A new year + a new decade is upon us. My mind does not even comprehend that in 2 days it will be 2020. So, in order for me to even begin to process it all, I need to look back over the past 10 years and peek into those deep lessons that have seeped into my soul. For me, it’s only when I have the perspective of hindsight that I can really begin to understand how life has unfolded and how I have evolved.
Prologue to 2010
The one thing I do know is that I began 2010 as a newlywed. Married just days before 2010 began, Lina and I began our marriage by living in 2 different countries. You see, I had to be in the States while I applied for residence in Sweden. So, the first 6 months of our marriage, we lived separately. Something that we were absolutely, unfortunately used to.
Personally, the only thing I really knew about myself at that point was that I knew that this was the time for me to fully begin to live my life for myself. To learn to love + live from my soul. What I did not know, as we never ever do, was all of the adventures, memories, challenges, and beauty that would accompany this 10 year journey of learning to embody my soul.
So, with that little prologue, here are 10 photos from the past 10 years of my life. Ten years of being, becoming, and embodying.
Well, y’all. There are some of my highlights from the past decade. You know, I had every intention of sharing one photo per year. But, upon looking through my photos, I began to see that that was impossible. Way too much has happened. And, looking through these past 10 years, it actually seems as if I have grown up + lived almost an entire life in 10 years. From moving to Sweden to Asheville to Sweden again, to working at various jobs (minister, writer, photographer, mentor, life coach), living in numerous apartments (5 to be exact), to traveling , to dealing with scary sicknesses + death, to discovering my power + embodying my soul… the journey throughout the past 10 years has been beautiful.
There is much that I still need to process. But, I am certain that I have closed a very important chapter + am ready to emerge from this authentic, deep, and wild life that I have built. Throughout these 10 years, I found my voice. Embraced my magic. Learned how to flow + unfold. And evolved into the slow living, modern mystic who lives in rhythm with nature, that I only dreamed about 10 years ago.
I have absolutely no idea what lies ahead, of course. And I haven’t even set any goals or intentions yet. I am reserving the month of January + the remainder of the long winter ahead for allowing my intuition to guide me as I embark on the next part of my spiritual journey.
The only thing that I can focus on as I end this epic look back on the past 10 years is trying to soak in all that has happened, all that I have experienced, and all that I have learned. I am sitting here in awe as I type this, giving deep thanks from the depths of my soul for this life that I have, for the special people that I am able to share it with, for my partner + my love – who inspires + shares it all with me every single day, and for the fucking amazing goddess that I have found within my own self.
What a ride. What a decade. What an era.
Here’s to the next decade to come! And here’s to each one of you – may you find comfort + joy as your new year unfolds. xoxo. liz.