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23 Oct 2013

i’d like to introduce you to the new series in asheville’s Mountain Xpress newspaper…

“the fika files”


this is the cover for today’s newspaper. and yes, my article is mentioned on the front cover too! it’s the “spirituality in a cup o’ joe” piece. eeeeek!

that’s right! today is the day that my first story was published in the independent newspaper, the Mountain Xpress! i still cannot believe it that it’s really real. it was such a crazy, amazing feeling to open up the paper and see my words and photos in print. i just stared at my name and tried to process it all. then i stared at all of the words, my words. i actually had to read the whole article in order to let it sink it that it was my article. seriously.

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you know, i imagined this day happening one day. and yet, today, when this dream came true, i could hardly absorb it all. well, you know, i’m still at a loss for words to describe exactly how i feel.

i can tell you this: i am so unbelievably grateful. grateful for the opportunity, for the newspaper deciding to trust in me and give me a chance. grateful for all of the words of encouragement and support that have pushed me onward. grateful for my wife for letting me chase this dream right now. grateful for the chance to live in and love sweden, the inspiration for my series of articles. grateful for the courage to take risks and leaps of faith. and grateful for the crazy courage and determination  that i found within me…. the lesson being: when i am true to myself, true to that which i truly feel called to be and do, then the opportunities will arise.


my only hope and continued dream is that i am able to keep writing. to write more articles (which i know that i already have been asked to do) and move even to the next level of writing books, mentoring others, and holding workshops and speaking engagements. this is who i am. this is who i am called to be.

and by god… now that i’ve come this far, i’m not about to stop dreaming.

asheville-ians, i hope you picked up a paper and read the article in print. everyone else, you can read the article on the Mountain Xpress’s online edition here. 

thank you so much for following along, for cheering me on, for sending me messages of encouragement, and for being the best blogging buddies and readers a girl could ask for!

peace and love to you all. xx

No Comments

  • Reply Britney T 23 Oct 2013 at 22:09

    So very happy for you!! Your article is great- so well written, as always. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, and I know that you will be awesome at whatever comes you way! xoxo

    • Reply liz 4 Nov 2013 at 09:43

      Thank you so very much for commenting! Glad you liked it!! xo The next one will be out next Wednesday (11/13)

  • Reply nicolehandschin 24 Oct 2013 at 04:52

    This is HUGE. Muchos congratulations. I know how much this means and am absolutely over the moon for you! Hope everything else is going just as amazingly well. xx

    • Reply liz 4 Nov 2013 at 09:44

      It is totally huge and I am so thankful for all of your encouragement over the years!!! Love you!

  • Reply Holly 24 Oct 2013 at 05:09

    Fan-bloody-tastic! I’m so pleased / proud for you. All the timings, all the trials, all the right things / right times / right opportunities… Good shit happens to good people! Enjoy it, celebrate… now is your time xxx

    • Reply liz 4 Nov 2013 at 09:45

      Oh, you’re the bees knees, Holly! You’re just so damn wonderful for sticking with me, following along, and cheering me on! I’m soaking it all up! And, you know, I’m sending all that goodness right back to you and your girl and y’alls amazing life & dreams! Mwwwwaaahh!

  • Reply Holly 24 Oct 2013 at 05:16

    I’ve just read it again – perfection!

  • Reply lanie belluz 24 Oct 2013 at 08:07

    I just read it – that’s awesome! I’m so happy for you!

    • Reply liz 4 Nov 2013 at 09:45

      Thank you Lanie!!! Please send Charlie love from Lina and me!

  • Reply southernhon 24 Oct 2013 at 13:08

    Awesome!! “clapping”

  • Reply emuse 25 Oct 2013 at 09:57

    This article is right up my alley: coffee and spirituality. And your writing, of course!

    So happy for you and for them to have you! Congratulations to both you and your wife. (I believe we are capable of doing great things especially when we have someone who believes in us in our life. You are lucky to have that!)


    • Reply liz 4 Nov 2013 at 09:46

      Oh, you are so sweet, Em. I am so grateful to have you in my corner. I count my blessings daily and I wish all the goodness and peace to you as well. xx

  • Reply Alarna Rose Gray 30 Oct 2013 at 20:42

    This is fantastic, Liz! Just finally catching up now – I hadn’t understood the Fika thing before. What a great word! Congrats on your article, too. Must be quite a buzz to see that in print, and to have an excuse to go fika 😉 Love and hugs!

    • Reply liz 4 Nov 2013 at 09:47

      Thank you! It is super crazy to actually see it! Sending lots of love to you. xo

    • Reply emuse 4 Nov 2013 at 10:35

      Agreed, it’s a super cool word. And one of those things that’s indicative of the culture, it seems to me. We need more Fika in the USA.

  • Reply Laura4NYC 17 Nov 2013 at 19:02

    Can’t believe this was already 3 weeks ago. Yes, Yes, and Yes!

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  • Reply 24 Aug 2014 at 13:23

    Congratulations Liz. I can imagine how chuffed you must be to have your thoughts published in a real newspaper. Bravo! I see autograph hounds and paparazzi in your future. ~James

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