Joie de Vivre

I may be currently known as a glass artist and entrepreneur, but this wasn't always the case. In fact, for most of my life, I was a bit of a language nerd. I studied Japanese since I was in first grade, added German and Spanish in high school, picked up a Portuguese class in college, and majored in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese to get my Bachelors degree. I "collected" languages as if they were Pokemon. Ha!

When my husband and I chose our honeymoon destination, we decided to keep the playing field level. I didn't want to be the constant interpreter and he didn't want to be relying on me the whole time. So what did we do? We decided to go to France, where neither of us knew the language! We learned one important thing on our adventure: even if you know your pronunciation is horrid, being humble and making a concerted effort to speak French made all the difference. We had many laughs with waiters and they treated us with care.

Our honeymoon was an incredible adventure and a perfect example of us living exuberantly. Sure, daily life is not a honeymoon abroad -- there is work to be done and money to be made. But! There is absolutely nothing getting in your way of choosing to make the most of the little moments. Don't be worried about getting messy when you plunge your face into a juicy slice of watermelon. Don't wear clothes that prevent you from getting down and playing with goofy kids. Don't forget to hold the door for others and say hello with a smile. It's the happy little things, the joie de vivre, that keep us going.  

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