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there’ll be no goodbyes from me.

17 Jul 2013

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i don’t know how to say goodbye to sweden. but, it’s what i’ve been attempting to do for a few days now, and i will do even more so today. it’s the last of the farewells today. the countdown is in hours now. gaaahh. of course, it’s not goodbye forever, as in, i’ll never see people or walk the streets of norrköping again. no. we’ll be back, just like we visited the states often while living here. so, it’s not goodbye goodbye. it’s see you later.

though, it is goodbye to a specific chapter of my life. one that has been amazing and full of opportunities. and one that has had it’s share of extremely difficult and scary times as well. but, this chapter has helped to transform me. to add another layer. i have changed. and grown. and settled into myself even more. and my marriage has gotten even stronger. how is it possible to  keep falling in love with my lina over & over again?

i’ve spent a lot of time writing and photographing and connecting. i have felt my world expand and become more rich. not with things, but with moments. i’ve slowed down my pace of life. learned to cook more, and to like doing it. i’ve had fika after fika after fika. i’ve set the table and lit candles for just me & my love. i’ve soaked in some of the sweeter, finer, more traditional ways of life. i’ve walked everywhere, gazed at amazing architecture in the city and vast fields of yellow flowers in the country. i’ve learned a new language. i’ve traveled. i’ve laughed. and cried. and hoped. and dreamt.

and now, it’s time to turn the page. to begin again. bringing along all of the beauty and simplicity and and strength that i found in sweden with me. it’s time for this new page to be filled with new words, new adventures, new hopes, new dreams, new moments.

so, off i go! saying “see you soon” to sweden, and “hello” to asheville!

thank you for following my journey this far, and i invite you to hang on for a wild ride… let’s explore new adventures together! each of you, no matter where you live or who you are, have touched my life in one way or another. new readers, faithful ones, commenters. and non-commenters. all of you make a difference to me. and the support and love that i have felt, as i have posted photos and thoughts here, has been overwhelming.

so, since i’ve decided not to say goodbye to anyone, or any place, i decided instead to say a great big THANK YOU to each one of you reading right now. thank you for being you. and for filling my life with your special you-ness!

and as inspiration for us all, i gathered together some of my favorite quotes to leave you with today. as a reminder to dream big, to take risks, to learn new things, and most importantly, to listen to your soul. my gift to you.

freedom is found when we let go of who we’re supposed to be and embrace who we really are. ~ anonymous

and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ~ f. nietzsche

twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. so throw off the bowlines. sail away from safe harbor. catch the trade winds in your sails. explore. dream. discover. ~ mark twain

from this hour, i ordain myself loosed of limits and imaginary lines. ~ walt whitman

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all my love and peace i send to you.

see you on the flip side!!

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  • Reply momentsofmezz 17 Jul 2013 at 08:57

    Ahhh can’t believe this! It seems like just a week ago you were announcing that you were moving. So exciting for you and Lina! Congrats Liz. 🙂 I apologize I haven’t been very active lately but I’m changing that. Can’t wait to hear more about your new adventure!

  • Reply SopranoOut 17 Jul 2013 at 10:02

    I have butterflies in my stomach for your journey! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  • Reply Holly 17 Jul 2013 at 10:28

    Enjoy your last few hours and enjoy those last few moments before you fly. You’re taking a good strong European sense-of-self back to the US with you, go impart it in your new to find routine and life. Really looking forward to the stories to come, and for you to start the next chapter. Huge things and life changes can happen so quickly. I believe we are more resilient to change than I ever thought possible.
    Much love
    Holly

  • Reply Louise Gallagher 17 Jul 2013 at 13:58

    What a grand adventure you are on! Can’t wait to be swept along in the next part of the journey.

    Safe and happy travels.

  • Reply Murderingtime 17 Jul 2013 at 14:09

    I love these quotes and this post Liz! Safe travels and easy settling in. xxoo Ash

    • Reply liz 24 Jul 2013 at 22:35

      Ash!!! It is so much fun that you left a comment here! From my little Instagram buddy to the blog. One day, face to face, maybe?! Thank you! xoxo

  • Reply yogaleigh 18 Jul 2013 at 06:51

    So instead of good bye I’ll say hello. I’m in Kentucky so sort of in the neighborhood — so hello neighbor. Glad you’re here!

    • Reply liz 24 Jul 2013 at 22:34

      Hi neighbor! We’re really close now! 🙂

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