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Sjö mánuðum ago ég fór til Íslands og almost einn mánuður ago ég kom aftur. Today I had suuuch a good convo about the power of place with a new friend. She’s from Idaho and lived in the Middle East on and off (and fell in love with Arabic as I have with Icelandic). She made me feel less ridic with my infatuation with my fav country/language, and she even gave me pro-tips for learning íslensku. (She often repeats what people say to her in her head in Arabic). 🙌 So grateful for places and people that inspire and bring joy. (Also, ég miss snjór. ❄️)
Fun fact: One of my former students thought Shannon and I would be friends, so we went to lunch and quickly learned that, yep, we were meant to be friends.
Tjörnin. Hallgrímskirkja. Fríkirkjan í Reykjavík. Besta. Heimili mitt að heiman.
I wanted to know what all the Icelandic words ever meant during my July visit. From traffic signs to receipts to monuments to advertisements—I felt like I couldn’t consume words fast enough...so I returned home with a million photos of things to look up and learn later. 🙃 (And sometimes I just snapped photos when I could actually understand what I was reading because I was excited. 🤓)
You know those friends who really SEE you? I got a voicemail from Michelle today and thought, “How did she know?” And then we met for wine and talked forever about The Four Agreements (of course), and she offered me a challenge to complete before we parted ways. Real friendship. She’s the big sister I never had but always wanted. Grateful. Grateful. Grateful.
I’m overwhelmed with gratitude lately for my sweet circle of friends—especially these three. Spending my morning connecting with these sisters brought me so. much. joy. 🤗 They inspire and motivate me in the most lovely, specific ways. 💛
I’ve been listening to lots of Oprah @supersoul podcast episodes this month (no surprise there—seriously, though...check it out), and this morning I listened to my favorite Brené Brown episode for what feels like the 100th time because it resonates so much with me. My favorite part is when they discuss what it means to “share with people who have earned the right to hear your story” and why this matters oh so much. I thought about this a great deal during my most recent Iceland visit—specifically on my first morning there, walking along the water. It’s the place I feel most whole, so naturally I thought about the people who make me feel most whole, too. Cheers to having people in life who we can be vulnerable with and share our greatest hopes and dreams without judgment. Life can feel chaotic to the max sometimes, but oh what a gift it is. Connecting with other human beings—BFFs and strangers—is everything.
My one and only Icelandic language learning friend in the U.S. happens to be 7 months old. 😁 Takk fyrir, Charlie! 👶🏼💙
Leslie Brown is one of those friends you can call and always count on being there—and come at you with all the wisdom ever. She’s basically my own personal Brené Brown. 😊
Happy Thankful Thursday! 🎉 I try my hardest to write down a few super specific things I’m grateful for each day. I looked at my travel journal from the past few days and it made me smile. Here are some of the best bits that brought me joy lately: • walking along the water with fellow solo travel buddies who became heart friends 🙋🏻♂️🙋🏻♀️ • bookstore workers who patiently spoke Icelandic with me, taught me new words, and helped me find children’s books I could read 🇮🇸 • a random encounter with an encouraging American barista who is 🙌 at Icelandic • meeting my Skype Icelandic tutor IRL and picking out an Icelandic workbook together for me 📓 • the woman on my flight who shared ample life lessons with me ✈️ • a reunion with my first/fav Iceland friend and some meaningful life advice from her • looking through a book of stunning Iceland photos and getting future travel tips from my friend’s fab boyfriend • my friend’s ridiculously kind mother who prepared afternoon tea for us ☕️ • a promising book recommendation that speaks to the soul ✨ • colorful houses and streets • seeing lúpína for the first time • witnessing forever daylight and summer sunsets that never quit 🌅 • seeing puffins on Viðey • Google Translate 🙏 • walks in the rain around Reykjavík 🌧 • two words: glacier lagoon 💎
And just like that, my mini Iceland escape is over—my heart is full of gratitude and my soul is full of joy. I’m extra thankful that my last day meant a reunion with my first/fav Iceland friend, Vilborg. (Somehow, she always seems to help me find bits of hope in America. 💙) And I’m obvi pretty happy with this sunset that never seemed to quit tonight. Skál, Ísland! 🇮🇸