Joyful Living

Happy First Anniversary, Joie de Vivre!


This post celebrates Joie de Vivre’s first anniversary. I started this blog one year ago this week, just shy of my 35th birthday.

To celebrate, Joie de Vivre has a fresh look. I updated some style, design, and layout elements and created dedicated pages for food, travel, joyful living, and work. I’m also experimenting with a new homepage. Please let me know what you think!

3.5 months between haircuts = “quarantine chic”

One year ago, if you had told me I would move to Vermont; prepare for, take, and pass the Vermont bar exam; and have over 100 followers on Joie de Vivre, I wouldn’t have believed you. And if you told me the world would be in the throes of a devastating pandemic, I really wouldn’t have believed you.

Getting sworn in as a member of the Vermont bar via teleconference

It’s been quite a year. What do I do I do to help? I donate to local charities like the food bank. I shop at local businesses to keep my tax dollars in my community. I volunteer at my church. I check on my friends and family. And I write about things I like to share some joy and positivity.

Modern life often overwhelms me, so Joie de Vivre focuses on simple pleasures and joyful living every day. I like food, travelling, and home, so I write about travel tips, gluten-free and low-FODMAP recipes, baking, moving into a new house, and helping others. I write what I know.

Fresh lilacs from the garden create old-fashioned charm in the home

I also love keeping in touch with my friends and colleagues and supporting other women, so I launched How I Work. This series focuses on how women around the world are working during the pandemic. Participants from Alabama to Amsterdam to Australia, and beyond, generously shared their personal experiences and insights. I can’t thank them enough.

Thank you so much for reading! Your support makes Joie de Vivre special, meaningful, and worthwhile.

What do you want to read about in the coming year? You can contact me here.

And now, a dachshund.

The hound in his happy place

Merci for reading and please subscribe and share!

À votre santé,


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