One of my goals with this blog is to be ever mindful that I would like the spirit of Joie de Vivre to permiate my life and the life of my family.
joie de vivre is defined as joy of living; enjoyment of life; ebullience, a keen enjoyment of living, carefree enjoyment of living and a delight in being alive.
We are good at celebrating special occasions but I don’t think we think about making life every day an excersise in that same spirit. Don’t get me wrong…it is difficult to think about a carefree enjoyment of living when the oven broke with dinner still in it, there is a missing soccer cleat and we needed to be out the door 5 minutes ago.
The idea for me is to try and integrate the concept of JdV (Joie de Vivre) as a thread in the fabric of our family life every day. It isn’t difficult. It isn’t expensive. It isn’t time consuming. What stops me from doing it? I just forget to take the time to look up from my busy days and add some sparkle. It is taking the time to pour that ice tea into beautiful glass with a spring of mint. It is buying a bunch of tulips at the store and having that beauty to look at for a week on the kitchen table. It is pulling together a little cheese board, pouring a glass of wine and sitting with the love of my life for 15 minutes on a Friday night right after work. That is Joie de Vivre.
This is the little something that will be waiting come this Friday (not this exact one…this was my late lunch).
Putting this lovely together is not at all difficult, time consuming or expensive. Two types of cheeses (whatever is in the fridge), dried fruit, grapes, cookies or crackers, quince paste, wine, and a few serving items.
To assist in having all the goodies on hand to produce a lovely cheese board for yourselves I have put together this little checklist. Save it to your phone and the next time you are at the market open it for inspiration!
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