the sacred everyday

the week that i fell out of balance // 2

17 Jan 2016

hey there! how are all of my favorite blog readers? have you had a good week? i have had a crazy, busy, but very good week. a week full of adjustments, you could say. and, the adjustments are not quite figured out just yet. well, they are not figured out at all, to be honest. i’m teetering on a tightrope, or juggling about 10 balls in the air at the same time, or doing some other kind of circus trick. in other words, i am on the hunt for balance again. and i am certain that it’s gonna take a little while before i find where it has run off too.

but, that’s ok.

that’s what life is all about, right? learning, changing, growing, adapting, transforming. and rediscovering balance in a whole new way. boy, did i get it right by choosing the word evolve for my word of the year this year. ’cause 2016 sure has started off with tons of opportunities to grow and explore and experience all things new. all of which i was totally prepared for. but, you know, reality hits and even if you are aware that something is coming, it feels totally difference once it’s here.

here’s the thing: i worked my first full week at the high school this week, so that means i jumped right in with meetings with parents + staff, teaching a few workshops/classes, meeting students, and administrative work. the days were long, but fast, and very good. upon arriving home, though, i was wiped out. totally. i managed to cook dinner (i planned it so i cooked twice and had leftovers the rest of the nights, which saved my tired ass), but then i was either on the sofa or in bed the rest of the night.

one night, lina and i were both tired, so we ate dinner in bed, and then it was lights out. yep. i totally went to bed about 7:45. and slept all night long.

i knew that there would be adjustments. but, somehow it still came as a surprise to me. i knew that i’d need to find my balance, and to let it take it’s time, but somehow it surprised + affected me more than i had planned. it even prompted me to write a pretty lengthy instagram post/caption one day:

“Guys, this is gonna take some getting used to. I miss taking photos. I miss seeing daylight. I miss writing every day. And I am so tired. This week it’s mediation, work, home, dinner, and then bed immediately. Now, this is not complaining at all. I want to be clear about that. This is a beautiful routine to have. However, I’ve lived a very slow, creative life for the past 2.5 years. And right now, I just am expressing my thoughts on how I realize that this will take a while, this process of creating balance, learning how to include all of the things I love into my everyday, + adjusting to living life in a whole different way. I am so very happy with these changes, with my work, and with being gone all day. I am soaking up so much inspiration, being challenged like crazy, and feeling that what I do matters. But I am conscious of how I want to be sure to create space for the other things that I love too. I know it will take time. And I’ll be patient. But, I’m just putting it out there to the universe. I intend to fully and completely find the new balance that I am being called to, to discover my new way of living slowly + intentionally, in a much more fast-paced life. It’s all part of this beautiful process of evolving and growing and becoming. What an incredible opportunity to live life in a whole new way; to rise to a higher, deeper space. For now, though, I am letting myself rest and sleep and slowly adjust. I am literally heading to bed at 8pm tonight- and that’s totally ok. I’m in an incredible transition period right now, and what a wild and amazing ride it is.” #theartofslowliving #presentmoment #namaste

throughout the week, i have totally gotten up + meditated/done some yoga every morning. that’s a must in my life. but, as i said, i missed taking photos. i missed creating photos. i also missed the sunshine. it’s dark when i go to work. dark when i come home. oh, it’s breathtakingly beautiful in the nordic darkness, with the stars and the crisp air, and the very early glow of the rising or setting sun. but, it just ain’t the same as seeing + feeling the daylight.

so, i realized that, since we have 45 min for lunch, and since it doesn’t take me 45 min to eat, and since my school is in the middle of downtown + one block from the river, that i should get outside for about 5 minutes and snap some shots. breathe in some fresh (bitterly cold, below zero) air. soak up the sun. and find my space for just a moment. balance myself. ground myself. connect with all that inspires me. so, i did just that on thursday + friday – and it was amazing.

to make a long story short, work was fabulous and exhausting this week. i appreciated my warm, cozy home more than i ever could have imagined. and the weekend has become incredibly holy and sacred to me once again.

so, yeah. adjustments. adaptations. flexibility. and gratitude. oh, and lots of inspiration + beauty. that’s how my week was.

4 photos from the week

// the train station, which i pass by every morning, as i walk to work.

// the river downtown. all frozen over + totally gorgeous. so lucky to have this one block from work.

// sunshine, ice, and snow. it all just takes my breath away – and absolutely refuels my inspiration.

// the intersection where i turn to enter my building. see that dome-shaped thing up on the hill there? that’s a castle. yep. i see a castle every single morning. and i pinch myself  every single morning too.

3 good things

morning meditation window

// morning meditation

// lights in our little bed nook

weekend breakfast table

// slow weekend breakfasts with my love

2 previous posts

15 obscure words that i love

10 books to start your year + feed your soul (in totally different ways)

1 photo/music/blog/person/website/book that inspired me

i meditate in many different ways in the mornings. sometimes i sit in silence. sometimes, i listen to music. and sometimes i use guided meditations from various podcasts that i follow. the other morning, after i had my little instagram essay and revelation that i intend to let my balancing + adjusting to living life in a new way take its time, i randomly listened to a very short podcast for my morning meditation. and i followed the 5-ish minute meditation with a song from my january playlist that i chose by simply hitting shuffle. i want to share with you the podcast + the song.

i know that they were the right message for me at just the right time, but maybe they will also give you something you need in one way or another.

the meditation was called “learning to stay”. (you can listen to it here). it was the perfect thing to remind me to stay in the moment. to stay calm and quiet, a reminder to truly let myself slowly allow the process of adjusting and re-balancing unfold. the meditation guided me to just sit with whatever was happening inside me at that moment. to just let it be. so, i put my hands on my heart. acknowledged my un-balanced feelings and simply breathed it all in. i accepted and allowed the space to feel what i feel, and i set the intention to let it take it’s time.

when the meditation ended, as i said, i hit shuffle on my playlist and this song played:

i closed my eyes, folded my hands into prayer position, took three deep breaths, and said my closing sat nam. then i rose to begin the rest of my day. knowing and trusting that any adjusting period is a beautiful experience, and that my balance is already on it’s way back.

xoxo. liz.

earth • soul • spirit

you can see my previous weekly posts here or by clicking on “the everyday sacred” to the right –>.

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11 Comments

  • Reply Shayla Morrigan 17 Jan 2016 at 14:43

    Those few minutes outdoors each day will be a great blessing. I love that you’re taking good care of You.

    • Reply Liz 18 Jan 2016 at 16:54

      How right you are, Shayla. It really refreshes me. And, yes, I am trying to be very conscious of taking care of myself. Hope that you’re doing the same too!

  • Reply Tracy Smith 17 Jan 2016 at 16:47

    Liz, it’s so nice to read about how your week has gone. I’m glad that the adjustment has been cherished and that you’ve found some time to still take some photos. I have to say that I always enjoy the photos that you take but the main one at the top of this post really stood out to me. I’ve seen some buy professional photographers that don’t look as good as that one. If it pleases you, you should submit some to magazines or somewhere else where professional photography is used. Thanks so much for sharing your week with me and your other readers. xo

    • Reply Liz 18 Jan 2016 at 16:53

      I am so grateful that you take the time to read and soak up what I have to say. It’s so nice to know that someone out there appreciates how I share my life on this blog. And, wow! What a great compliment on my photos. Thank you! I’d love to sell photos at some point, but I’m just so overwhelmed by the process of getting it started. 🙂 Hope you are having a good start to your week!

  • Reply Miriam | Farm Girl 17 Jan 2016 at 18:54

    You and I experienced similar emotions this week! Lots of changes for both of us, in similar ways. Our sacred days and slow mornings are no more. I lost my balance as well, and wrote a post about it just this morning (before work, I got up early again just for that), but much less eloquently than you have. The writing definitely anchors me, and makes me feel more like myself.
    I’m weirdly pleased that you and I are undergoing these changes at the same time, I feel like we are in this together!
    So happy for your new job, it seems like it’s your calling. And so proud of you for making time to meditate and still take a few amazing photos! Winter in Sweden sure looks pretty.
    xoxo

    • Reply Liz 17 Jan 2016 at 19:20

      I feel exactly the same… love that we are experiencing these changes together. And I just left you a comment on your blog a little bit ago. xoxo I hope that things are going well for you at work, that the changes there feel good to you. Lots of love, friend! xoxo

  • Reply SingTravelAct 18 Jan 2016 at 02:10

    Working at a school is ridiculously exhausting. All the best, glad you’re enjoying it, and love the photos and meditation ideas.

    • Reply Liz 18 Jan 2016 at 16:51

      Oh, you are so very right. It has always been this way when I have worked at schools. For years I have said that I am never as tired as when I work in a school. But, while it is stressful and exhausting, it is inspiring too. So glad you liked my photos + ideas. Hope all is well with you. xoxo

  • Reply Liz 22 Jan 2016 at 17:08

    Hang in there, lady! You’ll find your new balance. I think you’re moving in the right direction, seeking small moments of quiet and reflection. I know patience is the hardest thing, but you’ll get there! xx

  • Reply Laura4NYC 23 Jan 2016 at 05:31

    Oh what a lovely view you have close to work. It also seems that you are in a perfect blue hour time when walking to work. And I love the fact that you see a castle every single day. Makes me miss my old home Heidelberg!

  • Reply Meghan 24 Jan 2016 at 22:04

    The incorporation of all the aspects into life, particularly the ones in which we create and take meaningful action, is so difficult. But you’ve made time for maintaining the foundation of your life – what YOU need to live a meaningful existence – and that’s really impressive. It’s all too easy to make excuses or apply external valuation to what you know you need and then drop it. These last few posts (I’m reading backwards from your most current) you have sounded so amazingly strong. Grounded. Powerful. Sure of your ability to take on what isn’t sure. It’s amazing.

    Also, these winter Uppsala shots are just fantastic. I’ve always loved your photos but all of your recent postings capture so much more than what is seen. Really, they’re awesome.

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