as a way to discover how to turn my thoughts + beliefs in to my actual life. belovelive began as an online diary. after turning my life upside-down + becoming an expat, i wanted to document all of my fabulous, new experiences of living in a foreign country + of rediscovering my soul. since 2011, though, this space actually turned into the place where i found the inspiration for me to discover how to truly align my life with the way i want to live.
and how do i want to live? well, i want a wild + sacred life. simple as that.
i have no desire to be like everyone else, or anyone else. (which is saying a lot, since that’s pretty much all i wanted as a teenager + 20-something year old). but no… now i want to simply be me. and i want adventures, experiences, and stories. no regrets, wishes, and what ifs allowed.
but, mostly, i want a life with magic + meaning. one that is slow, intentional, authentic, wild + sacred. i want to be of use. for my life to make a difference. for the days that i am alive to be deep and long and to leave this world a better place after i am gone.
i was born and raised an american. now i’m lifetime ex-pat, splitting my heart between two places that i call home: north carolina and sweden. i am a sister + a daughter. and co-mom to a sweet little cat.
i’m a proud wife to lina, and a lover of travel, all kinds of spirituality, the wilderness, urban life, family time and good food + good drinks. these are the things that i need in order to breathe. know what i mean?
currently i live in uppsala, sweden and i provide for myself + my wife through my work as a mentor/life coach (both online and at a local high school). i am also a writer + a photographer. i have also worked as a special education teacher + minister in the united methodist church.
qualificationly-speaking, i hold a master’s of divinity degree in theology and a bachelor’s degree in special education. and i am also internationally certified life coach.
here’s a little peek into how this space got started past + how belovelive continues to evolve:
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, as it was not possible to live as a married couple in north carolina at the time. so, 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 (belovelive) 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.
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 back 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 visit her website 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 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.
the sweden years | part 2 | 2015 – today
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, now a full-time graphic designer and me… a full-time writer/photographer/spiritual guide – with a side job at a photo boutique. however, it was hard to make ends meet with only one steady income, so i decided to jump back into the school system. but, this time, in a whole different role.
since december 2015, i have been working as a mentor/coach at a high school, creating my own life coach/spiritual guide business, slowly working on that book, and simply letting my life evolve. to read more about how i became a life coach click → here.
today i continue my work as high school mentor/life coach and sink more deeply into my contemplative path as the months pass. my life unfolds each day, as i dive deep into living with the seasons and grounding down into an earth-based spirituality. as time moves on, as i uncover + discover my own inner wisdom, i release + evolve + align my soul’s calling to embody my inner priestess and embrace the adventure of discovering how i can create a spiritual community both online + in real life.
right now, i am dreaming + planning workshops, books, downloadables, and retreats for the upcoming future… and rediscovering my roots as a spiritual leader. so, stay tuned in 2019 to see what offerings + services begin to pop up in this space.
so, thank you, lovely soul, for stopping by. if you have any questions or are interested in working with or connecting with me, please email me at liz [at] belovelive.com
you can also reach me by using the contact button or by following me on social media by clicking on the links at the top of the page.