welcome to the story of me and the beginning of belovelive.com… the space where i have documented my journey of being, loving, and living. of learning to live a slow, wild, and sacred life in rhythm with the seasons. it is the place where i share the stories of my life. so, welcome! i hope you find a little bit of yourself in my experiences, photos, and words; but more than anything, i hope you find a bit of inspiration.
Sweden | 2010-2013
my belovelive story starts 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 women. 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 back in 2010. so, we took our little american cat, packed my bags, and flew across the great wide atlantic to begin our new life in norrköping, sweden.
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.
Asheville | 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 desig. in asheville, north carolina 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, a ride on a mountain road, a cold beer at a local breweries, a glass of wine on our balcony, road trips, photo shoots, and most importantly – time with friends & family.
our time in asheville gave me the inspiration + space to focus on freelance work, such as writing, photography, and spiritual guidance. i guided weekly small groups, wrote for a local, independent newspaper, photographed a few weddings, and got ordained so that i could offer personal marriage ceremonies to both lgbtqi+ and straight couples.
Sweden… again | 2015 – today
in january of 2015, as a new year began, filled with new energy + possibilities, my love and i moved back to sweden. she became a full-time graphic designer and i snagged 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.
beginning in 2016, i worked as a mentor/coach at a high school + studied to become a certified life coach. to read more about how i became a life coach click → here.
today i continue to focus on writing, mentoring, and sinking more deeply into my contemplative path as a mystic. i also work full time as a mentor/coach at an alternative high school. my life and my story unfold each day, as i dive deep into living in rhythm with nature and ground down into an earth-based spirituality. as time moves on, i uncover + discover my own inner wisdom + embrace all of the seasons of life.
thank you, lovely soul, for stopping by and reading a little about my story. if you have any questions or are interested in connecting with me, you can 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.