I Love Sverige (Upon Leaving)

I’m just about to head to Helsingborg to take a train to Copenhagen. I leave for the U.S. today. My thoughts and emotions are flying chaotically but now isn’t the time to craft a lengthy post about that. However, I don’t want to leave Sweden without saying the following: Thank you for saving me. I’m […]

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#RadicalSelfLoveLetter

This month I’ve participated in Gala Darling’s #RadicalSelfLoveJanuary Instagram Challenge (link to my Instagram account on the right side of the blog). It’s been a fun experience and has expanded my social media scope, both of which were my desired outcomes. The prompt for today (January 28) is #RadicalSelfLoveLetter. The timing of this couldn’t be […]

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I Love Sverige (Part Two of Many)

Winter is alive and well in Åstorp. The neighborhood looks like a scene from a children’s mythology book, driving the point home: THIS – Sweden – is the real deal. Nothing fabricated, duplicated, or imitated. I’ve been overwhelmed by the history of the country. Helsingborg is, and likely will be, the largest city in Sweden […]

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Thanksgiving

Here I am, sitting at the desk that I’d only seen in pictures a few months prior. My daily chores are completed. I’ve enjoyed my breakfast, morning fika, and lunch. My space is clear of all distractions that could break my concentration. I listen to the rain as it washes away Saturday’s snowfall. Here I […]

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Here I Am

The day. It’s here. The point is to be completely present, with eyes wide open, receiving everything. The point is to be thankful to the past for guiding me to the now, and to be thankful for a future of possibility. Everything I need, and everything I want, is here. It’s just a matter of […]

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Accumulation

There’s nothing quite like moving to force the prioritization of four decades of memories and century-old family heirlooms in to the protective embrace of Home Depot boxes. Honestly, I love it. Donating, gifting, and discarding tantalize every iota of my O.C.D.; the less crap, always the better. “You can’t take it with you” runs through […]

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Lucky Six

Hi Mom, Make yourself a cup of tea (or martini) and take a seat. Light up a Lark if you like. I have some exciting news for you. I GOT IT. IT TOOK SIX YEARS (ACTUALLY, 40) BUT I GOT IT. Q.E.D.: YOU SUCCEEDED. I promised you on this day in 2009 that I’d take […]

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