hello! i’m liz. and this is my story.
belovelive.com tells the story of finding myself through 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 document 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.
a little background info, if you’re interested
i was born and raised an american. now i’m a lifetime ex-pat who calls two places home: north carolina and sweden. i am a proud wife to lina. a sister + daughter. and co-mom to a sweet little cat named zola.
i’m a lover of travel, all kinds of spirituality, nature, urban life, family time and good food + drinks. these are the things that i need in order to breathe. know what i mean?
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.
currently i live in a loft apartment overlooking the industrial, cozy, funky city of norrköping, sweden. i am a spiritualist, writer/blogger, and photographer. previously, i’ve held positions as a mentor/life coach, special education teacher, a minister in the united methodist church, and a freelance writer/photographer.
how i ended up in sweden + why i started belovelive.com
liz in sweden | 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 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.
liz in 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 design at an american university (you can visit her website here).
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, 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, 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.
liz in sweden… again | 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 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. my life unfolds 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. if you have any questions or are interested in connecting with me, please email me at liz [at] belovelive.com
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