A great, great, great weekend

'I don't want to go home. Take me anywhere but home.'

Again, we part.

I hate goodbyes, but to focus on the positive things, my weekend's been absolutely wonderful. I had a great birthday: relaxing during the day, baking cakes for the party on the Saturday, and in the evening we went to a restaurant in Varberg, me and James, and spontaneously went to the cinema to see Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Just the fact that James was here on my 20th birthday made it perfect!

We also spent a part of the weekend watching 'Les Miserables' live concert, which almost brought me to tears, that's how beautiful it was. We hung out with family and cousins at the party, played boardgames and watched 'Usual Suspects'. We laughed our heads off, talked about life and had lots of cheesecake. I got wonderful presents from my family and James and his parents. Just to mention a few: a new camera, pretty clothes, jewellery and other things that is typical me!

2011 in pictures

While talking about last year, I might as well let you know in which ways it was wonderful. And speaking of wonderful - the first picture from last year, taken with my camera (not my phone) is this one, from the 2nd of March <3. At James' place (by then) in Southampton.

And actually. The year kinda started for me in March, when I went to Exeter in England, for 12 unforgettable weeks. Totally a memory for life.

March 2011

I went to live in wonderful, lovable Exeter. A life of fun pub nights, hanging out with friends at the language school, going on trips to stunning places like Agatha Christie's summer house. Feeding the swans by the quay, going to crazy costume parties with friends (me as a leopard on the picture) and finding an incredibly welcoming church where I got friends in Christ. (And much, much more)

April 2011

Went to Cheddar to taste, yes of course, cheddar cheese. Also started to love fudge for the first time, in the small town Wells. Got to experience a bit of Wales where I visited three different castles. Started to get used to having lots of different host sisters and brothers. My friend Frida came to visit me, and we both got tattoos in Exeter! Could go to the beach as early as in APRIL (spring arrives earlier in England!). Visited Oxford and fell in love. Simone and Tom had become my best friends, and we helped Simone when she decided to move there.

May 2011

My last month in England. I saw a shark (basking shark) for the first time in my life! Mum and dad came to visit me for a few days. I saw a black swan. Started to count the days, met my lifegroup from church and had fish and chips by the sea. The last week I met lots of friends and my heart ached by the thought of having to leave.

June and July 2011

Unfortunately, I don't have any good pictures from these months, because I didn't do much of interest. I worked most of the time, enjoyed the summer and hung out with friends to catch up the last three months.

August 2011

August became a month I'll never forget, because me and James officially became a couple on the 4th!

The other half of the year
passed by as an emotional rollercoaster for me. With James, I was as happy as I can be, without James (those weeks we were apart) my life was miserable.

We're still in a LDR, but I'm trying to get used to saying goodbye. I'm learning to stay happy although I can't be with him when I want to. And the weekends we have together are definitely worth the wait, and they give me wonderful memories to live on during the weeks without him.

I love him so much, and I can't believe that I get to be this lucky. I've experienced love that has brought me to tears of happiness, and that still happens.

A new year, a new update!

I'm back. I'm back! :)

It's been 39 days since I wrote something here, and I've kinda missed it in a way, but it's also been very nice to just relax and not having to feel pressure to update it all the time. But now I feel like writing again, and I hope I'll be able to do a good job!

Christmas was great. I love celebrating the best time of the year with my big family, food, Christmas music and a nice atmosphere. The kids are running around waiting for Father Christmas to come (he comes in the afternoon here in Sweden, weird, I know...), and everyone's in a happy mood.

An even more exciting thing that happened in the end of last year, was celebrating New Years abroad for the first time in my life! And in the wonderful city LONDON, with the best person I know. James McEwan. We watched the fireworks of course, and that was incredible. The best New Year's Eve I've had (so far?), defo.

And suddenly it was 2012. Just like that.

It always feels good to enter a new year. A fresh start with lots of new things to look forward to, but also surprises and maybe things I want to know about the future, but that only God knows.

There are a few things that has happened since last year, already.

I'm not longer working at the school as a student's assistant, which is quite a big change. I've gone from having a job, to not have a real job (yet!), but to study! And it's not even at a uni or anything. I'm at my sister-in-law's photo studio, learning to photograph! She's my teacher, and I'm learning by being her assistant, getting different challenging tasks, reading her books and practising! It is so much fun, and I've learnt SO much during my first 2 weeks! Just being there is inspiring! :)

So apart from an inspiring, fun spring ahead of me, I've also planned
- to turn 20 next week! (!!!!!)
- to see Michael Bublé with my friend Clara in Stockholm in April! (second time!!)
- to go to Edinburgh with James and his family in June! (first time in Scotland!)

Doesn't that sound great? And it's only January!