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My birthday is coming up in three weeks (and so is the wedding of one of my forever best friends, eeek!!) and yesterday Jakob surprised me with an early birthday gift - a new lens to my camera!!! IIIHH!! One that I have been eyeing for a while now.

The weather has been a little dull since we got back from Canada Sunday night, but I still decided to go out for a quick test run of my newest baby. I am so happy with it, so get excited because this girl is getting ready to go out and create some art!

Gray skies are lovely too, you see. Some days we - just like the sky - are gray, and that's okay.

BLUR.

This one 👆🏼 is my favorite! Not sure why exactly, but as I was looking through all of them this one just really stood out to me. I would love to hear if any of you have a favorite & why (if there's one)! 

I'm having a gray kind of start to my week, which has been a challenge but it is also really speaking to my creativity. Because even if I prefer blue skies, both literally and metaphorically speaking, gray skies are lovely too, simply in a different way.

xx. Alice

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Here are a few phone pictures from the weekend as well!

​This man of mine is very stubborn, a great quality when it comes to learning new things! He succeeded several times on the ski's (even though he probably wouldn't call it success if you asked him yourself).

I love art. It's such a great way to get insight to someone else's perspective. Each person expresses and receives it differently and the same piece of art can speak to me and you in two completely different ways. What is a little different about the experience with some of the artworks pictured above is that we not only got to look at the art while walking from house to house in this little village, but we also got to interact with some of the artists of the paintings and hear their stories of the paintings. Kind of different from most museum experiences, and so much fun!

The more I see of the world, the bigger my thoughts and dreams are becoming. And the more I also realise how little I do know, how full of preconceived notions I am and how little these ideas I have about other parts of the world actually say about that part of the world, because in fact they say a lot more about me and how little I actually know.

Traveling makes me excited to continue to educate myself more, especially about history - an area where my current knowledge is very limited.

"We don't travel to escape life, we travel to make sure life doesn't escape us."

xx. Alice

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This summer we've been road-tripping like it's our day job and I am loving it more and more each time. 12 h spent in the car during one weekend is quite a bit, but gosh, have we had some special special moments in the car together. We have had great conversations that have gone on for hours, we have jammed out to some of our favorite music and we have enjoyed each other's company. To be honest I enjoy Jakob's company more and more as time passes, which is something I didn't know could happen to me before I met him.

This weekend we drove from Connecticut up to Canada to visit a couple that my husband worked with when he was a missionary for our church in France. He became very close with them there and they have remained friends for several years now. Not only have this couple been friends with Jakob, but they have been people that he look up to in many ways and after this weekend I was added to that same "fan" group as well! This weekend we visited them at their home in Canada and I got to know them, feel of their love and fun personalities and come to love them for myself. They are amazing in so many ways.

Their house is right by Lac-Bromme and we got to spend time kayaking, boating and water-skiing just to name a few of the things we filled our weekend with. Such a fun, relaxing and inspiring weekend!

And now I really want to learn French. It's time to start making an effort to at least remember everything that I once learned while taking French in school!

It has sometimes been said that friends are the family we choose, these two definitely fit that category and we are so grateful for that!

I'll upload some more pictures from my phone later!

xx. Alice

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After having several people tell us that we HAD TO go to Newport while we are here on the east-coast we decided to pack up the car and drive up there this weekend and we sure weren't disappointed. Newport is a beautiful coastal town, one with lots of fun american history, and a sailor's paradise. Even though we were met by a cloudy sky when we drove into Newport it only stayed gray for a couple of hours.

Sailing without much wind (but still enough to make the hair go crazy) turned out to be a very pleasant and calming experience. Probably even more fun and pretty when the sun is out, but we're not complaining. We definitely had a great time!

Bertie bott's every flavor popcorn, pretty much. The ones pictured above aren't even all of the different flavors that you could get at this little popcorn store.

The famous Cliff Walk! Which we really didn't walk that much of.... We had some plans to go walk it early on the Sunday morning but when Sunday morning came we were served a delicious breakfast and didn't feel like cutting it short to make more time available for the cliff walk. Since we didn't walk it I don't know what we missed out on, but we were both very happy about the decision to enjoy our breakfast for a little longer instead.

SUNSET WATCHING on the cliffs ♡ AH. I just love nature and this man of mine so so much. 

Sidenote: he's usually not as excited as he looks about being in front of the camera all of the time, I just run around like a (the) crazy person (I am) which makes him a little embarrassed (I actually almost fell over in front of at least 60 people that were enjoying drinks on the lawn while taking the picture below) but mostly it just makes him laugh.

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Thank you Newport for a lovely weekend! And to any east-coaster reading this: go visit Newport!!

xx. Alice

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Looking for a good summer read?! Look no further.

I just started listening to Marcus Aruelius' book "Meditations" today and I just had to recommend it to all of you! It's packed with not only wise words but true wisdom. I haven't finished it yet but this is one of those books where you don't have to eat the "whole cake" to know that it's a good one so I decided to go ahead and recommend it to you guys anyways.

Here's a few of my favorite quotes so far:

"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts."

"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."

"The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts."

See a theme? • Power over your mind. • My dream. No, actually it is one of my greatest goals.

My thoughts are a mess sometimes. Like most people I sometimes allow small problems to become big in my mind. But it doesn't end here, because a lot of the time I feed them, unconsciously but still consciously (that made no sense, yet I can't think of a better way to describe it), and let them blow out of proportion. Some people call it anxiety, others call it overthinking, to me it is a challenge, my challenge - a real stumbling block at times - and one I believe I have the power to overcome. Reading books like "Meditations" inspire positive and powerful thoughts. The kind I think all of us could use a few more of, the kind of thoughts I want to learn to teach my mind to use as my "go to" thoughts when things get rough.

Confidence, things to think about and positivity is what this book has already left me with, and I'm not even half way! If any of you decide to read it or already have read it I would love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments down below.

xx. Alice

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Yesterday we decided to drive to this gorgeous forest and do some exploring. And ahh. All this East-coast green is just to die for 🌿❤️

Nothing makes me feel more connected and whole than a good dose of nature. And it's even better when I get to explore with my favorite adventure buddy. The fact that he joins me on walks and hikes and listens to me when I go on an on (and on, and on...) talking about everything and nothing makes me feel more loved than any gift or flattering words he could ever give me would - and don't get me wrong, compliments and gifts are also great every now and then. Yeah, I know, my # 1 love language is quality time, 100%. To me there's no better way to spend a Saturday!

What makes you feel connected, at peace, and/or loved? Leave a comment below with your answers, I would love to know!

xx. Alice

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Anyone else out there who is a list person?! Personally, I have lists of virtually everything. I make lists of dreams, what makes me happy, things I am grateful for, things to do etc. You name it, and I most likely have a list for it! And today I have the pleasure of writing answers to a couple lists that this fabulous blogger gave to me through something called the Liebster award - a little something to spread the love and help bloggers and their readers discover new blogs. So thanks Courtney for considering my blog (be sure to check hers out). Now, let's get started!

Here is how it goes:
1. Post eleven facts about yourself.
2. Answer the eleven questions your nominator asked in their post.
3. Nominate up to eleven other bloggers of your choice.
4. Come up with your own eleven questions for your nominees
5. Let your nominees know that they’ve been chosen!
6. Link back to the person who nominated you.

11 FACTS ABOUT ME
1. I am "a notebook fanatic" - my husband's words.
2. I am HSP - a highly sensitive person - and sometimes it's a struggle, but at the same time I consider it one of my greatest gifts. (never heard of HSP before? Read more & take a quick little test to see if you are too here)
3. I have an Open Water Diver certification that I haven't used since I got it, but the plan is to change the latter fact next summer!
4. I love to surf even though I barely (read: don't) know how to.
5. I married my first and only boyfriend.
6. (One of) my dream(s) is to one day finish a Master's degree in Marriage & Family Therapy.
7. My guilty pleasures are real Swedish candy and boyband music.
8. I love to dance and have been taking classes since I was 12.
9. I am a believer in Christ, a Mormon to be specific.
10. Long story short, I don't have a driver's license (but by the end of summer I will!! Expect an update on that by the end of august/beginning of september).
11. My favorite TV show is "Suits" **getting excited for the new episode next week!!**

11 QUESTIONS FROM COURTNEY
1. What is your blog post writing process like? I don't really have one, I basically just write when I get an idea and if I don't have enough time to finish the blogpost in one sitting I'll save it as a draft and come back to it later.
2. If you could relive one day in your life what day would it be and why? That would probably have to be our wedding day! Because... well, it was our wedding day! Haha!
3. What is your favorite book? Hard one, reasons to stay alive? Me before you? The fault in our stars? The Harry Potter series? All of those.
4. Do you have a favorite quote or scripture? Do tell (: I do! It's a scripture and it goes like this: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
5. What has been the hardest life lesson you've learned yet? That I am my own worst enemy. But on a more positive note, that also I have the power to choose to be my own greatest ally and best friend! Our thoughts are everything!
6. What music genre/artist/song(s) are you in love with right now? HannaJolin - two dear "dancing friends" from my hometown who just released their first single "LemonPie" (you find it + some of their other covers here).
7. Morning person or Night Owl? Night Owl, no doubt. Part of me wishes I could say otherwise, maybe one day...
8. What is a major pet peeve of yours? Loud chewing! CLOSE YOUR MOUTH, please + thank you.
9. Your favorite thing about blogging? The fact that it's a creative outlet for me that allows me to write about and learn from my experiences, all while I am able to connect with others!
10. Why did you decided to start your blog? To have a space where I could develop my writing and share my photos without spamming Instagram daily with 10+ photos and lengthy captions, ha! And also to share our experiences and adventures with our family back home combined with the opportunity of connecting with and hopefully inspiring others along the way. It's exciting, the internet, because things on here have the opportunity to reach so many people.
11. Out of all the places you've traveled, which one is your favorite? Oh, hard one. I love New York City a lot... but I'll have to say Biarritz, France, mostly because I got to travel with my favorite travel buddy, Jakob, and the memories we made there **hint:we got engaged during that trip♡**

NOMINEES:

1. Hannah at My Mindset Motivation
2. Holly at Project Wednesday
3. Bethany at All the Passion Strings
4. Yana at Smile is it
5. Whitney at Mrs. Millennial
6. Alberto at ARW Travels

AND A FEW MORE OF MY FAVORITE BLOGS...
• Chelan at Chelanningans because her blog is just the cutest!
• My awesome and hilarious friend Martin at A Fools Tale - laughs are guaranteed!

Questions for the nominees:

1. What is your favorite book?
2. What is one of your guilty pleasures?
3. If you could meet and have dinner with any person in history, who would you choose?
4. Who is your hero and why?
5. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
6. What is your biggest fear?
7. If your life had a tagline, what would it be?
8. What makes you happy?
9. If you had to describe yourself with one word, what would it be?
10. If you could relive one day in your life what would it be and why?
11. What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

If you are new to my blog you can follow me on Nouw here, or on Bloglovin' here, or simply by subscribing to my email-list in the right side bar.

Also, make sure to check out the nominees' blogs for answers to the questions + lots of other good stuff!

xx. Alice

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Fourth of July meant that I would have Jakob to myself the whole day (lucky me!!). We didn't have any grandiose plans, just to make some good food and enjoy each others company, but of course a guest in the shape of a cold accompanied me throughout the day with a sore throat, aching head and very little - if any - patience. We still had a nice little cook-off together (well, we made food together... I'm not sure about what a cook off is... hehe) and we enjoyed our dinner under a blue sky. I also beat Jakob in both Settlers of Catan as well as a card game, but not without having lost my patience with him at least three times during each game because... well, sick me is short-tempered - sorry Jakob, I still love you - & apparently an unstoppable winner!

Hope all of my American friends out there had a wonderful 4th of July and that you got to watch some fireworks. We never saw any, the house we are staying in is surrounded by too many trees, but we've been hearing them every night for about a week now! Americans sure know how to celebrate things!

xx. Alice


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This morning I came across this​ podcast about confidence by "Awesome with Alison".  In this podcast Alison and her husband Eric talks about, among other things, steps to take to become more confident such as stopping negative self talk, realizing that this whole life thing is not about you but what you can give to others and filling your soul and heart with love so that fear (which is the root of lack of confidence) can not prosper. This idea of fear being the source of lack of confidence rang so true to me. The people and characters I admire the most and want to be like are fearless, but I am not. However, I have realized that I can still be courageous and brave. And maybe one day I'll have enough love in my heart to be fearless, for I truly believe in the words of John when he writes "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out all fear" - 1 John 4:18. And although I have long ways to go until I get to where I want to be with my confidence I do view myself as a brave person, one who is scared as a rabbit (this is not actually a saying in English, is it?! Oh well, you get the picture) but goes for it anyways.

As I was listening to the podcast this quote by Marianne Williamson came to mind:

"We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

I love those words so much. Confidence and shining bright are not about putting others down or viewing yourself as someone who is above someone else. No, rather it's about being perfectly enough and thinking of yourself in that way.


I'm excited for this new month and to make an honest effort to stop the negative self talk and make an effort to go out of my way a little more to love the people I have been blessed with in my life.

xx. Alice

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These Broadway shows simply never disappoint. Saturday Jakob and I saw Anastasia the musical on Broadway and I can't put down into words what the talents shared by the performers had me feeling. There are some things in this world that only music can make me feel. It's consuming in the most effortless way. Does that make sense at all?

And when the singing is flawless at the same time as it is telling a story... gosh, all I can say is GOOSEBUMPS, yeah I had them all over! So, so grateful for the things that Jakob and I get to see and do together while we are living here in the US of A. Also grateful for friends that let us use their apartment as our second home here on the east coast (you guys are the beest! ♡♡♡).


​With that being said, if you ever are planning a trip to New York City and are trying to figure out what the best use of your time in the Big Apple is going to be my recommendation would, without a doubt, be to go see a musical on Broadway. You have to!! Like, if you only could do one thing in NYC you should go see a musical. Yes, it's quite pricey - but nothing else that you could visit or do is going to be more memorable. There are shows out there for every type of audience and I bet you'll find something you'll love.

xx. Alice

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