Embracing autumn-mode

Sunny walk

Yep, it is the first of November and the feeling of fall arrived sometime last week (for me).

And it was like I all of a sudden got into the “restorative-contemplating-mode”, and most of the time I like it.

Colorful leaves

You know, in the fall and winter nature takes time to rest, reset and get ready for new things to come in the spring.
Same with us humans, we have a possibility to rest more, maybe dö a little less when it’s darker and colder. In the business world it’s not always set up in that way – a lot of times people and companies need to finish business and projects before the end of the year.

Natural art

For me, now, it’s clearly that I take my time getting ready in the morning, I get out less than in the summer time, and I want to come inside at night to cook, slow down, play and read with Louise, have tea with Anders and relax when possible.

Louise swinging

Oh, these colors!

So, I welcome this time of doing a little less (as far as it goes with a baby in the family), and try and rest in the knowledge of that it is the way nature is set up for us.

Wet leaves

Also, by having time to think, reset and plan this time of the year, we can be ready for the new energy and light that comes with spring time.

By the sea

Then at times I totally miss summer, and am worried this winter will be too dark to enjoy. But then again, that is worrying about the future rather than being present. So I try and stay in the moment and enjoy the slowing down.

With love,

Wivan

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October and still almost summer

Playtime outside

What a long, warm and sunny summer and autumn we have had this far! It’s still very warm in Southern Sweden and we could probably count the number of days when warm clothes have been needed.

Still so many flowers

Exploring with all senses

Our daughter is now a bit over 8 months, and what a journey it is to become parents, to raise a small child and to get to know a new human being. She is so much fun, we could never have imagined that!

In Ronneby!

Since baby Louise arrived we haven’t done much travelling, only one trip to Gnesta south of Stockholm and one small get-away to Ronneby! That is what we have felt like, and it’s so nice to give our little one a calm start in life.

At a Indian restaurant in Ronneby

We are now in the middle of a renovation and construction of our house on Aspö, and we are glad to have such mild weather still.

Roof is now on!

Though we sometimes have thoughts of what we would like to do differently in our day to day life, we just discussed how “this is what life looks like right now” really is about accepting what is. No need to try and change what is, but rather be grateful for what is good and remember how lucky we are in so many ways!

Louise training as a dog-sitter!

A summer has gone by

And fall is here.

It’s been a different type of summer for us. After being in Spain in April/May, we stayed in Sweden all summer. We hoped for all to go well, wanted to believe it would but couldn’t really relax until summer was almost over. I rested a lot, Anders cooked food and took great care of me and we were thankful for all that we have.

Now we’ve come more than half way. We’re expecting a baby in February!

Yep, the last IVF-treatment did it’s job and there’s a lively, healthy baby joining our family in about four months time.

So the journey of life brings yet new experiences and we’re happy and grateful to be part of it all.

Have a nice weekend and take care!

//Wivan

Being the odd ones

Digging a whole on the beach in Åhus

Sometimes I believe it’s part of our (Anders’ and mine) “assignement” in this life to be the odd ones, the ones who do, think and believe slightly different from the main stream of the Western world we were born and raised in.

By all means, we’re not the only ones, and I know a lot of people feel that they’re different at times.

Art made of apples in Kivik, Sweden

During a walk the other day, it hit me again: it might actually be our mission to dare and stand up for what we believe in, for who we are (slightly odd and funny), to show that it’s ok to be you, and to meet the eyes of the people who ask the same questions over and over again.

On a bike ride last Sunday

To stand up for oneself, to be as unique and special as each one of us are (all of us, entire mankind), and not always follow the stream just because it might be the easier way – that is to be you. To fully own our decisions, how ever hard or scary it might feel.

The playful version of me

Don’t know if this post is helpful or not, I just wanted to put my thoughts into words, and keep the blog alive.

With lots of love and autumn sunshine from Sweden,

Wivan