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.


my background

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.

20 Comments

  • Reply Head Out West 5 May 2014 at 09:29

    Hi Liz! I love your blog and I hope you don’t mind that I nominated you for the Liebster Award! If you would like to participate you can find the details on my blog:

    http://headoutwest.wordpress.com

    Have a lovely day!
    Caitlin

    • Reply liz 29 May 2014 at 13:35

      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!

  • Reply patriciasands 22 May 2014 at 16:45

    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!

    • Reply liz 29 May 2014 at 13:36

      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.

  • Reply Mani (A New Life Wandering) 10 Jun 2014 at 15:39

    Hi Liz,
    I am digging your blog a lot. “Spiritual, travel, and life” seem to be the biggest themes in my life/blog too. I’m looking forward to reading more!

    • Reply Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire 25 Sep 2014 at 09:57

      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

  • Reply CrazyGuyinThailand 13 Jun 2014 at 12:31

    Hi Liz cool blog.

    • Reply liz 15 Jun 2014 at 13:01

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Reply Holly 14 Jul 2014 at 15:20

    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!

    • Reply liz 15 Jul 2014 at 06:21

      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

  • Reply Michael Evans Photographer 4 Nov 2014 at 00:29

    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!

    • Reply Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire 4 Nov 2014 at 11:00

      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!

  • Reply gallivance.net 5 Apr 2015 at 23:12

    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

    • Reply hello! i'm liz. 6 Apr 2015 at 10:17

      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!

  • Reply yractual 23 Jun 2015 at 15:31

    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.

    • Reply Liz 5 Aug 2015 at 18:03

      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.

  • Reply Pat Deneen 12 Nov 2015 at 18:35

    Just stumbled upon your log — now bookmarked to read from the beginning to present day. You may see a comment here and there as I go along.

    • Reply Liz 12 Nov 2015 at 18:47

      Hello Pat! Wow, its always so much fun to have a new reader and a new blog friend! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.:) Just a warning, I transferred this blog to a self-hosting website last fall, so most posts before the fall of 2014 do not have photos with them, which is such a shame since I love photos so much. I am very, very slowly working to re-add the photos, but it is a very long process. So, I hope that when you go back to the beginning, you are not disappointed by all of the posts without photos!

      In any case, it is great to have you here! And, may I ask, how did you stumble upon my blog? 🙂

      Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

  • Reply Laura4NYC 1 Dec 2015 at 04:27

    Just read through this updated version! I love this!

    • Reply Liz 1 Dec 2015 at 09:29

      Thank you!!

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