About Katie

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”

― Henry David Thoreau


Bonjour et bienvenue!

This Thoreau quote sums up my personal philosophy: To pursue my dreams and live a life with as few regrets as possible.

My passion for writing, living a healthy and authentic life, and French language and culture inspired me to start this blog. Joie de Vivre – a French phrase meaning “joy in living” – celebrates food, travel, and joyful everyday living with a commitment to suitability. Joyful living is an attitude, a philosophy, a lifestyle, and, ultimately, a choice. I love cooking, traveling, and spending family time with L’Husband and Le Chien, a mischievous miniature dachshund named Charlie Brown.

Living the life I imagined is a work in progress. Following my dreams led me from a childhood in Alabama to living and working in New York City, Chicago, Milwaukee, Vermont, and central Illinois, where I am an adjunct professor at a research university.

After law school, library school, and yoga teacher training, I have worked at law firms, libraries, universities, and yoga studios. Through it all, I’ve tried to find pleasure in the simple things that can make daily life so special.

Merci for reading and please subscribe and share. I’m happy you’re here and hope you keep in touch!

À votre santé,


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