Happy New Year!! This week we share how we’ve been spending the holidays and send a great big bunch of love + magic to you as we begin 2017!
Starting from the bottom right!
9. Me at the beach in South Portland, Maine, USA.
I had this picture taken the other day and it made it to the top nine list, pretty cool! A day when Liz and I decided for a little photo session since the sunset was so nice.
Ocean love. An open sea feels like an open book, with endless possibilities, a connection to the world, and uniting love. The fresh air, the beautiful view, and the horizon touching both earth and sky. Love it.
8. Me with the New York City skyline.
This past summer when Liz and I spent a couple of days in NYC, we stayed at an awesome airbnb apartment in Williamsburg, and explored new areas in NY.
I freaking love NYC ❤️
7. Me sitting on the floor in our living room.
I decided to film my reaction of playing the classic Nintendo I just had gotten.
6. Phone with our podcast playing.
We took a picture of a phone on the desk, playing our latest podcast episode.
It’s podcast day + Episode 14 of the LIZ + LINA podcast is ready!! This week we’re highlighting some of our most memorable moments of the past year… tune in to hear about some of our experiences + what word we decide to use to describe 2016! // Find us on iTunes podcasts, Soundcloud and Acast!! // Link in profile!
5. Podcast and a heart made of tea lights.
We created a heart made out of tea lights in the honor of our friend who had passed away the day before we recorded the podcast. The episode was a tribute to him.
We’ve created a special LIZ+LINA podcast for Episode 10 this week – where we process some of the tough things in life and how life just isn’t fair. Tune in + pass it on // Find us on iTunes podcasts, Soundcloud and Acast!! // Link in profile!
4. Williamsburg bridge.
Again, a pic from this past summer when we walked around in Williamsburg and realized how beautiful the sky/sunset was, so we just had to capture it on camera as well.
From last night ??
3. Liz and I outside the City Hall in Norrköping.
On our 7th wedding anniversary, I posted a picture from when just just had gotten married, back in 2009.
We’ve been married 7 years today and we’re still going strong! Gaaah, I love her so much ❤ ((The picture above is taken on December 26th, 2009, right after we’d said yes ?))
2. Me drinking coffee
We were at the airport, heading to the States for 4 week vacation during summer. I needed coffee, and bought some ridiculous expensive AND crappy tasting coffee. However, I was happy about going to the States.
Just bought an expensive and disgusting coffee at the airport… ? But hey, I’m excited and happy anyway because we’re about to board our plane to NYC! ??✈️
1. Liz and I at Rockefeller Center
Again, we’re in NYC, but this time during the holiday season and we got to see all the Christmas lights, tree, skating rink, etc. It felt like I was in an American holiday movie. Checked one of the things off of my bucket list: to experience NYC during Christmas time.
New York, together with my amazing wife ❤
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What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
Bought an apartment in Uppsala!! So we’re homeowners now, woo hoo! We also filmed for a TV-show that’s gonna air in just a few months as I’m typing this (the end of December 2016)! Went in an ambulance to the emergency room. Not good, not good. Went to a Håkan Hellström concert along with more than 70,000 other people. That was amazing. Started a podcast together with Liz. Premiered with my longboard, but have to say that I didn’t really longboard that much do to fall weather and lack of company longboarding with me (yes, I’m that girl that wants to do it together with other people and not all by myself). Hung out in Williamsburg, NY. Love it!
Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did! Or I thought of some wishes that I was gonna work on in 2016, and I have. I usually don’t make any resolutions, but I will again, write down some wishes for myself that I’m gonna work on!
Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, several friends ♥.
Did anyone close to you die?
Yes… ♥ ♥
What countries did you visit?
USA twice. A month in summer and two weeks over Christmas and New Years. Finland when we went on a little cruise to celebrate my sister’s birthday, and France.
What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
Even better health, more mental strength, and more creativity. Energy!
What days from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory?
The day we got the keys to our new home, when our friend passed away, along with my grandmother. Also when I got really sick and had to go in an ambulance to the emergency room. My grandma’s funeral. The days at the beach in North Carolina, USA. When we were filming the TV-show. The Paris trip!
What was your biggest achievement of the year?
When I made the decision to step up a level in my recovery. More about that in another post.
What was the best thing(s) you bought?
Our apartment, furniture, and fun technical things. Also the trips we did to the States and within the States along with the trip to France.
What was your biggest failure?
The sickness, to have to go in the ambulance to the emergency room.
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, Anorexia Nervosa along with anxiety…BUT I haven’t had any colds or anything during the whole year so that’s a major plus. Knock. Knock.
Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mine and Liz’s. Along with a friend of mine who helped me getting to the hospital when I needed it. Also some other fighter-friends, facing sicknesses as well. My parents.
Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Where did most of your money go?
Our home in Uppsala, Sweden, furniture, technical things, and flight tickets.
What are you really, really, really excited about?
To travel to some new places in the world, watch the TV-show we’re in, perhaps renovate our kitchen, to visit our dear friend in Ireland in February, and to go to our friends’ wedding in Germany in May!
What do you wish you’d done more of?
Been in contact with friends more. Blog posts, podcasts, and perhaps even some vlogs. Creative stuff.
What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying and feeling anxious about stuff.
How did you be spend Christmas?
In South Portland, Maine, USA. Together with Liz’s family! Cozy and relaxed.
What was your favorite month of 2016?
July – spent some time in the archipelago and we also went the States.
Did you fall in love in 2016?
Even more with Liz, my wife since seven years ♥.
What was your favorite TV program?
Historieätarna. However, I’m not really watching that much TV. Mostly TV-series on Netflix and HBO Nordic.
Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t do the hating.
What was the best serie(s) you watched?
The Walking Dead, The Affair, Bron, Outlander, Sons of Anarchy, Graceland, Stranger Things, and Homeland.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Saw them live in Stockholm and they inspired me on so many levels. Loved it.
What did you want and get?
Better health and my life back a little bit more!
What did you want and not get?
Some trips and to longboard as much as I wanted.
What was your favorite film of this year?
The Danish Girl.
What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 32! Ate dinner with Liz at Stationen in Uppsala and then met up a bunch of friends at Katalin for drinks. So much fun.
What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
To be more healthy and have more energy.
How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
Black pants, cozy cropped sweaters/ long t-shirts, and sneakers.
What kept you sane?
Liz and the amazing friends I got to know more and more during the year, my therapist, and a new friend I got to know. And then to listen to music, create, take pictures, play video games, hang out with friends and family.
Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Beyoncé – such an awesome way to release her new music.
What political issue stirred you the most?
Donald Trump along with Putin…and then the whole refugee situation in the world. Aleppo…gaaah, so depressing.
Who did you miss?
Friends and family…♥
Who was the best new person (people) you met?
Denise and new co-workers!
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016
Don’t waste your energy on some people who you’ll never get energy from (the same as last year and the year before that..hehe) and to get healthy and free will take its time. I am the only one who can change my life. I can get support from others, but the change will, at the end, depend on one person – me!
This week Liz+ Lina look back over a crazy, and sometimes chaotic, year… sharing stories of their highs + lows, and everything in between. What were your most memorable moments?!
This week Liz + Lina share with you their thoughts + tips on how to say a big, fat NO to holiday stress and instead create a meaningful season – just the way you want it to be. Why? Because you are worth it!
We’re answering your questions on this week’s episode of the LIZ+LINA podcast! And we’ve covered everything from favorite Christmas traditions to depression. You guys are so awesome – thanks for sending your in questions + congrats to Gesine for sending the first one!